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Israel vs. Hamas 1-5-09

Reader comment on item: Israel's War on Hamas: A Dozen Thoughts

Submitted by aimes (United States), Jan 6, 2009 at 01:06

I think this whole Gaza mess is unfortunate. I think Israel does have a right to defend herself, and the Palestinian people need to take some responsibility for electing a terror group such as Hamas. Hamas does not want peace, they want war, turmoil, violence and murder. They have very clearly stated that they will never recognize Israel's right to exist, so any negotiations would be futile.

I think it's quite ironic, that when America was attacked in 2001, many Arab nations, including Gaza, showed their true barbarianism and lack of humanity by celebrating our tragic loss. I saw footage of them, dancing and rejoicing in the streets as our people were rocked with loss and pain. They thought it was funny, but now, they expect us to rally behind them and support them, and condemn Israel? Why should we? You rejoice at others' transgressions, and look at you now. You have brought this on yourselves, and have no one to blame but yourselves. That being said, I will not gather with my friends and get in the streets and celebrate at your loss, but you should think about how you treat and sympathize with others. Israel has every right to continue their efforts to protect their citizens.

It makes me think, why so much drama and rallying over the Palestinians and no such demonstrations for the Sudanese Darfuris, who are being massacred and violated at a higher and often more DEADLY rate than their Palestinian counterparts? Where is their media coverage and protests? I think that people show their true nature by these demonstrations. I would expect to see the same level of commitment to the Darfuri Muslims who are being massacred by the Sudanese government.

Furthermore, why should the Palestinians get their land back, when the Native Americans won't get theirs? Prior to the Islamization of Northern Africa, the African countries were filled with BLACK AFRICANS. The Arabs came in the 7th century, spreading their Islamic ideas, and the true AFRICANS were massacred, enslaved, or ousted. Why don't the OCCUPYING ARABS in Algeria, Morocco, Libya, and Egypt give the true Africans back their land? Why does this idea of taking back their land only apply to Gazans?

I think there is a lot of unfairness going on here, and it makes it hard to sympathize with Palestinians. They are human beings, and so of course, we have compassion and concern (unlike they have towards us when we are attacked). But at the same time, shouldn't we focus on the unfairness and lack of justice that others are enduring??

I think Hamas is victimizing the Palestinians, and sooner or later, the Palestinians will need to choose courage over cowardice. If they support these attacks by Hamas, then they should expect Israel (and any other country) to respond in such a way. If they don't support the actions of Hamas, then they need to be more vocal about it, and let themselves be counted as compassionate, loving human beings who value life, and not ignorant, self absorbed hate mongerers who crave violence and murder, and are hell bent of world domination. Either way, the mercy and wisdom of God should be upon us.

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