Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Question for the Philadelphia Inquirer

How come Palestinians held by Israelis are "prisoners," but an Israeli soldier held by the Palestinians is "kidnapped?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not beleive that a soldier taken should be described as "kidnapped" he is a prisoner.

However, a kid who is hitchiking who is taken and who is shot in the head has been kidnapped and murdered.

Same goes for those who grab diplomats and behead them and are wrongfully called"insurgents".

You must also note that when Hamas, or Islamic Jihad members are taken by Israel, their whereabouts are known, and they are not summarily executed while in custody.

9:23 PM  
Blogger PuckPan said...

Thanks for your comment. I agree in part.

The situation the Middle East however is one of a weak nation besieged by an infinitely more powerful nation. A soldier captured by Israel is not going to be "rescued" by sophisticated, well-armed helicopters, supported by high-tech jet aircraft, surrounded by dozens of the M-1 Abrams tanks.

It is known as asymetrical warfare.

Nevertheless as your post implies - they are very different peole than we are - frightfully so. It makes me wonder about those among us who think we should have open borders. Are these people really being benificent to poor foreigners - or being hateful to the largely Christian grass-roots Americans. I have come to believe the latter.

3:22 AM  

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