Thursday, July 20, 2006
A sense of disproportionality
Recent calls by the international community (and of course Kofi Annan, sounding very serious and concerned as he always does when he realizes just how irrelevant he is) for Israel to respond with "restraint" to Hezbollah and Hamas' aggression make me laugh. On the inside, anyway. Because successful wars are not fought with "proportionate" responses, matching your enemy man-for-man, missile-for-missile; they are won by outgunning, outbombing, and outkilling your opponent. You kill him everywhere you can find him; you destroy his weapons; you destroy his ability to move weapons or troops; you destroy his ability to resupply himself; and in the case of total war, between large industrialized societies, you destroy his ability to make machines of war. Israel has not taken the last step, but they've done everything else, because that's how you win. Tit-for-tat does nothing but maintain the status quo; overwhelming force, on the other hand, is how you win. Those calling for Israel to pull back don't want them to win - they're satisfied with the status quo. The status quo has brought Israel nothing but continued aggression. It's long past time to cease using proportionate responses and become decidedly disproportionate.