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Thursday, June 29, 2006

GUEST BLOG: An eye for a face

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The decision to attack Gaza and cause group punishment and suffering to the already miserable existence of the Palestinian people in an attempt to free Corporal Gilad Shalit has more to do with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's need to look militarily strong rather than any rational strategy. If the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) cause too much collateral damage, Corporal Gilad Shalit will most certainly be killed, so the question really becomes one of how many Palestinian lives are worth one Israeli soldier?

Don't get me wrong, my heart goes out to the family of Gilad Shalit - who by all accounts is just another shy kid who has been dragged into Israel's national obsession with militaristic paranoia (and I certainly hope the criminals who abducted him see justice inside a court room) - but to invade another state, cause damage and group punishment by taking out bridges and electricity won't get Shalit back.

With their recent history of assassinations and extra-judicial killings, Israel has become a law unto itself. It now finds that military might won't get the desired effect they want. It is time for Israel to put down the gun and redouble their diplomatic efforts. An eye for a face politics will not be tolerated by world-wide public opinion who already see Israel as an apartheid state.

Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury

3 Comments:

At 30/6/06 5:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gaza is not a state by anyone's definition.

 
At 30/6/06 8:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is a very one eyed opinion bomber. as i see it the palestinians are making no effort to move towards peace, this is shown by their reluctance to cooperate internationally and also their reluctance to negotiate with the israelis. to be honest, it is tit for tat, but i think you'll find in almost every case, it is palestinians inciting violence, be it suicide bombings, kidnappings etc. I dont actually think they want peace to be quite honest. do you? how do you see them moving towards peace? abducting a soldier? proclaiming a call to arms?

 
At 4/7/06 12:23 am, Anonymous deano said...

The Palestinians voted in Hamas. This is not the move of a people inclined to peace. I believe that they deserve a state of their own, but kidnapping and not releasing that soldier has brought this upon their heads. Did they think Israel would do nothing? I have always had some sympathy for the Palestinians but those who kidnapped the soldier are retarded and largely to blame for the havoc Israel is now wreaking upon them.

 

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