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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 05:36 AM
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Moral high ground secret to IDF strength
For three weeks an IDF soldier has been held captive, two more for the past day. Three soldiers held prisoner by a brutal enemy, and the IDF is flexing its muscles, with tanks and artillery and infantry, because that's what an army does especially an army with no political direction.


It is clear that the current fighting won't bring our boys home. Our soldiers are held captive and the army is on the attack, our politicians are issuing hair-raising threats and calling up the reserves. And we, the people who sit at home to be defended by the IDF, are shocked at the reasons and the timing for this latest war.


Three weeks of intense military activity in Gaza, three weeks of threats and "holding them responsible," three weeks without real negotiation for the life of Gilad Shalit. How can parents send their children to serve in the army when it is clear that the government that gives the army its orders does not view the lives of those sons as its highest priority?



The IDF's strength does not stem from advanced technology. It does not even stem from particularly cunning battle tactics. The strength of the Israeli army has always stemmed from its moral and ethical advantage: For us, human life and the lives of our soldiers are primary. This is our moral strength; this is the judgment day weapon that will always give us victory over any enemy that rises against us.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3274903,00.ht...
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 05:43 AM
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1. It's only moral if you treat the other side in the same way...
Otherwise, it's just more bravado and sloganeering ....
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 06:04 AM
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2. Moral high ground?????
You have got to be kidding me. These Israeli thugs are nothing more then well funded murderers and thieves.

It amazes me that anyone can use the words moral and Israeli Army in the same sentence.
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4bucksagallon Donating Member (324 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 06:11 AM
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3. I agree
What is "moral" about Israel?
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 07:32 AM
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10. Agreed
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cantstandbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 07:18 AM
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8. Notice how it's called a " brazen cross-border raid "
when Hezbollah does this but it's called "self-defense" or "pre-emptive" when Israel crosses borders, bulldozes homes, assassinates civilians on suspicion of being a terrorists, and kills innocent civilians, and destroy much needed infrastructure. What Israel does is mere sanctioned (by the US and its allies)genocide and people need to face up to it.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 07:28 AM
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9. I saw an article in the US media today...
...that referred to the invasion of Gaza as an 'initiative'. Just gotta love that ever-so benign language, though I think that media source should have toned things down even more by referring to it as an 'education campaign'. ;)

btw, unlike someone else in this forum who only points out the use of the term genocide is wrong when it's done by supporters of Palestinian rights, I'm more equal opportunity about it, and I want to point out that while what Israel's doing in Gaza is appalling and showing a complete lack of concern for the safety of Palestinian civilians, it's not genocide. For genocide to be happening there has to be an intent to destroy in part or whole a racial/religious/national/ethnic group, and while there are a minority of nasty folk on both sides who'd be happy as pigs wallowing in mud to carry that out, it doesn't apply to either side in the conflict...
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Popol Vuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 06:23 AM
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4. Moral high ground?
The IDF?

Oh man don't even get me started.

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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 06:27 AM
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5. Boy, it's a tough audience in here tonight!
;)
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 06:46 AM
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6. Military high ground secret to IDF strength.
Obviously just a typo on your part. I've corrected it.

Please research 'civilian casulties resulting from IDF operations'.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 07:00 AM
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7. boil, boil -- toil and trouble --
eye of newt --

magic is afoot!
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wellst0nev0ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 07:40 AM
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11. It's Always Supposed To Be The "Most Moral Army In The World"
that's why it's been able to get away with the invasions and assymetrical warfare for the past decades. God forbid the mystique is rubbing off.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 08:09 AM
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12. Kick, coz I just love the language in this article!
;)
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AnOhioan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-13-06 10:15 AM
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13. Moral high ground....unadulterated bullshit n/t
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