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Gaza Tunnels and The Pretense of First Person Observation

In various articles that I have read on the current Gaza conflict, I have read a number of people say things like, “I’d didn’t see any human shields.”

There is a pretense in what has become a common strain in public logic, that the ‘real’ veracity of evidence is based on first person observation. While first person observation may be part of the evidence process, in fact, it can be an extremely slippery slope to stand on, just ask any trial lawyer. The point is, that evidence always exists in context to the issue at hand, it does not stand on its’s own. Without anything more than one witness to an event, you have no way of verifying that the witness is telling the truth.

For years people believed the sun went round the earth, because that’s what they saw. The sun came up, the sun went down, as it still does. In like manner, saying that the Gaza tunnels we’re not built for terrorism because the only images you have are of their use in combat is just simple ignorance as you have nothing to corroborate what your saying. Simple sight provides you with no idea as to their intent and use by others.

Without any other evidence, accusation is no proof of guilt.

Do Pro-PA agencies actually get that there are Rules of War?

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After reading:
1. Israel is not violating international law in Gaza – part 1: Principle of Distinction
2. Israel is not violating international law in Gaza – part 2: Principle of Proportionality
and
3. The truth about Gaza’s civilian casualties: Essay by Col. Richard Kemp
which are just a proverbial tip of the iceberg on the subject,

I seriously have to wonder if the leadership of any Pro-Palestinian leaning agencies, in name or cause, particularly in the Western World
1. understand that there actually are “Rules of War” (maybe better known to them as “International Humanitarian Law”);
2. have actually studied them, eg: The Geneva Conventions and the Hague Conventions;
3. and know what those rules look like in practise and effect?

This is what separates an army and it’s actions from those of a gang of genocidal terrorists.

@newsmythe @elderofziyon @COLRICHARDKEMP
image credit: taylorschlades via Morguefile

Arming the World Against ISIS – The Long-Term Project

Obama says tackling Iraq’s insurgency will take time

“I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama said. “This is going to be a long-term project.” @chicagotribune

US clears air missiles sales to Turkish Army

The US State Department has cleared the way to sell $320-million air-to-air missiles to Turkey, as part of latter’s efforts to boost its security amid rising regional threats. @HDNER

Vice News: The Islamic State (parts 1-5)


Video series from Vice News
@vicenews | https://news.vice.com/
1. The Spread of the Caliphate: The Islamic State (Part 1)
2. Grooming Children for Jihad: The Islamic State (Part 2)
3. Enforcing Sharia in Raqqa: The Islamic State (Part 3)
4. Christians in the Caliphate: The Islamic State (Part 4)
5. Bulldozing the Border Between Iraq and Syria: The Islamic State (Part 5)

Horror Images Won’t Last Long in the Western World

There are some seriously horrific images in a Catholic Online article of children that were beheaded. [UPDATE: #ISISmediaBlackout: Link to article removed]. There was a time, not so long ago, when even thinking of publishing these kind of images would have been repugnant.

The thing the Islamic State doesn’t understand about the Western World is that, after a short period of repugnance, their scare tactics aren’t going work anymore. This is the problem with media over-saturation, you can only keep the fever pitch up for so long, and then the defense system in our brains kicks in and renders their meaning as passe. Having started at the top of the ladder, their advertising campaign will have nowhere to go. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing will be the issue of of its context.