Gaza Slaughter “A Product of Circumstance”

Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced today that the Palestinian civilians killed by the IDF in Gaza were “a product of circumstance.”

Livni recognizes that the carnage may present a public relations problem for the Israeli government: “These matters will present us with a complicated task … The consequences, in the context of civilians casualties, are something we have to deal with, among ourselves and in facing the world.”

Livni need worry little about either the U.S. Congress or the bulk of the American media.  Her “product of circumstance” explanation will be taken as sufficient absolution regardless of how many hundreds of corpses of dead women and children are uncovered in Gaza in the coming days and weeks. 

And whatever Rules of Engagement the IDF used will be irrelevant. It wouldn’t be fair to blame the Israeli military for “circumstances,” after all.


6 Responses to Gaza Slaughter “A Product of Circumstance”

  1. Corkey January 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    Was Tipsy paraphrasing Curly Howard of the Three Stooges…”They was victims of soi-cum-stance”. Thats the best she can come up with as to why hundreds of people died ??

  2. Dirk W. Sabin January 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Another fine kettle of fish is the fact that one can, as usual, find more balanced reporting in the media over there than here. The pictures are hellish and the Islamic Fundamentalist Insurgency likely picked
    up more future recruits. Diminishing Returns takes on new meaning.

  3. Jim January 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Dirk, it would have been difficult to design an operation that did more to spur terrorism – both against Israel and the United States.

  4. Jim January 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Corkey – the Three Stooges ref is a bullseye – and unfortunately higher intellectual caliber than the vast majority of stuff out of the DC pundits on this carnage.

  5. Marc January 21, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Governments are always faced with the “complicated task” of twisting language and facts sufficiently to make the sow’s ears they peddle appear to be silk purses. They apparently view the carnage and misery that they regularly generate to be little more than perception problems that can be easily rectified through the appropriate choice of words.

  6. Original Steve January 22, 2009 at 11:05 am #


    Off subject, would love to see a post on the closing of Gitmo.

    Take care