Palestinians have made a specialty of murdering civilians, yet still wish to portray
The Israeli army captured on video a group of terrorists near an elementary school in
One Israeli army officer expressed the dilemma:
"They don't think twice about firing Qassam rockets near crowded public areas, even though they're fully aware that they're endangering innocent civilians. We're constantly faced with very difficult and complex dilemmas, how best to defend
This tactic of using one's own civilians as human shields is of course nothing new. Hezbollah used it to great effect in the war of summer 2006. Now Palestinians are practicing it so they can shell Israeli cities while still portraying themselves as victims.
Those who defend the Palestinians ask, "What choice do they have? Where else can they go?
Islamic extremists are only too willing to confer martyrdom on their own people. The Taliban do the same thing in
"If so much care is being taken why are so many civilians getting killed?" Pelley asked.
"Because," Garlasco replied, "the Taliban are violating international law." They shield themselves inside people's homes. One cannot go after them without putting civilians at risk.
Somehow this tactic of striking and using human shields as cover has become acceptable. If human shields are harmed, that becomes the focus of attention and the initial aggression is forgotten.
Greenberg, Hannah. "Video: Terrorists Firing Mortars from Schoolyard." Ynet News, October 31, 2007.
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