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Do Not Accuse Israel of that Which the Terrorists Want - Sympathy for Terrorism

Reader comment on item: Don't Put Terrorists on Trial
in response to reader comment: The limits of retribution

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 16, 2014 at 14:14

Dr. Pipes correctly asserts that 'massive force' on the part of the IDF is an overstatement in their response (be careful in the use of the term retribution when considering the cause of the attacks on Israel) to defend the lives of Israeli (not just Jewish, but Arab and other ethnic) citizens in the target areas. Just saying that portions of Israel are targeted only is no longer merely a threat, but a reality of daily Israeli life.

To be sure, the IDF does use definitive force to achieve the admitted aims, to stop the incessant deliveries of rocket/missile attacks that have become the commonplace 'offensive' that Hamas and their ilk are deploying to displace Israel according to their motives of hatred against anything Jewish. The collateral damage is accepted by Hamas as part of the costs of the Hamas 'offensive' because it makes of good footage to those media outlets that cater to the 'Palestinian' narrative. Pundits of the UN type eat that stuff for breakfast, brunch and supper.

The fact of the matter is this: terrorists, Islamists or otherwise, do not want peace-they are anarchists at their heart and peace does not reside in their soul. To deter terrorism is to seek peace for those who seek peace; and to bring enough force to the terrorist mentality that eventually even death at all costs is no longer achievable. It requires the teaching of replacing life for death to achieve peace; to honor life above death. That is what terrorism does not desire; thus Israel must respond until it is what all sides' desire.


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