Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Massacre Of Innocents

No matter which way you look at it - whether it's through Pat Buchanan's lens of reason and justified retaliation, or David Aaronovitch's pathetic philosophising, or Martin Peretz's much more direct (and frightening) 'Do not fuck with the Jews' - there can be absolutely no doubt that if it happened (and one has no reason to believe that it did not), the deliberate targeting by the Israelis of a Gazan prison - a building from which by its very nature people cannot escape - was a war crime; no matter what assorted British Kool-Aid drinkers might think about it.
Palestinian civilian casualties thus far have run into the hundreds; apparently, casualties that the Israelis have suffered from Hamas rocket attacks amount to just one. I challenge anyone to justify such violence as moral.


Blogger ScotsToryB said...

Apparently the prison itself was within a larger security compound used for training and other purposes.

Not an excuse but they may have reasoned that to let the prisoners loose would add to Hamas' problems?

On a completely different note:

Happy New Year! (when it arrives...)


30 December, 2008 12:24  
Blogger Martin said...


Makes no odss. I do not believe Israeli intel is so poor they would not have known that - yet they may have gone ahead and done it anyway.

Best wishes for the New Year to you too.

30 December, 2008 20:04  
Blogger PJMULVEY said...

Martin.....I agree 100%. The following is from Paul Craig Roberts..."In 2006 the US insisted that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank hold free elections. When free elections were held, Hamas won. This was unacceptable to the Americans and Israelis. In the West Bank, the Americans and Israelis imposed a puppet government, but Hamas held on in Gaza. After unheeded warnings to the Gazans to rid themselves of Hamas and accept a puppet government, Israel has decided to destroy the freely elected government with violence."

Happy New Year,

30 December, 2008 21:16  
Blogger Martin said...

Thanks Patrick

And a Happy New Year to you as well.

31 December, 2008 02:55  

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