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  • #51
Zero
No, criticism doesn'tr have to include an better alternative. I don't have to provide a solution to rape to claim taht rape is wrong, do I?
 
  • #52
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Oh, and even Bush makes vague statements that Israel needs to find a better path.



I don't claim that I know the right path, but taht doesn't mean I can't point out that Israel is lost!
 
  • #53
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Originally posted by Zero
No, criticism doesn'tr have to include an better alternative. I don't have to provide a solution to rape to claim taht rape is wrong, do I?
Thats a binary example and the alternate is clear - don't get raped. As for the solution (preventing rape), I'm SURE you can give a number of examples of positive action that can be taken to prevent rape. Otherwise you are simply left with telling women - rape is bad, don't get raped.

This goes back to what kat kept asking you, Zero - if you think we shouldn't be doing what we are doing now and you don't have a better course of action, what you are suggesting is that we do NOTHING.

Its like driving somewhere in a car. If you go to turn right at a 4 way stop sign and the guy in the seat next to you says "don't turn right" does that really help you get where you need to go?

Since we've already established that there is no perfect solution, the only way you can say one alternative is bad is to compare it to another alternative. At least you tried with the ground troops vs helicopter attacks example, but it seems clear that you were wrong that 'helicopter attacks are bad' exactly because you didn't consider the alternative until we pressed you to.
 
  • #54
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Honestly, I think almost all of these problems need to be solved by 'MP' style troops on the ground; basically police, but trained in military tactics. If Israel could show an effort to avoid killing children, it would be harder for terrorists to find new recruits.
 
  • #55
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Oh, and let's run that 'don't get raped' example past the women on this board, and see if they think that is a reasonable solution to rape, shall we?
 
  • #56
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Greetings !
Originally posted by Zero
Nevrtheless, when Israel, in the name of fighting terrorism, kills a 2 year old, there needs to be a serious investigation of the tactics involved, this isn't, after all, an isolated incident, but a trend within the Israeli military.
There's a military investigation of every case when innocent
civilians are hurt. If guilt is proven the guilty are
ussualy court-martialed accordingly. Intellegence mistakes
and the occasional wrong assesments are totally unavoidable
in warfare (being an ex-soldier one would think you'd know
that, then again you probably never got farther than your
training camp, did you ? :wink:). The IDF ussualy makes the most
effort to avoid mistakes, aspecialy when targeted killings are
carried out. Statisticly the great majority of such actions
were accurate and efficient to the max.

Live long and prosper.
 
  • #57
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Originally posted by Zero
should buy the whole population of Israel an island to live on. After all, they don't seem to be able to live in peace with neighbors...
After re-reading this statement, I just can't seem to shake the connotations here. It would seem that you would ignore the fact that the PLO has been literally chased, thousands murdered, in fact entire refugee camps razed in order to get them out of other Arab countries because of the disturbances they have caused there. It would seem that you would suggest that somehow jew infants and children who ARE purposely targetted, children city in their schools cafeteria, coming home from school on the buses, young women alone in vehicles purposely targeted, women with no arms, no previous history of violence..just being jewish are not victims and do not have a right to be defended. This is NOT how the Israeli's act, this IS how the HAMAS-FATAH-Hezbollah act. What you've said here is the equivelent of saying "those darn blacks if they would just stop letting themselves be oppressed we wouldn't have this slavery problem"
You have a very anti-jew view of what's going on in Israel. Making claims that Israel is purposely targetting children, when in fact there is very little evidence to back that up, unless of course you want to ignore documentation that 14+ year olds are included in the militant armed forces of the terrorist organizations. Your view has little to no credibility with me in this matter, because what I see coming from you is tons of Arafat rhetoric, a very distorted view of cultural reality and an absolute ignorance of the broad base of victims that exist when terrorist dominate a civilian area and attempt to imprison an entire population.
You completely ignore, or perhaps you are ignorant (neither is an excuse if you are making claims such as that above) of the history of Israeli's attempt to bring peace to the area. MP type policing HAS been tried repeatedly, Joint security has been been tried several times..you neglect to consider that there is NO way for Israeli to protect itself without injuring others BECUASE that is the goal of the HAMAS-FATAH and Co., in fact because hezbollah found it so succesful to hide behind civilians, to use them as sheilds, to use civilian homes as bases..to publicize the deaths of civilians that they brought hezbollah to palestine to help train their own militants in capatilizing in the techniques, there are good reasons for geneva conventions laying the blame for the deaths of civilians on the heads of militants who purposely use civilian areas to attack from, maybe you should investigate those reasons further.
 
