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    (Original post by Sic semper erat)
    I will not apologize for the fact that your islamonazi savages didnt succeed in killing many people.
    Here's another one for you:

    Who do you think the neo-nazi's are supporting in this conflict?

    On the one hand, Muslim immigration and all that malarkey and on the other hand, some Jews getting killed.

    It must be a real headspinner for these fellas who don't have two brain cells to rub together between them...
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    (Original post by Sic semper erat)
    I doubt anyone apart from Hezbollah and Iran (well not even them after the Syria war) genuinely supports Hamas. It doesn't matter if its Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra or Satan himself that's shooting the rockets or whether the civilian deaths are much lower, Israel will always be blamed over anything. Are you surprised that children in a densely population area are among the dead? really? most of the dead btw are middle aged men, but I doubt it matters to you.

    This mentality of blaming Israel has existed before the narrow ;Israeli-Palestinian' conflict began in 1988 (prior to that it was always a regional Arab-Israeli conflict). Egypt and Jordan in 1948 were allowed to do what they like, but if Israel dared go on the offensive the British would threaten intervention. The Soviet Union threatened to invade Israel in 1967 when they went into the Golan Heights in response to Syrian shelling. Israel was not allowed to destroy Egypt's army in the 1973 war. Every army is allowed to finish the job apart from Israel. So please, dont even try and convince me that what you're telling me is relevant to this particular conflict, and not a type of bias that happens and would happen in general.
    Erm, Hamas are getting a hell of a lot of blame in the media and from politicians, if you don't at least agree with me on that then I don't know what to say. No, in truth I'm not surprised children are dying and of course I care that innocent men are dying, don't be ridiculous. But the point was that the Israeli bombing in self defence doesn't stand up in my opinion, especially given the death rates of children to name one group and that 80% of the causalities in Gaza recently have been civilians. That stat poses another question - is it Israel targeting these groups or are they just inept?

    In what way has what I have been saying not been relevant to this conflict? And how exactly have I been biased?
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    (Original post by Sic semper erat)
    You know, i'll be honest with you. I personally don't care if the civilian casualties in Gaza are 80% or 90%. I do a lot of reading on all Middle East conflicts, both current events and from the past. There is really nothing unique about Gaza that deserves special attention. I find it interesting that a conflict in Syria which has killed 170,000 people including 3,000+ Palestinians is nothing more than a bunch of figures and statistics on a Wikipedia page, while even after 1 day of a Gaza conflict we're all human rights activists. Being biased isnt 'bad', we're all biased. Its just nice to admit it sometimes. You care about specifics so much because you feel sorry for the Palestinians and support them. Maybe in England your views would be considered 'neutral', but in the US or Canada (I have Canadian citizenship myself) you'd be seen as hard core Palestinian sympathizer. I guess everything is relative.
    I would imagine you would explode if the casualties were anything like that in Israel though, and before you say anything I would be as outraged as I am now. So your suggesting that I don't care about innocent people being killed in Syria? You really could not be further from the truth. Please don't say in one line you don't care about civilian deaths then in another suggest others don't care, makes you look somewhat hypocritical. I think every civilian death in a conflict is a bad thing, I know we don't share the same sentiment however.

    Well in the US if you don't accept all problems in this situation are Hamas's fault your a Hamas supporter so yeah I would be regarded as pro-palestine. I would actually agree that I am pro-Palestine, note not pro Hamas or Israel, the two sides fighting each other but rather the innocent civilians who are being killed as a result of this conflict. I suppose you could say I'm pro-peace.
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    (Original post by Sic semper erat)
    Yeah, cause every time a bomb falls on a neighborhood in Aleppo, you run and do research on exactly how many civilians were killed and why and what and who and where.. you find and interrogate Assad supporters and demand details of every attack. Please, give me a break. Ive been commenting on the Syrian conflict online during the entire 3 and a half years. I'm yet to see a single person care about details the way they do with Gaza, even anything close to it. Most people just look at the 170,000 figure and feel shocked. But then what? 5 minutes later the conversation is over and they forget about it.

