Just to throw a different viewpoint into the mix, do any of the forum's Londoners remember the feeling after the 7/7 bombing? Or the much-more-jittery feeling after the failed 21/7 bombing attempt? I think we'd all be much less understanding if we were being subjected to that day in, day out for years, as Israel has been. They're encircled by people who want to destroy them, people who deliberately target innocent civilians, and their policy towards their neighbours reflects that.
I'm not saying I agree with them, but it's important to look at every angle of any picture!
It's probably the only way they can fight back against a Heavily Militarized neighbour. Lets put it this way, AND BY NO MEANS AM I ENCOURAGING OR SUPPORTING TERRORISM, If I returned home to find a crater where my home and Family was, all because an Israeli Attack Helicopter or Tank had mistakenly believed Terrorists to be hiding there, You couldn't strap the explosives to me or put a Gun in my hand fast enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What about if you got home and found out that loved ones had been blown up in a cafe or on a bus? Would they be unable to put a gun in your hand fast enough then too? Not going to get very far, that attitude, is it?
That's exactly what I am saying. Blindly lashing out doesn't help anyone. It just compounds the problem, whilst bringing more people into the conflict with a desire for revenge.
But using military might in populated areas is disgraceful and shows an equal disregard for Human Life as any Suicide Bomber.
Just Imagine the reaction, if for anytime over the past 30 years, everytime the IRA set off a bomb or shot someone, we sent the bombers into populated areas of Southern Ireland or sent the Tanks rolling into Dublin to randomly demolish a few Housing estates!
Edited by effinjamie at 15:56:25 28-06-2006