About Those "Civilian Casualties" in Lebanon:

Something to keep in mind next time your hear about "civilian" casualties in a conflict between Israel and Hezbollah (whether from the past, or in the future): "'War will definitely come,' said Hussam, a 33-year-old fighter who joined Hezbollah in 1987 as a[n eleven year-old] scout." Unfortunately, all too many "eleven year old scouts" become "civilian martyrs" when they are killed along with their adult recruiters.

[UPDATE: And such individuals, along with people who volunteer their homes for use as weapons depots, mentally challenged people recruited for suicide missions, and others who are combatants but aren't official armed militia, probably account for a decent fraction of the difference in "civilian" casualty counts put forward by Israel and Hezbollah].

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