July 30, 2006

Moral equivalence makers: Check it out

Maybe, just maybe, the below will enlighten folks like Jason at DE Liberal who wrote on Friday regarding yours truly:

Hube at Colossus has Israel's back. I get the arguments. I just don't like the idea of blowing up "their" civilians because they blew up "our" civilians. What is civil about that?

Yon simple question from a simple mind. Unfortunately, it's not nearly that simple (emphasis mine):

The Australian Sunday Mail publishes the picture below and others, smuggled out of Lebanon. According to the Sunday Mail, the pictures were taken in a Christian neighborhood in East Beirut, and show Lebanese Party of God (Hezbollah) militiamen, in civilian clothes, hiding and using weapons in a densely populated area.

The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut told yesterday how he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.

"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. Then it was totally devastated.

"After the attacks they didn't even allow the ambulances or the Lebanese Army to come in until they had cleaned the area, removing their rockets and hiding other evidence.

"Two innocent people died in that incident but it was so lucky it was not more. The people there were horrified and disgusted at what Hezbollah were doing.''

The fighters used trucks, driven into residential areas, as launch pads for the rockets, he said.

Get it yet, Jason? It's hardly blowing up civilians in retaliation for blowing up civilians. There is NO moral equivalency in this matter. Hizbollah does exactly what David Bernstein notes here (again, emphasis mine):

Party of God gets what it wants: There are only two reasons to put missle launchers in (when they are not in use) and next to (when they are in use) apartment buildings, and, for that matter, to have your local militia headquarters double as the local bomb shelter; the first is the hope that it will dissuade the enemy from attacking you, and the second is the hope that if they do bomb you, many civilians will be killed, leading to a propoganda victory. Unfortunately, the Party of God has benefited from both--many commentators in the Israeli media believe that the eight Israeli soldiers killed and dozens wounded a few days ago would not have met this fate if, instead of going house to house to search for Party of God fighters, Israel had leveled the buildings there [sic] hiding in. So the Party of God got at least a partial military victory. Today, Israel leveled a building they were hiding in, which unfortunately also housed many innocent children. So the Party of God gets a propaganda victory.

Rhymes With Right has more here and here.

Posted by Hube at July 30, 2006 10:26 AM | TrackBack

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Kinda like the moral equivalence between kids at school involved in a fight---both parties get suspended regardless of who the aggressor was--only on a larger scale. Sorry, guys, but who aggressed against whom and how the warfare is conducted really is important.

Good post, Hube.

Posted by: Anna Venger at July 30, 2006 02:26 PM

It's easy. The Hezb'Allah fighters are the ones in Hezb'Allah uniforms.

Posted by: The Unabrewer at July 30, 2006 07:11 PM

Anna Maybe you know. How many dead Lebanese children does it take to equal a dead Israeli child?

20? 50? 100?

Posted by: jason at July 30, 2006 11:58 PM

Jason -- I bet Hezbollah could tell you, at least from a propaganda standpoint.

Posted by: FirstState at July 31, 2006 07:19 AM

Israel also announce for three days that they would be attacking the city and warning residents to flee. I don't remember any such warning from Hezbollah.

Posted by: Duffy at July 31, 2006 09:06 AM