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Israel Being Attacked For Being Attacked - Updated!

As everyone should know by now, Israel is responding with aggression against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. And, as people should know, Gaza Strip was given back to the arabs after Israel conquered that territory some years ago.

What did the arabs do to show their appreciation? Launch dozens of rocket at Israel almost every single day, even during cease-fire agreements. Whilst the Hamas terrorist organization maintained rocket, mortar and other attacks against Israeli civilians and civilian targets, it was only Israel that got the shame-shame statements from world leaders whenever they responded or arrested known murderers.

This latest cease-fire, which lasted only months, limited both sides in its aggressiveness against the other. It did however allow Israel to directly respond to rocket attacks or to singularly go after known murderers that were known to have killed Israelis. Thus, Israel stopped all ground offensives and only took rare incursions in to the Gaza Strip in order to take out high priority targets. However, during that same cease-fire agreement, Hamas continued its rain of destruction upon Israel. Some days saw over 50 attacks. Yes, no one from the world or media dared condemn Hamas' breaking of agreements and putting civilians at risk (many times it was their own civilians that were fired upon).

And as Brian has shown and I will show, now that Israel has decided enough is enough and taken defensive aggression against the Hamas terrorist organization's continuous rocket and mortar attacks, world leaders and the mainstream press are squealing that Israel should stop and hold another cease-fire.
I will attempt to show you, from a story at FoxNews.com, how biased and wholly inept the mainstream media really is.

Before I start, can you guess which wire service wrote this story?

From its first paragraph, you can already sense the anger and hatred towards Israel's willingness to continue to survive:

Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.


Sending "warplanes" to "demolish" tunnels that are the "LIFELINE" of terrorists? How evil!

Sometimes it is seen written this way:
Israel has rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants...


Sometimes it was written this way:
Israel rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its devastating air offensive against Palestinian militants...


Note the ever increasing anger in the message towards Israel. Note how the media continues to call the Hamas terrorist organization "palestinian militants". As if they were just a small group of disheartened people with a grievance against their own government. Rather, these are government sponsored terrorists going against another country and its civilians.

Other times it is seen like this:
Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian fighters whose rocket barrages are striking


Now, we are treated to an even milder statement of who it is Israel is disagreeing with. These are just "fighters". Street Brawlers. People with a simple grievance. Yet, Israel wants to devastate them with aerial bombardments. I mean, its not like these are outright murderers or anything.

So, the first sentence has declared the cruel and obstenant Israel has defied all normalcy to end its mounting and devastating killing spree against arab freedom fighters. But, in the very next sentence the author states:
Hamas fired more than two dozens rockets and mortar shells by mid-day Wednesday, including five that hit in and around the major southern Israeli city of Beersheba, 22 miles from Gaza. One hit an empty school. Another landed in a small farming community about 20 miles southeast of Tel Aviv.


So, despite the continuing rocket and mortar attacks on what they clearly see as civilian targets, the media still blames Israel for everything. They just can't seem to understand the premise of self-defense and deterrence. They, and the world leaders want Israel to stop defending itself against those who want to kill them. In other words, they are demanding of Israel...

"Stop killing those who want to kill you"

Next:
The diplomatic action was set in motion by the scale of destruction in Gaza since Israel unleashed its campaign Saturday, and a casualty toll that Gaza officials now put at 390 dead and some 1,600 wounded.


First it is not a diplomatic action if the outside world is telling you to do something while not telling the other party the same thing. It is not diplomatic when you tell party A (Israel) to stop while party B (Hamas) continues to demand that Israel die and promises to keep fighting no matter what. By the way, "Gaza officials" are members of the Hamas terrorist organization recognized by even the UN and many nations of this world. The self-same entities that are demanding Israel open up its defenses.

Hamas says some 200 uniformed members of Hamas security forces have been killed, ...


They have uniforms? They are not even a country! And, have we ever seen Hamas uniform from the bagillions of PR photos put out by the AP and Reuters? Having an all black outfit is not a uniform.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,...


Meanwhile giving time to Hamas to rearm. Hey Abbas, why not tell your arab brothers to stop fighting first?

Overnight, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed a 48-hour truce proposal floated by France with his foreign and defense ministers. The meeting ended with a decision to continue the punishing aerial campaign.


