Teach Your Children
Israeli girls write messages on shells ready to be fired towards Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.
the Parties to the conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operation only against military objectives." (Article 48). . .
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) includes as war crimes: "Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities", and "Intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects" (Article 8 2 (b) (i) and (ii)). '
' The Israeli chief of staff, Brig.Gen. Dan Halutz, noted in public remarks that senior Hizbullah leaders live and work in southern Beirut, and said Beirut could be targeted if Hizbullah continued to fire rockets into northern Israel. "Nothing is safe [in Lebanon], it's as simple as that," Halutz said. '
update: Lisa Goldman who I don't believe is a regular reader of this blog posted a comment within minutes of when I posted this. Including a link to a post on her blog titled Putting Things In Perspective
So, perhaps the parents were not wise when they encouraged their children to doodle on the tank shells. They were letting off a little steam after being cooped up - afraid, angry and isolated - for days. Sometimes people do silly things when they are under emotional stress. Especially when they fail to understand how their childish, empty gesture might be interpreted.
I titled my post Teach Your Children for a reason. The parents know that children like theirs in Lebanon are being killed. That they would allow their children to participate in writing messages on shells is certainly disgusting. The children are simply naive, but their parents certainly are not.
Teach Your Children Well
Their Father’s Hell
did Slowly Go By
And Feed Them On Your Dreams
The One They fix
The One You’ll Know By.