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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-07-06 12:32 PM
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24. Depends on how you define 'anti-semitism' . . .
If it means giving the Israeli government a pass on their incredibly stupid assault on Lebanon, I'd have to say 'No' -- your zero tolerance doesn't fly with me.

Comparisons with what Bush would do (as cited above) are hardly convincing, and the situation in Lebanon is nothing like "a terrorist group taking over Canada." It's more that Lebanon has been battered for decades -- by Israel, by Syria, by home-grown islamofascists -- leaving it a weak state and unable to prevent Hezbollah from taking up residence in its territory and living side-by-side with its other citizens.

Certainly no rational person can support rocket attacks from Lebanese territory into Israel, but those same rational persons should not be approving of civilian deaths in Lebanon proper caused by incompetence and/or the Israeli military's dismissal of Lebanese civilians' right to draw breath.

The fact is that Israel, in defending its legitimate interests, doesn't give a rat's ass about collateral damage, or seems to believe that non-Hezbollah civilians are as guilty as the terrorists in their midsts. It's Israeli racism writ large.

And on top of that, this war won't work. Just as America is learning in Iraq, killing terrorists this way just breeds more terrorists. Israel should be looking at means of helping Lebanon banish the terrorists in its midst, not manufacturing more.

It's stupid, it's vicious, and it won't work. Remind you of anyone?
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