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MENAFN - Times of Oman - 09/08/2006

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EVER since the Israeli onslaught on Lebanon started on July 12, the whole world has been watching one gruesome act of terror after the other by the Zionists almost on a daily basis. However, the biggest shock was delivered last Sunday, July 30, when Israel wrote a new chapter of indescribable savagery in what is now known as Qana carnage.

On that morning the Israeli air force shelled a three-storey residential building in the Qana city in Lebanon. The aerial attack left more than 60 civilians dead, 37 of them children.

While Israel is fully capable of stooping to a new low every day, the senseless slaughter of innocent civilians in Qana would have put every butcher worth his salt to shame. This has undoubtedly been the 'mother of all massacres' in the current conflict.

The Qana carnage has shaken the world's conscience and exposed the cruelty of the Israeli soldiers who appeared to enjoy watching the dead bodies of women and children on the debris of destruction. Because they are cowards and cannot confront Hezbollah fighters, Israeli soldiers focused their shelling on civilian targets. They are undoubtedly aware of Hezbollah soldiers' centres in cities and have the resources to clearly distinguish between military and civilian targets.

The Israeli bombardment of Lebanon has now entered its fourth week and its soldiers are still shelling everything and in all directions, concentrating on civilian targets. The destruction, 95 per cent of which is of civilian nature, has enveloped bridges, houses, hospitals, factories and schools. Even mental hospitals have not survived the wrath of Israeli military force.

Even those involved in relief and rescue operations, including the United Nations personnel and the trucks transporting humanitarian aid, have not been spared by Israeli attacks. It seems Israel is in a haste to destroy what little remains of Lebanon's infrastructure and hence the blind bombing.

Ironically, the international organisations have proved to be absolutely helpless in taking any effective action largely because they are no more than toys in the hands of the Zionist lobby.

As we all know, the officials of these organisations have now themselves seen the horrific images of Qana's dead women and children. Despite all this, the Security Council utterly failed in its emergency session to condemn Israel or call upon her to ceasefire. Instead, it limited itself to only expressing its shock over what had happened.

Surprisingly enough, one day later the Security Council passed a strongly worded resolution threatening Iran of serious sanctions and stringent action if it failed to stop the uranium enrichment.

The United Nations' response to Qana massacre was also very mild and not forthcoming, devoid of any force and pressure. All this proves beyond doubt that this organisation has expired and reduced to a body without soul.

In complete contrast, the world has responded to the call of its conscience loud and clear. The mass protests in various countries have highlighted their total rejection of what is taking place in Lebanon. Huge demonstrations, led by children, have been taking place almost on a daily basis all through the world including those countries that are Israeli allies. These protests have proved beyond doubt that the Qana carnage will go down in the annals of history as an absolute disgrace.

In addition, the campaigns to collect donations for the Lebanese people have received an overwhelming response in many places. This clearly goes on to show that the position of the people is in complete contrast to that of the rulers.

Qana carnage is not the first of its kind in the history of Israel. But by concentrating on civilian targets in the current conflict Israel has provided the proof that it is living in obvious panic and tension. Despite modest resources, compared to Israel's enormous arsenal of modern weapons, the Hezbollah soldiers have shown exemplary resolve and spirit, even after four weeks of struggle. In fact, they have inflicted heavy losses on Israel.

An Israeli writer, Anefa Aldar, has made an accurate description of the current situation facing Israel. In an article in Haretez newspaper, he wrote: "For the first time since the establishment of Israel, the Israelis have been forced to hide in shelters for many days, and some of them have had the chance to taste the bitterness of refuge. In June 1967, the Israeli army needed no more than six days to defeat the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Despite its advanced capabilities now, the Israeli army has been unable to subdue the Lebanese resistance for three successive weeks".

There's no harm in seeing the future events in the light of Aldar's analysis.


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