Josh Trevino weighs in on Qana:
Let us call the childrens’ deaths in Qana what they are: a horrific freak of war. They were not intended; they were not actively sought; and they were not the product of criminal negligence. In weeks of war and thousands of sorties against a foe that intentionally hides amongst civilians in the active hope of just this manner of carnage, the remarkable fact is that this hasn’t happened before. Contrary to founding advocates of airpower — and unlike its battlefield foes — Israel does not seek the death of civilians for their own sake. Pace the rationalizations extended to Allied aircrews obliterating Western European villagers unfortunate enough to live near a rail junction, Israel does not even regard acceptance of this manner of death — unintended, incidental, and not worth especial efforts to preclude — as acceptable within the moral parameters of war. The uninformed and the insane will react with bitter derision upon being told this, on the heels of the news from Qana: but their emotional self-indulgence does not negate the fact at hand.
Need it be said — and it is a sign of our fallen age that it does need to be said — Israel’s enemy in this war operates under no such constraint. (One assumes that in bygone days, the difference between a Western democracy and a band of murderous savages would not need repeated explanation.) Hezbollah and the average Islamist do not shrink from direct assaults on civlians as such and as an end in itself. Indeed, it has been their sole tactic in this entire war. If they have not produced scenes of masses of dead children, it is not for lack of trying — it is, after all, the only thing they try for. That they have not managed it is indicative of the confluence of blind luck and Israeli battlefield superiority. But give it time: give it infinite time to launch its rockets and try its luck, as the braying proponents of ceasefire would have it, and eventually we’ll see Jewish children, too, incinerated in their sleep. The difference, of course, is that the perpetrators then will celebrate.
Expose the Left has the IDF video showing Hezbollah rockets being fired from a building similar to one Israel bombed in retaliation.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday said he may need two more weeks to complete his goals in Lebanon and today said the operation will be “expanded” if need be. The fighting with the Islamic group Hezbollah, which is backed by Syria and Iran, has killed 505 Lebanese and 51 Israelis.
Israel attacked Hezbollah rocket launchers in Qana that had been used to fire missiles at northern Israel, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said in a statement that Israel felt “deep regret at the loss of innocent life.” Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered an investigation.
U.S. President George W. Bush expressed “deep sadness” at the loss of life in Qana, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said. It hasn’t changed the U.S. position that militias in southern Lebanon should be disarmed and government control established, Snow said.
More than 130 Hezbollah rockets landed in northern Israel today.
Hezbollah said it would retaliate for the Qana deaths, a report on the group’s al-Manar television station said. Its leader Hassan Nasrallah yesterday warned in a speech that Hezbollah will launch missiles deeper into Israel.
James Lewis at The American Thinker:
We have lost elementary moral distinctions over the last century. As a culture, we pretend we cannot tell the difference between accidental shootings by police in pursuit of killers, and deliberate killing by those intent on destroying innocents. This is not, as the Left likes to boast, a reflection of our higher morality. It is a loss of elementary moral discrimination. We are much less moral than our ancestors of a hundred or two hundred years ago.
One role of the New Media must be to restore that common sense morality which says that hiding behind women and chil[d]ren in war is murder, plain and simple. The onus for murder is on the terrorist, not the cop.
There is a solution: It is for the media and the United Nations to rediscover the elementary moral distinctions of the original Geneva Conventions. Killing innocents is murder. Drawing enemy fire on children is evil. It’s not hard.
Dave at Israelly Cool features another peace activist in action:
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