Saturday, December 3, 2011

Syrian Barbarism

Typical Syrian barbarism:

"One military defector stated that he had decided to defect after witnessing the shooting of a 2-year-old girl in Al Ladhiqiyah on 13 August by an officer who affirmed that he did not want her to grow into a demonstrator', the report says." (Syrian death toll includes 250 kids, The Wall Street Journal/The Australian, 30/10/11)

There's just no way that could happen in civilised Israel, right?


"Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription, 'Better use Durex', next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter's T-shirt from the Givati Brigade's Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull's-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, '1 shot, 2 kills'." (Dead Palestinian babies & bombed mosques - IDF fashion 2009, Uri Blau, Haaretz, 20/3/09)

Ah, but that's now. Back in the good old days - 1953 - when Israel's 'soul' was intact, knocking off women and children was unheard of, right?


"Sharon's life-long war against the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular started immediately after that first successful operation against the Bedouin. His next major proposal to command headquarters was a limited raid against the al-Burg refugee camp, which was supposedly used by infiltrators as a base. When he described the details of the operation to his soldiers, one of them - according to Uri Benziman - observed that the obvious objective of the raid was to kill as many civilians as possible. The soldier complained that this was an improper objective, but Sharon ignored the remark. The result was that 15 Palestinians were killed, most of them women and children. Interrogated by superiors after the raid, he argued that the high casualty rate was necessitated by the need to defend the lives of his soldiers. He explained to his own soldiers that all the women of the camps were whores that served the murderers." (Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians, Baruch Kimmerling, 2003, pp 48-49)

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