When a criminal takes hostages in the USA (or everywhere else in the world), what does the SWAT do? What's their main aim?
- is it to rescue the hostage alive and avoid wounding them at any cost, or
- is it to kill the hostage taker at any cost and use shotguns and grenades to do so, no matter what happens to the hostages around him
Besides, how can we say the civilians who emotionally, politically, philosophically and materially support Hamas do not in effect attack Israel?
There might be a case made that in generally the future terrorists (children) are temporarily innocent, but that is the affair of their murder-contaminated elders.
Last edited by Oftencold; 01-03-09 at 05:38 PM.
Yes, because it was necessary to bomb that Mosque.And yet there's no information as to what was being held in that mosque. I'm sorry for every civilian killed on every side, but there is no way to avoid this.
Mustafa Barghouthi2. Israel claims that Hamas violated the cease-fire and pulled out of it unilaterally.
Hamas indeed respected their side of the ceasefire, except on those occasions early on when Israel carried out major offensives in the West Bank. In the last two months, the ceasefire broke down with Israelis killing several Palestinians and resulting in the response of Hamas. In other words, Hamas has not carried out an unprovoked attack throughout the period of the cease-fire.
Israel, however, did not live up to any of its obligations of ending the siege and allowing vital humanitarian aid to resume in Gaza. Rather than the average of 450 trucks per day being allowed across the border, on the best days, only eighty have been allowed in - with the border remaining hermetically sealed 70% of the time. Throughout the supposed 'cease-fire' Gazans have been forced to live like animals, with a total of 262 dying due to the inaccessibility of proper medical care.
Now after hundreds dead and counting, it is Israel who refuses to re-enter talks over a cease-fire. They are not intent on securing peace as they claim; it is more and more clear that they are seeking regime change - whatever the cost.
If a Hamas commander chooses to hide in his home although he knows he's wanted, and a strike on his house kills 10 members of his family (as happened yesterday) - that's his problem. He knowingly risked the life of his family.
Last edited by Tal; 01-03-09 at 05:39 PM.