A friend wrote that as is well known in physics, every action is
countered by a reaction. Therefore, by the barbaric attack against
Ghaza, Bush has ensured that a number of Israelis will soon be killed by
suicide-bombers. I found his opinion harmful. This is my response
The Newton law of action and reaction is a law of nature which is not
exerted through the intermediary of a mind influencing a brain and
leading to the reaction. It is a brainless, mindless reaction. We,
humans, can do better than that.
We can st least ask the question: IS THE EYE FOR EYE REACTION, THE BEST
FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE? Is letting the enemy hurt
like we do, is that what will bring back the refugees? The answer is not so simple. If the reaction of suicide-bombers was the return of the
refugees, I would have reluctantly approved it. But if, as I can
demonstrate, it delays the return of the refugees, then may be we must
look for a different reaction.
The law of physics says that the reaction has to be equal to the action
and directed in the opposite direction. A brainless and mindless
reaction would be similar. My friend, please do not forget that
Palestinians do have wonderful brains and, specially if encouraged,
could used them to determine THAT REACTION WHICH IS IN THE BEST
INTERESTS OF THE PALESTINIANS.
If allowed to, by your lists, I will present such reaction. Eye-for-eye
and tit-for-tat can be used by anyone. A correct reaction, based on a
correct evaluation of the situation, takes into consideration Sharon's
determination at PREVENTING THE STOP OF SUICIDE-BOMBERS, at SHARON'S
HOPE AND EXPECTATION, THAT THERE WOULD BE A REACTION AND THAT IT
WOULD CONSIST IN FURTHER SUICIDE-BOMBERS.
Just now, the balance of international public opinion is with the
Palestinians as victims of the barbaric attack on Ghaza. Sharon's needs
an eye-for-eye reaction so as to be able to re-establish the balance of
public opinion in his favour. Will HAMAS give him as a gift the expected
My friend wrote:
>Renowned Physicist Isaac Newton's third law of motion states:
>"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
>Something students learn very early on in school, including in
>Israel, I would assume.
>By assassinating top Hamas military wing leader, Salah Shaheda,
>yesterday, Ariel Sharon might as well have strapped explosives around
>some Israeli civilians and set them off to shatters. Because, that's
>what will happen soon, trust the physicists.
>Assassinated Salah Shaheda was said to be a 'radical,' whatever that
>means. The successor of this prestigious brigade can only be more
>radical. Israel should know that.
>About a year ago, when Israel assassinated Palestinian activist Abu
>Ali Mustafa, Secretary General of the Popular Front for the
>Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a secular faction, his successor was
>swift to reciprocate by assassinating Israeli Tourism Minister,
>'hard-line' (a BBC description) Rehavam Zeevi, with much asymmetric,
>needles to say, world decry.
>As targeted and clean as it was (there was zero 'collateral damage,'
>which is more than one can say about Israel's 'targeted strikes,'
>especially the latest carnage), President Bush thought the
>assassination of hardliner Zeevi was an unforgivable act of 'terror.'
>But, to be fair, he didn't think Israel's 'actions' were 'helpful,'
>either, though he 'understands her need to defend herself' (sic).
>Back to physics, for a second: here is a simple formula to remember:
>Force: you hit me; I hit you back. You hurt; I hurt. You kill; I
>Newton: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
>You see, that is why, Force (under the metric system) is measured in
>Or, does the Israeli government, or the American government for that
>matter, think it can defy the laws of physics?