Give it to France to play the coward card. They can't stand it when Israel attacks its brothers.

White House officials said Bush talked with Olmert on Wednesday about finding ways to "end the violence" in the region and to voice concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza.


Brian has already pointed out the sheer disproportionate numbers of civilians that have NOT been killed in this latest skirmish. And yet, Pres Bush continues to show his yellow spine and back those who want to destroy Israel.

Olmert told ministers Israel embarked upon the offensive to radically transform the security situation in Israel's south and would not leave the job half done.


Like he promised to do against Hezballah, right? More from the French:

"Giving Hamas a respite just to regroup, rearm is a mistake," Olmert spokesman Mark Regev said. "The pressure on the Hamas military machine must continue."

France said it was still trying to persuade Israel to suspend its attacks. "I hope there are no ground operations," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.


While I agree with Olmert here and it seems he has wisened up a bit to know that if he just stops, then Hamas will declare a victory, he still does not truly sound like he is mad as hell and not going to take the rocket attacks any more. Hey FRANCE!!!! Where were you when Hamas and Hezballah were attacking Israel with rockets and mortars killing ONLY civilians? Where are you now demanding the Hamas terrorist organization stop the rockets it continues to launch even now?

But what is even more infuriating, is the very next sentence:
Hamas, whose charter specifically calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, kept up its rocket barrages, which have killed four Israelis since the weekend, and sent many more running for bomb shelters.

Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and many other Western nations.


So, despite the knowledge that they continue to launch rockets, are a defined terrorist organization with everyone (meaning that anyone who takes out a terrorist is in complete legal territory), and proudly state in their founding document that they want to be the final solution to the Jewish problem, the mainstream media and the world's leaders continue to harp on Israel's defensive actions.

And here is the gotcha (clue to upyurnoz):
From 2000 to 2004, Hamas was responsible for killing nearly 400 Israelis and wounding more than 2,000 in 425 attacks, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 2001 through May 2008, Hamas launched more than 3,000 Qassam rockets and 2,500 mortar attacks against Israeli targets.


You can probably more than double those numbers of Israeli deaths for current 2008 numbers. Meaning, over 800 Israelis have died since 2000 from over 800 attacks. The first sentence states 425 attacks in 5 years and then states in next sentence states 5,500 attacks in the previous 8 years. The first sentence is from what they say is Israel (no link provided) and do not cite the source for the second sentence. Thus, I did not feel the need to cite my belief in the number of Israeli deaths at the hands of the Hamas terrorist organization.

So, Israel has been operating now for 5 days and supposedly killed almost 400 people, many of whom were terrorists, out of the last 9 years. I think that shows tremendous restraint against a known terrorist organization bent on Israel's destruction. But then we all know that most of the mainstream media wants Israel's destruction too.

Underlying the Israeli decision to keep fighting are the mightier weapons that Hamas has smuggled into Gaza through underground tunnels along the border with Egypt.


What? You mean that Hamas has even deadlier weapons at their disposal and yet Israel should still stop defending itself?

Now, they are firing industrial-grade weapons that have dramatically expanded their range and put more than one-tenth of Israel's population in their sights.


And yet Israel is still being harassed into agreeing to a cease-fire so that the Hamas terrorist organization can rearm itself with those exact same deadlier weapons? Yep, that sound fair.

Early on Wednesday, Israeli aircraft pounded smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border in another attempt to sever the lifeline that keeps Hamas in power by supplying weapons, food and fuel.

A huge explosion rocked a tunnel that housed a fuel pipeline and aircraft also smashed the house of a smuggling kingpin. In all, two tunnels were destroyed in the raid, Egyptian security officials in Rafah said.

An Egyptian official, ..., said Israel has destroyed 120 tunnels since the aerial campaign began. According to conservative estimates, there were at least 200 tunnels before Israeli warplanes began striking.


What, you mean Israel is attacking military-style targets and not civilian homes like the rest of the media suggests that they are? If Israel is attacking military-style targets and Hamas terrorist organizational buildings, then how come the media is reporting that so many hundreds of civilians are the ones dead? Could it be that these are the same UN-uniformed Hamas terrorists we have documented here at SnappedShot time and time again?

But, you know, the pro-Israel side of the story had to end there:
A Palestinian medic was killed and two others were wounded when an Israeli missile struck next to their ambulance east of Gaza City, Palestinians said. The Israeli military said it did not know of the incident.


