Tuesday, July 18, 2006

One Family's Story

This is the sort of thing Israel will have to explain, as there doesn't seem to be any evident Hizbullah connection:
"Ali El-Akhras wanted to introduce his children to his grandparents in Lebanon to show how three generations had thrived in Canada, but the carnage his parents once fled ended the trip and their lives.

"An Israeli air strike destroyed the family home in Aitaroun in southern Lebanon this past week, killing the Montreal pharmacist, his wife and children, as well as his mother and an uncle, relatives said...

"Ali El-Akhras had graduated from Montreal University and worked for the popular pharmacy chain Jean Coutu in the city’s Cote-des-Neiges district.

"He had scrimped and saved to afford to bring his four children, aged one to eight years old, to Lebanon and introduce them to relatives for the first time, his sister Mayssoun El-Akhras told reporters at a press conference in Montreal.

"'He wanted to return because the country was for a while peaceful … but they died as they slept, they burned to death in the same room,' she said, evoking images and sounds of the bombs their parents 'had fled 35 years ago which finally caught up to them.'"

I believe Israel is acting on some sort of intelligence here, but quite a bit of it is wrong. As with the general infrastructure attacks, you cannot surgically wage an effective war against Hizbullah from the air.

UPDATE: The Jerusalem Post reports that Israelis are targeting trucks "suspected" of transporting Hizbullah weapons. As Ha'aretz notes, at least one of the four mentioned by the Post was actually carrying concrete. Israel has a tactical problem in that they can only be sure of their targets by going in on the ground, even if it's just to call in the air strikes based on immediate intelligence. However, such incursions could easily turn bloody for the IDF. This is the main reason I question the wisdom of this war.


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