Oracle Commentaries 7/30/2006
It appears that Hizbollah has scored a major propaganda triumph through a callously staged carnage of women and children in Qana, Lebanon. You may think this is just another prejudiced attempt at propaganda in favor of Israel. But before you draw that conclusion, consider these established facts:
• Israel has both satellite and drone aircraft videos unmistakably showing Hizbollah trucks pulling into civilian buildings in Qana loaded with katyusha rockets
• Israel also has videos of many katyusha rockets being launched from the particular building containing civilians that was bombed
• Israel had pleaded with all non-combatants to leave the Qana area for several days through leaflets and radio announcements
• Israel had no idea that there were any civilians in the targeted building
• However, Hizbollah knew they were there and continued to launch missiles at Israeli cities from there
• Hizbollah also knew that Israel was tracking those missiles from their launch site
So here are some important questions:
1. Why were those approximately sixty women and children in that building when the rest of the city was virtually empty of civilians?
2. Why did Hizbollah launch multiple missiles from next to the building?
3. Why was there no civilian men found dead there?
4. Why did it take Hizbollah seven hours after the guided bomb hit the building to report it?
5. Did the single Israeli bomb cause the building to totally collapse, or did secondary explosions from rockets stored there contribute to the disaster
An estimated 54 people were tragically killed when the building collapsed, mostly children. This is a real lamentable tragedy that certainly should have been avoided. But the only ones who knew they were there was the Hizbollah combatants who were launching rockets next to the building.
There is good reason to believe that Hizbollah did not allow the women and children to evacuate and staged this carnage.
There are many established incidences of Hizbollah using civilians as human shields while fighting with the Israelis. This is what has made the going so tough for the Israeli soldiers. Hizbollah counts on the fact that Israelis do not intentionally target civilians.
In this case, Hizbollah counted on many other things to achieve their propaganda goals.
They knew they could count on the ingrained hatred of Israel (and the United States) by Muslims everywhere so that they would believe the worst about them despite any factual evidence.
They also knew that showing the bodies of mangled children on television would turn the Lebanese over to their side.
They also knew that these same horrible images would turn the entire world against Israel, and the Muslim world into a mindless rage against Israel and the United States.
They also knew that this incident would incite the Useful Idiot Squad among Western liberals to demand a cease-fire that would live them “victors” in the mind of the Muslim world and still armed with missiles of every kind.
As I have said in other articles, war is hell. It should only be entered when absolutely necessary. Israel had no choice but to go to war when Hamas and Hizbollah took hostage several soldiers, coupled with a rain of rockets on their cities.
In view of Israel’s offensive military capability, they have used remarkable restraint and care to avoid killing non-combatants.
It would be very instructive to remember incidences of past wars to put this incident, though tragic, into perspective – especially for the liberals in the West.
Winston Churchill ordered the RAF to bomb Dresden, Germany on the night of February 13th, 1945. Here is the historical account:
On the evening of February 13, 1945, an orgy of genocide and barbarism began against a defenseless German city, one of the greatest cultural centers of northern Europe. Within less than 14 hours not only was it reduced to flaming ruins, but an estimated one-third of its inhabitants, possibly as many as a half a million, had perished in what was the worst single event massacre of all time … Dresden, known as the Florence of the North. Dresden was a hospital city for wounded soldiers. Not one military unit, not one anti-aircraft battery was deployed in the city. Together with the 600.000 refugees from Breslau, Dresden was filled with nearly 1.2 million people … More than 700.000 phosphorus bombs were dropped on 1.2 million people. One bomb for every 2 people. The temperature in the center of the city reached 1600 degrees centigrade. More than 260.000 bodies and residues of bodies were counted. But those who perished in the center of the city can't be traced. Approximately 500.000 children, women, the elderly, wounded soldiers and the animals of the zoo were slaughtered in one night.” (Rense.com The WWII Dresden Holocaust)
Harry S. Truman ordered Nagasaki and Hiroshima to be hit with atomic bombs. Though not as many civilians were killed in those two raids as in Dresden, they will be forever remembered with horror.
In both cases, victory was already assured. But Britain and the United States wanted to end the war with fewer allied casualties than would have been suffered without these raids to demoralize the enemies’ will to fight.
In Israel’s case, enemies who want to annihilate them as a nation and people surround it. They know they can’t afford to loose even once or they will not survive. When this is factored into the present conflict, it is almost unbelievable that they have used such restraint in view of their danger and military capability.
Even though Israel did not know there were women and children in the building they targeted for good tactical reasons, they still have expressed profound regret for the loss of life. But in the historical attacks I listed above, there was never any profound apology expressed, especially over the holocaust at Dresden.
Think about that before you start condemning Israel and demanding a cease-fire that leaves them still in mortal danger.
By: Hal Lindsey