Monday, January 5, 2009
I don't disagree that it's monstrous, but I'm surprised Digby's surprised by the defense of disproportionate response. Disproportionate response to aggression has always been the foundational doctrine of Israel's foreign policy, and her partisans in the US have been similarly vocal about it. The rationale behind this strategy actually relies on the disproportion being widely recognized and expected, the idea being that if you know that any hostility towards Israel will be met with overwhelming violence, then you have only yourself to blame for the results when you go ahead and launch rockets anyway. It doesn't make much sense, but it's certainly not a big secret.