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Sunday, July 30, 2006


Qana II, revisited

Earlier this week I likened the Israeli murder of four UN workers in Qana to the Qana massacre committed by Israel in 1996 (106 killed), and just yesterday I talked about a Guernica happening every single day. In both cases I did say that that was only true qualitatively, not quantitatively.

Unfortunately, it appears that Israel has now nearly erased that distinction, at least with respect to Qana:

At least 54 Lebanese citizens were killed, at least 37 of them children, in the IAF strike on a building early Sunday, Lebanese police said. Dozens of others were reportedly trapped in the rubble. Several houses collapsed and a three-story building where about 100 civilians were sheltering was destroyed, witnesses and rescue workers said.
The Lebanese know that many parties are to blame:
Protesters angry over an Israeli air strike in Qana that killed up to 50 refugees broke into the main UN building in the Lebanese capital Sunday, burning UN and American flags.

Outside, demonstrators chanted slogans against Israel and the United States and denounced Arab governments for not doing enough to stop Israel's 19-day bombardment of Lebanon.
The British response is just so...British:
"It's absolutely dreadful, it's quite appalling. Undoubtedly today's events will make things worse at least in the short term," [British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett] told Sky News. "We have repeatedly urged Israel to act proportionately."
What do you suppose would be "proportionate"? Maybe if they only killed five people in Qana, not 50?

Hugo Chavez, meanwhile, used slightly different language:

"Israel is perpetrating the same acts against the Lebanese that Hitler perpetrated against the Jews - it is killing children and hundreds of innocent civilians."
Of note is that he made those remarks while visiting Iran.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to pour weapons into Israel, just to make sure no one can miss its role in this war (not to mention the junior role of the UK):

Two US cargo aircraft carrying weapons for Israel are due to make stop-overs at a Scottish airport over the weekend with the approval of the British government, airport authorities said Saturday.
Killing civilians is a crime! Iraq -- Lebanon -- Palestine!

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