Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Insult + Injury = ???

One can only shake one's head in disbelief:
A large stockpile of unexploded weapons has disappeared in Gaza, before United Nations experts were able to dispose of it safely, the BBC has learned.

The explosives, including aircraft bombs and white phosphorus shells, were fired by the Israeli military during its recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.

UN officials said they were urgently trying to establish where the arms had gone and have called for their return.

Israel has accused Hamas of taking the stockpile, which was under Hamas guard.

Richard Miron, the senior UN spokesman in Jerusalem, said: "We are anxious to get the return of this ordnance. It's clearly extremely dangerous and needs to be disposed of in a safe manner.

"This is our primary concern."
So, the Izzies chuck tons of high explosives and white phosphorus (!!!) into Gaza, and, inevitably, there's a few duds. Now they accuse Hamas of "stealing" the stuff? This must be a new principle of warfare, by which all duds remain the property of the war criminal. Amazing. It's similar to the principle whereby, if the U.S. invades your country, you're not allowed to fight back; to do so makes you a terrorist and an unlawful combatant.

Maybe those Palestinians were also supposed to gather up any bombcase fragments they could find and ship them back to Tel Aviv. Perhaps Israel Military Industries could have recycled them and saved a little on raw materials for their next batch of hell munitions. I guess we Americans should push for that ... after all, it's our tax money that could be stretched further thereby. Killing swarthy foreigners is an obvious necessity, but shouldn't we always look for ways to do it "greener" and more economically?

'Way back when I was just a young engineer in Indianapolis, the other boys and I used to throw snowballs at one another. Well, sometimes they were snowballs ... other times, depending on conditions, they were more like slushballs, or even iceballs. Good for a fat lip or a bloody nose, they were, if you caught one in the face. Sometimes, if you delivered a weak, off-balance throw, your intended target might catch your iceball whole. It happened to me a few times, and that was always a bad feeling, knowing that your munition was about to be returned to you -- at high speed, and with unfriendly intent. I wonder if that's how the Chosen are feeling right now about some of the jolly toys they threw into Gaza?

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