Is Israel using human shields?

I will preface this by saying that there is a lot I don’t know about, and I am genuinely interested in the answers. Unlike some other bloggers, I am not asking these to prove a point or be controversial for controversy’s sake. If you can shed a little light, or have questions of your own, please share them. This blog is about raising awareness of the world, and finding a glimmer of truth in the darkness of those who would rather be believed than be honest. Now on to what will inevitably cause me to be branded something by someone.

Last night, as I usually do before I go to sleep, I was watching TV. As I flipped between Hell’s kitchen, a couple different baseball games, and CNN’s “24 Hours of Death and Destruction,” I was struck by something very strange: the sound of outgoing shelling. Anderson Cooper was standing on a well lit street corner in a town in northern Israel. Every few seconds he was interrupted by another round of shelling. It sounded like the artillery battery was in the town, if not very close. So close in fact, I wondered if civilians would be in danger if Hezbollah attacked obviously military target. There were civilians in the town. A trailor full of farm workers drove by just as the show was ending.

I don’t know how close this obvious military target was to the village. I do know that this is a war of perception and public opinion as much as it a war of bullets, guns, and bombs.

Israel has used Hezbollah’s strategy of using human shields as a justification and excuse for the 900 dead Lebanese civilians. The Hezbollah rocket launchers are in civilian areas, and unfortunately there is collateral damage when these legitimate military targets are attacked. However, if that is Israel’s philosophy, what is the Israeli military doing so seemingly close to civilian areas. Why are they even allowing a situation when it could appear that they are putting their own people in danger, especially when Hezbollah’s notoriously difficult to aim rockets are taken into account.

The Israeli military should be far from civilian areas, and again maybe they are. The farther they are from civilian areas, the better. Hezbollah will have a smaller chance of hitting anything, and both the Israeli military and civilians will be in less danger. As long as the Israeli Military is based near civilian areas, both innocent Israeli’s, and what’s left of Israel’s support will be in even greater danger than they already are.

I could be wrong, and if I am let me know.

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6 responses to “Is Israel using human shields?

  1. well, I am not certain if Israelis have tanks in the town, but I would say keep in mind the towns are very quiet and tank fire can be very loud. So it’s very possible that the tanks were in the hills a few hundred yards out side of the edge of towns. Also, though, if the Israelis are in the town then it is simply because they have confident that Hezbollah has not very often attacked Israeli military while they remain in Israel. But the one thing I have to criticize you on is comparing Israel having tanks in towns to Hezbollah building a “stronghold” next to a grocery store, if they in fact do that. It’s not the same thing at all. For two reasons, one Israel doesn’t need the PR of Hezbollah killing civilians because they GO AFTER civilians, and two Israelis value their own and fellow Israeli citizens’ life, while the Muslim religion marks every dead Muslim killed by a non-Muslim as a martyr, not to mention that Hezbollah leadership has no real connection to the Lebanese people. They are there to get rid of Israel, defending Lebanon is a convenient cover for the time.

  2. Dead civilians justify the actions of each side. In a war of “defense” each side needs a threat to defend against. Justification seems to have become goal #2 right behind inflicting as much damage on the other side as possible, and throughout history, dead civilians have been used by governments to justify just about everything.

  3. Mohamed / Muneer

    Let me understand the Western Law and compare it with Islamic Law – in the matter of the present Labanon War.
    First Israel stays on occupied land BUT does not give the original people of the land their due even after UN Reasolutions 242 and 343. BUT expect Labanon to follow UN Resolution 1559 while bombing the country to smithereens.

    As for you article – let me ask if Pilot guided Bombs are more accurate than Katyushas. ? If so why blame the Katyushas when precison guided bombs are dropped on women and children and civilian towns and villages !

    Again on the degree of the criminal act . THe Israeli Pilot plans and executes the attack- so its murder by 1st degree BUT the Katyushas are not pre planned attack on any particular site and hence can only be in the Second degree.
    This is not to accept that killing of innocents can be condoned BUT the degree of War Crime is greater.

    US and Israel are basically responsible for the growth of all the terrorist organisations in the world because of the usurping of muslim lands in Palestine, Golan, Shebaa Farms etc.It is we the common people of the world who have to suffer.

    Its time this matter was brought to a final end.

  4. Mohamed / Muneer

    Let me understand the Western Law and compare it with Islamic Law – in the matter of the present Lebanon War.
    First Israel stays on occupied land BUT does not give the original people of the land their due even after UN Reasolutions 242 and 343. BUT expect Labanon to follow UN Resolution 1559 while bombing the country to smithereens.

    As for you article – let me ask if Pilot guided Bombs are more accurate than Katyushas. ? If so why blame the Katyushas when precison guided bombs are dropped on women and children and civilian towns and villages !

    Again on the degree of the criminal act . THe Israeli Pilot plans and executes the attack- so its murder by 1st degree BUT the Katyushas are not pre planned attack on any particular site and hence can only be in the Second degree.
    This is not to accept that killing of innocents can be condoned BUT the degree of War Crime is greater.

    US and Israel are basically responsible for the growth of all the terrorist organisations in the world because of the usurping of muslim lands in Palestine, Golan, Shebaa Farms etc.It is we the common people of the world who have to suffer.

    Its time this matter was brought to a final end.

  5. Remember: the Katyusha rockets are being fired towards cities and towns in Israel and not generally towards Israel’s military posts or their mobile military placements such as tanks or mobile rocket/missile batteries or their troops within Israel. Hezbolla is generally not trying to aim their rockets at these targets–just mainly the more densely populated cities and towns. Therefore, Israel’s positioning of their mobile military batteries and tanks is not really a threat to the surrounding civilians as the Katyusha’s are not being aimed at them anyways.
    Remember, Israeli media has great freedom in Israel to photograph the Israeli military batteries in Israel and if these placements had been used to deliberately create human shield situations then it would have been very apparent to the whole world by now on TV. So far, Israel’s placements of any military hardware near cities or towns has not shown to cause Hezbollah to target these civilian areas any more than they had been doing all along and it has been Hezbollah’s public statement from the beginning that civilian areas would be their main target. I would say that this would be irregardless of where Israel places its military hardware.

  6. I just returned 2 days ago from 5 weeks in Israel. After 4 trips in the Golan, I can say that the IDF miltary activity that I did see was mostly away from civilian areas in as much as possible. Keep in mind that the area is relatively small and that there are numerous villages. The tanks and placements have to be somewhere. Confirming the first blogger reply, I heard some practice rounds being fired, and the sound does carry a long way. Israels IDF soldiers are trained to be very careful and selective about not striking civilian targets. Many have lost their lives by being too careful. For further info, please read ” Column One: Fighting the next war”, by C. Glick, Jerusalem Post of April 19, 2007.

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