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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-28-06 08:44 PM
Response to Reply #50
51. it's an ad hominem attack because...
Edited on Mon Aug-28-06 08:48 PM by mike_c
...I noted that Israel was equally able to resolve this conflict peacefully-- and by taking the same route to a prisoner exchange that Hiz'bollah had available-- and the DUer responded by seeking to discredit the point by attacking me-- and clumsily, in the vein of "do you still beat your wife?" You did the same in your first sentence, trying to make the issue about me rather than the real matter at hand.

What *I* think about Kuntar isn't relevant. At the time I wrote that yesterday he was being mentioned as a possible principal in a prisoner exchange. As I've said in other threads, maybe even down thread in this one, Israel has every right to reject any negotiations for Goldwasser and Regev. I'm not advocating that they release Kuntar, nor am I advocating that they refuse. The Israeli gov't has choices constrained by the situation-- among those are choices that will lead to a reduction in violence in the present instance and choices which will have the opposite effect. Many of those choices are shared by Hiz'bollah. Both parties have some degree of SHARED control over the situation and responsibility for the outcome-- that bears remembering, and was the point of my first response in this thread.

As to the matter of ill will-- I am very critical of Israel's actions in this conflict and in the occupied territories, but I do my best to discuss the matter civilly-- in other words, debating ideas, not attacking individuals. I too occasionally cross the line and say something snippy-- and usually regret it when my head is cooler. I see some examples in this thread, for that matter. But I've learned that there really is little to be gained by using this forum as a bully pulpit or a soapbox-- it's far more useful as a place for honest and respectful debate.
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