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    • r cummings
    • 22.12.09 | 13:22 (IST)

    First the moral. Many countries would not do this prisoner swop because they don't do deals with terrorists. However, nor do they have 10,000 opponents languishing in jail, often without charge or trial and therefore unlawfully, like Israel. That changes the moral balance entirely. Naturally the enemy will seek to capture Israeli troops to right the balance. Talking about Shalit being ?kidnapped? is just pejorative ? you cannot be ?kidnapped? by an enemy in war, you are either captured or you are not. Branding the enemy as ?terrorists? only compounds the moral problem. Jewish terrorists in Stern, Irgun and Lehi are glorified as freedom fighters and many went on to high office. But they bombed innocent civilians and assassinated Arabs, soldiers and opponents in pursuit of a cause. They were no different and no better than Hamas, in many ways worse. If you start with moral confusion, you are unlikely to arrive at a widely-accepted moral course of action.

    from the article: Analysis / Israel and Hamas both trying to sweeten Shalit deal
    First published 01:52 22.12.09 | Last updated 13:39 22.12.09
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