Sunday, January 04, 2009

Israel, the Moral Warrior

The Honorable Warrior by Alan Dershowitz is too concise and well-written to summerize. The major points are that Israel is perfectly legitimate under international law in their current military operations, that while Israel builds shelters and protects its citizens Hamas deliberately makes its civilians into targets and victims, and that here is no moral equivilance between Israel and Hamas.

It also seems that Israel has a sophisticated system to warn people living in Gaza when their neighbrhood is about to be bombed. It gives m 10 minutes to get out. It probably also warns the terrorists.

Lozowick concludes that the IDF is the most moral army in the world: "This drives some people bonkers, and they often go ballistic. Alas for them, and fortunately for many Palestinians, it happens to be the simple truth."

The care taken by the IDF to avoid civilian casualties complicates the achievements of its military objectives and increases the hazards to its soldiers, and it doesn't do much to win Israel friends outside the United States. It is nevertheless an essential component of Israel's strategy in dealing with its terrorist enemies.

Whose side am I on? Oh yes, Civilization.

Via Powerline.

"If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism." - Thomas Sowell