“Proportionate Response”

I’ve written about this before, but I have to speak up again about this. Terrorists in Gaza lob thousands of rockets into civilian Israeli areas, hoping to kill any Jew they can hit. Israel attacks back at the terrorists, using their actual military instead of indiscriminately lobbing explosives. Diplomats in the international community complain that Israel is using a “disproportionate response”. 

Now, both Michael Totten and Donald Sensing have  both gone into fairly detailed take downs of this view point. What I’ve said in the past still holds as my biggest problem with it, though: most wars end because one side wins. One side usually wins by using more force (or more effective force) than the opponent. Equal responses would usually end up with a war with no end. In the long run, this would — usually — result in a lot more pain and suffering.

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