Yep, AJ was not well informed of a declaration of peace, or so they say. Perhaps he was a wee bit Napoleonic? But, no self-respecting Tennessean can discuss the War of 1812 without mentioning his name. Iím most fond of him in my wallet.
But you shouldn't overlook a number of stupid British over-reactions to local protests which created enormous propaganda victories for the radicals in the American Colonies. Military over-reactions are what terrorists want, exactly for that reason. The Boston Massacre comes to mind immediately.
Iím not overlooking any of your excellent points that provided us a ďproperĒ reason for a revolt. The Townshend Acts caused enormous upheaval. I donít see that the British over-reacted. Anyone would have a nervous trigger finger when he knows his fate was just penned by his own greedy overlords.
"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter,Ē I suppose, but I donít call ďLife, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,Ē a by-product of terrorism. The foundations are radically disjointed.
So we agree upon the fact that Hamasí reasoning isnít anything like the American Revolution, which was my point about death and dying and reasons like Freedom to do so. And I donít know if I can agree on whether Hamas is stupid or not, since no one could call the end result of any victory they may ever achieve ďfamily oriented,Ē at least not within this world. Maybe on some other plane of existence, but not this one, really. I think thatís the problem. I have a different opinion about their quest for Israel. I feel they want people to believe itís a turf war, but theyíre using the turf as a bluff. They wonít stop there even if Israel was handed to them. Itís the people they want dead and the land is just a symbolic setup. Any and all differing ways of life are their grounds for death. Thatís my opinion, and Iím sticking with it until they get happy making babies and they fold their killer cards.
However, you do have a clear point about overreaction, but not every episode from Hamas was met with overreaction. Israel did not strike out every single time Hamas took a swing at them, but they seem to have really struck-out with the public when they did. Itís so terribly sad and confusing and exhausting from every perspective, as you well touch on.
Right now, I feel what Hamas is most successful at is getting people to ride the fence about living arrangements.
Everyone has someone to answer to, here upon the planet, and you're right to point out hired guns and weaponry sales that are devoid of benevolence. We're answering for that in so many ways.
Hamas feels they have no one to answer to but their God.
Good question. What to do about that??
Have a great Friday, Bob.