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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Original post)

Thu Aug 25, 2016, 02:35 PM

5. Palestinians' fault, not Israel's

Step 1) PA/Hamas announce plan to have random car ramming attack to kill Israeli soldiers in next day
Step 2) Israeli issues warning to soldiers to be on alert for rammers
Step 3) Wait for some poor Palestinian civilians to drive erratically near soldier
Step 4) When Israeli soldier shoots erratically driving Palestinian, sing to the world about the cruelty of Israel
Step 5) Wait for useful idiots to echo the story ad infinitum

One of the main effects of the Palestinian strategy of random terror attacks, i.e., by people dressed as civilians, is that Palestinians civilians who are not terrorists are more likely to be victims of mistakes like this. One might ask, are the Palestinian leaders not aware that this could harm their constituents? The answer is, they are indeed aware of this and it is a feature not a bug. This is sort of stochastic involuntary martyrdom, or better, stochastic terrorism against their own people.

Palestinian lives are cheap to the Palestinian leadership.

This kind of strategy also leads Israel, rationally, to impose greater restrictions on movement for security reasons and that is also a feature not a bug, as they - as good terrorists - want to build popular opposition to Israel. If it works, they will write their history and be the heroes of Palestinian nationalism. But it is not going to work and it just keeps the Palestinians from having a higher quality of life. It does, however, give moral narcissists of the west more fodder to criticize Israel. People who really care about Palestinians would not keep cheering those who escalate the conflict that does no good for the Palestinian people at all.

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