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Too little, Too late!

This is damage, too.
Well, finally. Nearly a month after the conflict between Israel and Hezbullah has ended, the news wires finally give us some glimpses of some of the distruction caused by Hezbullah's unguided, ball-brearing-filled rockets.

Too little, too late, guys. If you genuinely wanted to be fair, you would've sent these photos over the wires a month ago.

We're also learning from these captions that Amnesty International has suggested that Hezbullah may have committed war crimes by targeting civilians deliberately.

Hello? Any mention of their hiding behind civilians would be nice.

"The scale of Hizbullah's attacks on Israeli cities, towns and villages, the indiscriminate nature of the weapons used, and statements from the leadership confirming their intent to target civilians, make it all too clear that Hizbullah violated the laws of war," said Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan.


That's funny. Hezbullah admits to deliberately targeting civilians, yet they're still received as the de-facto spokesmen for Lebanon, while the press continues to bray about Israeli "abuses."

Check the article out if you want to see some photos of fairly extensive damage in Israel that the press hasn't seen fit to publish so far. The running tally is currently something like this:

"Damage and Destruction" in Lebanon: 5,000 photographs.
In Israel? 5 photographs.

Great objectivity, guys.
Cars burn following a Hezbollah rocket attack on the northern Israeli port of Haifa in August 2006. Amnesty International has said Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel.(AFP/File/Roni Schutzer)


An Israeli resident inspects the damage after a Hezbollah rocket smashed into his house in the northern city of Nahariya. Amnesty International has said Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel.(AFP/David Furst)


Israeli firefighters inspect the damage after a Hezbollah rocket hit a school in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona in August 2006. Amnesty International has said Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel.(AFP/File/Menahem Kahana)


A resident inspects the damage caused when a Hezbollah rocket smashed into his house in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya. Amnesty International has said Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel.(AFP/File/David Furst)


An Israeli man stands with his children at the scene of a rocket attack in the northern Israeli city of Haifa August 13, 2006. Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah committed war crimes in its conflict with Israel by targeting civilians with rockets packed with metal ball bearings, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. (Max Yelinson/Reuters)


A resident of the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona examines his home which was destroyed by a Hezbollah rocket. Amnesty International has said that Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel.(AFP/Gali Tibbon)

 Tags: david furst max yelinson menahem kahana roni schutzer gali tibbon AFP REUTERS Israel/Lebanon War 2006


Comments:

#1 captainfish 14-Sep-2006
HEY!! Where did you get those photos??? How did you get them? From WHO?!?! Who leaked those photos to you!!?? Those photos should not have been exposed to the public. Doing so risks sending objectivity of the war against intolerance back to the days when we could not report from behind enemy lines.

Please destroy these photos immediately as they paint the recent war in a two-sided light. As we had no real reporters in Isreal, we can not ethically report on incidents in Isreal. Thus, if we do not report on incidents, then they didn't really happen.

Please comply forthwith.
Your in ethical honesty,
al-Reuters/al-Amnesty
#2 Jeha 14-Sep-2006
Those pictures are Odd.

It looks like the eplosive charge of those rockets is quite high, compared to the katyusha's that were lobbed at us, back during the civil war.

They must have improved the explosive types with more recent stuff.

Makes me think; what if they had decided to start a civil war in Lebanon instead of messing with Israel?
#3 Disturbingly Yellow 14-Sep-2006
Snapped Shot illustrates a point: people really do care about Israelis.
The day after.

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#4 Peter H 20-Sep-2006
Brian, are you denying that there was more damage and destruction in Lebanon than in Israel? When even the Prime Minister of Israel says the following?:

"The claim that we lost is unfounded. Half of Lebanon is destroyed; is that a loss?"
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/758660.html
#5 Brian 20-Sep-2006
Peter,

Thanks for the comment. I don't think you'll find me "denying" much of anything, and I'd tend to describe Prime Minister Olmert with the same general terms that I'd reserve for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. (In other words, he is a _career_ politician who will do and say _anything_ to stay in favor in international circles, no matter the effect on his own country.)

That being said, do *you* think that "more destruction in Lebanon than in Israel" *justifies* blacking out all news related to rocket strikes *in* Israel?

Does it justify playing up every attack in Lebanon as a catastrophic strike, and minimizing reports of damage in Israel to mere sidebar mentions?

I _don't_ think (and this is me speaking personally) that it does.

Apparently, that's what separates me from the supposed "professionals" who covered the war.

Hope this makes sense. I certainly look forward to hearing your further thoughts on this matter!

Regards,
Brian
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