Posted by Julia from host194.crp.org (22.214.171.124) on Monday, August 05, 2002 at 11:13AM :
In Reply to: Believe This posted by Jeff from bgp01107368bgs.wbrmfd01.mi.comcast.net (126.96.36.199) on Monday, August 05, 2002 at 10:47AM :
: When I first learned about the middle east conflict in high school, I was lucky to have an unbiased teacher.
: He was the one who explained to us that one man's "terrorist" is another man's "freedom fighter".
: He explained the collective punishment, detentions, assasinations, etc. done by the Israelis (recall the recent 1 ton bomb dropped in a residential area), and referred to that as "terrorism".
: Then, he explained the tactics of the Palestinian "terrorist" groups, but gave one reason why they have so much popular support. In many areas, it is Hamas and other terrorist groups that provide ordinary palestinians with healthcare, who run schools, etc. I'm not joking. Some of these "terrorist" groups actually help the Palestinian people in ways not related to war.
: You have to look at the issue objectively... look at the extremists on both sides, the moderates on both sides, and try not to take sides.
Objectively, I am against any group that relies on the killing of innocent people to promote a political agenda. Obviously both Israelis and Palestinians do this. But what hamas does is still unexcusable, and they are certainly not freedom fighters when they kill innocent men, women and children who are noncombatants.
The number of palestinians who died since the 2000 uprising is over 1,4000..and the number of jews is over 500...obviously more palestinians are dying than jews. This is due to the fact that israelis lead massive incursions on Palestinian settlement,s i understand that.
BUT, the solution is not for "freedom fighters" to kill innocent noncombatants traveling on a bus or partying at a club. the solution is to continue to exhaust political avenues in peace until you reach your goals.
i favor the end of settlements and the purging of Palestinian groups who violently seek a one state solution. we need to work with peaceful noncombatants on both sides to bring about a two state solution. ideally this would mean getting israeli troops and families out of settlemetns, and a crackdown on people who kill innocents in the name of freedom.
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