Comments: Friday press reports

Rachel Harden is really off the mark with her shallow analysis of the Synod's decision to divest its shares in Caterpillar Inc.
We have all seen the powerful Israeli army (sorry the PC term is Israeli "Defence" Forces) using these 49 ton bulldozers to destroy the homes of Palestinian people in what can only be termed "collective punishment"--a practice roundly condemmed and forbidden by the United Nations.
Both Israel and Caterpillar Inc. have arrogantly ignored this international law, the former saying that it was in "self defence"!, and the latter saying in effect "I just make 'em--don't blame me).
When countries like Israel, armed to the teeth by the US, throw their weight around it seems that any mention of humanity is lost on them.
Israel, a country founded on terrorism (Presidents Begin and Ben Gurion and their ilk, the Stern Gang, the bombing of the British in the King David Hotel etc.)now seek the moral high ground by calling the oppressed Palestians "terrorists"!
No Rachel! Caterpillar Inc. is guilty as charged.

Posted by Robin Bather at Saturday, 11 February 2006 at 12:05am GMT

Far be it from me to defend a Church Times reporter, but I didn't read the neutral report by 'staff reporters' as an 'analysis' by Rachel Harden - shallow or otherwise. I have often found that those who uncritically support Palestinians and oppose Israel, often ignore the facts and take unreasonable offence at any view which contradicts their own.

Posted by Andrew Carey at Tuesday, 14 February 2006 at 1:16pm GMT
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