The New York Times has a strange article
about protests at the Wall in Israel, which seems to suggest that the
only thing that matters is how Israeli intentions are perceived, but
this sentence stands out for oddness:
In earlier weeks, the demonstrations often deteriorated into violent
clashes between stone-throwing protesters and baton-wielding soldiers
and police officers, whose use of stun grenades, rubber bullets and
tear gas made it look as if Israel was repressing dissent.
Made it look as if Israel was repressing dissent? Just how
far up in Cloud Cuckooland do you have to ascend before you can’t
recognize that stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas aren’t
designed to promote conversation?