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Kat, any time someone doesn't dance for Israel, you call it antisemitism. Go grab your pom-poms and cheerlead for someone else, because I'm not buying it.
 
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Originally posted by Zero
Kat, any time someone doesn't dance for Israel, you call it antisemitism. Go grab your pom-poms and cheerlead for someone else, because I'm not buying it.

Everytime I point out that your POI is not based on reality and point out the flaws in your statements, you come back with a similar statement or comments on how you don't need to have the answers. Well if your statements are flawed, your veiws are based on fiction and you have not answers then maybe you should follow my suggestion and study the situation a little further from something other then indymedia or an A.N.S.W.E.R. pamphlet.
As for antisemitism, these type of comments:

pave over Israel, and put in a bunch of WalMarts, Blockbusters, and Starbucks

If Israel could show an effort to avoid killing children

should buy the whole population of Israel an island to live on. After all, they don't seem to be able to live in peace with neighbors...

when they uprooted thousands of trees out of nothing more than spite and hatred? (the real reason for those who have a concept of reality:"several bulldozers entered orchards outside the town and set about razing them to deprive rocket squads of cover")

Let's just shoot children too, so that terrorists don't have anyone to hide behind.

Israelis gun down civilians indiscriminantly

We're not supposed to talk about how the existance of Israel is supported by the presumed religious and racial superiority of Jewish people!!

Israeli troops terrorise Palestinian civilians

I wonder if somewhere, back in the mists of history, the Jews didn't earn the beginnings of the hatred.

would be considered as such by the majority of people I know.
 
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Actually, those statements seem to be more about anti-Israeli government policies rather than anti-Jewish religion or people. It doesn't qualify as antisemitism per se. In the same way that critiquing the Spanish Inquisition isn't insulting christianity. A large number of Israeli citzens also feel that what Sharon is doing is wrong.
 
  • #61
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Originally posted by FZ+
Actually, those statements seem to be more about anti-Israeli government policies rather than anti-Jewish religion or people. It doesn't qualify as antisemitism per se. In the same way that critiquing the Spanish Inquisition isn't insulting christianity. A large number of Israeli citzens also feel that what Sharon is doing is wrong.

Thanks...I think I am pretty clear in my views, unless someone is so Rabidly pro-Israel that their perspective is skewed. I couldn't care less if they are Jewish, Methodist, or Jerry Springer worshippers.


I don't have a perfect answer to the problem...in the same way that, while I don't know how to perform open-heart surgery, I feel safe in saying that a rusty fork shouldn't be used in the procedure.
 
  • #62
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Originally posted by FZ+
A large number of Israeli citzens also feel that what
Sharon is doing is wrong.
Yeah... A large number of Israeli citizens - the
settlers and their supporters, recently began protesting
and threatening him personally for Akaba and his
agreements with the Palestinians as well as his
pathetic (to them) actions against the terrorists.
Most of the rest are pretty much content.
As for the Israeli arabs, they're pretty much always not.

Peace and long life.
 
  • #63
Zero
Well, since the settlements are in violation of a UN resolution...
 
