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January 10, 2009

Conflict in Middle East

I’m no fan of Hamas, but neither am I a fan of wholesale slaughter. Charles Krauthammer’s column (1/6, Opinion, “Israel’s effort to save civilian lives says it all”) seems to be cheering once again for the guy with the biggest guns.

Krauthammer claims Israel sent messages to Gazans on their cell phones while forgetting that electricity had been cut off for days. Wonder how they charged those phones? Then what about the fact that no journalists had been allowed in for days prior to the invasion? Looks as if the Palestinians were sitting ducks in a shooting gallery.

As far as I’m concerned, neither Hamas nor Israel can claim any moral high ground in this killing field., Krauthammer’s lavish praise is just more propaganda in a never-ending war of misinformation and senseless death.

Jess Hall
Lenexa

If any political entity is sworn to a nation’s extermination, what are the options for that nation?

These words from the Hamas Charter reveal why the rocket barrage will never stop: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it … There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

What would the U.S., Jordan, Venezuela, Egypt, Syria or Iran do if they had to face this? Keep living in bomb shelters?

Martin Kaynan
Olathe

Israel vs. Hamas. Or should I say brother vs. brother? You say “What? Are you crazy?” Maybe so, but according to Christian, Jewish and Islamic religious traditions, both of these groups came from the same father but different mothers. For those of us whose religious traditions are different, this is how this conflict could be viewed.

I find it interesting that no one from the abovementioned religious traditions seems to bring this point up. Why? Maybe they never viewed it that way before. Or maybe they realize it but won’t bring it up because it blows up in their faces.

So it all boils down to a sibling rivalry — trying to get the parents’ attention. The rest of us in the neighborhood suffer because of it.

Michael Darling
Lawrence

Comments

whispering_to_kc

The religious loons, Hamas, are buying commie Chinese rockets with Iranian/Saudi petro-dollars to shoot off into Israel.

The commie Chinese rockets are built by the fledgling Chinese aviation community, their new aerospace industrial base being developed by American corporations like Boeing who're moving there to escape the high wages and high living standards of their American employees.

Israel is only another unfortunate casualty of globalization.

whispering_to_kc

The Hamas rockets are Chinese imports. The Chinese variants have a longer range than their Iranian cousins.

The rockets are funded by Saudi/Iranian petro-dollars, funds cultivated by our energy policy.

The Iranian nuke program is built on technology imported from Europe and the USA, technology funded by petro-dollars cultivated by our energy policies.

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

devin

According to "The Economist", there were a grand total of 2 civilians killed by Hamas' "barrage of rockets" in all of 2008 prior to Israel's recent attack. If two civilian casualties justifies the kind of response we've seen from Israel, then is there any level of disproportionality that can't be justified? Suppose Iran decides this attack justifies the use of a nuke on Israel, why wouldn't they be justified in doing so? If two casualties justifies thousands in retaliation, then why shouldn't thousands justify millions?

Oh, that's right, Iran would be wrong because they don't look and talk like we do, therefore they're bad and everything they do is bad. Israelis look and talk like us, therefore they're good and everything they do is justified. Sadly, there will probably never be peace because humans seem incapable of overcoming this fundamental characteristic of our nature...

solomon

Maybe one of the cells will hit one of the facilities you're sweeping, I mean inspecting, and we can all lift a cup of tea in your honor posters homes all over the metro.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

We can only hope the cells within the USA receive the greenlight, hopefully we will see some serious hits on targets within our borders, then you softies can go have tea with the muslim terrorists at Obama's house.

solomon

Israel has had nukes for at least 3 decades. You are just once again showing that you hate and distrust muslims. So far only 2 nuclear weapons have ever actually been used. They are the ultimate deterrent, everyone wants them if their neighbor has them. In your warped world you think you should be able to decide who has a right to them.

and continuing to chant..."ollie,ollie,ollie" over and over has made you forget that Iran was our best friend, (much more so than Israel), before we backed their corrupt leader and in doing so aided the Revolution in 78 and gaining their hatred and disgust.

Pub 17

Oh, yeah. Forgetting about Iran's nukes should be easy: we've been practicing, ignoring Israel's nukes.

Pub 17

PUT DOWN YOUR WEAPONS. THE U.N. HAS DECREED THAT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO OCCUPY THIS TERRITORY. YOU WILL RECEIVE RECEIPTS AND TAX CREDITS FOR YOUR GUNS. FORMER MILITARY WILL BE ASKED TO REGISTER WITH THE U.N. COMMAND AND REPORT ON A BIMONTHLY BASIS. THIS IS A LAWFUL ORDER OF THE DULY CONSTITUTED U.N. OCCUPATION AUTHORITY.

I can just see ol' Rouge standing there with a tear in one eye, happy that we've finally got title straightened out to the state of Missouri, and so glad to be fully cooperating with lawful authority.

mianotkia

Dammit Israel just sit there and let those "few little rockets" impact a few schools, hospitals, etc. What the hell is the matter with you people?

And just ignore Iran's nukes, I mean they promised not to do anything with them right?

Ah, yes, the Neville Chamberlin school of diplomacy........

solomon

Krauthammer is a supporter of Israel, always has been so why be surprised by his opinion. If you start with one side good/one side evil being a genius doesn't matter if you are stating opinion.

Sadly this time around we are not going to see an end like we did 2 summers ago.This action is going to have repercussions unlike those on previous conflicts, as the area is more volatile than ever. I was truly bothered by yesterdays report that Israel had been urging us to let them fly over Iraq and bomb suspected uranium enrichment facilities in Iran. Actions like these do not hurt Israel as much as they do the US, yet to Israel thats what they use to back all of their actions, our political stick.(hiding behind "big brother) I am extremely proud that Pres Bush told them such actions were off limits.

There is no right solution in the area, as neither side will give an inch. Sad times ahead indeed.

 
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