September 18, 2006

Apparently Debatable Murder

AFP's caption writer seems to take issue with Israel treating captured members of Hezbollah like criminals:

Israeli soldiers arrest two alleged Hezbollah militants outside the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil in August 2006. Three suspected Hezbollah fighters who were captured during the Lebanon war were charged in Israel with "murder" and belonging to a "terrorist organisation".(AFP/File) Email Photo Print Photo

Apparently, AFP does not believe that Hezbollah is a "terrorist organisation," nor does it think that killing eight Israeli soldiers in an assault inside Israel during a time of relative peace before the recent conflict was "murder."

AFP did not say what they would prefer Hezbollah to be called, nor did they say what, if any, offense should be ascribed to the deaths of eight Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah gunfire.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 18, 2006 03:33 PM | TrackBack

Killing the jooos is a european tradition. AFP is French. There you go.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 18, 2006 04:06 PM

He really got some miliage out of his tactical use of quotes (TUOQ). AFP is putting the word "murder" in quotes as though it isn't true? Yikes.

Posted by: brando at September 18, 2006 10:10 PM

Damn.. I was I'd hoping I'd beat you to the punch on the TUOQ. I feel that pimping my post will lead to the expression "TUOQ" going mainstream and giving me a cult following.

Thanks Brando, you're a real "pal".

Posted by: paully at September 18, 2006 10:56 PM

According to the Geneva Convention, Hezbollah is not an army proper. Therefore the murder they commit is illegal under civilian law. It is therefore murder, and the dead are not considered KIA. AFP and most other MSM are not members of any journalistic ethical organization. The "murder" they commit is nothing short of "charachter murder".

Posted by: jay at September 19, 2006 07:22 AM

How about this:

These people aren't murderers or even members of Hezbolleh just because a member of the government says they are. In the civilized world we wait for the facts.

Oh, wait, I forgot: you guys are conservatives, and therefore have no understanding of the phrase "civilized world." With you it's torture first, determine truth later.

My bad.


Posted by: Michael at September 19, 2006 08:36 AM

Michael has to be deliberately stupid in order to make his (nonsensical) point. The conversation centers around the denigration of the charges (via the scare quotes), not the guilt or innocence of the accused.

The fact that accused weren't killed immediately demonstrates the ethical behavior of the Israelis, but that is something only a commenter with an open mind (or any mind at all), would notice.

Posted by: iconoclast at September 19, 2006 09:56 AM

HMMM...I guess I'm just wondering what terms they would have preferred...

"Murder" = overzealous meeting of fluffy bunny freedomfighters & evil JOOS

"terrorist organisation" = (of course) religion of peace freedomfighters that are just misunderstood (and so what they only killed JOOS, right?)

It chaps my hiney that these idiots write in such a manner!

Posted by: Chris at September 19, 2006 10:07 AM