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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

War has no boundaries, it robs all of human dignity
Seems both sides are ensuring this truth, one more than the other maybe,
but How sick is it to compare not by compassion, but by the lack there of:

from Human Rights Watch - Defending Human Rights Worldwide -
[ the lack there of...]
"Israel/Lebanon: Hezbollah Must End Attacks on Civilians - Rocket Attacks on Civilians in Israel Are War Crimes(New York, August 5, 2006) Â? Hezbollah must immediately stop firing rockets into civilian areas in Israel, Human Rights Watch said today. Entering the fourth week of attacks, such rockets have claimed 30 civilian lives, including six children, and wounded hundreds more. "Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime,"? said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "Nothing can justify this assault on the most fundamental standards for sparing civilians the hazards of war."

Hezbollah claims that some of its attacks are aimed at military bases inside Israel, which are legitimate targets. But most of the attacks appear to have been directed at civilian areas and have hit pedestrians, hospitals, schools, homes and businesses. "


[ and the lack there of...]

"Israel/Lebanon: End Indiscriminate Strikes on Civilians - Some Israeli Attacks Amount to War Crimes
(Beirut, August 3, 2006) Â? Israeli forces have systematically failed to distinguish between combatants and civilians in their military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said in report released today. The pattern of attacks in more than 20 cases investigated by Human Rights Watch researchers in Lebanon indicates that the failures cannot be dismissed as mere accidents and cannot be blamed on wrongful Hezbollah practices. In some cases, these attacks constitute war crimes.
The 50-page report, "?Fatal Strikes: IsraelÂ?s Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon," ?analyzes almost two dozen cases of Israeli air and artillery attacks on civilian homes and vehicles. Of the 153 dead civilians the reportthereport, 63 are children. More than 500 people have been killed in Lebanon by Israeli fire since fighting began on July 12, most of them civilians.
"?The pattern of attacks shows the Israeli military'?s disturbing disregard for the lives of Lebanese civilians," ? said KennethRoth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "?Our research shows that Israel'?s claim that Hezbollah fighters are hiding among civilians does not explain, let alone justify, Israel'?s indiscriminate warfare." "


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