From: Somewhere Texas
First, let me make it clear, I am not condoning what is going on in the occupied territories.
IN fact I am not condoning what either side is doing in this situation.
As for whether or not you believe I have Palestinian friends, I could care less. That is not important.
Nor am I saying that the 1948 UN accord was the perfect solution, it was far from it. But someone said it was done and we are stuck with it.
What I am saying is that to condemn Israel alone is not very logical. Too wrongs do not make a right, except in American Politics.
But on these boards I have seen people condemn Israel for retaliating for rocket attacks by shelling the area where the rockets were launched, and in the process killing Palestinian civilians. If the Palestinian militants launching the rockets would place their launchers in areas that are not surrounded by civilian homes, that would not happen, so those militants share some of the blame for non-combatant deaths.
I must also point out that the surrounding Arab countries have repeatedly stated that their goal is to erase Israel from the map, and exterminate the Jewish population, which would tend to make the citizens of any country a bit paranoid.
Some people have said that if Israel would withdrawal to the 67 boundaries, then they would not have a problem with Israel's existence. There are two sets of 67 borders, pre war, and the UN set borders after the 67 war. So which borders are they referring to?
But again, that raises problems, in fact anything that is suggested raises problems. Either Israel does not agree with the solution or the Palestinians do not agree with the suggestions. In other words, nobody in the region can agree on anything.
Nor does the continued support of Israel by western nations help in view of the international condemnation of what Israel is doing. IN my opinion it makes about as much sense as scolding a child for being bad and at the same time handing the child a cookie.
So in essence my suggestion is for Israel to pull back to the pre war 67 borders, and the put a massive international peace keeping force in the region to keep both sides from shooting at each other, and at the same time establish an independent Palestinian state.
There is a problem with this solution, the problem is that the peace keeping force would undoubtedly be there for an extended period of time, and considering there have been UN peacekeepers in the Sinai since the Camp David accords, it would almost be a permanent thing.
My present theory is that the problems in the region will continue until everyone living there ends up as corpses rotting in the sun. But then I am a pessimist.
Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don't you think?
You cannot control who comes into your life, but you can control which airlock you throw them out of.
Paranoid Paramilitary Gun Loving Conspiracy Theorist AND EQUAL OPPORTUNI