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A Study in Contrast

John on August 13, 2006 at 11:18 am

Looking through photos from Lebabnon this morning I found this study in contrast. First this pic:


Caption: An Israeli medic handcuffs Abdullah Nasser, 27, a wounded Lebanese, injured during fighting between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon, at a hospital in the hospital in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya Sunday Aug. 13, 2006. In the coastal town of Nahariya, just five miles south of the Lebanon border, the hospital has been functioning underground since just after fighting broke out July 12. According the Israeli army it is unknown if Nasser is a civilian or a Hezbollah militant. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Then there’s this one:


Caption: Palestinians, some taking pictures with their mobile phones, gather around the body of an alleged ‘collaborator’ after gunmen, who identified themselves as members of the Islamic Jihad group, shot him and killed him in a public square in the West Bank town of Jenin Sunday Aug. 13, 2006. The man, who was executed in front of hundreds of people, was accused by the gunmen of giving information to Israeli authorities, helping them to kill two militants last week in a targeted attack, said witnesses and Islamic Jihad members. The victim was identified as Bassem Malah, 22, who worked in the Israeli Arab town of Umm al Fahm. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

These were both taken today. On one hand, Israelis caring for an injured enemy soldier (why else handcuff him?) and on the other, Islamic militants killing a “traitor” in the streets before hundreds of eager onlookers (who then rush in to capture the Kodak moment). I also note that according to this story in the Jerusalem Post, the crowd shouted “Allahu Ackbar” as the gunmen murdered the 22 year old man who was to be married next week. [Note: If you search Yahoo News for more photos by Mohammed Ballas you can find the one of the "street execution" itself which happened just moments before. Not for the weak-stomached though.]

It’s helpful to remember that this isn’t just Israel vs. Hezbollah, it’s also humanity vs. barbarism. Look at these pictures and ask yourself which society wou want to be part of? Then someone remind me again why we’re protecting Hezbollah with a UN mandated cease-fire.

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