But then we will always get the gracious supply of how brave and manly these arab terrorists are:
Diskin, the Israeli security services chief, said Hamas was trying to smuggle out some of its activists to Egypt through tunnels that were still passable. Other militants were hiding in Gaza hospitals, some disguised as doctors and nurses, and in mosques, where militants had set up command and control centers, Diskin said.


Oh, of course, "Diskin said". We can't believe an Isaeli. Notice that they talk of things happening in Gaza as if they know first hand and thus must be believed. But, if they talk bad about the Hamas terrorist organization, they have to say that those words only came out of an Israeli mouth. Notice the difference?

But, nonetheless, Israel should stop fighting for its survival because lil' ol' Hamas terrorist organization wants peace, right?
Although Hamas leaders have been driven underground, spokesman Taher Nunu said the Gaza government was functioning and had met over the past few days.

"What our people want is clear: an immediate stop to all kinds of aggression, the end of the siege by all means, the opening of all border crossings, and international guarantees that the occupation will not renew this terrorist war again," Nunu said in a statement.


Hmmmm. So, Hamas wants an end to all aggression but continues to attack Israel. The Hamas terrorist organization wants all border crossings open but yet prevent Israel from protecting itself from smuggled weapons and suicide bombers. Hamas wants Israel to end "its seige" of Gaza so that they can continue their "seige" of Israel. They want Israel to stop its actions, so that when it does, they can say they were right when they said it was a "terrorist war" and then use that justification to continue its attacks on Israel. Under the full support of the UN and world leaders, of course.

If the Hamas terrorist organization and the world leaders are so worried about the humanitarian crisis, why don't they ask Hamas where the billions in aid money went? Even the USA sent them aid money while they were continuing their attacks on Israel. We didn't even demand that they stop their "terrorist war" and "seige" upon Israeli citizens before receiving money.

The world is funding the attacks on Israel.

A Hamas spokesman said militants wouldn't halt their rocket and mortar fire until Israel ended its blockade. "If they halt the aggression and the blockade, then Hamas will study these suggestions," Mushir Masri said.


Where is the true journalist asking the question, "But weren't you attacking Israel even BEFORE Israel launched this latest skirmish?" Where are the questions of scope? Where are the questions of what did Israel do to get attacked on a nearly daily basis since its inception in 1948? Where are the comparisons to the living conditions of those arabs who live within Israel compared to those who want to get rid of Israel? Where are the questions about the Hamas' charter?

Why is the focus solely on Israel? Could it be that it is because Israel is known as the more civilized peoples and thus are more reasonable and more apt to spare human lives?

Israel, will you stop your attacks? "We will consider it and way the pros and cons and determine the best course of action to limit casualties and protect Israel at the same time."

Hamas terrorist, will you stop your attacks? "We will not stop until all Israel is wiped off the Earth and Islam is in every home of the world."

Now, tell me who is the more responsible, reasonable, and civilized culture?

[Update:] From that good ol' pro-western wire service that loves Brian to death (literally), comes word that the UN once again hates Israel and loves terrorists:
The U.N. Security Council met Wednesday night to consider an Arab request for a legally binding resolution that would condemn Israel and halt the attacks. But the United States called a draft resolution "unacceptable" because it made no mention of halting the Hamas rockets.


[Update 2:]
"Between 20 percent and 25 percent of the dead are either women or children, said Karen Abu Zayd, U.N. Relief and Works Agency commissioner."


What? Can't they tell the difference?

[Update 3:] From this link:
The numbers reported indicate that there was no clear intent to inflict disproportionate collateral civilian casualties. What is critical from the standpoint of international law is that if the attempt has been made "to minimize civilian damage, then even a strike that causes large amounts of damage - but is directed at a target with very large military value - would be lawful." Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, explained that international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court "permit belligerents to carry out proportionate attacks against military objectives, even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur."

The attack becomes a war crime when it is directed against civilians (which is precisely what Hamas does). After 9/11, when the Western alliance united to collectively topple the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, no one compared Afghan casualties in 2001 to the actual numbers that died from al-Qaeda's attack. There clearly is no international expectation that military losses in war should be on a one-to-one basis. To expect Israel to hold back in its use of decisive force against legitimate military targets in Gaza is to condemn it to a long war of attrition with Hamas.

