July 29, 2006

Those Hezbollah cowards.

You know, the ones that are hiding in the midst of the civilians in Lebanon? The ones who are making it oh-so-necessary for Israel to continue to bomb civilian targets? The ones with the blood of 600 civilians (by Lebanese government estimates) on their hands?

According to journalist Mitch Prothero, there's little truth to the continuing charges that Hezbollah is using civilians to shield their activities.

My own reporting and that of other journalists reveals that in fact Hezbollah fighters -- as opposed to the much more numerous Hezbollah political members, and the vastly more numerous Hezbollah sympathizers -- avoid civilians. Much smarter and better trained than the PLO and Hamas fighters, they know that if they mingle with civilians, they will sooner or later be betrayed by collaborators -- as so many Palestinian militants have been.

For their part, the Israelis seem to think that if they keep pounding civilians, they'll get some fighters, too. The almost nightly airstrikes on the southern suburbs of Beirut could be seen as making some sense, as the Israelis appear convinced there are command and control bunkers underneath the continually smoldering rubble. There were some civilian casualties the first few nights in places like Haret Hreik, but people quickly left the area to the Hezbollah fighters with their radios and motorbikes.

But other attacks seem gratuitous, fishing expeditions, or simply intended to punish anything and anyone even vaguely connected to Hezbollah. Lighthouses, grain elevators, milk factories, bridges in the north used by refugees, apartment buildings partially occupied by members of Hezbollah's political wing -- all have been reduced to rubble.

In the south, where Shiites dominate, just about everyone supports Hezbollah. Does mere support for Hezbollah, or even participation in Hezbollah activities, mean your house and family are fair game? Do you need to fire rockets from your front yard? Or is it enough to be a political activist? [...]

"You can be a member of Hezbollah your entire life and never see a military wing fighter with a weapon," a Lebanese military intelligence official, now retired, once told me. "They do not come out with their masks off and never operate around people if they can avoid it. They're completely afraid of collaborators. They know this is what breaks the Palestinians -- no discipline and too much showing off."

Via Salon. [Paid sub. or ad view req'd.]

Posted by Magpie at July 29, 2006 12:31 AM | Mideast | Technorati links |

The rules of war have come and gone. Geneva Convention? Irrelevant. Why? Because of organiztions like Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, etc... Israel is playing by the rules that have now been put in place by COWARDLY, terrorist groups such as the ones I mentioned... Everyone is fair game. Don't like it? Then put on a uniform and fight your wars like real soldiers. You want someone to blame for the innocents dying in wars in the Middle East? Three words. Facist Islamic Extremists. It's that simple.

Posted by: Thomas at August 12, 2006 09:47 AM