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Ian O'Doherty: What part of ‘war’ don’t you grasp?

Published 21/07/2014 | 02:30

Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip
Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip
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So, now it's collective punishment. Now it’s a disgraceful act of oppression and ethnic cleansing. Now it’s a clear policy of genocide. Now it’s another act of terrorism, by a terrorist state, against the inmates of The World’s Largest Prison Camp.

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Even more disgracefully, now the world’s largest terror state is actively targeting peaceful Palestinian children whose only crime was to play football on the beach.

That’s the narrative we are once again faced with in Gaza. And it’s one that has a certain grisly appeal. But there’s just one slight problem with that analysis — it’s wrong and what’s even worse, plenty of the people peddling these mendacious sound bites know that it’s wrong.

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