Global War On Terrorism: Jimmy Carter says it's "inhumane and counterproductive" for Israel "to punish civilian populations" for Hezbollah's aggression. If you hadn't helped overthrow the Shah of
Iran, Jimmy, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Our former president made this statement in a Washington Post op-ed in which the man who helped midwife the habitat for inhumanity that is Iran spouted the standard liberal dogma about cease-fires and something called "lasting peace."
He forgets that Hezbollah is the spawn of Iran, and Iran is the spawn of his failed foreign policy. Carter, upon taking office in 1977, declared that advancing "human rights" was among his highest priorities. America's ally, the Shah of Iran, was one of his first targets, with Carter chastising him for his human rights record and withdrawing America's support.
When Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the shah in February 1979, he established the first modern Islamofascist regime, a role model for the Taliban and the jihadists to follow, such as al-Qaida and Hezbollah.
While Carter claims it is "inhumane" for Israel to "punish" civilians, he forgets it is a war crime to use them as human shields. Hezbollah is guilty of war crimes, and Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's chief terrorist, is a war criminal for the indiscriminate killing of Israeli civilians and for using Lebanese civilians as human shields.
As Israeli Defense Force videos show, Hezbollah likes to park its Katyusha rocket launchers next to apartment buildings like the one destroyed in Qana. The IDF showed the world press footage of Hezbollah rocket launchers being driven into Qana, parked behind and alongside civilian buildings, from where they would launch their rockets against Israeli civilians in Kiryat Shemona, Afula and Ma'alot.
Over the last three weeks, at least 150 rockets have been fired into northern Israeli towns from Qana. The specific building hit had been a frequent shelter for Hezbollah terrorists, who would dart inside after firing their unguided rockets with warheads full of tiny ball bearings designed to indiscriminately kill and maim.
Hezbollah is violating Article 58 of Protocol 1 of the Geneva Conventions, which requires parties to a conflict to "avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas." Hezbollah uses civilian homes and neighborhoods to store and launch rockets.
Article 28 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: "The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations." This means that the building in Qana where Hezbollah was hiding its launchers was a legitimate military target.
Article 37 of Protocol 1, ratified in 1979, says: "It is prohibited to kill, injure or capture an adversary by resort to perfidy." It lists three types of perfidy; the third is "the feigning of civilian, noncombatant status." That is what Hezbollah does when it disguises its fighters as civilians and hides and launches missiles in Qana and elsewhere.
In a story in the Sydney Sunday Herald Sun of July 30, photos of a Christian area of Beirut called Wadi Chahour that had been smuggled out of Lebanon were published. One showed the remnants of an Iranian-made Hezbollah rocket in the middle of a residential block hit in an Israeli retaliatory airstrike.
An Australian who witnessed the strike told the Herald Sun: "Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets." He said, "Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis."
Iran and its puppet Hezbollah have bigger plans with bigger rockets. Also on Tuesday, Iran's mad hatter, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, rejected a
U.N. Security Council resolution that would give Iran until Aug. 31 to suspend its uranium enrichment program. Today, Katyushas. Tomorrow, a Shahab-3 with a nuke?
If tomorrow Hezbollah and Hamas laid down all their weapons, there would be instant peace. If tomorrow Israel laid down all its weapons, there would be another Holocaust. Thanks, Jimmy.