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  •  And the targeting of civilians by the terrorists (1+ / 0-)
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    in Gaza firing on innocents in Israel?

    Where is your outrage against them?

    •  It really doesn't need to be stated (1+ / 0-)
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      The rockets are an outrage.  They should stop and the perpetrators be punished.  

      I really do resist your insistence on a moral equivalence between the actions of both adversaries.

    •  Such a bogus line. (2+ / 0-)
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      sofia, bluedust

      First, because it pretends that there is somehow a lack of criticism of Palestinian rockets, when in fact you'd have to search pretty hard to find someone defending them.

      Second, because it ignores the vast disparity in scale between Israel's violence against Palestinians and Palestinian violence against Israel.

      Third, because it ignores relationship between Palestinians and the Israeli state which forms the backdrop to the violence, i.e. one of aggressive military occupation of the former by the latter.

      And finally, because it presumes that morally serious politics involves pointing at a succession of different acts and expressing the requisite amount of "outrage" (how, incidently? By typing in caps lock?). This is politics as self-indulgence, not as a genuine attempt to make a difference. American and European citizens who want to stop the violence can do so, by pressuring their governments to (a) force Israel to agree a ceasefire and (b) force Israel to end its diplomatic rejectionism and withdraw from Palestinian territory. That's what we have influence over, and, fortunately, that would end at minimum the vast preponderance of the violence. If on the other hand one doesn't want to do anything productive to reduce human misery over there, then ok, go on the internet and express "outrage" about Palestinian rockets.

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