Let's say that North Korea had decided to bomb California because Kim Jong Il was feeling down that day and decided that a little bombing would cheer him up. And let's say that out of his kind heart and tremendous concern for American civilians, he dropped leaflets over towns in the Bay Area warning citizens to flee because he was in a bad mood and his belly hurt him and he hated damn California hippies. Let's also say he accompanied these leaflets with a couple of warning rockets, just to make sure we took him seriously.
What would Californians do? Would we leave? Would we stay? I imagine that after a couple of rocket attacks, most of us would be in Nevada, hitting the casinos and complaining about the heat. But what if some of us couldn't or wouldn't leave? Like my grandma for example, who I'm sure not only would not leave but would subject anyone who suggested such a thing to a three-hour lecture about the Nazi occupation of Greece - "you shoulda seen the bombs back then! Today's bombs are nothing! You young people have it easy with those little nuclear bombs!"
Yeah, I know, I'm talking nonsense. But a lot of what's said about the war in Lebanon is nonsense as well. Like the "disproportionate response" for example. "But we only killed twelve of yours and you killed fifty of ours in return! That's unfair!" It sure is! War sucks, doesn't it? Someone should tell Hezbollah. Or the other nonsense-du-jour, Israel wants to re-occupy Lebanon. This one is on my top ten favourites. And the always classic, "Israel kills civilians!" And what the hell is Hezbollah killing
What happened in Qana is a tragedy. The IDF has said they didn't know there were civilians in the building; they had assumed the building was empty and they wouldn't have fired had they known
. It's a tragedy that little children and old people were killed. It's a tragedy that thousands of people have lost their homes and loved ones. What's also a tragedy is that a third of the Lebanese people support and cheer murderers who see no shame in starting a war for no reason, in bringing war to their own women and children. What's a tragedy is that the Lebanese government doesn't give a damn about its own people and didn't lift a finger to help evacuate them. And I don't want to hear about roads being closed and such, reporters have managed to get to the scene of every bombing, I imagine if Hezbollah or the Lebanese government cared about innocent lives, they could have gotten these people out just as easy as they got the reporters in.
When Hezbollah murderers hide rocket launchers in civilian areas, over and over again, methodically and deliberately, that's a tragedy. To quote Lt. Gen. Halutz, "Hizbullah places Lebanese civilians as a barrier between us and them, while the IDF places itself as a barrier between Israeli civilians and the terror of Hizbullah. This is the chief difference between us and Hizbullah."