There is a small nation in this world, which for one reason or another, has always been a 'pet project' of US presidents.
this project, a claim of global benevolence and caring, is best summed up with the deceptively optimistic sound bite, 'the road map to peace'.
Hizbollah 'did not use civilians as cover' - Independent Online Edition > Middle East
Israel/Lebanon: Israeli Indiscriminate Attacks Killed Most Civilians (Human Rights Watch, 6-9-2007)
In its strongest condemnation of Israel since last summer's war, Human Rights Watch said yesterday that most Lebanese civilian casualties were caused by "indiscriminate Israeli air strikes".
HRW said there was no basis to the Israeli claim that civilian casualties resulted from Hizbollah guerrillas using civilians for cover. More than 1,000 Lebanese were killed in the 34-day conflict, which began after Hizbollah staged a cross-border raid, killing three Israeli soldiers and capturing two others.
Israeli aircraft targeted Lebanese infrastructure, including bridges and Beirut airport, and heavily damaged a district of Beirut as well as attacking Hizbollah centres in villages near the border. Hizbollah fired nearly 4,000 rockets at northern Israel, killing 119 soldiers. In the fighting, 40 Israeli civilians were killed.
"To the contrary, once the war started, most Hizbollah military officials and even many political officials left the villages," HRW said. "Most Hizbollah military activity was conducted from prepared positions outside Lebanese villages in the hills and valleys around."
The Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mark Regev, rejected the findings. "Hizbollah adopted a deliberate strategy of shielding itself behind the civilian population and turning the civilians in Lebanon into a human shield," he said.
The reason for why this story appealed to me more than other current issues (such as Dubya tasting his foot once again, or a US General threatening to tell us something we knew all the long) is that this little situation is the epicentre of what we see elsewhere in the region and thus the world. It is the stick that stirs this world up, which also enables the US to do what it wants, where ever it wants! But this stick itself is US in design! (sounds like a global government no?)
Last year, the israelis (IDF) kidnapped a load of Palestinians. In response and probably to use them as pawns for an exchange, Palestinians (aka the Hez) arrested some Israeli troops. Israel proceded to bomb seven shades of shite out of eveything. Anything. The world complained, the US who gives (NOT SELLS) most if not all of the IDF's weapons said nothing. Which is sad, because as the IDF is dependent on the US, the US is pretty much the only one the IDF is likely to listen to.
Many many innocent palestinians died because of the bombardment. It was seen to be completely disproprotionate. The US said it was a shame but unavoidable coz of those pesky Hez 'terrorists' hiding amoungst wimmin and children. Having seen the chaos in Irak with the 600 000 dead civilians there, it was clear that the IDF weren't likely to be much more accurate than the USMC etc when using the same (if not inferior) kit.
But finally we have in this report independent, verified and conclusive proof of what the 'bed wetting liberal peaceniks' have been saying all the long.
Meanwhile, the US still proceeds to send huge amounts of weapons to the IDF, whilst ignoring the Hez in even simple dialogue, purely beause the US has decided to categorise them as being 'terrorists'.
The IDF killed hundreds illegally and are 'good guys'
The Hez killed a few but are dismissed as terrorists.
If these situations were reversed, I AM TELLING YOU, that would be a genuine road map to peace.
A bit odd no?