Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Simple Suggestion

Human Rights Watch, which I used to have a lot of respect for, has this to say:
OPT: Civilians Must Not Be Used to Shield Homes Against Military Attacks

(Jerusalem, November 22, 2006) Palestinian armed groups must not endanger Palestinian civilians by encouraging them to gather in and around suspected militants homes targeted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Human Rights Watch said today. (emphasis added)
According to media reports, on Saturday the IDF warned Mohammedweil Baroud, a commander in the Popular Resistance Committees, to leave his home in the Jabaliya refugee camp as they planned to destroy it. Baroud reportedly summoned neighbors and friends to protect his house, and a crowd of hundreds of Palestinians gathered in, around, and on the roof of the house.
There is no excuse for calling civilians to the scene of a planned attack, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. Whether or not the home is a legitimate military target, knowingly asking civilians to stand in harm's way is unlawful.
And the bombing of innocent people is lawful, Ms. Whitson? What about Lebanon last summer. Oh? You forgot. I realize that you famous jurist (I suppose). Since you report from Jerusalem, I guess we know which "side" you're on, as if there should be "sides" when it comes to civilians. And,you are right, all Palestinians are terrorists and all terrorists, even suspected terrorists, even elected officials of Hamas, should be killed, in that strange, twisted world you live in.

Here comes my suggestion. Why doesn't Human Rights Watch supply the Palestinians with F-16's, or better, tactical nuclear weapons, so that they can defend themselves?

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