It’s a fact that when Israel strikes its enemies, it always takes into consideration the civilian population, in contrast to the Arabs whose chief aim is to murder Israeli civilians, because for pious Muslims, infidels are always legitimate targets. Only the naive or badly informed could believe otherwise.
Palestine Media Watch: Hamas TV acknowledged this morning that the vast majority of those killed are from the Hamas military. A news ticker running repeatedly from 10:00 AM announced:
“More than 180 Palestinian policemen were killed including the [Police] Commander, General Tawfik Jaber.”
In the background Hamas TV is repeatedly broadcasting the same scenes of dozens of bodies of the uniformed Hamas soldiers who were killed in Israel’s first attack yesterday when Israel hit the Hamas officer’s course graduation ceremony. Hamas TV, Dec. 28, 2008
NOTE: At the most, 15 civilians so far have been killed in Gaza, which hardly makes the well planned attacks “disproportionate” in any sense of the word. Those who use the term “disproportionate use of force”, never find the time to explain just what “proportionate use of force” they are willing to sign off on.
What guidelines are they using to gauge whether a display of force is proportionate or not? When reviewing Israel’s use of force, are they using Western standards as a measuring stick, and if so, which conflicts that the West has engaged in are they referring to?
No doubt, it’s simple questions like these that politicians who invoke the “disproportionate use of power” mantra, refuse to answer or engage in discussions about, because getting to the bottom of it will mean the end to their casual use of it. KGS