OK, I’ve been defending Israel’s actions in Lebanon because, in the absence of other information, I want to give them the benefit of the doubt that they are trying in good faith to fight a clean war, to the extent that such a thing is possible.
That’s a little harder to do when seeing news like this
A high-ranking [Israel Air Force] officer caused a storm on Monday in an off-record briefing during which he told reporters that IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz had ordered the military to destroy 10 buildings in Beirut in retaliation to every Katyusha rocket strike on Haifa.
At least the IDF had the decency to be embarrassed by a threat to violate article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention:
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office later retracted its accusation that reporters had misquoted the officer and issued a second statement claiming that the high-ranking officer had made a mistake and was wrong in claiming that Halutz had issued such a directive.
Maybe I should stop reading about Middle Eastern politics and read something cheerful and seasonal.