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  •  The rockets are inaccurate and can punch a hole in (7+ / 0-)

    a wall or ceiling, yes, but are not powerful enough to level three or four houses like a single 500 lb bomb dropped by Israeli F16s.  They are not as accurate as Israeli drones and not as powerful as Hellfire missiles fired by drones.

    They are not as effective as tank fire. And few get through the "Iron Dome."

    They are literally "little rockets" in the comparison both of military capabilities and more specifically in the comparison of missiles in various armaments.

    No, they are not firecrackers.  Yes, they could kill someone if they were close enough.  But no, they are not huge destructive weapons they are implied to be on the news.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 11:23:20 AM PST

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    •  but that isn't what "home made rocket" implies (1+ / 0-)
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      to people who are familiar with hobby shop type toys and not munitions - ie people who live in the west.  They are weapons.  Not the biggest or the baddest, but they are STILL weapons and not toys.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:28:07 PM PST

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      •  Did I say "home made rocket?" (5+ / 0-)

        I'm not making up "ineffective" on my own:

        In 2006, the Israeli Ministry of Defense viewed the Qassams as "more a psychological than physical threat.:"

        “Clearly everyone wants to be surrounded by concrete block, but we need to remember that Qassams are more a psychological than physical threat. Statistically they cause the fewest losses, and therefore we must develop prevention systems but not invest all the money in this aspect.”

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:17:02 PM PST

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    •  Their lack of accuracy make them even more of (2+ / 0-)
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      a terrorist attack. The rocket attacks are war crimes as they are fired into civilian areas and kill and injure  civilians.

      Your effort to de-emphasize these terror acts is reprehensible.

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