    You're a hypocrite if you think 'pro peace' means supporting the Palestinians, theyve been anything but peaceful towards ANY country. Tried to overthrow the Jordanian monarchy, instigated the Lebanese civil war which killed 150,000 people, sided with Saddam Hussain against Kuwait..
    You are right there I don't know all the details of every attack in Syria much like I don't know the details of every attack in Gaza. That is similar to the Palestine/Israel conflict. There are periods where there is increased violence more people talk about it as it's in the media more, so of course when the media stop reporting the conflict as much public discussion dies down even though the conflict is ongoing.

    The average age in Gaza is 18. Do you think they were responsible for those actions? No of course not. Should every generation be punished for the actions of a past generation?
    I say being pro-Palestine is being pro-peace because they are the true victims of this conflict and by supporting the Palestinian people to stop militants fighting Israel and to peacefully seek- a solution to this conflict is the only way it's going to end. I think a problem with both the pro-Hamas and the pro-Israel groups is that neither seek a solution to the end of the conflict, just more conflict.
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    In summary, the present conflict started when two Hamas operatives kidnapped three Israeli teenagers and murdered them. Hamas "neither confirms nor denies" that it did it, though it has a standing policy of attempting to kidnap Israelis, both civilian and military and it praised the "operation". The fact that these two have yet to be caught indicates they did not act alone and have access to safehouses and resources. As a result, Israel arrested many Hamas operatives in the West Bank WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. Hamas then responded with a ROCKET BOMBARDMENT of Israel, to which Israel responded. After refusing several ceasefires point-blank, Hamas agreed to one, which they broke WITHIN 90 MINUTES with the kidnap of an Israeli soldier. They are pathologically incapable of peace. There is no way back now, the Israeli electorate demands destruction on a scale Hamas and the Gazans will regret
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    (Original post by MattBerry96)
    I think a problem with both the pro-Hamas and the pro-Israel groups is that neither seek a solution to the end of the conflict, just more conflict.
    The distinction is that the latter are kept in check by Israel's democratic system, whereas the former are regularly praised by Palestinians. Gazans interviewed as they emerge from the rubble of their houses say idiotic things like, "I still want to see Israel destroyed, but I am tired of the conflict now". And they wonder why they are living in squalor and rubble?
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    (Original post by MattBerry96)
    But the point was that the Israeli bombing in self defence doesn't stand up in my opinion, especially given the death rates of children to name one group and that 80% of the causalities in Gaza recently have been civilians. That stat poses another question
    Oh right, that's in your "expert" military opinion, is it? Everyone becomes an armchair military expert on what is disproportionate in wartime since the start of this conflict. Given Hamas sites their assets and operatives in civilian areas, what would be the "correct" percentage of civilian casualties?
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      (Original post by well in the dark)
      I don't know what you want, for everyone to ignore all that Israel is doing simply because others are doing it as well? As someone already pointed out, ISIS are considered terrorists by the whole world, whereas Israel is considered a legitimate government. Israel is bound by a number of international laws to not commit atrocities on any scale. 'Israel just has questionable war tactics' well, that's what you think,
      No, I said they were guilty of war Crimes.

      Don't cherry pick.

      that isn't what the dead and dying Gazans think, nor the Palestinians who live out substandard lives simply because Israel can do that to them with impunity. Your argument is flawed and rests on the 'tu quoque' fallacy.
      Ive been to Gaza back when humanitarian relief was going through in 2011, what have you done to help Palestinians?

      My argument isn't pro-israli it's anti-disproportionalism.

      :rofl2: at you ending your staunchly pro-Zionist, deeply flawed argument with a statement implying pride in anti-Semitism and disclaiming favouring Israel when you obviously are favouring them over other named criminals.
      In what way am I favouring them?
      Saying "They aren't as bad as -insert worse people-" isn't favouring them, it's just saying there are worse people out there and that the Muslims focus on them is disproportionate to other, greater issues facing the Ummah.

      If it was between Israel and Palestine and I could only save one, I would save Palestine..obviously.

