Lebanon civilian deaths morally not same as "terror victims" -- Bolton
By Agence France Presse
07/17/06 -- - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - US Ambassador John Bolton said
there was no moral equivalence between the civilian casualties from
the Israeli raids in Lebanon and those killed in Israel from
"malicious terrorist acts".
Asked to comment on the deaths in an Israeli air strike of eight
Canadian citizens in southern Lebanon Sunday, he said: "it is a
matter of great concern to us ...that these civilian deaths are
occurring. It's a tragedy."
"I think it would be a mistake to ascribe moral equivalence to
civilians who die as the direct result of malicious terrorist acts,"
he added, while defending as "self-defense" Israel's military
action, which has had "the tragic and unfortunate consequence of
The eight dead Canadians were a Lebanese-Canadian couple, their four
children, his mother and an uncle, said relatives in Montreal.
The Montreal pharmacist and his family had arrived in Lebanon 10
days earlier for a vacation in his parents' home village and to
introduce his children to relatives, they said.
Three of his Lebanese relatives died too, a family member told AFP.
"It's simply not the same thing to say that it's the same act to
deliberately target innocent civilians, to desire their deaths, to
fire rockets and use explosive devices or kidnapping versus the sad
and highly unfortunate consequences of self-defense," Bolton noted.
The overall civilian death toll from the Israeli onslaught in
Lebanon since last Wednesday reached 195, in addition to 12
soldiers, officials said. Twenty-four Israelis have also been killed
since fighting began last Wednesday, including 12 civilians in a
barrage of Hezbollah rocket fire across the border.
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