January 13, 2005
Apples and Oranges
I'm totally new to this so bear with me.
No they didn't, but the french resistance did not attempt to kill french citizens en mass, as the Iraqi insurgents.
Calling iraqi insurgents (Sunni led) the "resistance" overlooks that the struggle is against Sh'ite population AND American forces. Which I think is the case. Because of the American occupation and push towards democracy, Iraq is leading to a civil war. Sadaam kept it in line, the minority had control, using fear/toture/killing.
I think your example of Israel and Palestine, is almost an example of valid resistance as a result of occupation. In cases where palestinines suicide bomb checkpoints they are wanting to kill soldiers. However, resistance in not suicide bombers detonating themselve in cafes, hotels, and bustops. That is terrorism. Resistance fights the power, not the everyday people. When Isreal kills civilians, it is "collateral"..they target terrorists.
All that being said. I do think the US should never have entered Iraq, and Israel shoul give up all the land that they occupied after being attacked (west bank). However, Israel does need the US, and alays will. If Iraq does pull itself together, the US will should aid Iraq as much as it has Israel.
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