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“Escalation” June 30, 2006

Posted by Sobek in News.

After a brief pause to (amazingly enough) allow for further diplomatic efforts, Israel opens a can of whoop-ass.  The news ticker at Ha Aretz says the IDF has bombarded Gaza with over 500 shells in 24 hours.

“Israeli warplanes struck more than a dozen times in Gaza in the hours after midnight, hitting the Palestinian Interior Ministry and a Fatah office in Gaza city, as well as a Hamas training camp in the city’s outskirts.

“Israel Air Force aircraft early Friday struck the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza City, Palestinian witnesses said, setting it on fire.”

And yet, note this recurring theme:

“There was no word of casualties as smoke and flames rose from the building in downtown Gaza City.”

Even when the Israelis go full throttlle, it’s not indiscriminate firing into crowds, it’s structural damage to specific targets.  I’ll probably end up saying this a few more times before this is through: if only all crimes against humanity were so bloodless.  Want more of that?  Check it out:

“Palestinian hospital officials said a 5-year-old girl was wounded in an Israeli air strike in northern Gaza early Friday, the first casualty in more than two days of military action. Doctors said her condition was not serious.”

By contrast, what happens when Palis open a can of whoop-ass?

“The operation was aimed at halting Qassam rockets from being fired at southern Israel. Meanwhile, six of the homemade rockets struck the western Negev and Sderot on Thursday evening. There were no casualties.”

Yeah, I’m seeing a lot of that.  These Qassams really seem to suck.


1. Anonymous - June 30, 2006
2. Dave in Texas - June 30, 2006

They drop leaflets and notices about pending targets, to warn people to stay away.

I’ve noticed the Palis pay attention to these, and stay the hell away.

It’s almost as if they think Israel is serious or something.

3. jayne - June 30, 2006

I may be naive-probably am-but I wish a similar response by America had happened after the two latest soldiers (American) were kidnapped and killed.

4. Bart - July 1, 2006

I did not know that, Dave. Very interesting.

I suppose it gives the terrorist Palestinians a chance to litter the site with dead (or dying) men, women, and children to pretend there were lots of casualties.

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