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05/21/2007

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redrob64

The Lebanese "pounded a Palestinian refugee camp with artillery and tank fire for a second day...raising huge columns of smoke", did they? Any accusations of genocide or war crimes coming out of the UN offices? Photos from Reuters of the horrific results?

I thought not.

Mojo

redrob64; No. Surprisingly enough, with a current total of between 4 and 9 dead civilians, nobody is screaming genocide. I wonder what could possibly explain that. Could it be that calling such a thing genocide would be incredibly stupid?

RedRob

As I recall, the total dead at "Jeningrad" came to about 60, of whom 26 or so were Israeli soldiers. The low total didn't stop the UN Rep in the West Bank from screaming genocide and war crimes at the top of his lungs while that operation was going on. Just thought the restraint in this case was notable.

How does "pounding" a crowded refugee camp with artillery fire for two days produce nine dead civilians? Maybe they have really smart bombs.

anon

1: RedRob, might I suggest some bondo to fill that chip on your shoulder?

2: A very large problem for the Lebanese army is that Israel does not tolerate effective non-Jewish military forces within its vicinity. Just ask the sailors of the USS Liberty, or various foreign peacekeeping troops who are regularly attacked by rampaging Israeli forces.

A suddenly competent Lebanese army might just find itself the sudden victim of yet another Israeli attempt to 'fight Hezbollah' by bombing every militarily significant target throughout Lebanon.

There's not a lot of incentive to develop competence when the very development of competence could be used as an excuse for third party attack.

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