Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Qana - the plot thickens

I have tried hard to steer clear of political postings about the war, however, the whole Qana thing is making it somewhat difficult to ignore. So, being forced out of my bubble (and to show that I am not totally unaware of what's going on), I wish to share this article with you.

As it is in French, here is my rough translation:

"Massacre in Qana, Lebanese-Israel Negotiations Reported

30 July 2006

Lebanon woke up to a new massacre of the innocents, the victims being
handicapped children who were refugees in a building attacked by the Israeli
airforce. Qana, once again a symbol. "Grapes of Wrath" in 1996 failed
because of this smudge. 40 or maybe 50 dead today in the South Lebanese
village of Qana. The Horror of it.

But why a similar smudge? An error? A premeditated massacre? A generally
well-informed source tell us his version: "Hezbollah, caught in a jam by the 7
points proposed by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who has outlined a plan to
deply the Lebanese army in the entire territory, and essentially in South
Lebanon, thereby achieving the disarming of the Party of God's militias, wanted
to make those negotiations fail. It put into place a Machiavellian scheme,
creating an event which would allow it to cancel this project. Knowing
full well that Israel would not have the soul to bomb civilian targets, some
Hezbollah militants put a rocket launching base on the roof of a building in
Qana, and crammed it up with disabled children, with the full intention of
engaging a reply by the Israeli airforce, and then creating a new situation,
using the massacre of the innocents in order to take back the initiative in the

He adds: "They used Qana, which was already a symbol of a massacre of the
innocencts, and have stirred up a Qana 2".


I may have made a mistake in my translation, as my French is a little rusty. But the gist of it seems to be that Hezbollah purposely filled the building with disabled children, and then saw to it that they were killed, enabling them to blame Israel and thereby secure a cease-fire, in order to regroup and redeploy.

The site, by the way, is Lebanese.

There are many other questions about Qana. Yael poses some here.


Blogger Stephanie said...

tks for the translation. The notion is horrifying. But not new

01 August, 2006 15:21  
Blogger Nominally Challenged said...

Horrifying indeed, and not new. My question is whether there is any corroboration of this or not.

01 August, 2006 15:43  
Blogger Yael K said...

There is a bit, I'm searching for it now. There was a CNN article in which one of the Red Cross workers noted that many of the child victims were handicapped.

02 August, 2006 03:37  
Blogger The Observer said...

Is there a proof of what HezbAllah did??! It is really horrifying if it is true.

Arab people have the right to know.

02 August, 2006 22:59  
Blogger Nominally Challenged said...

Yael, that corroborates the fact that there were disabled people in the building (something I doubt any airforce could be expected to know), but not that they were crammed in, as Libanoscopie says.

Observer, apart from this one article, which seems to have been quoted all around the internet (blogsphere included), I can't find anything else about it in English. I wonder (naively) if anything has been written about it in Arabic?

03 August, 2006 01:39  

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