  • #64
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Originally posted by Zero
Well, since the settlements are in violation of a UN resolution...
I don't think people care much about the UN in the middle
east or in most other places btw. :wink: What is, however,
true is that the settlements are apparently the obstical
for peace. Not an agreed upon peace since after over a decade it seems that Israel can not seriously hope to reach any real and maintained agreement with the Palestinians.
But rather a peace that will be enforced and
protected by Israel by building a whole and complete border
with the Palestinian territories. Unfortunetly, the settlers
make the construction of this border very difficult and slow
and force the IDF to remain in order to protect them. These
people are and have been the direct obstical for peace (one
way or another) in Israel for a long time and it is unfortunate
that the Israeli governments are unwilling to take desicive
action against the settlements. Of course, it is well
known that the arabs will see any such one-sided move as
a clear sign of weakness - as they view any kind of retreat.
However, an Israel with defined single borders will be able
to prevent penetration of suicide bombers and missile attacks
can then be regarded as direct acts of war of the entire
Palestinian athority and treated very well accordingly without
any surface intervention. (Just my opinion, of course.)

Peace and long life.
 
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Raven, that was an excellent post you made on the first page of this thread.
 
  • #66
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Originally posted by Zero
Well, since the settlements are in violation of a UN resolution...

I'm getting a strange sense of deja vu here...but, I'll ask anyway. Pray tell, which UN resolution is that, Zero?
 
  • #67
Zero
Originally posted by kat
I'm getting a strange sense of deja vu here...but, I'll ask anyway. Pray tell, which UN resolution is that, Zero?

Actually, we have done this before...several times. Wanna skip all this and thumb-wrestle for it?


Better yet, I re-submit the idea of paving over all of israel, so that no one can have it. It IS just dirt, after all...let's make it all a parking lot, so people stop killing each other over it.
 
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Originally posted by Zero
Actually, we have done this before...several times. Wanna skip all this and thumb-wrestle for it?


Uhh, no, I prefer that you actually answer the questions and support your statements...since you are the one making them.:wink:
 
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Originally posted by drag
What is, however,
true is that the settlements are apparently the obstical
for peace. Not an agreed upon peace since after over a decade it seems that Israel can not seriously hope to reach any real and maintained agreement with the Palestinians.
But rather a peace that will be enforced and
protected by Israel by building a whole and complete border
with the Palestinian territories. Unfortunetly, the settlers
make the construction of this border very difficult and slow
and force the IDF to remain in order to protect them. These
people are and have been the direct obstical for peace (one
way or another) in Israel for a long time and it is unfortunate
that the Israeli governments are unwilling to take desicive
action against the settlements.

At 7 million a foot, with a width of 2 to 3 hundred feet, snatching up palestinian farm land, dividing palestinian towns, forcing them to permanentlyuse checkpoints in order to get from home to farmland..this fence is a permanent obstacle to peace settlement in a way that outpost have never been. How do you build a permanent "fence" on borders that have yet to be negotiated???
 
  • #70
Zero
Originally posted by kat
Uhh, no, I prefer that you actually answer the questions and support your statements...since you are the one making them.:wink:


No, you really don't want answers. At least6 not teh kind I can give you.
 
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Kat:

http://www.middleeastnews.com/unresolutionslist.html [Broken]

# * Resolution 446: " . . . 'determines' that Israeli settlements are a 'serious
# obstruction' to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention".

* Resolution 452: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories".

# * Resolution 465: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's settlements and asks all member
# states not to assist Israel's settlements program".

That's up to 1992. There may be additional ones since then.

Are the B52 Bombers on their way?
 
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  • #72
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FZ-Thank you! A straight answer!
Do you think those resolutions apply to Jews who lived in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza Strip throughout recorded history, until the 1948 War of Independence, when they were forced to flee the invading Arab armies? (many of the current Jewish settlement communities existed prior to 1948, when they where overrun by invading armies and destroyed.) Kfar Etzion and other villages in the Jerusalem-Bethlehem corridor fell to Arab forces in May 1948 and those captured were massacred. Sons and daughters of Jews who lived there until 1948 were the first to return after the 1967 war.

