Friday, December 03, 2004

Tomorrow Never Comes Until It's Too Late
One life to live but we’re doing it wrong you see
Got my brother down ‘cause it’s nothing to me
Someone else telling you what you’re living for
Been knocking you down now you’re looking for more
The only sound you hear is a closing door
Been looking for peace but they’re bringing you war
--Sam Roberts

I feel pretty sad about this, via sully:
Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child

Radio exchange contradicts army version of Gaza killing Chris McGreal in

Wednesday November 24, 2004:

An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl
in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying
he would have killed her even if she was three years old.
....the tape shows that the soldiers swiftly identified her as a "girl of
about 10" who was "scared to death".

The tape also reveals that the soldiers said Iman was headed eastwards,
away from the army post and back into the refugee camp, when she was shot.
The soldier in the watchtower radioed his colleagues after he saw Iman:
"It's a little girl. She's running defensively eastward."

Operations room: "Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?"

Watchtower: "A girl of about 10, she's behind the embankment, scared to

A few minutes later, Iman is shot in the leg from one of the army

The watchtower: "I think that one of the positions took her out."

The company commander then moves in as Iman lies wounded and helpless.

Captain R: "I and another soldier ... are going in a little nearer,
forward, to confirm the kill ... Receive a situation report. We fired and killed
her ... I also confirmed the kill. Over."

There's something obviously wrong with this policy. Nevermind what you may think of the Palestinian cause, this is a defenseless and vulnerable human who was killed. A little girl scared to death and in full panic mode. I'm a hawk on most days, but not today.

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