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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-10 07:31 AM
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39. I'll answer you, but will you answer my questions too?
Edited on Thu Nov-25-10 07:50 AM by shira
There seems to be a belief on the other side of the aisle that any action by Israel to kill or capture Palestinian militiamen is legitimate as long as Israel makes some kind of effort to avoid civilian casualties.

It's not that Israel makes some kind of effort to avoid civilian casualties. Colonel Kemp says Israel is more careful WRT civilians than any other military in the history of warfare. So while not perfect, Israel still does better than other civilized nations WRT civilians.

On the other hand, Palestinians are not allowed to kill or capture Israeli soldiers, or apparently (according to a recent article) even clear and cultivate Palestinian land with olive trees in a way that Israeli settlers would find objectionable.

It's not Palestinians who are not allowed to kill/capture Israeli soldiers but groups recognized as terror organizations by the International community who don't get to do this.

Gush Etzion isn't necessarily Palestinian land. Jimmy Carter recently said this would remain a part of Israel after a peace deal. The 1949 armistice lines are not borders. Here's some history on Gush Etzion...
http://www.zionism-israel.com/Gush_Etzion_Massacre.htm

The same logic seems to apply to Lebanon. For some reason, the pro-Israel people seem to think it is beyond the pale for Hezbollah to kill Israeli soldiers whilst they are on Lebanese soil (as was the case in 2006).

Hezbollah is a terror organization and they're occupying Lebanon with the help of Iran and Syria. They have no business acting as legitimate Lebanese resistance.

I have no idea why you don't think "the rules of the game" apply to Hezbollah - why you don't see them as an illegal, extremely Rightwing theocratic occupying force imposed on the people of Lebanon by Syria and Iran. Apparently, they killed Hariri. What's with you and Alamuti Lotus being "cool" with Hezbollah, not minding how they re-arm, attempt to push their extreme religious views on others, use the Lebanese population as unwilling shields, etc...? They're basically the antithesis of all that is considered Liberal. I find your attitude WRT Hezbollah questionable considering your views on Kahanist and Likudnik extremists.
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