It's all about soul
We had a siren at 5:30AM, it was a false alarm. Another siren an hour ago, the rocket(s) fell in open spaces, no injuries.
One of the readers was kind enough to register IsraeliBunker.com and have it redirect to here. It didn't occur to me to do that, thank you very much Rob.
I've also received an independant confirmation from another reader, regarding a previous post: "I can confirm this report also. A Lebanese friend has told me that family members are trapped in a village close to the border and are being prevented from leaving by Hizbollah fighters who are setting up rocket positions around the village. Her uncles' words were 'we are waiting for death'. They are terrified of retaliatory Israeli strikes, but can do nothing when threatened by armed guerillas."
A few people asked things that I already went over. For example:
"why are innocent people being hurt and being put in the middle of a conflict that they were never involved in?" - Well Sunny, I think the previous quote partially answers your question. You might want to check out "This has happened before", "Master of puppets", and "Some very bad news".
Finally, about the picture of the girls writing messages on missles. That picture, as far as I know, was setup by photographers. This can be along the lines of: "hey, little girl here is a peice of chalk would you be kind enough to hold it up next to the rocket and I'll take a picture of you?". I can't confirm this myself, but it's pretty obvious. Point being don't let the media steer your opinion one way or the other, things like that picture and predominantly showing the Lebanese side while at that very moment Israel was bombed is not accidental.
I didn't even get a chance to write about this, two brothers were killed playing outside ages 3 and 9. This wasn't shown. Nazareth was bombed (where Jesus was born, that's right), Israeli Arab towns were bombed, that wasn't shown. A hospital was hit, that wasn't shown. There are two sides to every story, give yourself some more credit and think: "can this really be like they are representing it? It's at least a little bit scewed to one side."
I want to thank everybody who are reading this blog and linking to it and commenting on it. Next post will be a little bit more news centric, more to come as it happens. Updates soon.
Update: Sure enough the story of that picture comes out: "On the day that photo was taken, the girls had emerged from the underground bomb shelters for the first time in five days. A new army unit had just arrived in the town and was preparing to shell the area across the border. The unit attracted the attention of twelve photojournalists - Israeli and foreign. The girls and their families gathered around to check out the big attraction in the small town - foreigners. They were relieved and probably a little giddy at being outside in the fresh air for the first time in days. They were probably happy to talk to people. And they enjoyed the attention of the photographers.
Apparently one or some of the parents wrote messages in Hebrew and English on the tank shells to Nasrallah. "To Nasrallah with love," they wrote to the man whose name was for them a devilish image on television - the man who mockingly told Israelis, via speeches that Hezbollah was preparing to launch even more missiles at them. That he was happy they were suffering.
The parents handed the markers to the kids and they drew little Israeli flags on the shells. Photographers look for striking images, and what is more striking than pretty, innocent little girls contrasted with the ugliness of war? The camera shutters clicked away, and I guess those kids must have felt like stars, especially since the diversion came after they'd been alternately bored and terrified as they waited out the shelling in their bomb shelters.
Shelly emphasized several times that none of the parents or children had expressed any hatred toward the Lebanese people. No-one expressed any satisfaction at knowing that Lebanese were dying - just as Israelis are dying. Their messages were directed at Nasrallah. None of those people was detached or wise enough to think: "Hang on, tank shell equals death of human beings." They were thinking, tank shell equals stopping the missiles that land on my house. Tank shells will stop that man with the turban from threatening to kill us.
And besides, none of those children had seen images of dead people - either Israeli or Lebanese. Israeli television doesn't broadcast them, nor do the newspapers print them. Even when there were suicide bombings in Israel several times a week for months, none of the Israeli media published gory photos of dead or wounded people. It's a red line in Israel. Do not show dead, bleeding, torn up bodies because the families of the dead will suffer and children will have nightmares. And because it is just in bad taste to use suffering for propaganda purposes." - via On the Face blog