“I categorically reject all the attempts to impugn the morality of the Israel Defense Forces,” said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, opening the cabinet session on Sunday.
“The Israel Defense Forces is the most moral army in the world. It has never conducted a policy of harming civilians, and is not doing so today.”
Olmert, as a character says in Hester Street: “You can’t piss on my back and make me think it’s rain.”
He must be saying this for domestic consumption because if he thinks anyone in the world outside Israel buys the bullshit he’s peddling he’d be out of his mind. This blog is replete with specific examples of the IDF doing precisely what Olmert claims it has “never” done: callously ignoring the danger to innocent Palestinians from its operations whether they be targeted assassinations or artillery shelling in crowded urban areas like the Gaza beach where eight were killed last Friday.
As Brad Burston writes in today’s Haaretz:
Say the blood that is on our hands is not that of Ali Ghalia, the father of the family, his wife Ra’isa, four of his daughters, one aged 2, and his eight-month-old son
Say the blood is not that of Mohammed Dura, the 12-year-old boy killed early in the Intifada in a crossfire between Israelis and Palestinians.
For every Mohammed Dura, there have been hundreds and hundreds of Palestinians killed by the IDF in error, in conjunction with the killing of terrorists, or because overwhelming force and remote technology was applied in order to minimize the risk to Israeli troops.
he world cares nothing for them. And neither do we. Their tragedies are no less unbearable, surely no less unbearable than the hundreds of our own the world cares nothing for.
We can live with it, as we live with the idea of sending thousands and thousands of artillery shells into one of the most crowded districts on the planet, in order to try to hit three-man mobile crews firing a rocket not much bigger than a broom – the equivalent of going after a fly with a pile-driver.
We live with it because we Can’t Just Do Nothing, as if thousands of shells, many of them directed at open spaces calculated precisely to hit nothing, are the only possible alternative.
We can live with it, fundamentally, because we don’t know what else to do, and because the only thing left for us to believe, is that it’s wrong to negotiate.
Jamil Baroody says
Marc Garlasco is no military expert certainly not in examining exposives and craters. He has never served in the military and his academic education is in GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Working for the Pentagon in intelligence matters does not make him an expert in explosives and artillery shells either.
The crater picture with him next to it was not there the day before when this happened in the video showing the wounded girl !!!!!!!!!!! The shrapnels were provided to him by the Philistinian (this is how we call them in Arabic) Terrorists and no one knows where it came from !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is absolutely no evidence that this guy produced on his own to prove his hateful claims. We Arabs are well known to lie all the time about the Jews and blame them for everything (like the olive trees we prune ourselves) even if our own mistreat us.
You must be nuts considering this antisemitic guy an expert at anything.
Richard Silverstein says
‘Jamil Baroody’ is of course not an Arab as he appears to claim (“we Arabs”). A short Google search will find that he claims on multiple other sites that he is an imam from “Jeddah, Saudi Arabia” yet his ISP locates him in Quincy, MA. You’ve been banned for assuming a fake identity, posting multiple versions of the same comment and generally attempting to inundate the site with yr ridiculous propaganda. I sure thought “Jamil” was Mike Nargizian, another troll of mine who’s tried using fake identities to post here. But God help me there must be two of you idiots out there.
Let’s take your crap line by line:
A bald faced lie. So let’s see, Marc Garlasco is a former Pentagon specialist in bomb damage assessment who served in Kosovo & yet he “never served in the military.” What are you, an idiot? His entire career has involved working with bombs & explosives & analyzing bomb impacts. Mr. Whoever You Are, where did you get the expertise to judge Mr. Garlasco’s credentials?? The Stern Gang School of Bomb-Making??