      Allow me to hold your reigns as you dismount from your high horse my friend.
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      (Original post by young_guns)
      Oh right, that's in your "expert" military opinion, is it? Everyone becomes an armchair military expert on what is disproportionate in wartime since the start of this conflict.
      Who said it was his "expert" military opinion? It is a human being's opinion; one does not have to be an expert military person to come to the basic human conclusion that 1,000 civilians dead is unacceptable, that bombing schools that are KNOWN to be off limits, hospitals and marketplaces is unacceptable.
      (Original post by young_guns)
      Given Hamas sites their assets and operatives in civilian areas, what would be the "correct" percentage of civilian casualties?
      'Given' your propaganda, you mean to say.
      We're not going to form our opinions based on your misinformation, thank you very much.
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      it's really long,any abridgement ?
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      (Original post by young_guns)
      Oh right, that's in your "expert" military opinion, is it? Everyone becomes an armchair military expert on what is disproportionate in wartime since the start of this conflict. Given Hamas sites their assets and operatives in civilian areas, what would be the "correct" percentage of civilian casualties?
      Where would you like to put them given the density of that region?

      Do tell. I'm sure your alternative would be fascinating to dissect...
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      (Original post by Zen Baphomet)
      Hell in a perfect world, I would finish up where Hitler failed.

      You would destroy everyone who is not a white Aryan, straight, healthy German?
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      (Original post by tsr1269)
      Where would you like to put them given the density of that region?

      Do tell. I'm sure your alternative would be fascinating to dissect...
      How about in every single settlement that the Israelis gave up in 2005 when they were forced to leave Gaza?

      Top Nine Gaza Media Myths

      This includes an answer to all of your arguments including the land argument which you've given in this thread. Seems like someone has fallen for media propaganda.
      Myth: Hamas has no choice but to place weapons and fighters in populated areas since the Gaza Strip is so crowded that is all there is.
      [Hamas has] no other choice. Gaza is the size of Detroit. And 1.5 million live here where there are no places for them to fire from them but from among the population. (Taghreed El-Khodary, New York Times Gaza reporter, on CNN, Jan. 1, 2009)
      Fact: There is actually plenty of open space in Gaza, including the now empty sites where Israeli settlements once stood. The Hamas claim, parroted by the Times reporter, is nonsense.
      Beyond this, placing your own civilians around or near a military target to act as "human shields" is prohibited by theFourth Geneva Convention:
      Art. 28. The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.
      Article 58 of Protocol 1 Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1977 (which the Palestinian Authority has accepted) goes even further in this regard, requiring that Hamas remove Palestinian civilians from the vicinity of its military facilities, which would include any place where weapons, mortars, bombs and the like are produced, stored, or fired from, and any place where its fighters train, congregate or hide. Here is the text, which calls on the parties to the conflict to:
      (a) ... endeavour to remove the civilian population, individual civilians and civilian objects under their control from the vicinity of military objectives;
      (b) Avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas;
      (c) Take the other necessary precautions to protect the civilian population, individual civilians and civilian objects under their control against the dangers resulting from military operations.
      Even UNRWA has weighed in on this, denouncing on July 17 the "group or groups" that had hidden missiles in a UN-run school in Gaza.
      Hamas, as the defacto government in Gaza, is responsible for the missiles and other weapons hidden in civilian buildings and areas, and has clearly violated all three of the above provisions
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      (Original post by Et Tu, Brute?)
      Ground force operations...like I said...you know, like in the post you just read? You know that one, the one you quoted to reply and wrote a response to? It was in there, you must have missed it.



      Really. So how about all the dual nationals who are able to avoid military service then? They must have been caught at the airport trying to flee Israel maybe. As for the ones who have to travel to Israel to join, I guess the hopped on the wrong flight and the gestapo were at the airport in Tel Aviv waiting to pick them up and throw the camos on them right away right?

      Don't kid yourself into thinking a large number of these soldiers are not happy to be in the military regardless of whether it is compulsory or not.

      And I never said anyone joins to willingly die. I said they join up knowing they could die...they know the risks.

      Please go back to the part that I said it is a 'good idea to kill and waste your own men'? wtf are you even talking about.
      Basically you want more people to die via a ground invasion. So you have completely not thought your solution through. That is what I respoded to.

      What about the nationals that are born Israeli? Not every Jew has dual nationally. I agree most Jews volunteer and willingly fight, I would if I was Jewish, but basic military theory agrees with me that you don't simply try to kill more of your own men. You were pretty much saying Israel should risk the deaths of more of its soldiers in order to protect a couple more civilians? What kind of logic is that?

      Soldiers dont join up wanting to die. They know the risk is higher, but they are not simply sheep willingly going to slaughter. The point of a soldier is to kill and not be killed.


