During my usual perusal of news this morning, I came across the following story about a certain Gaza "militant" who was killed via an Israeli airstrike.
Militant? Merriam-Webster defines the word "militant" as someone who is "engaged in warfare or combat" or alternatively someone who is "aggressively active (as in a cause)." As far as I know, there is no war between Israel and the Palestinians. After all, if Israel were at war, the war would very quickly be over, and there wouldn't be many Palestinians left. I guess you could say that Hamas is aggressively active. But a much better term to describe people who are not soldiers, who fire rockets into other countries is the word "terrorist." Not sure why CNN refuses to describe these people as such.
If you are wondering what's in the picture I've posted to the left, well let me start by saying this picture is the fifth Google image result for "hamas". Go ahead, try the search yourself, and you will see I am not cherry-picking anything here. What is on the table in front of these so-called "militants?" Body parts of an Israeli. Yes, those are body parts on that table. Fun, eh?
As I've said in earlier posts, and to my own detriment given the deep thought that seems to go on in the liberal sphere, I tend to view things in a very simple way. For example, in this case, there are two sides in a disagreement. Both Israelis and Palestinians have their valid points and both claim to be interested in some sort of a resolution to the conflict. However, I've yet to see a picture of Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert or any of the military leaders in Israel standing proudly in front of a table of Hamas body parts, in anticipation of a YouTube moment. I've yet to see Israelis fire rockets in the general direction of Palestinians, at least without being provoked by aimless rocket attacks first being fired at Israel.
Well, you say, just because I've never seen it, how am I sure it hasn't happened anyway? Because if it did, the UN, the anti-semitic EU, and virtually everyone else in the world except for the good old US of A would be sure to heavily document it, and the media coverage would make Paris Hilton jealous.
But I've disgressed (actually a few times so far), so back to the article!
On Tuesday, Israeli attacks launched at what Israel said were Palestinians involved in firing missiles into Israel from Gaza killed as many as four people, including two children, Palestinian sources said.
There were conflicting reports about how many people were killed in the initial attack, an air strike. In the second attack, Hamas security sources said Israeli forces had killed two children.
In the first attack, Islamic Jihad said three of its members were killed in an Israeli air strike as they prepared to fire rockets into Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces said an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at two armed Palestinians in central Gaza. An IDF spokesman said the two were about 600 meters from the security fence, making their way toward it.
Palestinian medical sources could confirm only one death and two injured.
In the second attack, the Israeli army said it launched an attack on two Palestinian militants standing near a rocket launcher in northern Gaza, in an area from which a Qassam rocket was fired onto Israel just a short while before.
Hamas security sources said the Israelis hit and killed two children, both age 11, with what seemed to be a ground-to-ground missile.
There is a lot wrong with how this is written, starting with the first sentence. Did Israeli forces say that children were killed or did Palestinians? Who "launched" the attack? Just by this first sentence, it would seem that Israel started attacking Palestinians whom they claimed were involved in an attack (giving the Palestinians the benefit of the doubt that they weren't) and according the Palestinian "sources," two children were killed (no benefit of the doubt here). In the last sentence, it becomes clear that the charge that two children were killed was made by "Hamas security" sources. So according to CNN, the IDF and Hamas are on the same footing.
As far as I know, in most countries, the military does not carry out activities near children if they can at all help it. Except for situations in an active war where there is no choice but to fight where the fighting is, every measure is made to ensure innocent civilians are not caught in the crossfire. But apparently Hamas has not yet gotten this memo. Assuming of course that they are not lying outright about whether children were even killed in the first place.
Let's put aside the whole question of whether children were killed, or whether these are militants or terrorists, or whether CNN has a bias (although it's obvious to everyone that they do), and get to the most important question: Couldn't the entire tragedy of lives lost have been avoided if Hamas was not firing rockets into Israel?
Or better yet: Why does Hamas continue to fire rockets, unprovoked, into Israel?
The answer to both of these questions is in the picture supplied with this article, above. Hamas has no concern or respect for human life, and especially no concern for the lives of Israelis or for the lives of their own children. And this is precisely why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues.Powered by Sidelines