Rush to judgment

August 02, 2006 by barbara

by barbara

Rush Limbaugh wins, hands down. He is the most pathetic excuse for a human being on planet earth.

On Monday, the Bloviation Laureate made this crass, bin Laden-like observation about civilian deaths in Qana, Lebanon:

"Until civilians -- frankly, I'm not sure how many of them are actually just innocent little civilians running around versus active Hezbo types, particularly the men -- but until those civilians start paying a price for propping up these kinds of regimes, it's not going to end, folks. What do you mean, civilians start paying a price? I just ask you to consult history for the answer to that."

Well, then, following that logic, we can view 9/11 as necessary human sacrifice. Not many children there, though, so perhaps it doesn't qualify in Limbaugh's grotesque thinking.

Here's a WAPO glimpse
at the "Hezbo types" in Qana, after the attack:

Abu Shadi Jradi pulled bodies out of wreckage for hours'"two toddler girls wearing tiny gold earrings, a small boy whose pale blue pacifier still hung from his neck. Somewhere in the middle, Jradi slumped beneath a tree and wept.

"There are so many children, so many children," the veteran civil defense worker said Sunday, barely able to get out the words.

But wait. There's more. The dead still had signs of their last moments, when dozens of members of the Shalhoub and Hashem families had gathered together for shelter and company during another night of Israeli bombardment. Kids wore the shorts and T-shirts they slept in. One body was wrapped in a child's bed sheet covered with Raggedy Ann and Andy figures.

Finally, this. The dead were carried out in blankets, sheets and carpets. The eldest was a 95-year-old man, a Shalhoub'"the youngest a 9-month-old child of the Hashems.

One elderly man from the Shalhoub family walked shakily for several steps, then collapsed crying in the arms of an ambulance worker.

"Why? I don't know why. I love my God, my family, nothing else, and for that I should be killed?"

Turns out a major military catastrophe visits Qana like a locust plague every 10 years or so. In 1996, more than 100 civilians died during an Israeli initiative called Operation Grapes of Wrath. Yes, really. I wouldn't make up something like that.

Clearly Hezbollah and the Israelis have severe differences. I'm not so crazy about Hezbollah either, point of fact, but this is the ultimate chicken/egg situation. I am neither smart enough nor do I have enough time to get smart enough to go political on this issue here, now.

But I am smart enough about war and death. About innocent people in harm's way. No one wins a war. Not really. Least of all, dead and horribly wounded children.

Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never to himself has said, "I am mortified by my own words. I am an abomination. I am sorry." The Mel Gibson model. Frankly, I don't hold out much hope for Limbaugh, in this world or the next.

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