When Israeli troops hit a United Nations building last Tuesday, killing upwards of 40 Palestinians, Israel’s spin machine went into full gear. In the subsequent week, it churned out pretty much every form of deniability possible — incurring the protest and wrath of UN personnel who were there.
I think, if I recall correctly, I heard all the following alleged: Hamas fighters were in the building and firing from it. I think a few Zionuts in the comments section suggested something about secondary explosions and the Palestinians putting on a show of the aftermath — but I may be conflating my pro-Israel talking points.
Sean wrote in the comments section of this post more accurately. He heard the following:
1). That Hamas fired a mortar from within the school grounds
2). That Hamas fired a Qassem from within the school grounds
3). That Hamas “fired” from inside the school itself, without specifying what it fired. Obviously, you cannot fire a mortar or a Qassem from inside a building.
4). Hamas booby-trapped the school and the Israeli mortars triggered these booby traps which in turn triggered “secondary explosions” from the explosives caches the UN/Hamas cabal stored at the school, and it was these explosions that killed the victims there.
The idea was that Israel would never do such a thing for no reason. And while I think Israel does not try to aim at an kill too many Palestinians as it did that day, they sure are guilty of not giving a shit about them.
The spin cycle seems to have all ended when the IDF admitted it was a mistake late last week. However, an IDF investigation is taking it even a step further away from accountability, and is blaming it on an “errant mortar” and other nonhuman devices, including it’s GPS system, as well as another machine system that decided not to work properly that day:
The troops had intended to launch a smart missile to take out the Palestinian launch team but a technical malfunction made this impossible, according to the probe. The commanders of the force instead decided to fire on the Qassam team with mortar shells equipped with a Global Positioning System for accurate fire.
So, they used the dumb mortar instead and forty Palestinians died in a UN shelter, all because the dumb mortar made a mistake and the GPS has an error margin of 30 feet (which is MUCH bigger in small, highly crowded Gaza).
The Israeli politicians who planned this whole assault and the soldiers who loaded the mortar were all innocent in their banal disregard for Palestinian life. It was the damn machine’s fault!
Despite the investigation’s blame-the-machine strategy, some IDF officers told Haaretz the mortar-loaders “should have refrained from using mortar rounds and relied instead on more accurate fire.”
I can relate to the investigation’s findings though. It’s like when I was high school, I failed a Math exam because my calculator kept giving me the wrong answers. I should have had the IDF conduct the investigation afterward. Maybe they would have bombed Texas Instruments to vindicate my D+.
Speaking of illogical reasoning,
Other officers said they found the death toll published by Hamas grossly exaggerated, pointing out that a week ago only three IDF soldiers were killed when a tank fired two rounds – which have a much larger impact than mortar rounds – into a building which was occupied by 50 IDF soldiers.
How does this make any sense? I think having a mass of people in a shelter is a little more prone to higher casualties than a mere 50 soldiers in a building; and where the building was hit is more important than the type of armaments used.Filed Under Free Gaza, Gaza, israel, media, palestine, United Nations, Will