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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 07.01.11 | 18:32 (IST)

    Obviously the death could not be the direct results of the tear gas used (CS). The problem the IDF how has to deal with is the blowback from the initial smear job upon the woman. How to extricate the IDF from hoof-in-mouth disease? The problem exists because the IDF did not use an intelligent and informed argument in response to the incident. Had the IDF pointed out the FACTS that it is virtually impossible to deliver the concentrations of CS necessary over the time required to be lethal in the open and with a breeze, it would have no problem now aside from those who have no desire to know the truth. The problem is the smear campaign launched as a defense, coupled with the even more despicable lies spread by folks who fancy themselves friends of Israel. The exact details of her affliction, prior conditions and treatment remain obscure and within that obfuscation, somewhere, is the truth about why she died. While tear gas may have had a part in her death the important FACT is that the IDF did not use anything like the amount of CS to cause anything more than discomfort. Perhaps the IDF is learning. The handling of the death of an old man in Hebron has been - so far - much more intelligent than the handling of the Bil'lin incident.

    from the article: IDF chief in West Bank: Palestinian woman didn't die from inhaling tear gas
    First published 16:16 07.01.11 | Last updated 16:16 07.01.11
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