If the BBC is to be believed, IDF soldiers are deliberately shooting women and children in Gaza. Their TV reporting from the scene today interviewed doctors in hospitals who asked the obvious rhetorical question as to why they have children patients with multiple small arms wounds. One child had two bullets in the head. In the head, not fragments from large caliber weapons. These were small arms bullets.
Israeli government spokesmen and demonstraters in New York are still "going on" about the peculiarly humane Israeli way of making war. The protestations are wearing thin. B'tselim, the Israeli human rights conscience is seeking to know whether or not these accusations of inhumanity are correct. I, for one, will accept their judgment.
I have been in savage combats, and have had a hand in many more, but the deliberate killing of children and women is something I have rarely seen.
I have seen the VC kill Montagnard women and kids. That was the product of racial hatred on the part of the Vietnamese for these "Moi." That was a personal exception for me.
Generally, fighters will walk away from the dead bodies of male adult enemies and leave the women and children to grieve and starve.
If this is different, the Israeli people need to know and to put a stop to it. pl
NOTE FROM LARRY JOHNSON: The mounting number of children killed in the Israeli attack on Gaza is inexcusable. It is one thing for a child to be hit by a stray bullet. But the wounds that are being reported by reliable journalists are not the result of stray rounds. The wounds are the consequence of poorly trained and poorly led soldiers who, for the most part, appear to be callously indifferent to killing and wounding civilians. Today’s attacks on a UN aid center and a media center further underscore the yawning gap between the claim of Israeli spokespersons that care is being taken to avoid civilian casualties and the reality on the ground.