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September 14, 2006

Kudos To Amnesty International -- Michael

One of the most liberal organizations on earth has the chutzpah to point out the obvious -- Hezbollah is guilty of war crimes. Let's give them credit for sticking to their priniciples.

by Phil Hazlewood

Thu Sep 14, 12:58 PM ET

LONDON (AFP) - The militant Shiite group Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel, according to Amnesty International.

The London-based human rights group said the guerillas fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel, killing 43 civilians, seriously injuring 33 others and forcing hundreds of thousands to take refuge or flee.

About a quarter of all rockets -- some packed with thousands of metal ball bearings -- were fired directly into urban areas, it added in a nine-page document called "Under fire -- Hezbollah's attacks on northern Israel".

Even better, Amnesty International explicitly points out that this cannot be excused as collateral damage, or as retaliation for Israeli misdeeds.

"The scale of Hezbollah's attacks on Israeli cities, towns and villages, the indiscriminate nature of the weapons used and statements from the leadership confirming their intent to target civilians make it all too clear that Hezbollah violated the laws of war," said Amnesty's secretary-general Irene Khan.

"The fact that Israel has also committed serious violations in no way justifies violations by Hezbollah. Civilians must not be made to pay the price for unlawful conduct on either side."

I'm starting to like these guys. Kinda like the ACLU earned some cred with me when they defended those Nazi shitbags who were marching in Skokie.

Amnesty accuses Hezbollah of war crimes against Israelis


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