We’ve always known that Hezbollah and other terrorists use civilians at human shields but the photos here, smuggled out of Lebanon by an Australian journalist, prove it. From the accompanying article:
THIS is the picture that damns Hezbollah. It is one of several, smuggled from behind Lebanon’s battle lines, showing that Hezbollah is waging war amid suburbia.
The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.
Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.
The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend.
These pictures illustrate what may have happened in the bombing that killed 54 Lebanese civilians. How many of the civilians were actually terrorists? We may never know.
Israel is simply doing what it must: kill Hezbollah terrorists. If Hezbollah chooses to place the civilian population it claims to care so much about in harm’s way, then so be it.The reality Israel faces is a difficult one: avoid striking Hezbollah in order to protect Lebanese civilians and make itself look weak in the eyes of its enemies, which encourages radical Islam to work harder to destroy it; or attack Hezbollah even though it is ensconced in civilian neighborhoods and make itself look bad to the rest of the world even though the terrorists get a pass for their use of human shields. Israel doesn’t have a choice. It must kill its enemies no matter where they hide.
Link via Instapundit
Update: A report in YNetNews says that the Qana building that was struck by Israel didn’t collapse until eight hours later:
An IDF investigation has found that the building in Qana struck by the Air Force fell around eight hours after being hit by the IDF.
“The attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning. The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear,” Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters told journalists at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, following the incidents at Qana.
Eshel and the head of the IDF’s Operational Branch, Major General Gadi Eisnkot said the structure was not being attacked when it collapsed, at around 8:00 in the morning.
The IDF believes that Hizbullah explosives in the building were behind the explosion that caused the collapse.
Another possibility is that the rickety building remained standing for a few hours, but eventually collapsed. “It could be that inside the building, things that could eventually cause an explosion were being housed, things that we could not blow up in the attack, and maybe remained there, Brigadier General Eshel said.
Little Green Footballs asked the same question I did:
I haven’t seen one journalist ask what would seem to be a very obvious question: why were so many children in a war zone, even though the population had been warned by the IDF to leave several days earlier?
I’d bet it’s because Hezbollah refused to let them leave.
Update II: Hamas says it will “avenge” the Qana attack with more attacks and possibly bombings on Israel.
Update III: John at Power Line has a photo of a 30 foot color banner of Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice that was unfurled as a protest to the Qana attacks. He asks how it was produced so quickly, just hours, after the attacks.
What seems odd about this is that the banner was unfurled within hours after the Qana attack took place. The building where the civilians died was bombed on Sunday morning, and the demonstration took place during daylight hours, later the same day. I have no idea what kind of facility it takes to produce a 30-foot-high banner like this one. It is obviously professionally done. It would be interesting to know where this banner was produced; who designed and paid for it; and how its production was expedited so that it was ready for use, on the street, within hours after the event being protested. For example, was the image of Rice produced in advance, awaiting a pretext for its use, with only the script added at the last minute? I’ve often been curious about the logistics of pro-terrorist demonstrations, and this seems like an especially curious example.
And what’s going on with her mouth? It looks as if the protesters have portrayed her with blood oozing from her lips.