We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is an accurate picture. When the ISraeli army sent SMS to families living in a building housing arms, the children and women were sent to the roof to prevent the atttack . (Israel fired a warning shot, chasing teh children away , then hit the building.
From Hamas perspective, however,, this is a clever tactic. One Hamas fighter interviewed in teh ER (and insisting on priority care for his relatively minor wound, so that he could return to fight) insisted that these civilians should be as happy as he to give their lives to the cause.
From my interviewing soldiers, however, this tactic (hidiing behind women and children) is profoundly demoralizing. It works against a democratic citizen army.