Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bob Dylan comes through

This is a really great song that I think summarizes the current situation in Israel.

I think it's ridiculous that Israel gets bombarded with rockets on a daily basis for months at a time, and when they finally strike back they get criticized.

There seem to be two criticisms. I'll try to be as honest in framing them as possible. (I do not want to be guilty of the straw man fallacy).
  1. Hamas rocket attacks did not kill enough Israeli civilians to justifiy carpet bombing Gaza
  2. Many innocent Gazans are being killed.
To answer the first one:

Well what should they do? Sit around and wait for the members of Hamas to develop skills at long distance murder? Screw that! Send them to Hell where they belong!

To the second:

Well who told the members of Hamas to entrench themselves among the civilian populace? By the way, I am not going to say that the Israelis are doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. No really, I'm not. Because I don't think that has any meaning. In a time of war, particularly when one side has provoked the conflict, the other side is entitled to do whatever is necessary to attack and destroy legitimate military targets no matter who is in the area.

See Article 28 of the Geneva convention dealing with civilians. To quote:

Article 28

The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.

(To be completely honest, I didn't find that article on my own, I saw a reference to it on, feel free to take a look)

The Jihadis make a practice of storing weaponry and fighters in their Mosques. They use ambulences carrying the Red Crescent logo to transfer ammunition. They torture prisoners and show no regard for the prisoners needs. They make a practice of targeting civilians and non military targets. In short, they pay no attention whatsoever to the Geneva convention.

Frankly, they can all collectively go to Hell.

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