posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 02:35 PM
reply to post by votan
The thing is that if you are able to use such a tactic in such a small scale which is not a big deal, what are you willing to do when the stakes are
Those would be a completely different set of circumstances. You cannot assume that because they did this - tied a boy to the front of a vehicle to
prevent rock throwing - that they would act the same way in a more volatile situation.
This situation permitted them to do this without expecting them to keep up the rock throwing: after all, they're children - 10-15 year old's - who
arent quite as cunning as an adult Hamas member.
Undoubtedly, if one of their numbers were clever as to the politics of what Israel was doing - they would have thrown that rock and killed/hurt their
friend because of the advantage it would create: the IDF would be held directly responsible for the boys death (ignoring the irony that the vast
majority of Palestinian non-combatants killed have died in similar circumstances).
You say it is no big deal but when does it become a big deal??
When the situation changes. These are two different situations. A more dangerous situation - as in a episode of live fire - would have warranted
severe censure, even punishment from the IDF. But this is a different scenario which allowed them to believe that because it was children they were
dealing with, that they would stop the rock throwing.
It's not a nice thing to do, I agree, and perhaps it shouldn't have been done, but one cant forget the interminable nature of this behavior towards
the IDF and Israeli civilians. It begins to tax your patience.
THings just do not happen they build up to it.
War is not the same as abiding by safety measures at work. The stress - is manifold times worse. They're trying to do their jobs - the IDF - but
can't because kids are whipping rocks at them and their vehicles. So they tried something new - take one of the rock throwers and tie him to the
front of their vehicle to thwart their rock throwing.
This isn't exactly one of those mindless examples of ignoring safety procedures which leads to worse abuses. It's instead dealing with the same
occurrence over and over again - and responding differently than usual.
As said, they were stupid for doing this. They should have realized that their enemies would use this in their psychological war against Israel. But
as for endangering the boys life - this wasn't an example of a live combat. It was kids throwing rocks at soldiers. To disrupt this annoyance - they
took one of them and tied him to the front of their vehicle. If they continued - they would have been mostly responsible - given they would know full
well that a rock might hit and injure him.