How is it thuggish to defend yourself and use even less force than was necessary to do the job. The job was to eliminate those who were firing rockets on civilians, sending out bombing and killing squads. Force was used, and yes people were killed, too many, but not enough to eliminate the problem which Israel has justification to deal with using force. One can't, particularly in a place like Gaza, measure with any nicety the force that is necessary. So, really, the Israeli gov't wasn't sufficiently foreceful, hence meek and irresponsible to its own population. Now, go back and count the dirty $ that has built your country.
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