 Tags: hamas #TROP


Comments:

#1 SH 31-Dec-2008
Excellent, thank you.
#2 Daniel 01-Jan-2009
I understand your anger and your uneasiness with what is going on with the uncertainty that exists as to what will happen next.
But I think you are misinterpreting many of the things you read. You take messages literally and interpret them as meaning exactly what they appear to mean.

But usually they mean more like the opposite.

For example Kouchner's statement that he hopes there is not a ground offensive, actually means the opposite of what it says. If does not signify opposition to a ground offensive. Its true interpretation is "why the Hell have you not gotten on with a ground offensive?"
Abbas piously opposes the attacks on Hamas. Everyone knows that he does this merely to seem sympathetic when some innocent Palis may die. Everyone knows that he and his people are rooting for utter destruction of Hamas. They don't dare say it, but their worst fear is that Israel will stop with Hamas still in power.
The only terms that Israel should accept for a truce or armistice is unconditional surrender by Hamas. Anything else will allow Hamas to repeat its ugliness in the future. Anything else will infuriate Egypt which has gone out on a limb by blaming Hamas for the current war, and will infuriate Saudi Arabia as well.
The international pressure on Israel is incredibly weak by past standards and will only grow if Israel loses heart and allows Hamas to survive.
The people of Gaza are now under the control of Hamas which will kill those that even whisper opposition to them. They do not dare say that they prefer the Israelis though most of them do, because they do not want themselves and their loved ones to be murdered by these savages.
And remember, diplomats talk doubletalk.
#3 captainfish 01-Jan-2009
Couldn't agree more Daniel.

The world may throw a fit, but I think most of them would like to see the end of Hamas. Just like the world threw a fit when we went after Saddam. But they were also grateful that we took him out.

However, I may be wrong, but I don't recall the arab nations or the Security council coming up with a resolution demanding an immediate cessation of "violence" and withdrawal.

Only in this day and age can Israel's self-defense be called and believed as, "violence".
#4 busywolf 02-Jan-2009
Hi, captainfish! Long time no see.

You say: "And, as people should know, Gaza Strip was given back to the arabs after Israel conquered that territory some years ago."

And it's true. Therefore I can't stop wondering why there still are refugee camps in Gaza. My point is we've seen the likes of Daniel Barenboim and Lauren Booth accepting Palestinian passports or identity cards. Why can't this courtesy be extended to those actually inhabiting Gaza? Why not end the travesty of the so-called refugees starting with the Gaza strip?
Unless of course they still hope to come back to Israel proper.
Besides, take a look at some of the housing in those refugee camps - such as Haniyeh's or some other Hamas leaders - not exactly what one might call tents.
I realize that this may come as a bit of a blow to UNRWA - you know, they might be expected to cut down on their housing and travelling expenses, given that 2/3 of their over half a billion USD budget is wasted on staff, but can't the UN make a little sacrifice for the benefit of fellow-man?
I was also wondering, do Barenboim and Booth qualify as refugees as well? Are they also entitled to their quota of flour, oil, rice and such?

Just a thought.
#5 captainfish 02-Jan-2009
snicker

hahahaa

Hello Busywolf. How are things in your neck of the woods? What's the rumor?
Is Israel going in? Or is this just a show?
#6 busywolf 02-Jan-2009
Ahoy, captain.

I don't really know. There's been talk of a ground operation but most people feel against it. We don't want to see out boys butchered again as they were in Lebanon in 2006. I know no more than you do.
Living in Jerusalem, I'm not within rocket range as yet, but basically I have to avoid being crushed by a bulldozer or run over by a car, or even getting stabbed. As with everyting else in life, being a Jerusalemite has its highs and lows, but I am not complaining.
However, I am dead serious about the refugee issue. Given that you have a large audience, I thought I would ask your help in trying to promote this idea.
Also, I hear pro-Israeli blogs are getting hacked, so make sure you are protected and back everything up.
#7 captainfish 02-Jan-2009
Busywolf, I thought you were being highly sarcastic. Could you flesh out more of what you mean regarding your comments on Gaza refugee camps?

For what I know, there are no refugee camps in Gaza. Hamas in Gaza lives in luxury. The refugee camps I know of are in Lebanon, Jordan and even Egypt I think.

