"I lie down on the pavement and listen to God," a middle-aged road-sweeper reported when asked what he did when the sirens start wailing. They wailed with grating frequency on November 20th, close to the Gaza Strip. Most people, though, seemed to take the road-sweeper's philosophical approach on this day of aerial combat between Israel and Gaza http://econ.st/QuEsKz
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- We should always pray to godNov 21, 2012
- I don't dispute that Israel exists, and I am familiar with its origins and the political landscape for how and why it was created. I am also aware that the US uses Israel as a tool for involvement in the Middle East. There is a Machiavellian side of me that understands that both Hamas and the Israeli government need each other because having an enemy is a good political tool for gaining support for a political organization. In addition to the fact of Israel, there is also the fact that for the past several decades peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine always breakdown before they can be completed; it is more profitable for those in power to continue the fighting and allow people to suffer rather than to make peace and lose their political power.
There is also a human side of me that wishes this were not the case and hopes that things will change.Nov 21, 2012
- Ada Lim+1The Gaza rockets have an 80% civilian death rate (4 civilians, one soldier killed). Palestinian deaths run at about 50% civilian or less. In World War 2, civilian deaths were typically about 40-60%. During the invasion of Iraq, civilian deaths ran about 60-70%. I don't think you can accuse Israel of ignoring civilian deaths when Hamas completely ignores civilian deaths.Nov 22, 2012
- What I am saying is that one innocent Palestinian dies for each militant, whereas four innocent Israelis died for each militant (soldier). So obviously Israel is being much more careful and respectful of civilian life than Hamas is. I don't see how they can do much better while still achieving the military goals. Whether those military goals are valid and justified is another argument, but I think that Israel has fulfilled its jus in bello requirements much more than Hamas, and (parenthetically) has a more valid jus ad bellum argument.Nov 23, 2012
- Hamas have turned Gaza into world's largest military base. They aim Israeli civilians (protected by Iron Dome anti missile defense) while firing from within their own civilian population.
Israel aims ultraprecise weapons at the launchpad sites and missile caches, to stop shelling while minimizing civilian casualties
Would Israel behave as blood thirsty as Hamas does, bombing indiscriminately all over Gaza, civilian casualties would now count in the tens of thousandsNov 23, 2012
- Dont hateNov 23, 2012