Israeli Retaliation against Hezbollah Kills Civilians

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Hezbollah militants crossed into Israel on Wednesday and captured two Israeli soldiers. Israel responded in southern Lebanon with warplanes, tanks and gunboats, and said seven of its soldiers had been killed in the violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the soldiers’ capture “an act of war,” and his Cabinet prepared to approve more military action in Lebanon…

Olmert said he held the Lebanese government responsible for the two soldiers’ safety, vowing that the Israeli response “will be restrained, but very, very, very painful.”

 

Israel retaliated by bombing bridges and Hezbollah positions and killing two Lebanese civilians. Kofi Anan, the UN General Secretary, condemned Israel’s offensive in Lebanon and called for an immediate release of the kidnapped soldiers.

Meanwhile, Israeli aggression in Gaza continued killing 23 people. Among those killed are nine members of a family on whose house a bomb was dropped.

Israel is defying all international treaties by continuing to use force to gain the freedom of its captured soldiers. In addition, it is not only defying norms of democracy by imprisoning the democratically elected Hamas officials, but also committing war crimes by killing innocent civilians.

 

However, international response has been disappointing: The UN, which has sensed the manslaughter and violation of laws, has no authority to take action. The US, a traditional backer of Israel, is legitimizing the use of force against civilians. The rest of the world, including the EU, has taken no serious action in the wake of the prevalent circumstances.

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7 Responses to “Israeli Retaliation against Hezbollah Kills Civilians”


  1. 1 Elsimer July 13, 2006 at 3:31 am

    While I disagree with your assessment of the Israeli response, I thought I should point out a slight grammatical error that you might want to correct.

    “Meanwhile, Israeli aggression in Gaza continued killing 23 people.”
    Isn’t it kind of hard to continue killing 23 people? I mean, once they’re dead they’re dead right? Or did you mean that Israeli aggression killed 23 people yesterday and today another 23 people died? What you probably meant was something closer to:
    “Israeli aggression in Gaza continued, killing 23 people.”

    As for the Israeli response to the kidnapping of two of their soldiers, I can’t imagine that any country would simply sit back and do nothing when their sovereign territory is invaded and two of their citizens are kidnapped for the purpose of aiding a terrorist organization’s position in future hostage negotiations. I don’t blaim Hezbollah for trying it either, since they had such a great exchange rate previously (400 prisoners for 3 corpses and a businessman? What a deal!)

  2. 2 MyScribbles: Write-ups of an Afghan July 13, 2006 at 8:26 am

    Hello, Elsimer. Yes, I misesd a comma. Thank you for pointing it out. Post haste and my un-shrewdness in the English language caused the mistake.

    I am not against Israel’s retaliation or its action to free its soldiers; I am against the way it is retaliating. In its offensives in Gaza and Lebanon, Israel is killing and mass torturing civilians by bombing their homes, cutting electricity, food, fuel and other supplies. I am against the loss of civilian lives. And technically speaking, Israel is committing war crimes in the region. I am against that.

  3. 3 Joy July 13, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    I agree with scribbles. Abducting soldiers is cowardly, and Israel has a right to get them back. However, deliberate collateral damage is not the solution. The retaliation should be within the military of either country.

  4. 4 Darrell July 14, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Scribbles;

    Israel is attacking the infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza. Like Roads, Bridges, Airports, etc.. note that all of these are used to move terrorists into and out of the area as well as the weapons used to attack Israel. Isreal withdrew from Gaza last year, and from southern Lebanon several years before that. Since that time you could likely count on one hand the number of consecutive days in which Rocket attacks on Israeli civillians was NOT conducted. The loss of life on both sides is appalling, yet many who condem Israel for defending itself are silent when it’s Israelis dieing. The UN agreement underwhich Israel withdrew from Lebanon required the dismantleing of Hizbullah as a fighting force. That obviously has not happened. Syria and Iran have continued to arm and supply Hizbullah, and support their terrorist actions. If you want to put blame on someone for the deaths of civillians in this conflict you should be looking at Damascus and Tehran.

  5. 5 SenorPeerPressure July 15, 2006 at 2:22 am

    What a load of crap. Hez kidnaps soldiers. Hez launches over 1000 missiles into civilian population centers. Israel pulled out of Gaza and Lebanon and they are thanked by more terrorist attacks.

    What should they do, just take suckerpunch after suckerpunch?

    Israel should lay waste to these subhumans who rejoice the killings of innocent people.

  6. 6 Jon July 16, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Senor,

    It is all a load of crap, Israel has been dealing with these terror groups for decades and now that they stand up and say enough is enough all these people blame it all on Israel. Hezbollah attacked Israel totally unprovoked and Israel responded with a measured response and then instead of releasing the soldiers Hezbollah launced dozens of rockets into populated areas and fired a Iranian supplied (and Iranian supported)missile at a Israeli warship. Hezbollah continues to escalate their attacks and that brings escalated attacks from Israel.

    Hezbollah and Hamas have made calculated attacks on Israel and just because they underestimated Israels response doesn’t absolve them of their responsibilty for causing the whole mess.

  7. 7 Ricardo July 17, 2006 at 10:21 am

    I deeply regret the death of innocent civilians in this conflict but it’s very difficult to avoid this when the terrorists are hiding amongst civilians. I feel that the number of civilian deaths would be greatly diminished if Hamas stopped their provocations which results in an Israeli response. Do they not realize that with each rocket attack, they place the lives of their own in danger with Israeli retaliation? It’s not the goal of Israel, in my opinion, to hurt and kill civilians with disregard. It is the selfishness and recklessness of the terrorists to do such that is causing their candle to burn at both ends.


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