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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Israel Loses the Plot

It seems that Israel is being goaded by its enemies into losing the plot. Attacking uniformed soldiers in a tank at a military base (and taking prisoners) may be unlawful, foolish, futile and immoral - but it is not terrorism. Call it guerrilla warfare, call it insurgency or cross-border skirmishing but it is qualitatively different from strapping on a bomb-belt and blowing up civilians in a cafe.

Speaking of which, blowing up the only electricity generator, destroying bridges, seizing parliamentarians and threatening to turn off the water on over a million people is collective punishment. No matter how they dress it up, that is what it is and it is unlawful, foolish, futile and immoral. Something has gone wrong with the Israeli leadership, and they need their friends and allies to tell them.



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