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  •  Many civilians have died (6+ / 0-)

    from stray gunfire between gang members. And most gang members live at home with their moms.

    And Israel isn't sending special forces into Gaza to selectively target key individuals and take them out with carefully placed sniper shots. It's firing missiles. Missiles that will take out a whole three-story building and half of the building next door. I've seen the video. Have you?

    Folks inside that building have one minute between the "knock on the roof" and demolition. One minute. Sixty seconds. That's barely enough time to get out of a third-story apartment with nothing but the clothes on your back. No time to round up the kids you can't find, or the pets, or the valuables. You're going to lose everything you ever had, everything you ever worked for and quite possibly one or more family members, just because someone in the IDF thinks there may be a Hamas terrorist in your building, or in the building next door. No criminal charge, no warrant, no right to an attorney, no due process of law, just *BOOM*, everything fucking gone, and you lucky to escape with your life.

    That. is. a. fucking. atrocity.

    If you won't admit that, I have nothing more to say to you, and you have nothing more to say that's worth reading.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 08:22:44 PM PDT

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    •  One whole minute? (3+ / 0-)
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      msirt, Al Abama, DeeDee001

      Israelis in Sderot only have 15 seconds to get to safety. And they don't get fricking Hamas warning vs, or leaflets or phone calls.

      And maybe, just maybe the building residents shouldn't be allowing Hamas to store and fire missiles from their appartments? Storing missiles and explosives in the basement? Hiding weapons in civilian homes, hospitals, THAT is a fucking atrocity!

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