I have stayed a little clear of this subject and there is a good reason why. Because this is a fluid (not to mention dangerous) situation, I did not put any links in my previous posts due to the fact that the situation was developing rapidly. Any link that was not fresh off the wire was going to be redundant 24 hrs later anyways. This has disaster written all over it if the 'powers that be' don't make it a point to de-escalate the situation. We don't even know if Cpl. Galid Shalit is dead or alive! Israel must respond to this though. For any of its citizens (civilian or military) to be kidnapped, taken across state lines, tortured and possibly killed is anathema to Jewish culture. What would you do if you were in the Israeli's position? It's easy to criticize when nothing is at stake for you. There is absolutely no parallel for us here in Canada. Or in the United States or Mexico, for that matter. So please remember that before you open your trap and offer up some ignorant criticism of Israel and what YOU think they should be doing. Because it's not about you. Something about 'walk a mile in someone else's shoes' and all that. BTW, Happy 139th Birthday Canada!