Patrick Pexton ignores other issues which are germane to the discussion: Hamas purposely plants its weaponry in densely-populated areas, thereby guaranteeing that retaliatory strikes by Israel will hit civilians; Hamas, unlike the Palestinian government in the West Bank, continues to seek an end to the state of Israel; and, Hamas is the party that started firing rockets into civilian areas of Israel proper (i.e. not the West Bank, not the Golan Heights). At the least, Pexton should have pointed out those facts when discussing the very sad fates of innocent people on both sides.

Diana H. Wahl, Arlington