When "civilians" become "people"

Ed Morrissey reports that Hezbollah rockets killed 11 in Israel. Not surprising because that is why Hezbollah aims at civilians. But USA Today which consistently refers to Lebanese killed when Israel aims at military targets are routinely called "civilians" calls the Israeli dead "people." For that matter, Kofi Annan, too reflects a double standard. UNIFIL personnel were harmed in a deliberate attack on them. From USAT:
A Hezbollah rocket blast also injured three Chinese peacekeepers on Sunday, the Chinese state media reported, citing a Chinese officer. The report not specify where the attack occurred or whether the peacekeepers had been hospitalized.
The attack came hours after China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told U.N. Secretary—General Kofi Annan in a telephone conversation that the world body should take tangible measures to ensure the security of U.N. peacekeepers, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
Ed comments:
When Israel hit a UNIFIL/UNTSO post a couple of weeks ago, Kofi Annan went on worldwide television to express his anger at the "deliberate targeting" of UN personnel by the IDF. He demanded access to the area for an independent UN investigation. Only when Canada, whose soldier was among the four dead, insisted that Israel had not deliberately targeted the UN position but a Hezbollah launching site that the UN had allowed them to build nearby did Annan finally shut up.
 
Now Hezbollah has attacked and injured a UNIFIL contingent —— and where is Kofi Annan's outrage? Where is the worldwide media coverage? Where is the global diplomatic condemnation?"
Clarice Feldman   8 06 06
Ed Morrissey reports that Hezbollah rockets killed 11 in Israel. Not surprising because that is why Hezbollah aims at civilians. But USA Today which consistently refers to Lebanese killed when Israel aims at military targets are routinely called "civilians" calls the Israeli dead "people." For that matter, Kofi Annan, too reflects a double standard. UNIFIL personnel were harmed in a deliberate attack on them. From USAT:
A Hezbollah rocket blast also injured three Chinese peacekeepers on Sunday, the Chinese state media reported, citing a Chinese officer. The report not specify where the attack occurred or whether the peacekeepers had been hospitalized.
The attack came hours after China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told U.N. Secretary—General Kofi Annan in a telephone conversation that the world body should take tangible measures to ensure the security of U.N. peacekeepers, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
Ed comments:
When Israel hit a UNIFIL/UNTSO post a couple of weeks ago, Kofi Annan went on worldwide television to express his anger at the "deliberate targeting" of UN personnel by the IDF. He demanded access to the area for an independent UN investigation. Only when Canada, whose soldier was among the four dead, insisted that Israel had not deliberately targeted the UN position but a Hezbollah launching site that the UN had allowed them to build nearby did Annan finally shut up.
 
Now Hezbollah has attacked and injured a UNIFIL contingent —— and where is Kofi Annan's outrage? Where is the worldwide media coverage? Where is the global diplomatic condemnation?"
Clarice Feldman   8 06 06