Posted by Julia from host194.crp.org (22.214.171.124) on Monday, August 05, 2002 at 11:24AM :
In Reply to: Re: Believe This posted by Julia from host194.crp.org (126.96.36.199) on Monday, August 05, 2002 at 11:13AM :
Hamas, hezbollah are not civil servants. For every death of an Israeli noncombatant Israel responds in kind with military action. they only perpetuate they cycle of Palestinian oppression and curfew. they are sinking the palestinian people deeper and deeper into political isolation, cut from their jobs, travel and families because israel is frantically trying to let their people live their lives peacefully.
Again, i am against settlements. I believe israel needs to pull out and defend itself at its own borders, and not stick in 5 or 6 families in the middle of nowhere in Gaza and West Bank. I don't think settlements in and of themselves are acts of aggression, but when you have settlements into a territory with people seeking a country, settlements symbolize a movement away from the country formation.
if hamas lobbied the uN and US and used legitimate avenues of political protest, that's fine. that is perfect. that is wonderful. but when you detonate bodies in the name of allah and kill pregnant women and children, that's another thing.
And of course israel is at fault, because they are willing ot defend their scattered settlements that have no intrinsic value and for that increase instability. and for every protest Palestinians make, there is a ruthless crackdown on the people. and why are there ruthless crackdowns? because when the Hamas combatant does not wear a uniform and can be a n average joe on the street, you have to suspect almost anyone can be a terrorist...
Hamas and other nationalist/islamic millitant groups used to use bullets and guns for all their attacks, but that wasn't effective. they used to try to fight only israeli military, but they were either caught or missed their targets. once hamas abandoned guns and relied on bombs hidden under civilian garb for their "offensive," that's when they got success in numbers. and this is when they crossed the line to being a terrorist group killing innocents.
i would rather hamas fights the israeli army rather than the israel civilian sipping tea. fight those who can defend themselves, not innocents. and if israelis are fighting innocents who can't defend themselves, you gotta use LEGITIMATE political contestation to get your point across. you don't respond in in-kind attacks killing innocents that only perpetuates the cycle of violence.
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