“A Product of Circumstance”

If true, the allegations made by the grieving Gazan father in this news report from AlJazeera are quite shocking.

Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip were a “product of circumstance,” Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said today. “We had to carry out this operation. I am at peace with the fact that we did it,” she told Israel Radio. Livni is running for prime minister in next month’s election.

Yesterday, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticized Israel’s conduct during attacks on the Gaza Strip over the past three weeks that have left more than 1,000 Palestinians dead. Our government on the other hand… [crickets]

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7 responses to ““A Product of Circumstance”

  1. Dean

    How do you say “Final Solution” in Hebrew?

  2. CWTF

    I.D.F. = goons of Israel

  3. It’s more like 1,300 dead and counting as many Palestinians return to their homes and dig through the rubble.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni callous attitude reminds me of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

    That was with respect to the sanctions on Iraq that resulted in the deaths of 567,000 Iraqi children under the age of five.

  4. oemissions

    Being a mother and grandmother, it is worse for me when women support war .

  5. Especially when it’s a woman whose father was a terrorist.

    Hypocrisy. It’s not just for Americans any more.

  6. counter-coulter

    Beijing York
    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni callous attitude reminds me of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

    To be fair to Albright, she did recant her statement:

    I must have been crazy; I should have answered the question by reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the premise behind it. Saddam Hussein could have prevented any child from suffering simply by meeting his obligations…. As soon as I had spoken, I wished for the power to freeze time and take back those words. My reply had been a terrible mistake, hasty, clumsy and wrong. Nothing matters more than the lives of innocent people. I had fallen into the trap and said something I simply did not mean. That was no one’s fault but my own.

  7. crf

    I.D.F. are not goons. They were mostly professional in their conduct, albeit with many disturbing incidents which should be investigated. But this isn’t the IDF’s war, or the IDF’s policy, any more than Abu Ghraib, Bhagram or Gitmo was the American military’s policy rather than the American government’s policy. The conduct of the war should rest on the Israeli political leaders and the country as a whole, and there should be investigations.

    The excessive violence was a political stunt meant to prove that lefties and centrists are just as willing as mindless right-wingers to debase rationality when fighting an enemy. And this was exactly what the Israeli public largely wanted (if you can believe the press).

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