Thursday, January 01, 2009

Hello...you have 30 minutes to leave your house or we'll kill you...

Some in the media are reporting the killing of Nizar Rayan as some type of a aggressive move by Israel that demonstrates they are serious about eradicating Hamas. What's interesting though is that the IDF called Rayan and told him that they were going to bomb his home in 30 minutes. He stayed, and apparently some of his children and wives stayed as well, at least four of his children and two of his wives were also killed, it's stated 18 people were killed with him.

What would have happened had Rayan left? Would the IDF have bombed him in his car anyway? What's the point in calling someone and saying, "hello, you have 30 minutes to leave your house or we'll kill you" which is basically what happened. If the person doesn't leave, does that mean they basically committed suicide? If they leave then what's the point in claiming that the goal is to kill senior Hamas leaders? Why go into hiding if you are going to get a courtesy call that the bombs are on the way? Where are those in Gaza expected to go? It's not as if they can go very far.

CNN doesn't even mention this phone call, neither does Fox News or the Associated Press which is where most of the news organizations, including Fox are getting their stories from. For the details you have to turn to the foreign media, news sites like the Independent.

Both sides seem bent on creating martyrs, neither side seems to care when children are killed or wounded. Both sides blame the other, neither side seems to want to take any responsibility for their part. Both sides call each other terrorists which is realistically true, terror is being created by both. It's being done on purpose by both...

If you aren't up on your history of how this all began, Juan Cole is a recommended read...

2 comments:

Al said...

Let's hope and pray, at least on behalf of the innocent children on both sides of this battle, that some peace and stability comes soon in the Middle East. There's got to be a better way.

Happy New Year!

Lisa Renee said...

That is a prayer that I join you in Al.

Happy New Year to you too.

:-)