28 June 2006

I should be in bed, but this article pissed me off.

So I was looking around, trying to get any confirmation of the chemical warhead attack mentioned on Haaretz, and found this article on foxnews.com. It started out pretty well, calling the Palestinians "terrorists" in the headline, but then went on with remarks such as this:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel sent tanks into northern Gaza and arrested the Palestinian deputy prime minister and dozens of other Hamas government officials early Thursday, escalating its response to the abduction of one of its soldiers.
Er...and the firing of countless Kassam rockets. Cease-fire my ass. Hamas, Fatah, and Islamic Jihad have it pretty well worked out - at any given time, two of them pretend to be at the bargaining table with Israel so the third can keep on attacking, and Israel can't respond or else it's not playing fair at said table.

There's also the abduction of two civilians, one 18 and one over 60. The eighteen-year-old, Eliyahu Asheri, as the article goes on to mention, has been murdered.
The moves came after thousands of troops moved into southern Gaza Wednesday and Israeli warplanes roared over the summer home of Syria's president, who is blamed for harboring Hamas leaders.
If by "is blamed for harboring Hamas leaders" you mean "harbors Hamas leaders," then you're right. Geez, why not just say he was "unjustly accused" while you're at it? After all, such a diminutive little optometrist optician oculist who gives a fuck? could never mean harm to anyone.
Although the Israeli action was sparked by the abduction of the soldier, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government also is alarmed by the firing of homemade rockets on Israeli communities around Gaza and support for Hamas in the Arab world, especially from Syria.
Only took you seven paragraphs to mention those rockets. Not bad.
In a clear warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Israeli airplanes flew over his seaside home near the Mediterranean port city of Latakia in northwestern Syria, military officials confirmed, citing the "direct link" between his government and Hamas. Israeli television reports said four planes were involved in the low-altitude flight, and that Assad was there at the time.

Syria confirmed Israeli warplanes entered its airspace, but said its air defenses forced the Israeli aircraft to flee.
Nice scare quotation marks around "direct link." Also, if anyone thinks Syria has air defenses that could do anything against Israeli F-16's, he deserves to be pointed at and scorned. I burst out laughing when I first read Syria's claim of having scared off the IAF.

This is what we call surgical strikes against terrorist infrastructure, with as little damage as possible to civilians.
Witnesses reported heavy shelling around Gaza's long-closed airport, which Israeli troops took over.
What do you want to bet the airport is closed because the Hamas-led "government" is too busy trying to kill Israelis to get the airport functioning again?
Prior to the latest incursion into northern Gaza, the Israeli army dropped leaflets warning residents of impending military activity.

Dozens of Palestinian militants — armed with automatic weapons and grenades — took up positions, bracing for the attack.

Anxious Palestinians pondered whether the incursion, the first large-scale ground offensive since Israel withdrew from Gaza last year, was essentially a "shock and awe" display designed to intimidate militants, or the prelude to a full-scale invasion.
Or maybe Israel is finally sick and tired of being constantly attacked by murderers, and has decided to hit their infrastructure and arrest their leaders. I didn't quote this part, but the author grudgingly admitted in the fifth paragraph that no deaths or injuries as a result of Israeli actions had occurred.
The White House kept up its pressure on Hamas, saying the Palestinian government must "stop all acts of violence and terror." But the U.S. also urged Israel to show restraint.

"In any actions the government of Israel may undertake, the United States urges that it ensures that innocent civilians are not harmed, and also that it avoid the unnecessary destruction of property and infrastructure," said White House press secretary Tony Snow.
The White House also said that Israel has every right to respond to the attacks made on it constantly. I'm personally not impressed with the statement quoted above, nor with Condi's recent remarks in favor of the diplomatic process, but suspect it's primarily political posturing. Not sure what the hell Condi is thinking, though.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged restraint in a phone call to Olmert, saying he had spoken with Assad and Abbas and asked them to do everything possible to release the soldier. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa called on the U.S. to assume its role as "honest broker" and to make the Palestinian-Israeli conflict its top priority in the Middle East.
There are so many things wrong with this paragraph. One: Annan didn't even know about Hamas constantly firing Kassam rockets until Olmert told him. So as far as I'm concerned, Annan can go jump in a lake. [This was originally a much more vulgar remark.] Two: Neither Assad nor Abbas has any real control over Hamas. There's a reason no one pays much attention to them. Three: Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa can go soak his head.
Hamas' negotiators' tentative acceptance Tuesday of a document that Abbas allies claimed implicitly recognizes Israel appeared beside the point a day later, with Israel saying no political agreement can substitute for Shalit's freedom.
I like how the author fails to mention the fact that this document does NOT recognize Israel, implicitly or otherwise, and that the people who signed it have stated explicitly that it doesn't.
Gaza's economy was already in the doldrums before the Israeli assault, a result of five years of Israeli-Palestinian violence and an international aid boycott that followed Hamas' parliamentary election victory in January. The Israeli assault threatened to turn a bad situation into a disaster — underscoring the extent to which hopes have been dashed following the optimism that accompanied Israel's pullout.

Palestinian plans for high-rise apartments, sports complexes and industrial parks in lands evacuated by Israel have given way to despair, with rising poverty, increasingly violent relations with Israel and a looming threat of civil war.
Cry me a fucking river. If the Palestinians want peace and prosperity, how about they elect a government that isn't a bunch of terrorists?

At this point, I was about ready to write a strongly worded letter to Fox, but then I glanced up and saw that this article came from...you guessed it...the Associated Press.

Fucking anti-Semitic dhimmis.

Update: Yeah, yeah, Assad's an ophthalmologist...I realized that right after I finished the post and shut the computer down, but didn't have time to fix it until the next night.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

why aren't you in bed?

- Bashar Assad

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Lipstick said...

And I like how they always call them "homemade rockets"--like they're made of harmless play-doh or something.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Purple Avenger said...

Maybe Bashir can fix the AP's "vision problem".

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, homemade in a sense that they lack guidance system, nothing more than an explosive charge on top of a rocket booster section. Like a huge, unreliable RPG. As far as Assad the opthalmologist, he needs to fix his vision problem first, before somebody correct it with a .308.

Icepick the Mad!

12:43 AM  

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