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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

More Disengagement Thoughts

While watching footage of the violent protest which some of those being evacuated are resorting to distresses me greatly, I am not willing to roundly condemn those who feel they cannot give up their homes without fight. I figure my feelings about which methods these settlers are entitled to use is colored by my sympathy for their plight. I can't think of any other reason for my lack of knee-jerk outrage for the violent resistance some are feeling compelled to use. I guess that's the same argument people have been using to defend Cindy Sheehan for behaving as badly as she has been. it's hard to criticize the behavior of someone who is obviously as grief-stricken as Sheehan must be, even if some of her words would be nothing short of inexcusable under other circumstances. The sympathy vote always gives people more leeway then they would have been entitled to otherwise.

Just a fact of life and human nature, I guess.

Update: please don't misconstrue this post to mean the terrible violence that has erupted today. I was referring to the mild violence that had been occuring up until that line was crossed today.


Blogger Elie said...

In regards to Sheehan, the lesson is that there can be positive and negative reactions to any situation, even the most unbearable. Yes, even the loss of a child. Some of us start blogs. And some spew hatred.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a big difference between nonviolent protest (trying to talk soldiers and police officers into disobeying orders, waiting in your home until you are forcibly removed) and violent protest (throwing chemicals and body fluids onto soldiers and police officers, setting yourself aflame).

There is also a big difference between these actions being carried out by the settlers who are being removed from their homes, and similar actions carried out by supporters who are not now (and never have been) residents of these settlements, and who seem to be causing more harm than good.

11:39 AM  
Blogger rebba shlita said...

just like you are outraged about your taxes in the Holly lawrence that you live in how much more so that these people who actually have somthing to complain about should put up a fight.

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