Civilians or Human Shields?
Charles Krauthammer asks Who Is to Blame for Grief on a Beach?
The answer can be found by comparing two statements, one widely touted and the other conveniently unsaid and unacknowledged.
If 'One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter,' it should be recognized that 'One man's civilian is another man's human shield.' Krauthammer illustrates this perfectly.
He gets there by asking the same question asked in this space.
But the obvious question not being asked is this: Who is to blame if Palestinians are setting up rocket launchers to attack Israel -- and placing them 400 yards from a beach crowded with Palestinian families on the Muslim Sabbath?
Answer: This is another example of the Palestinians' classic and cowardly human-shield tactic -- attacking innocent Israeli civilians while hiding behind innocent Palestinian civilians. For Palestinian terrorists -- and the Palestinian governments (both Fatah and Hamas) that allow them to operate unmolested -- it's a win-win: If their rockets aimed into Israeli towns kill innocent Jews, no one abroad notices and it's another success in the terrorist war against Israel. And if Israel's preventive and deterrent attacks on those rocket bases inadvertently kill Palestinian civilians, the iconic "Israeli massacre" picture makes the front page of the New York Times, and the Palestinians win the propaganda war.
We alluded to precisely that. First ,indirectly.
Thirdly, IDF intelligence claims that, since an Israeli special forces beach landing that took out a Kassam team during their launch preparations, Hamas began mining the beaches to prevent another IDF landing.
So you are a group of freedom fighters in the Palestinian Territories and you want to strike back at the always menacing and murderous hearts of those who occupy your homeland. What do you do? You take your Kassam rockets and fire them off at Israeli occupied terrority. Where do you do this from?
Why 250 to 500 meters away from where your friends and neighbors picnic and enjoy the leisure of days at the beach.
Of course, when the dreaded IDF responds and shells your base of operations - you blame them for the death of innocents. And you know that the Western media will never ask any questions about your selection of launching points.
Krauthammer delivers another 'must read' column.