Dear Arab League: drop dead

April 10, 2011

Indulging his taste for laughable moral equivalence, the Secretary General of the Arab League and possible future president of Egypt, Amr Moussa, called for a no-fly zone over Gaza to protect Gazans (read: “Hamas”) from Israel:

Arab League Chief Amr Mussa said Sunday that the organization would ask the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, which Israel has pounded with air strikes in response to rocket fire.Condemning what it called Israel’s “brutal” aggression in Gaza, a gathering of the Arab League’s permanent delegates chaired by Oman called on the UN to convene its Security Council.

The meeting would “consider the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip on an urgent basis to stop its siege and impose a no-fly rule on the Israeli military to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip,” the Arab League said in a statement

Because, of course, what Israel does to protect its own people is just like what Qaddafi is doing to his own people in Libya. And yet, I can sympathize with Amr; if there’s no no-fly zone over Gaza, those evil Israeli bullies might retaliate for Hamas firing an anti-tank rocket at a bus load of schoolchildren:

The condition of the 16-year-old critically injured in the anti-tank missile attack on a school bus in the Negev on Thursday remains unchanged, Dr. Itzhak Lazar of Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center told Army Radio Friday morning.The boy suffered severe head trauma and received artificial respiration while unconscious when an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in the Negev on Thursday.

The missile, which was fired by Hamas, hit the bus moments after most of the children got off, while it was driving near Kibbutz Saad, about 2.5 km. from Gaza. Only two people were on the bus when it was hit – the driver, who was lightly injured, and the boy, who was en route to visit his grandmother. The bus driver is a friend of the family.

Immediately after the attack, Palestinians fired more than 45 mortar shells and Katyusha and Kassam rockets into Israel.

Whose “brutal aggression” are we talking about, Mr. Secretary General?

Hamas should consider itself lucky that, unlike Hamas, Israel is civilized and won’t give the Gaza Strip the carpet-bombing it so richly deserves.

RELATED: One of the Katyushas fired into Israel was intercepted by the IDF’s new “Iron Dome” tactical missile defense system, showing that missile defense can work even on a short-range, tactical level. McKittrick at Closing Velocity has more on this important development.


Dear Arab League: You asked for this, now shut up

March 20, 2011

I’m not sure what the Arab League had in mind when they asked the West to establish a no-fly zone and protect civilians in Libya from Daffy Qaddafi’s air force. What, they thought we’d just buzz around and Qaddafi’s goons would quail and cower at our sheer moral authority?

Now that they’ve gotten what they asked for, they don’t like it:

The Arab League is criticizing the international air assault on Libya, a week after asking the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone on the North African nation.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said Sunday that the United Nations’ implementation of the no-fly zone on Libya has gone beyond what the league wanted.

He told reporters in Cairo that the league wants to protect civilians, not bomb them.

Time for a letter:

Dear Secretary General Moussa,

Can I call you Amr? We can talk honestly, right? Look, dude, you asked the UN –which really means the West, which really, really means the United States– to stop the Mad Colonel’s planes from hurting civilians. That means we have to use our warplanes to do it. You with me so far?

Trouble is, said Libyan Lunatic has spent many billions over many years building up a very good air defense system, which he would surely use once our planes started flying over his sovereign country and not letting his air force fly. Not that I like Qaddafi or sympathize with him, but that’s just how things are. And that means the planes of my country (and France and Britain) are in danger. So, in order to enforce the no-fly zone –you know, the one you asked for?– we have to go in and break Qaddafi’s air defense systems.

And that means, Amr, dropping bombs, firing cruise missiles, and blowing things up. You may have noticed we’re really good at blowing things up; it’s the Western way of war, and my country has made it an art form.

But, no matter good we are at it, war is still a messy business and civilians tend to get killed when things go boom. Maybe Qaddafi was using them as a human shield, maybe we hit a wrong target, maybe they were civilian workers at the sites attacked, or maybe they were just damned unlucky and were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless, it sucks when innocents are harmed — but it is also inevitable. That’s why we in the West are reluctant to go to war; we know there is no way to make it perfectly clean. Things get broken, innocent people die.

You’re an intelligent guy, Amr, and you must know this too. So sit back, be quiet, and let us do our job.

You asked for it.

EDIT: Fixed that broken link under “Western way…”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)