Also, do you think that U.N. resolutions take priority over Palestinian/Israeli peace agreements in which Israel has agreed to negotiate the future of the settlements in the permanent status negotiations with the Palestinians? When the two sides have agreed that settlements in the areas are to remain unaffected and under exclusive Israeli authority? Even if the Israel-PLO agreements do not place any restrictions on the continued building or expansion of settlements?
 
  • #73
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Greetings !
Originally posted by kat
At 7 million a foot, with a width of 2 to 3 hundred feet,
First of all, where did you hear that very strange data ?
Second, as long as a defined border exists that is
sufficient to prevent passage even for as long as ten
minutes it is more than sufficient once you add military
patrols and posts every mile or so. Today there's a huge
amount of checkpoints and posts of the IDF in Judea and Sumaria
and a great deal of reservists also serve there. To defend
a single border would be a joke next to the present situation
and a lot less forces will be required with much less means
at their disposal.
Originally posted by kat
snatching up palestinian farm land, dividing palestinian towns, forcing them to permanentlyuse checkpoints in order to get from home to farmland..
The border is going to be in favour of Israel but by
rather little and many settlements are also left out.
No palestinian towns are supposed to be devided as
far as I know. It kin'na beats the purpose of a border
if you do that since the whole purpose is to leave
the Palestinians on one side and the Israelis (the normal
majority rather than those sick settlers) on the other side.
As for checkpoints the point is also to avoid having these
except for some that are really necessary like in the passage
between Judea and Sumaria.
Originally posted by kat
this fence is a permanent obstacle to peace settlement in a way that outpost have never been. How do you build a permanent "fence" on borders that have yet to be negotiated???
The border will be able to prevent suicide bombers from
entering Israel as they do today whenever they please
as it does in the Gaza strip. It will directly and
immidiatly stop most of the death on both sides -
suicide bombers, IDF invasions of Palestinian towns
and villages and direct military confrontations with
armed terrorist groups. It is the best and only current
solution to stop most of the killing. It is also a lot
easier to maintain financialy with far fewer forces
and means involved to guard it.

If the border will decrease the influence and control of
terrorists amongst the Palestinian people because they
will no longer be able to "inspire" the people with their
actions or justify their existence to the people then
purhaps a new Palestinian order will arize that will,
for the first time, be prepared to make real and serious
nagotiations. If and when that happens Israel will certainly
be prepared to nagotiate.

Again, the purpose of the border is simple and of
primary importance - to stop the killing. The rest can be
dealt with once some other solution presents itself.
The fact that this border is so far greatly incomplete
and terrorists are free to enter Israel whenever they
please with no obstical on their way while the IDF tries
to destroy the infrastructure of the terror organizations
in Palestinian towns to no awail, since they never lack
the people nor the weapons anyway, resulting in more killing
and hatred amongst the Palestinians, is a disgrace to the
Israeli government of the past couple of years that due to
political pressure of settlers and their supporters allows
people to be killed.

Live long and prosper.
 
  • #74
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Originally posted by drag
I don't think people care much about the UN in the middle
east or in most other places btw. :wink: What is, however,
true is that the settlements are apparently the obstical
for peace.
Couldn't agree more. There have been dozens of UN resolutions regarding the Israeli/Arab situation, but only a handful have demanded any action, much less proposed a long term roadmap for peace. I would have thought that this would be just the type of problem the UN was created to deal with, but it has proven itself incapable of dealing with it.

There are a number of obstacles for peace - the settlements are one for the PA (the existence of Israel itself is of course a dealbreaker for Hamaas). The terrorism is a dealbreaker for Israel. Nevertheless, I find it at least a little promising that Israel and the PA are at least talking despite not having the dealbreaker issues settled first.
 
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Actually, you will find that a major reason the UN did not undertake any measures regarding the conflict is that the US vetoed any resolution involving actions against Israel.
 

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