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When did it become OK to kill human shields?

 
 
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2014 06:50 am
@BillRM,
Now make your V1, V2 rocket factoid germane to Israel/Hamas.
BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2014 07:15 am
@bobsal u1553115,
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Now make your V1, V2 rocket factoid germane to Israel/Hamas.


All was terror weapons with no military uses and was design to randomly killed men, women and children.

There are only two reasons why the Palestinians are not able to kill the same numbers of Jews as the Nazis killed Londoners with the V1 and that is Israel missiles defense system and their must greater ability to pound the launch sites.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2014 07:23 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Those rockets each contain 600 hundreds pounds of explosive surround with ball bearings and no nation on earth is not going to do whatever is needed to stop the launching of thousands of such weapons over their borders including not giving a **** if a human shield is around the launch sites or not.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2014 09:03 am
@bobsal u1553115,
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The allies didn't want to be seen "repatriating" Jews to the Iron Curtain after doing nothing to save Jews in the run-up to WWII and ignored, hid or denied the death camps during the war. ....


The air war in Europe could very easily have been lost. Allied commanders had an absolute duty and responsibility to end the war as quickly and with as little loss of life amongst its airmen as possible and conducting raids against Dachau or Belsen-Bergen would have been an abrogation of that duty.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2014 09:51 am
This might be the most major human shield thing which Hamas does:

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/180730/top-secret-hamas-command-bunker-in-gaza-revealed?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm_content=Top+Secret+Hamas+Command+Bunker+in+Gaza+Revealed&utm_campaign=July2014#undefined

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....Hamas obviously has no interest in having a photo-layout of one of its command bunkers beneath Shifa Hospital splashed on the front pages of newspapers. After all, such pictures would show that the organization uses the sick and wounded of Gaza as human shields while launching missiles against Israeli civilians. What Hamas wants is for reporters to use very different pictures from Shifa—namely, photos of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israelis, which make Palestinians look like innocent victims of wanton Israeli brutality.

To that end, the rules of reporting from Shifa Hospital are easy for any newbie reporter to understand: No pictures of members of Hamas with their weapons inside the hospital, and don’t go anywhere near the bunkers, or the operating rooms where members of Hamas are treated. While reporters can meet with members of Hamas inside the hospital—because it’s obviously convenient for everyone—they are not allowed to take pictures. Reporters inside Gaza who are risking their lives to bring the world whatever news they can should hardly be blamed for obeying Hamas’ media rules, which the organization has helpfully written down in case anyone has doubts about what they are permitted to show.

Reporters who bravely or foolishly violate Hamas’ rules even on their social media accounts can be seen to repent with such alacrity that it’s not difficult to imagine how scared and dependent they are. Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal, for example, tweeted that “You have to wonder w the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.” Casey then quickly deleted his tweet, which didn’t save him from being put on a list of journalists who “lie/fabricate info for Israel” and “must be sued” – a threat which is surely the least of Casey’s fears. Last week, French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abu Dagg was summoned to Shifa by Hamas and interrogated. He wrote about the experience of “attempted intimidation” for Liberation—and then quickly had the paper take down the article.

It can hardly be lost on any sane journalist that tempers in combat zones can be short, and that Hamas has used the kidnapping of foreign journalists like Alan Johnson of the BBC to advance its own agenda. The fact that Hamas has closed the border and will not let journalists in or out of Gaza can’t make journalists who being used as de facto human shields by a terrorist organization feel any more eager to offend their hosts.

What Hamas has done, therefore, is to turn Shifa Hospital into a Hollywood sound-stage filled with real, live war victims who are used to score propaganda points, while the terrorists inside the hospital itself are erased from photographs and news accounts through a combination of pressure and threats, in order to produce the stories that Hamas wants. So if reporters aren’t entirely to blame for participating in this sick charade, then who is?

The answer is that reporters write what they can, and some do their job better than others, and some are braver or more foolhardy than their peers. But it’s the job of editors, sitting thousands of miles away, at a very safe remove from the battlefield, to note that dispatches were produced under pressure, or that key information was removed by a government—as nearly all mainstream media outlets do when battlefield dispatches pass through the hands of the IDF censor. A good editor might attach similar notes to dispatches from combat zones controlled by terrorist organizations. He or she might also decide that reporting only the news that Hamas deems fit to print from Shifa Hospital isn’t actually reporting at all: It’s propaganda.


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gungasnake
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2014 09:55 am
Feeling sorry for snakes...
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