[quote="gnjsdad, post:16, topic:200549"]
Operation Cast Lead qualifies as an act of state terrorism. This operation killed 1,400 civilians, nearly half of them children. In its wake, Israel refuses to allow the people of Gaza to rebuild.
Uh, yes they do. When they want to inflict mass destruction on a civilian population, they use their jets, tanks, APCs, and helicopters. When they see fit to limit their activities to more local confines, they engage in so called "targeted assassinations". Both completely violations of international law. No need to train hapless "suicide bombers" when you have such military capabilities.
Do they have such a "stated aim"? No, not explicitly. But it's clear that Israeli policy now is one of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians off their land and taking it for themselves. The West Bank, East Jerusalem, and even Gaza are targets.
And whose fault is it that civilians are killed in Gaza?
"As Israel persists in its military efforts – by ground, air and sea – to protect its citizens from deadly Hamas rockets, and as protests against Israel increase around the world, the success of the abominable Hamas double war crime strategy becomes evident. The strategy is as simple as it is cynical: provoke Israel by playing Russian roulette with its children, firing rockets at kindergartens, playgrounds and hospitals; hide behind its own civilians when firing at Israeli civilians; refuse to build bunkers for its own civilians; have the TV cameras ready to transmit every image of dead Palestinians, especially children; exaggerate the number of civilians killed by including as "children" Hamas fighters who are under 18, and as "women", female terrorists.
Hamas itself has a name for this. They call it "the CNN strategy" (this is not to criticize CNN or any other objective news source for doing its job; it is to criticise Hamas for exploiting the freedom of press, which it forbids in Gaza). The CNN strategy is working because decent people all over the world are naturally sickened by images of dead and injured children. When they see such images repeatedly flashed across TV screens, they tend to react emotionally.
Rather than asking why these children are dying and who is to blame for putting them in harm's way, the average viewer, regardless of their political or ideological perspective, wants to see the killing stopped. They blame those whose weapons directly caused the deaths, rather than those who provoked the violence by deliberately targeting civilians. They forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder – even though the policeman fired the fatal shot. The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shields, in the way Hamas uses the civilian population of Gaza, is a war crime, as is its firing of rockets at Israeli civilians. Every human shield that is killed by Israeli self-defence measures is the responsibility of Hamas, but you wouldn't know that from watching the media coverage. "
Israel is not the war criminal here - it is Hamas.