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Friday, July 14, 2006

Israel's Moral Calculus

Any armed conflict demands awful moral calculations, weighing up the death and suffering of combatants and civilians from opposing sides. But not for Israel. They have a simpler approach: non-Israeli's (militant or civilian) count for naught.

We've seen dozens of innocent Palestinian civilians killed as reprisals for two Israeli soldiers and scores of Lebanese civilians killed for eight Israeli soldiers. Millions punished for the crimes of a few. Crucial civil infrastructure wiped out in very poor, damaged countries. Israel has regularly - for years now - shown us it is comfortable killing and maiming a dozen civilians to assassinate one militant.

Why on earth should they be trusted with nuclear weapons?



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Anonymous Anonymous vented ...

they use restraint. the palestinians have none. if they had the same mindset gaza would be like dresden. so don't even pretend its similar. the hamas and terrorists use civilians as shields and then propaganda opportunities. don't be a tool falling for their sick cowardly tactics. the blood of the innocent is on their hands.

Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:27:00 pm  
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Blogger Greg vented ...

This Israelis use many things: tanks, guns, bombs etc. But restraint isn't one of them

350+ dead Lebanese civilians, to kill what, four Hezbollah? In reprisal for the killing of eight soldiers? If Israel used restraint, then they would have "only" killed a few dozen Lebanese to achieve those ends - not a few hundred.

Hamas and other terrorist groups do use the lives of their own civilians as human shields and propoganda. However, Israel uses them as leverage and pressure, through collective punishment and mass-murder.

Israelis say they are killing Lebanese civilians in order to persuade them to kick out Hezbollah. However, the real reason they're killing them by the hundred is to pressure Hezbollah to surrender out of pity. How likely is either strategy to work? Israel's security establishment is not stupid, it's just really, really mean. (Its indifference to the death and suffering of Arabs is so profound as to make independent observers wonder if it doesn't revel in it, just a little.)

They are both reprehensible acts, and one side cannot pass their blood guilt on to the other.

Long after this is over, the world will remember how Israel conducted itself. And future Israelis will have to live with them shame too.

Sunday, July 23, 2006 1:33:00 pm  

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