Sunday, July 30, 2006

Cry to Those Who Use Babies as Shields

Naomi Ragen is a best-selling novelist who lives in Jerusalem. Her son is now in the Israeli Army, and one of his best friends is in the paratroopers, who are fighting Hezbollah in the villages of South Lebanon. In a column published at Israel National, she relays that soldier's account of the fighting, and the care that Israeli soldiers exercise to avoid civilian casualities. She eloquently proclaims:
"Terrorists and their supporters have lost the right to complain about civilian casualties, since all they have done this entire war is target civilians. Every single one of the more than 2,500 rockets launched into Israel is launched into populated towns filled with women and children. Just today, another suicide belt meant to kill civilians in Israel was detonated harmlessly by our forces in Nablus. So, don't cry to me about civilian casualties. Cry to those using your babies and wives and mothers; cry to those who store weapons in mosques, ambulances, hospitals and private homes. Cry to those launching deadly rockets from the backyards of your kindergartens and schools. Cry to the heartless men who love death, and who, however many of their troops or civilians die, consider themselves victorious as long as they can keep on firing rockets at our women and children."
The entire column is worth reading, if only for the first-hand account of ground combat.


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