You know, it may just be me, but if I lived in an area where a bunch of annoyed Israelis were bombing the cous-cous out of anything even remotely related to Hezbollah, and said Hezbollah parked a multiple-launch rocket rack out behind my house, I tend to think it might behoove me to either 1)Go politely inform the Hezbollah HMFIC that there's a better launch site two miles thataway; or
2) Smile real big, bow a couple of times, and then quietly get the wife and sprogs the hell out of the area.
I'm here to tell you that everyone -- and I mean everyone -- on the ground in Lebanon knows that the IDF is grimly determined to high-speed-disassemble every Katyusha rack that might be pointed in the general direction of Israel.
There are goat families and field rat families that are bright enough to unarse the A.O. whenever a Hezbollah Katyusha rack parks near-by, because mama goat and daddy rat know that IDF bombs are about to start impacting.
I'm going to let a whole bunch of people in on a secret to minimizing civilian casualties in Lebanon:
Stop letting Hezbollah park their rocket racks next to the swing-set, okay?
Simple. Easy. I might even go so far as to call it common-sense.
If you let your local Hezbollah idiots launch Katyushas from your back-yard, then you can bet your burkha that Israeli ordnance is going to be landing in that back-yard before you can say, "Cold Steel On Warm Bodies!"
I weep for the dead at Qana. I wish justice for the dead at Qana, and I demand that those responsible for those deaths pay for those deaths.
Those who are responsible for the deaths at Qana are those who parked a Katyusha rocket rack behind the building at Qana and fired rockets upon an Israeli position from behind the building.
And as long as Hezbollah continues to hide behind civilians while shooting at Israel, as long as Hezbollah fires rockets from play grounds, and mortars from apartment building roof-tops, as long as Hezbollah shoots from behind civilian women and children, then civilian casulaties are not only guaranteed, but are to be firmly laid at the feet of Hezbollah.
Stop hiding behind civilians, and then you can bitch about civilian casualties.
Stop letting Hezbollah use civilians as shields, and then you can bitch about civilian casualties.
Stop letting Hezbollah use you as a human shield, and then you can bitch about civilian casualties.
Until then (and this is addressed with nothing but love to the United Nations in general, and Kofi Annan specifically) until you get Hezbollah to stop using innocent civilians as shields, just shut the hell up and let the IDF work.