"ISRAEL MAY HAVE MISUSED CLUSTER BOMBS, U.S. SAYS"
duh . . . do ya think?
This is a headline in today's New York Times, reporting on official revelations that Israel may have used American supplied cluster bombs in civilian areas, in violation of the agreements under which Israel received the supplies in the first place. You may recall that, during the war on Lebanon last year, the Isaraeli Ambassador to the UN denied that IDF forces were using cluster bombs in Lebanon the same week that his government put in a request to the US for replacement supplies of the weapons. While the war was in progress, and while the ambassador was issuing his denials, international journalists on the ground in Lebanon reported seeing the American made munitions in civilian areas. After the war, a multitude of the dangerous unexploded weapons were found on the ground, and photographed.
but it's the grammar that catches my eye this morning --
In response to a question from a journalist, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department replied:
"There may likely could have been some violation."