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Questions about Qana strike

There is an unexplained gap of about seven hours between the one Israeli air strike that hit the Qana building housing the civilians, which took place around 1 A.M. Sunday, and the first report that the building had collapsed, said the chief of staff of the Israel Air Force, Brigadier General Amir Eshel. Speaking at a press conference at the Kirya military complex in Tel Aviv last night, Eshel said that of three Israeli air strikes on Qana early Sunday, only the first strike hit the building in which the civilians were staying. The other two hit areas at least 400 meters away.

“I can’t say whether the house collapsed at 12 A.M. or at 8 A.M.,” said Eshel. “According to foreign press reports, and this is one of the reports we are relying on, the house collapsed at 8 A.M. We do not have testimony regarding the time of the collapse. If the house collapsed at 12 A.M., it is difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours to evacuate it.”

In the second IAF strike on Qana, which took place at around 2:30 A.M. Sunday, IAF planes bombed two targets located about 500 meters from the building that collapsed, and in the third strike, at around 7:30 A.M., three targets were bombed 460 meters away from the building, Eshel said. He told reporters that an analysis of photographs of the strikes, taken by cameras installed in the warplanes, showed that the four bombs dropped during the second and third strikes hit the intended targets, and that an IAF plane sent on a photo sortie in the afternoon confirmed that the intended targets had been hit. -Haaretz.com

I’ve lost track of how many world leaders have condemned Israel for the strikes early Sunday morning. If Israel manages to prove they weren’t responsible for the civilian deaths, I wonder how many of those U.N. pansies will make an apology? Prediction, zero…

8 Responses to “Questions about Qana strike”

  1. Matt
    August 3rd, 2006 02:36
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    I would not be surprised in the least if Hizbollah simply did not allow the civilians to leave. That said Israel and America need to understand that this is a propaganda war, can´t win with fighting alone, Israel had 26 years to clear out southern Lebanon and could not do it, so this just seems like a bad idea. I am in Germany now and a little out of the loop. If you think the media in the US is anti-Israel then you should watch CNN International or BBC World. They practically ran a Professor at John´s Hopkins off the air when he said that Israel had not done anything that could be considered a war crime, unless they bombed Qana just to be mean, which looks unlikely.

    That said, Israel is going to regret this, not because they are being evil, but because they will gain little and damage the Lebanese government, which will only be replaced by something worse. A lot of groups that were hostile to Hizbollah now see them in a positive light.

    This was a headline from Fark.com that I liked:
    “Hezbollah troops are mowing down Israelis left and right, in much the same way Rob Schneider rakes in Oscar nominations”

    Turns out Hizbollah claims it has destroyed an Israeli warship, some helicopters, a jet, and killed hundreds. Israel is not missing any ships or planes though. Yet the media still accepts Hizbollah´s casualty numbers about the number of children that Israel has killed. Hate to be on the side of seeing the media as leftist tool, but at least the media I can get here is very out of wack, not actually leftist, just kind of dumb and sanctamonious.

    Also, if Hizbollah is, as no one denies, using Lebanese as human shields, then why is Israel the one who is responsible for their deaths?

    Sorry to ramble, kind of bored over here.

  2. Matt
    August 3rd, 2006 02:45
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    Also CNN or BBC did a retrospective on Castro´s career that could have been written by his brother. Turns out he overthrew a corrupt dictatorship (true) with the promise of land and freedom (true), but then somehow his actions once in power got largely passed over, except for Bay of Pigs and US economic sanctiions. No mention of any reason he is regarded as one of the worst rulers in the world. Human rights abuse, dictatorship, economic stagnation and collapse, those did not make the cut, but the reactions of Cubans concerned for his health did make it. You should be thankful for the US media.

  3. Adam
    August 3rd, 2006 21:49
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    Hey Matt, you can pass some time by reading “Fiasco” by Thomas E Ricks. Its an amazing book that is getting reviews and praise that few books get. You will love it.

    Apparently this conflict is seen by “some” as amother great opportunity. I don’t know how many “great opportunities” we can take from the middle east. I would hate to be Israel as there is no senario they can win here.

    Maybe all this could have been avoided if Wolfowitz had seen the Princess Bride and understood the relevance of its joke “You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’ But only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.”

    Oh Vizzini, is there anything you don’t know?

  4. Matt
    August 4th, 2006 04:02
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    I would like to read it, but the options are limited since Germans speek English no where near as well as everyone says and the bookstores only have a few English language options. Plus I leave tomorrow, so I can finally get back to the United States of Oppression. Maybe we could use Iocane powder against the terrorists?

  5. Adam
    August 4th, 2006 08:46
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    “Iocaine” powder old friend. Its from Australia…

  6. Josh
    August 4th, 2006 12:40
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    Lol, did you just correct Matt’s spelling Adam?

  7. Adam
    August 4th, 2006 14:39
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    Yes I did, but I only as we were joking. I think correcting spelling in blogs is asinine as most spelling in blogs is “loose” at best and criticizing it takes attention off the content of the statement which is the point of blogs.

    I will let this one slide Matt but if it happens again I may be forced to change my stance on your right to life.

  8. Josh
    August 4th, 2006 17:22
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    There we go, your return to abhorrent spelling and grammar has made the universe right again.

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