Thursday, January 15, 2009

Another take on the double standard question...

I haven't said much about the horrors going on in Gaza on this blog. What is there to say? Michael Leunig says it rather nicely with this cartoon in today's edition of The Age. I wonder what criticism there will be in tomorrow's edition?

7 Comments:

At Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:36:00 pm , Anonymous Louise said...

Nobody denies that we have the right to defend ourselves even if it means killing our attackers.

Obviously, I am outlining the general principle of self-defence, not identifying as a citizen of Israel!

 
At Friday, January 16, 2009 1:59:00 am , Anonymous Schütz said...

Usually when there is conflict between Israel and Palestine there is a fair number of letters to the editor putting the Israeli point of view. I haven't see that with this current conflict. There wasn't even any backlash against Leunig in today's paper. Maybe tomorrow...? But it seems to me everyone is a bit shocked at the violence we are observing, whatever the original justification for it may have been.

 
At Friday, January 16, 2009 3:48:00 am , Anonymous Louise said...

Mikha'el, that list you have there sure is a bunch of wickedness and if it's all true (I'm ssuming it is) then Israel is certainly in the wrong.

 
At Saturday, January 17, 2009 7:27:00 am , Anonymous Schütz said...

Mikh'ael, since no one has answered you question, let me say that the way to do italics in the combox is to put < i > at the beginning of the text (but without the blanks between the brackets and the "i" - I had to do that or it would not come out right in appearance) and at the other end of the text you "close the brackets" with a < / i > - but again without the spaces. This works for bold too, as in < b > and < / b >.

 
At Saturday, January 17, 2009 9:40:00 pm , Anonymous Mikha'el said...

Thanks David

 
At Sunday, January 18, 2009 11:23:00 pm , Anonymous Past Elder said...

Defend itself against what?

13 Israeli dead from crap weapons that are lucky to hit the broadside of a barn, over 1000 Palestinian dead from a well financed state of the art military.

 
At Monday, January 19, 2009 10:56:00 am , Anonymous Mikha'el said...

Pastor Elder

It may be that the rockets fired by Hamas into Israel do not cause much property damage or result in many deaths. But the damage inflicted by those rockets is broader than that. For example, consider the fear induced into Israeli citizens every time a warning alarm sounds and they have to rush into bomb shelters. This disruption to ordinary life is very damaging, especially for the young and elderly. It may be that Hamas is simply trying to cause the maximum amount of inconvenience and fear among the greatest number of Israelis possible. Israel does have a right to defend itself against such behavior, but if that right exists, it is not a blank cheque. Israel must respond appropriately to the threat, so I think the main issue is one of proportionality.

 

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