Today's Thousand-Word Picture
Via Bob Harris, this picture was first posted in the New York Times. It is a visual representation of Israel's "proportional" response. Does "Steve" Harper really think that Israel checked out every building on that city block to make sure that these were all Hizbullah fighters and leaders? There is evidence that Al Qaeda and the Taliban are getting help from Pakistan, in response to Canadian soldier deaths, should Harper do this to a couple city blocks in Karachi? I don't think that anyone in Canada would support that. I don't think anyone would have supported the UK doing this to Dublin in the 1970s and 1980s despite the worst attacks of the IRA either. Defenders of Israel's unchecked military policies have created this absurd argument that any criticism of what you see above constitutes support for Hizbullah. Criticism of this kind of military attack is not support for Hizbullah, it is a disbelief in the nostrum that Israel is rigorously trying to use careful targetting. This looks a lot more like Dennis Perrin's "punching bag" to me.
Tags: Beirut, Lebanon, Israel.