Firstly fire a shot -
"...............when their 1st post on this was to question the validity of my initial question and every post since has more or less stated that they know better than me what I meant by what I said."
pretending I've been putting words in your mouth, rather than exactly quoting what you wrote.
Then fire another shot -
"When others start putting me down however, I certainly won't stand back without defending myself."
playing the victim game.
Then a heartfelt call for peace. Very touching.