Thursday, July 20, 2006

War Crimes in Lebanon

As of this posting almost 300 people have been killed in Lebanon, and nearly all of them are civilians. An article on the front page of the New York Times quotes a U.N. official who's concerned these acts of violence and terror could amount to war crimes.

Sounding an alarm about humanitarian conditions in southern Lebanon - where Israeli bombs, rockets and shells have pounded villages, roads and bridges, where much of the population has fled and where supplies are running short - the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Louise Arbour, said the fighting might amount to war crimes.

"The scale of the killings in the region, and their predictability, could engage the personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control," she said. Ms. Arbour is a former war crimes prosecutor.

There is no mistaking this as anything other than a human rights disaster and still our national leadership will do nothing to stop it. In fact, U.S. leaders are going to turn their backs on thousands of innocent men, women and children, and give another nation a freebie week to carry out unspeakable violence.

This is such a double standard. The international community would never allow other countries in the region to mercilessly kill hundreds of civilians. Never.

I'm sick. I'm absolutely sickened that this is happening and no one is doing a damn thing to stop it. I'm also terrified that it's going to get worse. What's going to happen when wealthy western countries have evacuated all of their citizens? Will it be an open invitation to destroy southern Lebanon?


  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Vanderknowledge said…

    Tell your hesbolla buddies to give up there weapons and release the two Jews. Thats preety simple. You started it by allowing these killers of Americans and Jews to live in your country. So you must me just like them. Birds of a feather stick together. America should join the Jews to wipe out the murders.

  • At 2:43 PM, Blogger pamela b said…

    Hesbollah terrorists are not my buddies. It's exactly your kind of attitude that's justifying these pointless acts of brutality. Bombing a country doesn't stop terrorists, and the only reason our president doesn't know that by know is that he fires anyone who tells him things he doesn't want to hear.

  • At 2:03 AM, Anonymous Kimberly said…

    vanderknowledge writes, "America should join the Jews to wipe out the [murders]." First of all, this is not an act of Jews, it is an act of Israelis, or rather of Israel. Secondly, I find it quite sad that history is forgotten and overlooked so quickly: the rhetoric of 'wiping out' groups of people was not to long ago used by Hitler to justify the systematic genocide of Jews and many other people of his choosing.

    Also, I believe that the saying is: "Birds of a feather FLOCK together." In Spanish this is figuratively translated as "Dime con quien andas, y te dire quien eres." Perhaps this arrogantly self-titled blogger should take his own advice and return to his ignorant FLOCK.

  • At 1:38 PM, Blogger pamela b said…

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  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger pamela b said…

    "First of all, this is not an act of Jews, it is an act of Israelis, or rather of Israel."

    Well put. Mixing up the two unfairly blames all Jews for the violent acts of one nation. Remembering the distinction between the two gives Jews the freedom to claim a cultural identity without claiming responsibility for violence and allows them to denounce the acts of one country without renouncing their identity.

  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Devo said…

    So Kim and Pam are willing to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man ... shame on you ...

  • At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This has happened throughout history, from the ancients to current day; is continuing to happen and will continue to happen in the future ... and so it goes.

  • At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hizbollah is the only group deliberately attacking civilians; Israel is not.

    Also, it hasn't happened throughout history. Killing civilians has not always been part of war.


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