posted on Mar, 16 2013 @ 09:41 PM
Justice? For what, exactly? She was an American protestor on foreign soil, obstructing an Israeli military operation by creating her own one-person
roadblock with an 80-ton piece of armored equipment being operated by a Russian immigrant worker.
Looking beyond the politics of the situation, you do not play peekaboo with heavy equipment. I don't care how much florescent orange you're wearing
or how big a loudspeaker you've got, when you're running around and blocking a piece of moving steel that weighs more than 20 elephants, has a blind
spot in the front longer than the machine is, and is louder than the front row of a rock concert something bad is bound to happen. That's why you
don't see construction workers kneeling in a bulldozers path.
The largest 'dozer I've operated is a D7, which is a runt compared to the D9, and even then the D7 had such a blind spot infront of the blade that
it is entirely conceivable to me the possibility of accidentally running someone down and not even knowing it. And that's not even taking into
account the further reduced visibility through armored glass and shutters, the lack of watchers, flagmen and reliable onsite communication, and having
someone deliberately get infront of you rather than get away when you're moving.
All these supporters trying to make her a martyr because she was naive enough to play chicken with a D9. I didn't buy it then, and I still don't buy
it ten years from now.