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When Bad Things happen to Bad People

A couple of things to point out in this picture:

An elderly Palestinian refugee woman gestures while walking through the entrance of the Palestinian refugee camp of Baddawi in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon Friday, May 25, 2007. Military aid from the United States and Arab allies began arriving Friday after Washington said it was rushing supplies to the Lebanese army battling al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants barricaded inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in the country's north. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)


1. Yes, that is Sheikh Yassin in the background. You know, the one who called repeatedly for the total destruction of Israel?

2. The green map/blob/statue thing you see in front of our Gesturing Old Lady is the state of Israel. Which, of course, the locals in this picture would refer to as "Occupied Palestine."

As soon as they push the Jews into the sea, of course.

As translated by my pal Jeha (via low-bandwidth e-mail), the poster in the background reads "the martyrs of freedom," and the map, along with naming the (Arabic) towns there, declares that "palestine is ours."

When local populations support the terrorists amongst themselves—be they called "martyrs," "freedom fighters," "guerillas," "militants," or whatever else your imagination fancies—bad things happen. When civilians are cynically used as human shields, the civilians are destined to get hurt.

This is a reality of war. A reality, apparently, that is too advanced for our more "tolerant" and "understanding" denizens of the press to come to grips with.

 Tags: nasser nasser AP Human Shields

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