"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Another Accident

Wouldn't you think if you drop enough 500lb bombs on a civilian area you are bound to kill a few people.

Note the prominent position of the Israeli army 'explanation' for the slaughter.

RTE reports today:

An Israeli air strike has killed at least 54 Lebanese civilians, including 21 children, in the southern village of Qana.

Jacob Dallal, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said it was not Israel's intention to kill civilians.

Several houses collapsed and a three-storey building where about 100 civilians were sheltering was destroyed, witnesses and rescue workers said.

Distraught people screamed in grief and anger amid the rubble of wrecked buildings.

Israel's military said it had warned residents of Qana to leave and said Hezbollah bore responsibility for using it to fire rockets at the Jewish state.

and a few days ago:

The UN Security Council adopted a statement today expressing shock and distress at Israel's bombing of a UN outpost in Lebanon that killed four unarmed UN peacekeepers.

Israel has apologized and called the incident a mistake. UN officials said they asked Israel a dozen times to stop bombing near the post in the hours before it was destroyed.

The question is, what came first, the bomb or the press release denying all responsibility?