reply to post by wildtimes
Thank heavens there are still people who can extricate themselves from the boundaries created by unfettered idealism.
Some people are so "pro-palestinian" and "anti-Israel" that they allow this prejudice to dictate their conception of who's right and who's
wrong, never allowing any contrary information from the position that they hold to modify that position.
Hamas subjects their citizens to EVIL propaganda. It is undeniably vicious, to teach your children to regard Jews - not Israelis - but Jews in the old
religious sense - as the offspring of apes and monkeys, as the Quran teaches. To indoctrinate children into the belief that religious martyrdom is a
desired end for their life.
Nothing in Israel is remotely comparable. There is no comparison between the freedom of thought in a liberal democracy such as Israel and a
totalitarian theocratic state like Hamas-ruled Gaza.
As for political assassinations. It's not exactly easy for Israeli agents to operate within such a party-ruled state such as Gaza. As wrabbit
mentioned, it would involve 'self-sacrifice'. One of the beauties of living in a liberal democracy is that the state DOESN'T require nor ask one
member to sacrifice himself for the whole. If an assassin were to manage to kill a party official, he would be killed.
No. It might be more 'politically efficient', but it is contrary to our beliefs in the rights of man.
When Israel carries out air strikes, they are always very precise and they are not 'carpet bombing' or strafing. They are pin-point attacks on
suspected military or government facilities.
The reason civilians often die is, not too surprising given Hamas' other amoral tactics, their locating military and governmental buildings in
residential areas. Unlike most, if not all other states, who locate their military facilities in remote areas, Hamas puts them right besides
elementary schools or nurseries, so that when Israel attacks, there will be civilian casualties, or, in their eyes, propaganda value.
As we read after such an attack, "2 5 year old girls were killed", thus "justifying" the 'rectitude' of Hamas' shooting rockets at Israeli
towns and cities.