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    • Peter G.
    • 31.07.06 | 02:58 (IDT)

    Please, let's consider current affairs. What exactly is the difference between launching Katyushas into civilian population centers in Israel and the IAF bombing population centers in south Beirut, Tyre, Sidon and Tripoli? Israel?s IDF has fired thousands of shells into south Lebanon villages, alleging that Hezbollah men are concealed among the civilian population. Worse yet, bombing infrastructure targets such as power stations, bridges and other civil facilities turns the entire Lebanese civilian population into a victim and hostage, even if Israel?s IDF are not physically harming civilians. The use of bombings to achieve a diplomatic goal - namely, coercing the Lebanese government into implementing UNSCR 1559 - is an attempt at political blackmail, and no less than the kidnapping of 2 IDF soldiers by Hezbollah is the aim of bringing about a prisoner exchange. There is a propaganda aspect to this war, and it involves a competition as to who is more miserable. Each side tries to persuade the world that it is more miserable. As in every propaganda campaign, the use of information is selective, distorted and self-righteous. If Israel wants to base its information (or shall we call it propaganda?) policy on the assumption that the international environment is going to buy the dubious merchandise that it?s selling, be it out of ignorance or hypocrisy, then fine. But in terms of Israel?s own national soul searching, Israelis owe themselves to confront the bitter truth - maybe they will win this conflict on the military field, maybe they will make some diplomatic gains, but on the moral plane, Israelis have no advantage, and Israelis have no special status.

    from the article: Qana villagers refute IDF claims building fell hours after strike
    First published 00:00 30.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 30.07.06
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