Diary

On “Disproportionate Response”, “Remarkable Restraint”, and Kucinich

Once again, Israel has had enough of near daily rocket attacks;

Israeli population centers in southern Israel have been the target of over 4,000 rockets, as well as thousands of mortar shells, fired by Hamas and other organizations since 2001. Rocket attacks increased by 500 percent after Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. During an informal six-month lull, some 215 rockets were launched at Israel.

We have “World Leaders”, such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy accused Israel of using disproportionate violence in its attacks on the Gaza Strip Saturday.

Not to be outdone, our own resident buffoon, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is calling for his real government, the United Nations, to investigate what he calls a disproportionate response to Hamas rocket attacks;

“All this was, and is, disproportionate, indiscriminate mass violence in violation of international law,” Kucinich said in a statement. “Israel is not exempt from international law and must be held accountable.”

Who the heck is his constituency? He has the Hamas vote, obviously, but who in Ohio is re-electing this idiot?

Oh yeah, I live in California (looking toward Boxerville).

Exactly what do clowns like Kucinich (D-Ohio) think a “Proportionate Response” would look like?

Israel should dismantle its IDF, stuff metal tubes with explosives, weld fins to it so it flies more or less straight, and lob them indiscriminately into the Gaza Strip toward schools and hospitals?

There is no such thing as a ‘disproportionate response’ to calls for genocide.”

While the UN and much of Europe wring their hands at the heavy Israeli response to rocket fire by the Palestinians into Israel, there is talk of ‘disproportionate response.’

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

There is no such thing as a ‘disproportionate response’ to calls for genocide. All conflicts end with ‘disproportionate response.’

The Israelis are entitled to defend themselves from those who openly or not so openly call for their annihilation.

Peace among nations is arrived at when the cost of war becomes overwhelming.

Racism, bigotry and hate are overcome when the cost of racism, bigotry and hate becomes too great for society to bear. As long as nations and peoples perceive the cost of war as acceptable, then we will have war.

When the cost of slaughtering Jews as ‘business as usual’ becomes too high for the Palestinians to bear, they will respond appropriately. As Abba Eban noted,

“History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”

Well said, sir.

I think over the last couple of years, Israel has shown remarkable restraint at not responding earlier. How many rockets would be fired by drug lords in Mexico toward San Diego before the US rolled a “Disproportionate Response” into Tijuana? Exactly one?

Bryan Suits put it rather well today, responding to an alleged Jewish person from Beverly Hills, paraphrasing;

If, say neighboring Ganglandistan was to lob rockets into Beverly Hillsistan, how many poodles and shopping bags would be destroyed before the people called for protection and demanded their leaders DO something?

An amazing Twitterfeed is to search #gaza, and you can see how many loons are in fact, “out there”. One even commended Hamas on; well you have to read to believe;

@ Modmother With 2.5 MILLION Yahoo hits &no Israeli casualties/damage, it appears that Hamas has been showing great restraint. http://is.gd/e4JW #gaza

If I’d wanted to waste valuable electrons, I would’ve informed this person the reason Hamas isn’t currently “responding” is because they’re too busy trying to dig foxholes with their noses until it’s over with. Then they can brush the dirt off, set up the tube launchers, and with an “Allahu Akbar” launch more rockets.

Meanwhile, I have to ask one Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio);

“What part o’ Lala Land ya’ll hail from, boy?”