Monday, September 03, 2007


Sending children into harm's way is a winner for Palestinian rocket-firers:
The IDF explains that the Palestinians make a practice of sending children to collect the Qassam launchers. However, in this case, the children killed were not collecting launchers. The first two were killed while collecting carob fruit and the next three - according to the IDF's own investigation - were playing tag. But even if we accept the IDF's claim that there is a general trend of sending children to collect launchers (which has not been proven), that should have brought about an immediate halt to firing at launcher collectors.

But the IDF does not care whether its victims are liable to be children. The fact is that it shoots at figures it considers suspicious, with full knowledge - according to its own contention - that they are liable to be children. Therefore, an IDF that fires at launcher collectors is an army that kills children, without any intention of preventing this. This then is not a series of unfortunate mistakes, as it is being portrayed, but rather reflects the army's contempt for the lives of Palestinian children and its terrifying indifference to their fate.
Why should the IDF have higher regard for Palestinian children than that shown by the Palestinians?


Anonymous the_real_jeffs said...

The Palis still don't love their children. Thus, no peace for now.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous John A said...

I must have missed the point. Is it the position of the IDF to shoot children on the off chance that they might be collecting launchers?

And is it Beck's case that there is no reason for the IDF to make such a differentiation?

4:58 AM  

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