Today's asinine news article from the Ass. Press:
Israel has been waging war on Hamas in retaliation for a deadly suicide bombing that killed 21 people on a Jerusalem bus Aug. 19.Asininity #1: The word "retaliation" in a news story should always receive closer scrutiny. The Oxford English Dictionary defines retaliation as:
the return of like for like; repayment in kind; requital, reprisal.The targeted elimination of terrorists is not repayment in kind for the murder of innocent civilians. It is a defensive action to prevent future attacks.
Asininity #2: The Aug. 19, 2003 suicide bombing is not the only cause for Israel to attack Hamas. Hamas is constitutionally committed to destroying Israel and puts its dynamite where its mouth is. For example, Hamas has been launching suicide bombings since 1994 and has killed and maimed hundreds of innocent people.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 01, 2003 09:08 AM