Defending oneself or a nation seems only to be considered "defense" when you are being attacked; once the trigger is pulled in response no one seems to consider it defensive any more.
The deaths of civilians (real and imagined)...blood on hands...international "outrage"...
We really should try to remember from one day to the next what has and is going on.
Highlights from the Hamas Charter (selected by Ami Isseroff):
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."
Hamas Charter in full on the same page