targeting civilians

I was recently watching C-SPAN’s television show “Book TV” and the featured guest was Steve Emerson. He was hyping his book “Jihad Incorporated” and taking questions from viewers. He was describing evidence he had encountered suggesting that radical Islamic groups have military-style compounds set up all across rural America, that Palestine-based groups like Hamas were setting up operations to be carried out on American soil, etc. One of his callers brought up the fact that, like Hamas, the state of Israel deliberately targets civilians in Palestine and most openly in Israel’s 2006 summer invasion of Lebanon. Emerson claimed that Israel does not deliberately target civilians, but any reading of current events says otherwise.

As described by one of the world’s most respected organizations on human rights (Human Rights Watch, http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/08/02/lebano13902.htm), Israel was constantly targetting civilians during their invasion of Lebanon (an invasion which was supposed to crush Hezbollah once and for all, but only ended up as an embarassing defeat for Israel’s legendary military machine). Israel so commonly targets Palestinian civilians that the deaths occur in the double digits on a daily basis, yet they get away with it by claiming that their intended targets (usually some generic “terrorist leader”, who can be anyone they say it is at any time) are hiding behind human shields, effectively forcing the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to kill innocents in their pursuits. I guess it’s too much to ask why Israeli forces don’t hesitate at all to fire into crowds when they’re only after one of two of them.

Outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan dutifully condemned Israel for its targetting of Lebanese civilians and their deliberate bombing of a UN headquarters (which resulted in four deaths of UN personnel), and he was predictably scolded by the Zionist Organization of America (http://www.zoa.org/2006/08/zoa_criticizes_30.htm) for his request that Israel respect human rights.

Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad are branded “terrorist” groups because they target civilians at times and they admit that they do. Israel targets civilians but is not condemned as a terrorist state because they say they don’t not target civilians, and the West takes them at their word. Maybe if Islamic groups started claiming, like Israel, that they do not deliberately target civilians they can be taken off the US governments list of terrorist groups? Israel literally gets away with cold-blooded murder at their whim and I guess the US thinks that is just fine…

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~ by free71 on January 21, 2007.

2 Responses to “targeting civilians”

  1. I think Howard Zinn echoes your sentiments. He also on C-Span over the weekend giving a speech but when someone asked him who he might support for president he didn’t mention Kucinich. Maybe it’s just because he knows Kucinich won’t get the nomination but he said Ralph Nader supports his real views but Obama and Edwards were the maybes within the system. Kucinich should be viewed as a maybe within the system as well. Oh well……here’s the link. Peace.

    http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-09/07zinn.cfm

  2. Emerson, a Jew who gets it
    A perspective of a moderate Muslim

    At the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I want to say this: either American Jews are completely clueless about the internal struggle inside Islam or they are so cowardly, that they are even afraid to voice their opinion. Or maybe it’s a combination of both.

    Every time there is a development that involves radical Islam, be it a Mayor of New York attending an Islamist parade, DOJ’s officials attending an Islamist conference, or a protester being sued for having the balls to expose an Islamist-sponsored event at an amusement park, the American Jewish community is as quiet as a church mouse. It’s like it is not even there.

    The effect of this silence is devastating. Not for the Jewish community, not yet. That time is still to come. The silence affects the American Muslim community. Every time moderate Muslims are ignored and Islamists are legitimized (by either direct support from government representatives or silent support of the ADL), radicals gain ground. In the current PC climate, moderate Muslims have pretty much no choice but to keep their mouths shut.

    Luckily for us, not everyone in the Jewish community is like that. There are some Jews that are speaking out. One of them is Steven Emerson, who has been warning the West about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism since before PanAm 103. Most of his current work is focused on exposing the radicals masquerading as the moderates – those radicals who are embraced by the DOJ and the Pentagon, by the mayor of New York Bloomberg (Rudy would never get into bed with terrorist supporters) and the Treasury Department, by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, by the Congress and the White House.

    There is a war of ideas within Islam, and moderate Muslims are losing. Most of Muslim clergy and Muslim establishment are paid for by the Wahhabis. Moderate Muslims are being run out of Mosques and community centers, and in many cases are physically threatened. Moderate Muslims have no place in the media or public debate, because the place reserved for Muslims is filled by Islamic radicals, who attempt to make criticizing anything Islamic a taboo. According to the Islamists, a Muslim can do no wrong.
    1. When a non-Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslims, he/she is an Islamophobe.
    2. When a Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslim, he/she is not a real Muslim, therefore see #1.

    This is a tactic used by “moderate” Muslims, the darlings of the government and the media. But how can you call someone who praises bin Laden, or has ties to Hamas, or calls for the elimination of Israel, or wants to replace the Constitution with the Koran a moderate? They are anything but moderates, however nobody except for a few people like Steven Emerson seems to notice that. But even when the Emersons of America appeal to the public, they are often being dismissed as alarmists and racists. Well, they are anything, but. You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to predict the future when it comes to expansion of radical Islam and extinction of moderate Muslims. All you need to do is get your heads out of the sand.

    Why our government is so forgiving and forgetful when it comes to individuals or organizations with known terrorist ties and anti-American views is beyond me. Why the Jewish leaders are so timid when it comes to the subject of radical Islam is incomprehensible.

    I thank God every day for people like Steven Emerson, because they are the last glimmer of hope for moderate Muslims.

    K.M.

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