Israel Threatens Lebanese Civilians, NYT Goes Along
by Will Porter
From a May 12th New York Times piece by Isabel Kershner (as quoted in the above MondoWeiss article):
[T]he Israelis are blunt about the implications: They will not hesitate to strike at those targets, so southern Lebanon will most likely be the scene of widespread destruction.
Effectively, the Israelis are warning that in the event of another conflict with Hezbollah, many Lebanese civilians will probably be killed, and that it should not be considered Israel’s fault.
No. Of course not. Nothing is ever Israel’s fault! Civilians should know better than to get in the way of the IDF’s “widespread destruction.” (“His face attacked my bullets!”)
One wonders, though: How would the New York Times react if Iranian officials stated they were going to inflict “widespread destruction” and civilian death tolls on any other populace, let alone Israel, god forbid!?
Not only would all Reputable Voices roundly condemn Iran as a violent rouge (and rightfully so in that case), any attack on Israel would be considered a hateful act of anti-Semitisism, and would almost certainly spark military conflict with the United States!
Israel, however, go on ahead. Kill to your heart’s content. If somebody you know was killed by Israel, they had it coming (“Well first, your Honor, just look at him!”). Israel and its IDF act as jury, judge, and executioner all at once.
The New York Times piece is entitled “Israel Says Hezbollah Positions Put Lebanese at Risk.” Really? Because it sounds like ISRAEL is putting the Lebanese at risk, you know, with its threats of wholesale slaughter and wanton destruction…
Regarding Israeli assertions about Hezbollah, NYT tells us “The Israeli claims could not be independently verified.”
Well thanks for saying so. Never would have guessed, considering the inherent plausibility lent to virtually all Israeli claims, no matter how baseless and blatantly at odds with reality they may be.