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    • Bernard
    • 04.02.13 | 18:19 (IST)

    Many europeans think that if you are nice to others, others will be nice to you and point with the finger at Israel at any move it makes, or does not make. Didn’t we (europeans) learn in the Yugoslavia war what can happen if you stay friendly and smile at people from white UN vehicles: 130,000 deaths, concentration camps, ethnic cleansing? Secondly, we Europeans also vote for fairly extreme right-wing leaders, Denmark included Tony! I’m not saying that Israel is therefore allowed to do whatever it wants, but I am only saying that the situation may be more complex than we europeans may realise. This pre-emptive strike for example. Lebanon pointing out immediately nothing happened within its borders, Syria, Hezbollah and even Iran relatively silent at the start. Remember how many Iranian soldiers have been killed with chemical weapons (Saddam). Assad was panicking. Nobody really knows what has been hit and what was going on. The enemies of Israel are often not in as much agreement as europeans may think. Israel did something bad, but it seems not many people got hit. The Israeli army can’t do miracles and are probably trying to prevent chemical weapons from ever being fired at Israeli cities, maybe in this case in an illegitimate way. I can assure worried europeans that many things that happened in Yugoslavia were also illegitimate. I’m very often annoyed with the right wing in Israel, but european arm chair ethics really don’t always apply to the middle-east. It’s important for people like Tony and his fans to realise this.

    from the article: During Damascus visit, Iranian official says Israel will regret Syria strike
    First published 12:42 04.02.13 | Last updated 12:42 04.02.13
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