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in response to reader comment: CanadianChris, (9,11,01)your bold statement

Submitted by CanadianChris (Canada), Jan 5, 2009 at 00:21


The amount of people that died in those attacks are less than the amount of people killed by peanuts, and the people killed by coronary heart disease(being a fat smoker for example) is thousands of times greater than the number of people killed by terrorists. The point I was making is not that the people killed on 911 are irrelevant, it is simply that the proportion of people killed is more of a terror causing symbolic gesture, rather than an actual all out attack.

The population of Non-Arab Israelis is almost 5.6 million. And almost 1200 Jewish Israelis have been killed in terror attacks against their people.
So in a country that has 1/54th of the population of USA, 1200 people have been killed in terror attacks since Sept 29, 2000. That is like America losing almost 22 000 people in the 911 attacks instead of less than 3000. The pressures put upon Israel to tolerate the abuses directed against them have so far been effective in coercing Israel to avoid the kind of confrontation that the US has done in Iraq. Yes the Palestinians have had much greater losses, but they have used terror and disingenuous negotiations to pursue their objectives.
In my humble opinion, Israel has shown exceptional patience and fortitude in the face of cowardly attacks and public slandering. History will show that Israel was justified in many of their responses, and the blood of the civilian casualties is not only on the hands of Israel, but also on the hands of those fighters who hide among the Civilians. The civilians are the true losers in this conflict. The ones who want to flee but cannot escape the pressure to help the fighters.


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