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Qana: Not the IDF?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, July 31, 2006

The chief of staff of the Israeli Air Force is questioning whether the IDF was, in fact, responsible for the civilian deaths at Qana.
There is an unexplained gap of about seven hours between the one Israeli air strike that hit the Qana building housing the civilians, which took place around 1 A.M. Sunday, and the first report that the building had collapsed, said the chief of staff of the Israel Air Force, Brigadier General Amir Eshel. Speaking at a press conference at the Kirya military complex in Tel Aviv last night, Eshel said that of three Israeli air strikes on Qana early Sunday, only the first strike hit the building in which the civilians were staying. The other two hit areas at least 400 meters away.

"I can't say whether the house collapsed at 12 A.M. or at 8 A.M.," said Eshel. "According to foreign press reports, and this is one of the reports we are relying on, the house collapsed at 8 A.M. We do not have testimony regarding the time of the collapse. If the house collapsed at 12 A.M., it is difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours to evacuate it."
The Israelis, in other words, are questioning the timing of the building's collapse. They are also hinting that such civilian deaths are an inevitable result of Hezbollah's policy of using civilians as human shields.
IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and other senior officers expressed regret yesterday over the deaths of the civilians. They said the IDF was not aware that the civilians were in the village and had expected them to leave Qana the week before, following Israeli warnings of an impending attack.

Eisencott blamed Hezbollah for the deaths, saying the group uses the civilian population as a human shield.
The time difference between the air strike and the building's collapse has led to speculation that either Hezbollah induced the collapse to scapegoat Israel, or that the building's damage led to a delayed collapse.
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I rather doubt that Hezbollah collapsed the building. It wouldn’t be the first building to collapse hours, days, or even weeks after being damaged. That is why damaged buildings are often condemned; they are structually unsound and dangerous. It happens in this country after every hurricane`and major earthquake. A few months ago there was a building collapse in Baltimore, for no obvious reason.
Written By: timactual
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There is an unexplained gap of about seven hours between the one Israeli air strike that hit the Qana building housing the civilians, which took place around 1 A.M. Sunday ....
So the IDF knows not only the structures it hits, but when it hits them. (So what about that UN post?) Was the building a command post? Were rockets being fired from the building? Did the IDF know civilians were in the building? Did it know for a fact there weren’t?

Time would be better spent discussing what the IDR knew and when it knew it. Instead, we get the backdoor speculation combined with numerous inferences based on said speculation.

So why hasn’t the IDF disclosed the specifics of what it knew about the building and what it did not, instead of engaging in the parlor game it is presently playing?

A pox on both Hezbollah and Israel. But at least I know my tax dollars do not arm Hezbollah. It makes me mad that my government is giving weapons to a government in the Middle East that uses thoses weapons to kill civilians. Sure Israel can defend itself, whatever that means. (Of course the defintiion of "self defense" has been debased by the Bush administration.) Just don’t do it on my nickel, ok?
Written By: mkultra
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It’s pretty clear in this case that self defence means eliminating those people that are firing rockets into your territory....
Written By: Blewyn
A pox on both Hezbollah and Israel.

Moral equivilance at it’s finest.


Mel Gibson would be proud
Written By: Shark
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Give me a 1 word answer. No obfuscation. No pontification. No ambiguity. Give me an answer to this question:

Do you believe the IDF is deliberately targeting civilians?

YES or NO please.

Written By: Shark
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