The Blanket

Evaporate Support
Steve McWilliams


While I can understand, and somewhat agree with what Sean Matthews says, I must absolutely reject that it is understandable or defensible for any person, no matter their age, motivation or background, to deliberately set out on any action that deliberately intends the death of innocent persons. What if the IDF started placing satchel charges in buildings to target Hamas or Islamic Jihad members, knowing that these bombs would kill innocent Palestinians? Or, closer to home, how long would support for the IRA have remained if, rather than attacks on barracks, patrols or convoys, Volunteers had strapped bombs to their bodies, then walking into cinemas, groceries, or pubs and detonating the bombs? I think we all know that in just such an instance, support would have evaporated quite rapidly. I support a just settlement for the Palestinians, who have suffered terribly from time immemorial. I do not, though, support Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, Yasser Arafat, and others whose primary weapon is unrestrained terror against the innocent. I find it hard to believe that any of these murdering "suicide bombers" really believe that their actions bring a Palestinian State any closer to reality.








Index: Current Articles + Latest News and Views + Book Reviews + Letters + Archives





Letters of interest to local and international media, as well as letters sent to the webmaster of The Blanket will be posted here.
The Blanket welcomes your opinions, letters to the editor, and other contributions. All submissions must include your name, address, and a phone number for verification; anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Pseudonyms are discouraged but will be considered if necessary or for satirical purposes. The author bears sole responsibility for the opinion he or she expresses.

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
- Hubert H. Humphrey





The Blanket



Latest News & Views
Index: Current Articles
Book Reviews
The Blanket Magazine Winter 2002
Republican Voices

To contact the Blanket project with a comment, to contribute an article, or to make a donation, write to: