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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The problem with Megan McArdle

The Atlantic's Megan McArdle - who never blogs about the Israel-'Palestine' conflict - blogs about the Israel-'Palestine' conflict (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). And when it comes to Israel, the best she can do is to set up a straw man and knock him down.
Point out that Israel is killing a lot of civilians and you are told that they had to do something in response to the Hamas rockets. Point out that practically, the response they chose has absolutely no strategic or tactical benefit, and a huge potential downside, and you are castigated for your lack of moral outrage about Hamas's attacks on civilians. Either Israel is doing this because it hopes to gain something, in which case the whole thing is hopelessly ass-backwards--they are strengthening Hamas and worsening their international political position--or it thinks that it's okay to kill boatloads of civilians purely for revenge against Hamas; revenge for attacks that have so far killed and injured almost no one. This rather undercuts the argument of moral superiority, because guess what? That's what Hamas thinks it's doing.
Hey Megan, how would you like to raise your kids with just a few rockets a week landing in your backyard that have "so far killed and injured almost no one?" What would you say if one of your kids ended up like Osher Twito? Would you feel safe walking around knowing that a rocket could come down anywhere around you anytime and you will have only 15 seconds (if that) to escape? Would you expect the US government to sit and do nothing about it?

And why do you assume that we're strengthening Hamas or worsening our international political position? We may be strengthening Hamas, but it's no different than Fatah anyway - it's just more honest about its desire to murder us. And as to our 'international political position,' could it possibly get any worse? Does it matter more than our government's obligation to protect its own citizens?

Hey Megan, why don't you watch the two videos in the Osher Twito link above and watch the video below and then go back in your cage and don't blog about Israel. Okay? I guarantee you we won't miss you.

Let's go to the videotape.


At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Je ne parle pas fran├žais.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

Note to Megan - You over complicate the issue. Muslims (those who believe the other half of the Koran) want to kill Jews. Jews, regardless of how outrageous this idea is to much of the rest of the world, do not want to be killed. Fix the first sentence first - the second is fixed defacto. Try to fix the second first, well - you see the problem, right?

At 11:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 11:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The leftists in Israel and abroad viscerally hate the Jewish State. And it has nothing to do with Israel's response to Arab terror or the absence of it. Any one care to guess why that might be?

At 1:41 AM, Blogger Reliapundit said...


Everyone engaged in it is interested in proving that one side is righter than the other. Since no action in the region has occurred without plausible provocation for 4,000 years or so, this requires constantly shifting the metrics by which you measure whichever side you happen to favor.



At 1:42 AM, Blogger Reliapundit said...


I've heard all the arguments about who's really to blame about a zillion times. And all I get out of it in the end is that the whole thing makes me sick and sad. I don't see any untainted victims. I see a bunch of people who have been stomped on by history beating up each other in revenge for past wrongs that can't be righted

At 1:42 AM, Blogger Albatros said...

About the video:

it's a young mother, from Sderot.

she describes her fears and her life in Sderot.

"we have 15 seconds after the alarm, 15 seconds to run somewhere safe - but in which direction? what to do?"

"my son is 1 year old, will he be safe at the day-nurserie?"

She then describes an attack, "a few months ago". She was with her husband and their other son. There was an alarm, they wre running towards a shelter, a rocket fell just a few meters from their apartment. She witnessed their neighbourgs'son, Osher, being injured. The older brother was also injured.

In the end, she asks the president if her baby has a right to protection, to life.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

You know better than that. The Jew has no right to live at all. Think I'm being cynical? The more things change...


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