The BBC reports:
An Israeli military college has printed damning soldiers’ accounts of the killing of civilians and vandalism during recent operations in Gaza.
One account tells of a sniper killing a mother and children at close range whom troops had told to leave their home.
Another speaker at the seminar described what he saw as the “cold blooded murder” of a Palestinian woman.
The Palestinian woman and two of her children were allegedly shot after they misunderstood instructions about which way to walk having been ordered out of their home by troops.
“The climate in general… I don’t know how to describe it…. the lives of Palestinians, let’s say, are much, much less important than the lives of our soldiers,” an infantry squad leader is quoted saying.
In another cited case, a commander ordered troops to kill an elderly woman walking on a road, even though she was easily identifiable and clearly not a threat.
As this slaughter took place, it’s useful to remember that the only criticism great humanitarian, progressive political leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could muster was to express meek “concerns” to the Israeli government about “the collateral damage that is occurring in Gaza.” Since Palestinians don’t experience Western-style emotions – life is cheap over there, don’t you know? 72 virgins and such – they weren’t worthy of much concern from our Botoxed political elite, their deaths at the hands of U.S.-subsidized munitions being unfortunate insofar as they detracted, in the words of Ms. Pelosi, from the “good things that are happening on the ground there as well.”