I know I haven't said a lot about the war crimes being committed by Israel in Lebanon and there is a reason...maybe two. First, there are people like Billmon and Juan Cole that are more informed and better writers than I. Second, The whole charade makes me almost physically ill. Israel is merely executing American instructions using U.S. provided weapons. If the U.S. was serious about wanting peace we would close the 2.5 - 3 billion dollar a year checkbook we give Israel every year. Without U.S. aid Israel would not exist, would not have a state of the art military and would not be blowing up women and children. That is the raw truth. There is neither time nor inclination to argue the viability or justice of a Jewish state. The situation is what it is but to continue to sanction this bloody mess by rush shipments of precision guided missles and mouthing such crap as "birthing democracy in the middle east" is bullshit. Human Rights Watch pretty much wraps up my view:
A New York-based human rights group says the Israeli military is fully responsible for its air strike that killed nearly 60 civilians in Lebanon, calling such attacks a "war crime."
In a statement released in Beirut Sunday, Human Rights Watch said Sunday's air strike in the village of Qana was a product of an indiscriminate bombing campaign amounting to a war crime.
The statement calls on the U.N. secretary-general to establish an International Commission of Inquiry to investigate violations of international humanitarian law during the conflict.
Update: In the spirit of full disclosure I have never been a big fan of Israel. I lost several good friends on the USS Liberty and I have never forgiven the Israeli's for that wicked act.