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If Israel was actually targetting and fighting terrorists then I don't think I, nor many others, would mind so much. The fact that they are blatantly targetting anything that moves - and have killed scores of children and civilians - is the thing that outrages me against the current government and tactics in the Stae of Israel.

The current leadership in Israel - both in government and in the military - should be made to account for their actions. The rumours (and now possible evidence) of using illegal chemical weapons aside, the disproportionate offensive on the Lebanese civilian population is an atrocity.

All apart from two of the worlds governments have come out and condemned Israel's reaction. I feel that Lebanon should ask for help in fighting the Israeli incursions as they are directly targetting civilians and not 'terrorists' as anyone can see and hear. It amazes me that the lebanese Army has not got directly involved as yet and it must infuriate them to sit back and watch as their fellow compatriots are murdered by the dozens and injured in the hundreds.It is a shame that the Lebanese Army is not stronger - both so it could have disarmed Hezbollah and also so it can defend it's people.

This latest story broke today: Dozens Killed In Lebanese Air Raid (BBC News Online; Sunday 30th July 2006).
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More than 54 civilians, at least 34 of them children, have been killed in a town in south Lebanon in the deadliest Israeli strike of the conflict so far.
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silver_blue
Jul. 30th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Given that Hizbollah hides itself among the citizen population, and that citizen population fails to make any effort to identify the terrorists in their community (albeit it's obviously understandable why), it's not as clear cut as all that. It's not an intelligent use of military resources to simply target civilian targets without tactical reason, and regardless of other criticisms the Israeli military is not an incompetent military force.

That's the problem with fighting any guerilla or terrorist army - they don't have uniforms, they don't fight as units in the same way. They hide behind and among the civilian population, they look like the civilian population. That's why they're a bugger to try and face off against for any kind of organised army.

Air strikes are pretty much not going to do it though - and are going to provide the widest "collateral damage" to any target. It provides for the least possible risk to Israeli armed forces though.

The Lebanese army can't possibly get involved at this point. As soon as it does, it's a national army fighting on the same side as a terrorist organisation.
angusabranson
Jul. 30th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well Israel are certainly doing everything in their power to generate support for said terrorist organisation at present.
silver_blue
Jul. 30th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yes - which is another argument for why they're not doing it deliberately.

Frankly, given the state of mind of the Arab-Islamic world these days, Israel's very existence generates support for said terrorist organisation, and others.
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