"amazingly measured manner"?
What would consist a "minor" escalation in your world? Nuking a city off the map?
The Israeli offensive is a war against terrorism. It aims at the complete destruction of terrorists. Therefore, there is no collateral damage involved. They are killing terrorists, potential terrorists (men), future terrorists (children), terrorist production facilities (women), terror tunnels (tunnels), terrorist protectors and repairers (doctors, hospitals), terrorist shelters (houses), terror-learning centers (schools), terror fuel (power plants), terror exchange facilities (airports - already destroyed a long time ago), and terrorist and antisemitic ideas (any form of criticism of the state of Israel and its actions).
Or perhaps your parents are deluded by Israeli propaganda designed to make Iron Dome seem effective. Skewing the numbers is, unfortunately, common courtesy when evaluating missile defense systems. Perhaps the military are not including those missiles that landed but hit nothing but the ground in the counts.
When the conflict just started there were some numbers released that Iron Dome had shot down 80% of Palestinian rockets. A day later they released the number of rockets fired and those destroyed at that time: 160 fired, 2 destroyed. That's no 80% of the rockets, instead it amounts to 1.25%...so someone screwed with the numbers there, and I bet it's Israel.
You could swap "Israel" and "Hamas" in your list, and have the exact same list of arguments.
Meanwhile, Israel is isolating itself internationally, committing war crimes right and left, and showing to Muslims worldwide that they are assholes. I'm not denying that Hamas are assholes too, but seeing Israel's excessive use of force (and mass-punishment) Israel will be the loser of this conflict (just like last time...).
Personally, I believe Hamas or any other terrorist organisation will not destroy Israel. Israel will destroy itself instead.
154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three from the Philippines and one Canadian. All 15 of the crew were Malaysian. Remaining ones yet unknown.
My country will have a day of mourning tomorrow. Personally I am wishing for the fast removal of Putin from the Kremlin, perhaps using a air-ground missile fired from a Boeing 777, for irony.
As has been confirmed by Vladimir Putin himself, who has rightfully blamed the Ukrainian government for this tragedy. If those bastards had not attacked the freedom fighters earlier this week, this tragedy could have been avoided!
The black boxes are already in transit to Russia, awaiting their truthful transcription which will show that the Ukranian government scrambled the pilot's transmissions right at the crucial moment, find pictorial evidence showing the Ukranian missile a second before impact, and reveal other incriminating delights!
In other news, the most likely hiding place for that battery of BUK missiles is Vladimir's eminent and firm behind.
I once had a cowworker (the additional "w" is in there for a reason...) who managed to align her eyes with her cleavage by leaning over for no obvious reason whatsoever while we were talking (she was sitting with me standing opposite to her). I have never felt so uneasy and had to take a step back to be able to look at her face (obviously) without opening myself up to accusations of sexual harassment.
Of course, considering the person in question showed about 90% of the symptoms of a serious personality disorder (borderline, I am told...), it was probably done on purpose and she was just being her manipulative self.
(now, imagine what happened to the car)
Nothing, because after the 404 the Google Car complied to the mandatory "Arrest Vehicular Criminals Upon Apprehension By Automated Rovers" law and wrapped you up in the seat as a nice present for the cop around the corner. As long as it isn't the same cop who tried using another Google Car to pursue a criminal...
Eat a bag of dicks Ford.
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