24 July 2006

Too Fine a Point?

At the risk of stating - or, rather, showing - the obvious, I am llnking to this story in The Guardian that relates the tragic tale of a family caught in the effort to abandon their home in south Lbananon. The planes being used in that campaign are F16 fighter jets supplied by the US (the bulk of our foreign aid budget goes to supply the Israelis with such weaponry) - just the aircraft that Lt. Weeks (see yesterday's post) will be learning to fly for her new post with the Thunderbirds. Just call these people - as well as the Israeli civilian killed and wounded by Hezbollah attacks - "collatoral damage."

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