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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Some 'slightly uncomfortable' questions about proportionality

I've quoted posts from Egyptian blogger Rantings of a Sandmonkey before. Here he does an admirable job of showing that all the calls for Israel to act with 'proportionality' - at least in the Arab world - are laced with hypocrisy.

Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs

Charles says at the outset that Sandmonkey's questions are "more than slightly uncomfortable" and that they go to the heart of the problem in the Middle East. I agree.

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a co-worker, on the concept of the disporportinate Israeli attacks on Lebanon compared to Hezbollah attacks. He pointed to me his dismay at Hezbollah's rockets ineffeciency at hitting targets. He said "If you noticed, they bomb each other almost equally in amounts of missiles shot, but 90% of Hezbollah's rockets miss or hit nothing, while all of Israel's rockets hit something. If Hezbollah had better rockets, the civillian death toll on the Israeli side would be huge, and they would be really hurting by now."

Impressed by this point of view that I haven't considerd before, I asked him what he would've thought, if a Hezbollah rocket had attacked a building in Israel, killing 55 civillians, of which 30 were children. He responded immeidtely "I would've thought it was great! A7san!".

So I repeated the same question to 8 other co-workers, and the responses so far have been as follows: 7 said they would celebrate, and 2 said that such an attack would've been bad, but justified! Yeah! Not a single person said that the death of any civllian, on either side, is an equal tragedy. Civillians dead on our side is tragic, civillian deaths on their side cause for celebration. And if you think I am being unfair or demonizing arabs or whatever, do me a favor and try it at your work place and/or with members of your family. Conduct this little social experiment and see for yourself. The results are very interesting.

This begs another question: If we were the ones who had the superior military machine, would we have shown them any mercy, or any regard to their civillian casualties? Would we have hesitated to wipe them all out? Armed forces, civillians, whatever? Would any of us have felt bad about it at all? Or would we be filled with the feelings of Pride, honor and dignity that we keep talking about day and night?


At 10:19 AM, Blogger Thuunda said...

I'm SO SICK of the world's double standards. It's infuriating!

I cannot express myself properly on this without losing my temper. This is getting so bad.


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