Originally Posted by elsid13
Let's be honest, innocent casualties are going to occur when you are fighting an asymmetric conflict in urban environment. The result are horrifying and I wish that they had been spared but there is no way to prevent them.
And the public in general should be aware scenes like we are seeing are only going to get worse as more of the world population moves in cities and urban clusters. The only way to reduce death is to move more to SWAT/SPECOPS like tactics and have extremely good INTEL when you conduct raids.
Of course there's a way to prevent them. You negotiate a truce -- then sit down and try to negotiate a long term peace treaty.
In fact, a more permanent truce was in the works when Israel decided to assassinate the Hamas leader involved in the talks.
This just happened to coincide with the US election. Is there a connection?
I say yes of course there is. This escalation of violence has Israeli PM Netanyahu's fingerprints all over it.
Netanyahu was not pleased that Americans reelected Obama. He wanted Romney. So like a petulant child -- no, actually, more like the sociopath he is -- Netanyahu decided to rattle Obama's cage.
With this escalation of violence -- which was easily avoidable -- Netanyahu is showing his displeasure with America. He is saying, look at me, I can start a war anytime I want. I can drag the US into WW III -- if and when I choose. I can pull down the columns of the temple like Solomon -- and bury western civilization in nuclear ashes.
This is on Netanyahu's shoulders.