I’m not certain which I find more appalling — that in Israel, nearly every building has a bomb shelter, including a day-care center for the elderly, or that last week it was needed.
Of course, I can interpolate, Clintonesque, why they aren’t protest Hezbollah’s near-slaughter of the elderly. The protesters say that they are against the targeting of innocents. Hezbollah’s rockets are utterly unguided; any casualties they inflict are pretty much random.
Another interpretation is that dead Jews simply don’t count as much. This theory has some support from Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations. Last week, he issued a statement condemning the fighting in Lebanon. On the surface, it seems a reasonable, compassionate, balanced, fair statement.
Then, prompted by Meryl Yourish’s own dissection of the statement, I looked more carefully at it. The statement goes into detail on the numbers of casualties so far.
But Kofi has the numbers of the Lebanese at hand (300 dead, 600 wounded), but the writer has to insert the number of Israeli casualties (28 dead, 200 wounded) on his own.
Further, he mentions how the Israeli withdrawal was not supposed to lead to this sort of thing — without mentioning that it was the UN that was supposed to make sure the continued bombardment of Israel by Hezbollah didn’t happen.
And does anyone notice that the UN tends to make “tsk, tsk” noises whenever Israel is getting pasted, but immediately feels the urgent need to intervene when it’s their enemies are on the ropes?
Let’s see those “humanitarians” deploy themselves as human shields across northern Israel, around such buildings as schools, hospitals, senior centers, day cares, and the like. I’m sure that Hezbollah will acknowledge their shining innocence and nobility and refrain from any more attacks that might endanger them.