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  •  Meanwhile, Israel is expanding settlement of (11+ / 0-)

    Palestinian land after calling a ceasefire.

    Let's face it.  It's hard to demand a ceasefire and then escalate the activity that caused the fighting to break out in the first place.

    "The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." Orwell

    by NotablyZen on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 02:47:59 PM PDT

    •  Unfortunately, not true (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric S, bobisbob, Zionist American

      Hamas is not fighting about settlements.  They are fighting for religious reasons for a Muslim state, just like the Taliban.  Therefore, it is essential to destroy any non-Muslim government like Israel.  Hamas's reason for existence is the elimination of Israel.  That's why Hamas is still attacking Israel even after Israel pulled out of Gaza.

      •  This is certainly part of the reason they are (0+ / 0-)

        fighting, but there are others.  They must fight to maintain their legitimacy and distinction as a political party.  

        Also, it must be conceded, the situation they find themselves in - under increasing pressure from funding sources and amidst a blockade - demands they take some kind of action.  The actions they have chosen are consistent with their charter and are likely the strongest they may in pursuing a hot asymmetric war simultaneously with a propaganda war.

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        by Eric S on Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 01:50:23 PM PDT

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