Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
I, too, have chosen to live in multi-cultural atmospheres, kif kif. Three years in Europe, 7 in South America and, for the past 30 years, South Florida, possibly the most multi-cultural of them all!
You can believe it or not, but I DID feel compassion for Britain and Spain as I would for anyone attacked by terrorism. One does not have to be a national for that....one simply has to be human.
People don't strap bombs to themselves for no reason-it's desperation borne from oppression.
I'll agree with that statement when I see the leaders of these groups wearing sticks of dynamite....but you don't see that. They are NOT strapping bombs to themselves. They are strapping them to their children and followers who have been properly brainwashed into believing the virgins are waiting and they are dying for a cause. The leaders themselves aren't so ready to die for that same cause. They are sending peoeple to die for their own quest for power, nothing more. Surely you can see that.
What I can't understand is the complete lack of empathy, in this thread, and in general, for the people of Lebanon and Palestine, for it is a war against the people.
In this thread I will have to agree with you. We have not touched on the victims here but I can assure you, knowing most of the people here for quite some time, that we all feel sympathy for the victims and the casualties on both sides. When I watch the news at night and the scenes of destruction and the pictures of victims I feel a profound sadness for the victims of both sides. Regardless of what you may think, I contend that it is NOT a war against a people. It is a war against a terrorist group aimed at annihilation of a country. If the terrorists were all in a group in a particular section, I'm sure there would be no action taken on the rest of the populace. Unfortunately it's not that way and Hazbollah uses the general populace as shields. They have rocket inventories stored in mosques. They fire missiles from neighborhoods with schools nearby. These local "heroes" put in harm's way the same people they say they are there to protect. They are willing to let the country they profess to love crumble rather than cease their terroristic activities or go somewhere else. They are cowards. One of the facts of war is that innocents will suffer and they do on both sides. I feel as much sympathy for the Palestinian mother who loses a son or a home as I do for the Israeli mother. Most people just want to live in peace. If it were up to people, there would be no wars. Instead it's left to governments and terrorist groups to determine who will live and who will die. It's a lousy system but, since it's been that way for thousands of years, I don't see it changing anytime soon
I repeat the comment I made earlier...
If the terrorists give up their guns, there will be peace. If Israel gives up it's guns, there will be no Israel
That's a fact...