Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Never Again? Never Again for Who?
The blog Lebanon Updates has a wealth of resources and daily news. This map shows the intensity of the Israeli blitzkrieg that has hit every corner of Lebanon from 7/12 through 7/24. It shatters the myth that Israel is defending itself from southern Lebanon rocket attacks: this is a war on all the peoples of Lebanon.The media magician's sleight-of-hand has transformed the original casus belli of two captured IOF soldiers into "defense from Hezbollah rocket attacks." Nevermind the fact that there were no rocket attacks until Israel's widespread bombings of Lebanon had commenced. Most of the world's media uses the term "Lebanese militia" rather than Hezbollah when describing southern Lebanon's right to defend itself. This initial report by Forbes accurately reported Israel's provocation that resulted in the capture of the IOF soldiers:
"The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to look for them.That fact has been missing in action ever since, just like some of the missing body parts depicted in this slide show:
The forces were trying to keep the soldiers' captors from moving them deeper into Lebanon, Israeli government officials said on condition of anonymity."
Thanks to the Internet bypassing traditional media filters, CNN has been compelled to report on Israel's use of outlawed white phosphorus in Lebanon:
TYRE, Lebanon (CNN) -- As battles have raged between Israel and Hezbollah in recent days, many Lebanese casualties have been rushed to hospitals with severe burns. Steadily, more and more people in southern Lebanon have accused Israel of packing its bombs with phosphorus.Mohammad Khalifeh, Lebanon's health minister, said there are high suspicions Israel is using a new type of weapon, resulting in wounds not seen before in hospitals. He said the weapons may contain phosphorus. "There is no evidence but high clinical suspicions, and this is still under investigation,"
At one hospital in Tyre, Dr. Wahid Najir said he believes the Israeli military has used chemicals to burn those hit. "This is the effect of phosphorus," he said, speaking of a 9-year-old boy with severe wounds to his face. "This is phosphorus of course."
The boy's family was traveling in a vehicle when it was struck.
International rules of war forbid the use of weapons that cause indiscriminate suffering, but make no specific reference to phosphorus. --From CNN's Karl Penhaul (Posted 1:53 p.m.)
The United States has used phosphorus in military actions in Iraq.
Every violation of international law committed by the U.S. in Iraq is now standard issue for the Israeli Death Forces. Never again?