Minister Criticises Israel’s Attacks

Kim Howells criticises Israel

Foreign Office minister Kim Howells has criticised Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon, while on a visit to Beirut.

He said Israel had not carried out “surgical strikes” and attacking the Lebanese nation was not the answer.

Speaking in Beirut, Mr Howells said: “I very much hope that the Americans understand what’s happening to Lebanon.

“The destruction of the infrastructure, the death of so many children and so many people. These have not been surgical strikes.

“And it’s very difficult, I think, to understand the kind of military tactics that have been used.

“You know, if they’re chasing Hezbollah, then go for Hezbollah. You don’t go for the entire Lebanese nation.”
(Source: BBC News)

Look at the sentence I’ve highlighted: “The destruction of the infrastructure, the death of so many children and so many people. These have not been surgical strikes.”

Think of the horror that sentence covers, imagine your neighbourhood bombed flat because of the actions of lunatics who you don’t even support. What gives Israel the right to bomb cities in other countries flat? Basically, the support of the UK and US. And, in the US’ case, expedited shipments of weapons to help the slaughter along.

But before we get on our moral high horses, listen to what this man is saying:

But Lt Colonel Yishou Efroni, of the Israeli Army, defended its tactics saying: “We told them to leave the towns and villages. We gave them notice of when we were going to attack.

“No army in the world is doing that. I didn’t see the British or Americans doing that in Iraq warning the people to leave and then bombing.”
(Source: BBC News)

In a horrible, disturbing way, he makes a valid point. One that I’m guessing won’t be repeated on our TV news or by Butcher Blair.