How can there be a refugee camp in the place you want to return to?

What are you wanting to happen? Do you want them to dismantle their camps and return to Gaza and W. Bank? Or..??

I assumed you were being sarcastic about doing something for the refugees because like their leaders, they live in shambles. (joke)

Don't know what can be done except STOP sending terrorists money.... oh, and taking them OUT.

Oh, I too don't want to see soldiers lives put at risk. We don't want it either in Iraq or Afghanistan. But, it is necessary and our boys are willing to die protecting their country. Am sure your boys feel the same. However, yes, that battle in Lebanon was wholly mishandled and many Israeli troopers died that shouldn't have.

I fear this latest skirmish will be the same. This is only a week long event. If it was long term, there would be more sortees and they wouldn't be warning people before blowing up buildings. They would want to take out the terrorists too.
#8 busywolf 02-Jan-2009
Yep, I was being sarcastic about B&B.
Here's a link about the Gaza refugee camps:
http://www.un.org/unrwa/refugees/gaza.html
Those are the refugees I'm talking about.
Given that they now live under the leadership of their own people there is no reason for them to be refugees except milk the interntional community and perpetuate the myth of Palestinian suffering and oppression in order to pin their troubles on Israel. Gaza is their ideal home, they should be made full-fledged citizens. Most of them weren't even alive in 1948 and there is no way Israel is going to take them back. Besides Egypt put them in camps, not Israel.
I might be incoherent, given that it is almost 7 a.m. and I haven't slept all night, so I'll get back to you tomorrow.
Also, please do not think even for a second that we in Israel do not feel for your brave men and women in uniform. We know that soldiers do not grow on trees and we value life more than anything else. We feel for yours as we feel for our own. We know who liberated Europe and North Africa. I meant no disrespect. But then you know how the vast majority of Israelis feel about America.

Well, I need to get some sleep. I'll get back to you later, on this thread.
Take care and thanks.
And God bless you good people on this site!
#9 captainfish 03-Jan-2009
GOD Bless Busywolf.

And I just wanted to make sure I understood you correctly. I made that mistake with Kevin a while back. oops. hehee.

So, wow. Did not realize there were 8 camps IN the Gaza. so, they are refugees in their own land. how funny.

Yes, I know many Israelis value their soldier's lives as most all of Israelis are soldiers at one point or another. From such a small number comes such great deeds.

Yes, while American may have liberated some countries, you liberated YOUR OWN!

Get you sleep. besides, its only 11pm. Get on the right time! hehehee jk

Stay safe.

And like Elder and his friends say, Say Shema for Israel.
#10 busywolf 03-Jan-2009
Wow, that was quick and I'm still around.
To be honest with you, I left a comment on Elder's site on the issue of the refugees, but Elder either isn't interested or didn't notice it. Still, I think it's an anomaly and the subject is worth examining.

I am European-born, I know who crushed the Nazis and at what price, although I was not around at the time.

This is it, for the time being, I'm over and out.

Good night and take care!
#11 busywolf 03-Jan-2009
captain,

the ground operation is on. The IAF and artillery have been softening the ground throughout the day, and Israeli tv is confirming as we speak that troops are entering Gazah. Don't know who, don't know where. Please join me in praying that they bring Gilad Shalit home safe and sound.
#12 captainfish 03-Jan-2009
Busybee.. I mean BadWolf... err. I mean BusyWolf, (hehee)

We all do. Our US Marines have a mantra of Leave No One Behind. I do hope that you are able to find ALL of your missing soldiers and bring them back home.

But, I fear, that he was killed shortly after he was taken. Much like past kidnappings, they were only exchanged as bodies for living terrorist prisoners.

Thus, Hamas needs to be wiped out.

I was offline for about 5 hours earlier, but I am following developments now.
#13 busywolf 03-Jan-2009
You left out BadBee.

About Gilad Shalit, I also fear him dead, but my friends keep telling me to think positive.

Nice to see you back online, but I have to get some Zzzzzzzzzzz, as I am a working wolf (that's whay busy stands for) and gotta go to work in a few hours.

So I'll bid you good night for the time being and wish you good blogging. See you around, though.

p.s. Dave (israellycool) posted a prayer for the safety of our soldiers.

Nite, nite
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