The answer toTom Friedman, and to everyone who said they agree with him. He may have
Zionist relatives, and he may be active in his Conservative synagogue, but
he still, in his widely-rea column, compared Tzahal to Haffez el Assad's
brutal massacre of thousands of his own people. I believe Friedman's ugly
comparison did irreparable harm to the State of Israel. No one can possibly
agree with an outrageous, egregious, insulting, defaming, pillorying
statement like that. Shame on you, Tom Friedman!!
The answer to Friedman:
*ISRAELI ARMY' AVOIDING HARM TO CIVILIANS*
British Army Col. Richard Kemp, commanded his country's forces in
Afghanistan in 2003, during his 30 years in the British Army, in which he
fought in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.During the
Gaza operation ten months ago, he asserted that the IDF was using all
possible caution to avoid harming civilians.
Kemp also testified before the UN Human Rights Council on the Goldstone
report, supporting the IDF. He told the special session: "Based on my
knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the
Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a
combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare ... Despite all
this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of
mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other
in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error.
But mistakes are not war crimes... More than anything, the civilian
casualties were a consequence of Hamas' way of fighting. Hamas deliberatel=
tried to sacrifice their own civilians ... Israel had no choice apart from
defending its people, to stop Hamas from attacking them with rockets."
PS - the same can be said of the bogus humanitarians in the flotilla