July 11, 2014

Russian-Backed Rebels in Ukraine Up the Ante Killing 23 in Grad Rocket Attack; And What this Says about the Palestinians and Israelis

With so much focus on the conflict in Israel, I thought it would be good to remind people just what kind of damage a Grad rocket -- the kind being used by Hamas right now being intentionally fired at Israeli civilians -- can do when: a) fired by competent people; b) reaches their intended targets:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to "find and destroy" pro-Russian rebels who killed 23 servicemen and wounded nearly 100 in a missile attack on Friday.

Poroshenko issued his angry statement following an emergency meeting of his security chiefs called in response to the early morning strike by Russian-made Grad missiles on an army motorised brigade near the border with Russia.

I wish the Urkainians all the luck in the world in taking back territory lost by Putin's brownshirts, but I just wanted to also say thank God for Iron Dome (90% success rate!) and, of course, Palestinian incompetence!

So, when you hear the MSM equivocating between Israel and the Palestinians remember that Israel always intends to avoid civilian casualties and sometimes fails, while the Palestinian side intends to kill as many civilians as they can. The only reason they don't kill more civilians is that they are, for the most part, utter failures.

Case in point: Did you know that the Israeli side tries to call the civilian neighbors of known terrorists and warn them to get out of the house? Or that prior to sending in the real missile they send in a warning missile intended to get civilians out of the house before the real one kills them?

Sawsan Kawarea, a resident of Khan Younis, said she was in the house Tuesday when the phone rang. She answered, and on the other side was “David," who claimed he was with the Israeli military.

“He asked for me by name. He said: ‘You have women and children in the house. Get out. You have five minutes before the rockets come,’ ” Kawarea said in an interview with The Post's William Booth.

She took her children and ran outside. A small rocket hit the house soon after, Kawarea said. It was apparently the final warning. Five minutes later, a larger missile hit, and the house was destroyed. According to Hamas, seven people, including three minors, were killed in the Israeli airstrike. The man the Israelis were aiming for was apparently not among those killed.

Yet the MSM tries to paint a picture that Hamas rockets fired at no one in particular is really no different than precision strikes at known terrorists. Tit for tat, cycle of violence, blah blah!

But it gets worse, because when Palestinian civilians get a phone call warning them to get out of the house do you know what some of them do? Send non-combatant civilians into the house in a vain attempt to get Israel to stand down the impending strike. But if they die, hey, Israel murders civilians! It's win-win:

Either way, the warnings are not always heeded. According to Kawarea, after the "warning rocket" hit her house, a group of young men ran inside. It was unclear whether they thought their presence would stop the bombing or whether they wanted to be martyrs.
I actually heard a Palestinian on NPR yesterday complaining about an Israel air strike in which the occupants claimed there was no warning phone call or warning missile. So, now if you don't warn the terrorist that they are about to be killed you're a war criminal -- if you're a Jew.

This kind of double standard is the kind of not-so-subtle antisemitism that we've come to expect in MSM coverage of any conflict involving Israel. But it's not only that they hold Israel up to an impossibly high standard, but it also shows a kind of racism at Arabs or, more likely, Islamophobia. For what else can you call it when you expect that people of one particular race or religion just aren't capable of civilized behavior so your standard of judgement is to set the bar lower than you do for the rest of humanity? It's the way the left dehumanizes the Arab and Muslim world by giving them a pass from normal expectations.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:29 AM | Comments |