The squad leader said he argued with his commander over the permissive rules of engagement that allowed the clearing out of houses by shooting without warning the residents beforehand. After the orders were changed, the squad leader's soldiers complained that "we should kill everyone there [in the center of Gaza]. Everyone there is a terrorist."
That's out of line. Unless there is some sort of history here you'd like to let us know about.
I realize this is turning into a somewhat futile and ghoulish discussion, but the UN school was never attacked.
GAZA CITY, Feb. 6 -- The United Nations said this week that Israeli mortar fire that killed at least 43 people in Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp on Jan. 6 had landed just outside a U.N.-run school housing refugees from the fighting but did not hit the school itself
Among the dead, he said, were those who had sought shelter in the school but happened to have been standing directly in front of it when the mortar shells landed. "It did kill and injure people who had sought shelter inside the school,"
The Israeli authorities, on the other hand, do pretend to share my basic values. I can't possibly ignore the crimes committed under cover of those values. Israel should be aware that actions such as those in Gaza aren't going to finish their enemies, but may well lose them their friends.
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