mostly if i go selfish, it is like a third polarizing element for U.S. political beliefs. just when we got this thing figured out there is a new question: “are you for Israel or are you for Palestine?”
to me the “grieving families” look like staged over-acting. many of the bodies have color and not the gray of death, plus no rigor-mortis. and i don’t understand that. there is focus on images of the gray buildings of the inner-city when plenty of farmland and nicer areas in Gaza.
my conclusion is that the U.S. is painted a picture of ghetto-type existence which is then affronted even MORE by a “haphazard destruction.” so that is so completely and thoroughly manipulated that actual understanding is limited.
on CBS they showed footage one day that appeared pro-Israel, the next day they showed the same footage with a different translator for the Hamas leader, they re-dubbed it with a new soundtrack that made him sound more indignant. i mean …. heavens sakes.
so ……….. since the fact is that Hamas turned down at least one cease-fire proposal at beginning and then turned down another as well as being the first to launch rockets, my conclusion is that they are instigating the harm on their own people.
as for the crime of requiring pity and backing then for that …..? i don’t know. because in our culture we call them on it, when people look for situations to get hurt so they can blame someone. is like the hot coffee mcdonalds lawsuits or something. not that trivial but in the same vein and so what are we to think?
if you go on google maps with satellite view, there is all kinds of farms and land surrounding that huge mass of people in Gaza. which means there are ample places for rocket-launching and all that in other areas than in the middle of the city. which means they WERE using human shields and that is and was the plan to protect their weapons. which of course, if they were not would take one day and few bombs to eliminate the constant bombing into Israel. so tactically can’t blame them a whole lot for that tactic, but also have to ask why there is such a need to bomb and have those structures in the first place?
so are we looking at parental responsibility? plus did MORE people move into the Gaza city area and densely populate it for the single purpose of protecting a military depot and base of operations? and what are the options when this sort of tactic is employed and then capitalized upon?
the loss of life is the result of too few troops to handle the business of dismantling this “inner city” military base. when you don’t have enough troops to simply overwhelm, the bit by bit approach gets messy.
please don’t hate me or this blog for trying to logically look at the situation and put in a little critical analysis. I want to understand and just throwing up a bleeding heart for murdered children does not make me feel ‘good’ about myself — because i just do not like parents that use children like that and it kind of looks like they ARE …… which since we don’t have many parallels in our own culture i am just not sure how to respond.