Friday, October 28, 2011

Hamashole To Israel: “You Guys Value Human Life”

Aussie Dave | Oct 28, 2011 |

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying pig.

flying pig“A senior Hamas official praised the “strength” Israel showed in a prisoner exchange that swapped more than 1,000 Palestinian convicts for one captured Israeli soldier.

To do what Israel did shows the value Israeli society places on human life,” Salah al-Arouri, a member of the Islamist militant group’s politburo, said this week on Israel Radio from Damascus, Syria. “This is a pillar of Israel’s strength – to wage a war to free one man, to free a thousand prisoners for him,” he said, referring to the Jewish state’s efforts to free Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit from his Hamas captors. “This is the strength of a society and an army.”


“As someone from the outside, as an enemy, I would prefer that Israel abandon that value, even at the cost of not freeing our prisoner.”

And he’s not alone in the Arab world.

Israel Channel Two television quoted columnist K. al-Ahmed, writing in the al-Qabas newspaper in Kuwait, as saying: “I wish I were Gilad Schalit; I wish my country cared so much about me.”

Syrian blogger Soori Madsoos posted online: “I just envy [the Israeli] government because it cares for its citizens. Our government kills us like animals and our Arab neighbors say it’s just an internal matter.”

Take that, Deborah Orr!

Comment: This is the difference between the two cultures. We do value life as demonstrated in ways far beyond transfer of prisoners. Note out science research and resultant products and services that safe lives;note our excellent health care system; note our willingness and ability to even care for our enemies; note how we are always the first responders to tragedy around the planet and note that we care for people no matter their socio-economic status. We are better than our enemies-a fact worth repeating.

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