“I will not lose, for even in defeat / There’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens out for me.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (via cavum)
Paul Graham, in his latest essay “How To Get Startup Ideas”.
He actually further refines the quote later on to be “Live in the future and build what seems interesting,” but I like this one more. Great stuff.
After reading the article, it is as bad as it sounds. The autopsy leaves little to the imagination:
Capt R claimed that he had not fired the shots at the girl but near her. However, Dr Mohammed al-Hams, who inspected the child’s body at Rafah hospital, counted numerous wounds. “She has at least 17 bullets in several parts of the body, all along the chest, hands, arms, legs,” he told the Guardian shortly afterwards. “The bullets were large and shot from a close distance. The most serious injuries were to her head. She had three bullets in the head. One bullet was shot from the right side of the face beside the ear. It had a big impact on the whole face.”
The girl wandered into a secured area with a bookbag, but later dropped the bookbag and ran away trying to hide behind an embankment. Her bag was hit by several shots, tending to confirm that it didn’t contain an explosive device. After running to the embankment, away from the army post, she was shot by IDF soldiers. The Commander, referred to as “Captain R,” then approached the girl’s body to “confirm the kill,” and emptied his assault rifle into her body. It appears that no incendiary device or bomb was ever discovered.
I can think of few ways for the Israeli government to ensure more frequent threats to their security in the future than to execute border security in this manner. These are the sort of incidents that radicalize the Palestinian population. Imagine the outrage that the Palestinian community must feel over this incident. Stories like this are an excellent recruiting tool for Hamas and various other groups whose goal is the destruction of Israel.
I recognize that IDF soldiers are in a precarious position in situations like this. A moment’s hesitation could mean the difference between staying alive and ending up in a body bag. But here, it appears that this girl’s death was completely unnecessary under any reasonably likely version of the facts. Emptying assault rifles into 13-year old girls, and then proudly proclaiming that you’d do the same to a 3-year old, is quite possibly the worst thing I think that an IDF soldier could say, particularly in a world where Israel has enemies who will utilize this event to mobilize even more disaffected & outraged individuals against Israel. Anybody who is truly pro-Israel should oppose this sort of ruthless security policy. It only endangers the lives of the very citizens it is meant to protect.
President Obama used a new word during the presidential debate on Tuesday night to describe the masses of immigrants he’s deported during his tenure. He called them “gangbangers,” as in:
“What I’ve also said is if we’re going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families. And that’s what we’ve done.”
The line was a curious one, given the reality of Obama’s deportation record, which has been marked by mass deportations to the tune of nearly 400,000 every year carried out at a clip unseen by any prior president. The Obama administration has defended its “smart” enforcement tactics by, as Obama did on Tuesday night, pointing out that it makes a point to deport those who have committed serious crimes and are a threat to their communities and national security. And yet, data collected over Obama’s tenure show that among the close to 400,000 people who are deported annually, far from being “gangbangers,” the vast majority have no criminal record whatsoever.— Julianne Hing, “Who Are Those ‘Gangbangers’ Obama’s So Proud Of Deporting?,” Colorlines 10/17/12 (via racialicious)