The “duh” Factor: If the Pope and Israeli soldiers say it then it’s official

A friend of mine Subhan had a link posted from The Times Online:

From
March 20, 2009

Israeli soldiers admit to deliberate killing of Gaza civilians

The Israeli army has been forced to open an investigation into the conduct of its troops in Gaza after damning testimony from its own front line soldiers revealed the killing of civilians and rules of engagement so lax that one combatant said that they amounted on occasion to “cold-blooded murder”.

The revelations, compiled by the head of an Israel military academy who declared that he was “shocked” at the findings, come as international rights groups are calling for independent inquiries into the conduct of both sides in the three-week Israeli offensive against Palestinian Islamists.

The soldiers’ testimonies include accounts of an unarmed old woman being shot at a distance of 100 yards, a woman and her two children being killed after Israeli soldiers ordered them from their house into the line of fire of a sniper and soldiers clearing houses by shooting anyone they encountered on sight.

“That’s the beauty of Gaza. You see a man walking, he doesn’t have to have a weapon, and you can shoot him,” one soldier told Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy, who asked him why a company commander ordered an elderly woman to be shot.

“I gathered the graduate students of the course who fought in Gaza, to hear their impressions from the fighting. I wasn’t prepared for any of the stuff I heard there. I was shocked,” Mr Zamir said. “I think that the writing was on the wall, but we just didn’t want to see it, we didn’t want to face it.”

You can read the rest here.

As my [former Israeli] mother [turned Muslim] said: “duh.”

me: “but now it’s official.”

mom: “… that’s like the nazis admitting to concentration camps… duh.”

Interestingly in the same article it talked of “military rabbis in distributing booklets that framed the fighting as a religious war”. Extremism breeds extremism. [duh]

While the Pope says:

YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Religion must reject violence, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders Thursday before celebrating an open-air Mass in front of thousands and delivering a message of hope for Africa’s expanding, vibrant Catholic flock.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5939611.ece

Some thing that should be the “duh” factor, but isn’t:

The Beautiful Truth: A doc everyone should watch

The Beautiful Truth: A doc everyone should watch

http://www.thebeautifultruthmovie.com/

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