reply to post by jrmcleod
This is a sad and horrifying issue. I don't know how to communicate well on this subject. Allow me to start with your question to me:
you suggesting that its OK to abuse ALL children because of a few?
Is the Israeli Defense Force abusing ALL children? No, of course they're
not. So, clearly, I'm not suggesting that.
I don't know about the context, but I can imagine one. At least two-man, armed patrols, working in a dangerous area where it is easy to get injured
by thrown objects. It's even possible to get killed by bombs.
Someone starts throwing rocks, the soldiers hurry to respond. They grab the person, in case it's an adult or other person they need to take in for
questioning. It turns out to be a kid, but we'd better check. Has he got a bomb vest on? Did he throw the rocks just to draw us over here to blow
us up? It's possible, it's happened before. Hearts going the proverbial mile a minute, they decide the kid doesn't need to be detained.
Should they then tell the kid "Sorry to have grabbed you, if you fill out this claim form the Israeli government will be happy to compensate you for
your emotional distress?" On the other extreme, do they draw any blood, break any bones, kill the kid, paralyze him for life?
What they do seem to say is, "We're not going to bring you before a judge for assault, no sense giving you a record at this age. We're not going
to beat you to a thin paste, which is what might have happened had you thrown rocks at the wrong guy. We're not going to take you to the camp and
get you registered into the military system, which will mark you and your family for life. Naw, just get out of here and take this boot as a reminder
that you screwed up."
I'm probably not explaining myself well, but I hope this helps.
Can you elaborate further on the relevance of the article?
Oh, I don't know. How about, "If you play outside the rules, you
can't claim the protection of the rules?" or "If you don't act like a child, don't be expected to be treated like a child."