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June 14, 2003

Notes From Mr. Rasczak's Lecture

What Do You Call A Missile Attack That Kills A Senior Hamas Leader, His Pregnant Wife, And His Three Year Old Daughter?

A Good Start.

The Feces Flinging Monkey on why the death of innocents is not the ultimate horror.

Essentially I agree, but the problem is that if the death of innocents is only preferable to the alternative if the time period in which they occur is a short one, and the way the West presently wages war seems to preclude that. What's the point of a war if the enemy doesn't realize it has lost?

''The United States sent the Iraqi army home without compensation. They set up checkpoints and prevented farmers from going to work,'' said Taleb, a farmer, as he watched a truck full of U.S. soldiers pass in front of his home. (emphasis added)

This must be the first war in history where the forces on the losing side demand to be paid by the winning side. Even given the media penchant for seeking out the Iraqi disaster angles in a story, it doesn't really feel like the Iraqi army has been "pacified," does it?

What's the best way to take off a bandage? Quickly. The pain is intense but soon over. Now imagine a doctor who, instead of removing the bandage immediately, talks about it incessantly while removing it very, very slowly, so that each hair is slowly ripped out of the pore. He doesn't want to rip it off, because he's afraid of how the patient will react, even though in his heart of hearts he knows it would be best.

To the patient, it's nothing but torture, and the longer it takes the more he hates the doctor.

As you are no doubt one of the keenly perceptive and highly literate regulars that frequent the Hraka, you've already realized the metaphor:

Israel is the doctor, and the Palestinians are the patient. Pinprick assassinations is how Israel has chosen to deal with the Hamas bandage up till now. Even though Israel claims that the entirety of Hamas is now a target, I'm not going to believe Israel is serious until the political leadership of Hamas is gone, until Sheik Ahmed Yassin and all around him are dead.

If one is engaged in the active pursuit of evil, then the death of innocents, horrible though they are, serves some purpose. But the pursuit must be continued until all of the targets of it are accounted for. Stopping halfway, as Sharon now appears to be intent on doing, not only ensures that your enemy will return, it ensure that more innocents will die in the future, innocents that would not have died otherwise, innocents on both sides.

Hamas will be responsible for these deaths, for that group cannot win this war, yet will not lay down its arms, so the death of innocents will continue.

Israel will be responsible for these deaths, for that country can win this war, yet will have chosen not to, so the death of innocents will continue.

Ripping off a bandage is a violent act, but it is an act with an end, unlike the "cycle of violence" meme that permeates the media, a cycle that continues because Israel is unwilling to use the force necessary to end it.

Violence applied properly can solve problems. Hamas can be wiped out, or reduced to ineffectiveness. History is full of examples of just such an occurrence. There are no more Carthaginians, Nazism is nothing but a sad joke, and there is no Confederacy, thanks to violence.

Either Hamas dies now, or more toddlers and pregnant women die in the years to come.

I know which outcome I prefer.

Posted by Bigwig at June 14, 2003 12:52 PM | TrackBack
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