24 June '10
[TY to Batya for trying to refocus where the attention needs to be placed. Unfortunately, the issue goes far beyond the emotions of the moment, or even a day. We cannot allow reason to be swept away once again, to release murderers, who will kill once again, bereaving thousands. Two years ago, Assaf Sagiv addressed this issue in his article Civilians First, that "Only in Israel does concern for the safety of soldiers override the state’s obligation to defend its civilians." This article should be read over and over again, until we understand what we've done to ourselves. Otherwise, we are doomed to repeat the same tragic mistake, and to encourage, rather than discourage, the enemy to attempt to repeat it's success at so little cost to itself. Y.]
Headline from Haaretz:
Hamas: We won't let Red Cross visit Shalit
"Shalit's parents have pledged to camp outside the prime minister's residence until their son is freed from captivity."
I agree that it's a disgrace that Gilad Shalit has been in captivity for four years, but the Israeli Prime Minister isn't holding him prisoner. The Arab Hamas terrorists are, and international "aid" organizations like the Red Cross are cooperating with the terrorists.
If all these "human rights" and "aid" organizations really did their job, they'd be protesting day and night against Hamas about the imprisonment and isolation of Gilad Shalit. They aren't because they don't care. They have no problem when innocent Jews are imprisoned.
The protests should be against them. Jews and all world citizens who truly care about civil/human rights should stop contributing to or donating to all those organizations which aren't doing their jobs. The Red Cross is at the top of that list.
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