Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Moral Clarity in Gaza

I came across this bit of drivel from neocon wingnut Charles Krauthammer the other day, and I couldn't believe it. In order for anyone to believe it, they'd have to not know that Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas on earth.

Charles Krauthammer said:

Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis -- 6,464 launched from Gaza in the past three years -- deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.

This has two purposes. First, counting on the moral scrupulousness of Israel, Hamas figures civilian proximity might help protect at least part of its arsenal. Second, knowing that Israelis have new precision weapons that may allow them to attack nonetheless, Hamas hopes that inevitable collateral damage -- or, if it is really fortunate, an errant Israeli bomb -- will kill large numbers of its own people for which, of course, the world will blame Israel.

The reality:

The Samouni family knew they were in danger. They had been calling the Red Cross for two days, they said, begging to be taken out of Zeitoun, a poor area in eastern Gaza City that is considered a stronghold of Hamas.

No rescuers came. Instead, Israeli soldiers entered their building late Sunday night and told them to evacuate to another building. They did. But at 6 a.m. on Monday, when a missile fired by an Israeli warplane struck the relatives’ house in which they had taken shelter, there was nowhere to run.

Eleven members of the extended Samouni family were killed and 26 wounded, according to witnesses and hospital officials, with five children age 4 and under among the dead.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas on earth; telling Palestinians to "leave" their homes, when the borders are sealed is nothing but a ghastly, cruel joke.

And Krauthammer applauds such nonsense.

That's the "moral clarity" we still see from the bloodthirsty neocons.

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