No one this side of Riyadh seriously believes Israel targets civilians. Even the most cartoonishly Gibsonesque anti-semite can see that the 12 Jews who rule the world gain nothing by taking out women and children. At worst, Qana is a case of recklessness.

Was it reckless? Watch the video and judge for yourself. Rockets are being fired; the locals have been warned to leave the area; the IAF doesn’t know there are innocents in the building. Consider the calculus if you choose not to fire.

The dust has settled this morning in the usual fashion, with the press absolving Islamist savages and pig politicians exploiting the body count for their own agendas. Lebanon’s prime minister is pandering to public anger by kissing Nasrallah’s ass. The French are hailing Iran as a “a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region” just as the Iranians are comparing Israel to Hitler and rejecting the west’s nuclear offer. And of course everyone wants a ceasefire, even though the only party that would benefit from that is Hezbollah. Olmert says no thanks. As does Bush, for the moment.

The world’s best efforts notwithstanding, morale in Israel appears to be quite healthy indeed:

Finally, riddle me this: why is it that “fury erupt[s] around the world” when a building in the Middle East goes down, but when one goes down in lower Manhattan we get nothing but candlelight vigils and morons beating peace bongos in Union Square?

Update: Brilliant. Israel should start doing this too. No more respectful first-world treatment of the dead. The next time a bomb goes off in Tel Aviv or a rocket hits Haifa, just line the kids’ corpses up in front of the press. Have a female plainclothes officer on duty to pick them up and pose for photos. Play these bastards’ propaganda game on their own terms. It’s high time, really.

Update: The number of rockets launched against Haifa has been cut in half.

Update: Debbie Schlussel says there’s only one thing jihadis and their media apologists love more than dead Jewish kids. Bingo.

Update: “There’s always something burning with the jihadi members of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.”