The Israeli military apologized for the civilian deaths. The killings prompted some Hamas leaders to call for the renewal of all-out attacks on Israel and an end to a yearlong truce. This was the event that lead to the kidnappings, although no one reports it.
On Wednesday, the 26th of July, Israel started bombing in the area of a UN post in Lebanon. Peacekeepers frantically called the Israeli military, pleading with them that there were no Hezbolla there, and to stop the bombing in the area, otherwise they would be killed. After repeated pleas, 6 hours later, 4 UN peacekeepers were killed.
On Sunday, July 30th, Israel bombed the villiage of Qana in Southern Lebanon, where innocent civilians were taking shelter from the bombings. After 60 civilian deaths, (including 37 children - This photo was seen in "Arab World") Israel was forced to admit that there were no there, and no rockets were being launched from the villiage.
Dozens of members of the Hashem and Chalhoub families had sought refuge in an unfinished house about 10 days ago, thinking it was safe.
Masen Hashem, a 30-year-old construction worker from Qana who lost several family members in the air strike on the shelter said, "When Hezbollah fires their rockets, everyone runs away because they know an Israeli bombardment will come soon… That is why everyone stayed in the shelter and nearby homes, because we all thought we'd be all right since there were no Hezbollah fighters in Qana."
The San Fransico Chronicle reported the deaths of the children: “The tiny, lifeless bodies were laid out in a row on a black straw sheet in the concrete courtyard of the Tyre Government Hospital. Twenty-one of them, all still in the pajamas they were wearing before two Israeli bombs tore through Ali Hashem's home in this southern Lebanese village early Sunday. Dozens of members of the Hashem and Chalhoub families had sought refuge in the unfinished house about 10 days ago, thinking it was safe. Only eight survived.
The Lebanese Red Cross in Tyre was called from Qana pleading for rescue assistance at 5 am on the morning of the Israeli strike. Kassem Shaulan, a 28-year-old medic who responded to the call, said, "Immediately after we got the call we took three ambulances and headed to Qana," he said. "But three bombs nearly hit our first ambulance, so we turned back."
They attempted to head out to Qana a second time, but again their ambulances were attacked, and they returned to base.
If this war wasn’t disgusting enough – attacking Red Cross workers, and UN peacekeepers, the freaks in the right wing media are now either denying, or cheerleading the killing of civilians.
On Monday, July 31st, on The O’Reilly Factor, Michelle Malkin said anger in the Arab world about the tragedy at Qana — where at least 56 innocent civilians, including 37 children, were killed — was “manufactured.” Malkin called it “the jihad du jour” that “members of the religion of perpetual outrage are always ginning up.” She added, “If it’s not Qana, it’s something else. … It’s Gitmo, Abu Ghraib. It’s beauty pageants.”
O’REILLY: Then why — why doesn’t the rest of the world accept your analysis?
MALKIN: Because they are intoxicated. They are clouded by this moral equivalence that has set in over the world for the past several decades. And I think it behooves us to fight against that, to claw against that.
Because the manufactured outrage that Qana is not really about the deaths at Qana; it is something about much larger. It is about the jihad du jour that these — that members of the religion of perpetual outrage are always ginning up. I mean, if it’s not Qana, it’s something else.
O’REILLY: No, I got it. I got it. I got it.
MALKIN: It’s Gitmo, Abu Ghraib. It’s beauty pageants.
While Malkin was busy denying Qana ever happened, conservative talk show host Michael Savage was taunting Israel like a petulant child. “You’re gonna lose! You’re gonna lose!”
MICHAEL SAVAGE: “They’re (the Israeli’s) going to lose. It’s a simple as that – the same way we are losing in Iraq – They’re going to lose in Lebanon in the big picture now. I don’t mean in the short term. In the long term, the only thing that can make a difference is a devastating catastrophic overwhelming victory for the Israelis – where nothing is left living in Southern Lebanon south of the Litani River.”
This “kill them all” idea appealed to Rush Limbaugh, so he started saying the same thing, “the civilians must pay.”
RUSH: "Until civilians — frankly, I’m not sure how many of them are actually just innocent little civilians running around versus active Hezbo types, particularly the men — but until those civilians start paying a price for propping up these kinds of regimes, it’s not going to end, folks. What do you mean, civilians start paying a price? I just ask you to consult history for the answer to that.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann awarded Rush with his "worst person" award (video) because his statements eerily echo another commentator’s sentiments about civilian deaths, as well.
“The American people are not exonerated from responsibility, because they chose this government and voted for it, despite their knowledge of it’s crimes.” - Osama bin Laden
Rush Limbaugh. Following the logic and ethics of Osama bin Laden
Meanwhile, the other terrorist, George W. Bush, despite unanimous international pressure to call for a cease fire, refused to do so, set conditions and refused to negotiate unless they were met.
This is all about George Bush wanting to attack Iran. He’s wanted to do that since last March. That’s what the wanting to set off a couple of kilotons of explosives in Nevada was about - the “Divine Strake” test. But he just doesn’t have the political capitol to do that. He has to come up with a way. His way is to keep up the bombing going as long as possible, hoping that Iran or Syria will break their restraint and attack Israel. He wants to attack Iran, and be able to do it with nukes, so he’s using Israel as his cat’s paw, and this was all set up from the beginning. He wants to push Israel to really screw up with things like this killing of the children in Qana, in order to hype up the leadership in Iran and Damascus, so that they will attack Israel, and he can back up Israel, with some kind of attack in Iran.
When that happens, everyone’s going to forget all about this lead-up, this precursor, because America has a very short attention span. Once this war happens they’ll forget that this all started when they killed a family in Gaza, and then everything started spinning out of control, and Bush is helping the spin. He said this in the Port of Miami:
"Iran must end its financial support and supply of weapons to terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Syria must end its support for terror and respect the sovereignty of Lebanon."
What Bush fails to mention is that the US is funding the Israeli military 100%, and conspiring with them to widen the war.
"As we work with friends and allies, it's important to remember this crisis began with Hezbollah's unprovoked attacks against Israel. Israel is exercising its right to defend itself," he lied, because he doesn't have any friends or allies.
"We mourn the loss of innocent life, both in Lebanon and Israel," he lied again.
Bush doesn’t mourn any death, because he is a sick, twisted killer. He won’t be happy until he is raptured up after the Armageddon he is hoping will happen.
Iran and Syria have shown great restraint so far, but if they don’t join in, the Bush administration might have a their own little plan for a 9/11 in Israel with, say, a very small tactical Soviet made nuke that they might have gotten from one of their former Soviet bloc friends around Afghanistan.
I know it's horrible to think about, but think of a small Soviet nuke going off in Israel. That’s going to set Russia back on its heels, saying “We had NOTHING to do with this.” It’ll make China stop and say, “What the HECK is going on?” Because that’s what they always do when something like this happens. It’ll give him 36 hours, then
Tehran glows in the dark.
I hope I’m wrong, but unless someone can tell me I’m absolutely wrong, I’m going to have trouble sleeping at night.