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      (Original post by Et Tu, Brute?)
      I'm not saying well they have the iron dome, so sit back and do nothing...not at all, so don't bother with that angle.

      I'm sorry, but no, every single civilian casualty is not Hamas' fault. The people of Israel are largely safe and sound, thus the destruction they are bring to the people of Gaza is not called for whatsoever. They have a military fully capable of taking on the Al-Qassam Brigades, greatly reducing the number of civilian casualties. Yes it will increase the number of dead Israeli soldiers, but unless you value the lives of Israeli soldiers (people who signed up knowing they could die) above innocent civilians, then I don't see a problem with that.
      Here. Your military theology is flawed. No military in tye world wishes to maximise casualties on its own side if alternatives are there which could get the job done for a lesser price in their side.

      Ground invasion would result in more civilians and IDF soldiers dying. Therefore they used air strikes and drones. This is perfectly justified and a moral thing to do. As you said, they simply can not sit back and take the rockets. Drones are the best retort, like it or not.

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      (Original post by merrill)
      Basically you want more people to die via a ground invasion. So you have completely not thought your solution through. That is what I respoded to.

      What about the nationals that are born Israeli? Not every Jew has dual nationally. I agree most Jews volunteer and willingly fight, I would if I was Jewish, but basic military theory agrees with me that you don't simply try to kill more of your own men. You were pretty much saying Israel should risk the deaths of more of its soldiers in order to protect a couple more civilians? What kind of logic is that?
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      The number of dead soldiers wouldn't increase dramatically. Certainly not to 1500 soldiers anyway, the majority of them being women and children.

      Also, I highly doubt that it would protect a 'couple' of civilians. It would protect a couple thousand more civilians likely.

      Israel tries to justify them all as human shields. But at the end of the day, even if Hamas literally wore babies as body armor as they are portrayed in Israeli propaganda, it still doesn't justify killing the 'human shield'.


      Anyway, I've had enough of this rubbish
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      (Original post by miavdbt)
      How about in every single settlement that the Israelis gave up in 2005 when they were forced to leave Gaza?
      They already do this....
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      (Original post by merrill)
      Here. Your military theology is flawed. No military in tye world wishes to maximise casualties on its own side if alternatives are there which could get the job done for a lesser price in their side.

      Ground invasion would result in more civilians and IDF soldiers dying. Therefore they used air strikes and drones. This is perfectly justified and a moral thing to do. As you said, they simply can not sit back and take the rockets. Drones are the best retort, like it or not.

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      So why did the USA etc bother to invade Iraq? Why didn't they just bomb it back to the stone age?

      Looks like the flaws are all on you.

      But yeah, I agree, the moral thing to do is definitely to bomb schools and hospitals and palm the collateral off as human shields right?

      I've had enough to arguing with people trying to justify the deaths of women and children. Go take your fascist talk to someone else, I'm out of this thread for good.
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      (Original post by tsr1269)
      They already do this....
      The ruins of two large synagogues in Gush Katif, the evacuated Jewish communities of the Gaza Strip, have been transformed into a military base used by Palestinian groups to fire rockets at Israeli cities and train for attacks against the Jewish state, according to a senior terror leader in Gaza."

      If this is what you're referring to, nowhere does it say that this is where they store their rockets. Considering that the area contained 17 Israeli settlements, you'd think it would be enough to store their scarce (according to Pro-Gaza supporters) supply of rockets.

      To be honest, if they have this entire military base to store their missiles, and they still prefer to do so in civilian areas, then that is a deliberate use of human shields.
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      (Original post by miavdbt)
      The ruins of two large synagogues in Gush Katif, the evacuated Jewish communities of the Gaza Strip, have been transformed into a military base used by Palestinian groups to fire rockets at Israeli cities and train for attacks against the Jewish state, according to a senior terror leader in Gaza."

      If this is what you're referring to, nowhere does it say that this is where they store their rockets. Considering that the area contained 17 Israeli settlements, you'd think it would be enough to store their scarce (according to Pro-Gaza supporters) supply of rockets.

      To be honest, if they have this entire military base to store their missiles, and they still prefer to do so in civilian areas, then that is a deliberate use of human shields.
      Gush Katif, now Asda City is a civilian area...
     
     
     
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