Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hamas Using Laser Guided Weapons to Target Israeli School Children

It used to be that defenders of Hamas could try to argue that they did not intentionally target civilians. The argument was that since the weapons Hamas has are so inaccurate, they do not have a choice by to target dense population centers. It furthered that it was just coincidence that the timing of those attacks just happened to correlate when school was just about to be in session or just letting out.

Of course the first option is to not shoot at Israel at all. The second option is to target military bases. It also does not explain why the gunman and suicide bombers keep attacking the civilians. It was an argument that never stood up to scrutiny, but one that could be attempted with a good poker face.

No more; Hamas used a laser guided weapon to attack a school bus which moments before had been filled with school children. What are they going to say now; Hamas accidentally fired a guided missile at a school bus and accidentally kept the bus 'painted' by the laser until it impacted?

There is no arguing with the fact that Hamas intentionally targeted Israeli civilians. I would wait for the United Nations and the rest of the international community to condemn this war crime, but I have things to do in the next few decades.

"It might have been easy to miss this detail in the report of the Hamas attack on an Israeli school bus on 7 April, in which a 13-year-old boy and the bus driver were injured (the boy severely). Hamas used a state-of-the-art Russian-design antitank missile, the 9M133 Kornet (NATO designation AT-14 SPRIGGAN), to attack the bus. Israeli officials confirmed that the hit on the school bus was achieved using laser guidance, and that the missile was launched from two miles away.

The account of the attack indicates that the bus was stopped (and had just offloaded most of its 50 schoolchildren, which was why more of them weren’t injured). So Hamas wasn’t attempting to hit a moving target. But the ability to accurately target a bus from a distance of two miles, with an effective modern weapon, is a game-changer in the Hamas campaign to target civilians.

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