View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Friday, October 24, 2003

How They Treat Their Dead

This is a picture of a Hamas rally after last night's attack on the base in Gaza.

Just to show that there are a few dozen, not hundreds or thousands. Here's a close-up of the Guys in Green.

They have the obligatory rifles and suicide belts, although some of them look like maybe they needed the special suicide belt extenders. Look, if they really want to be martyrs, I'm happy to help them. These are what are known as "irregulars," and they're legitimate targets. One well-placed (very well-placed) missile from a helicopter would probably prevent this kind of public display, at least for a while.

In other news, the Palestinians are now claiming that Israeli soldiers just starting firing at a group of schoolchildren, for target practice, maybe? That's right. Nothing going on, soldiers just decided to start blowing away little kids. This is so obviously a story intended for domestic "street" consumption that one wonders why it gets reported at all. But it gets reported as though the witness is reliable, with no bias of his own, with no axe to grind. Since there were no reporters present at the scene, we don't know what happened. But does anyone consider it inconceivable that gunmen were using the kids as a shield, or that maybe they even shot at their own kids?

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