Monday, July 17, 2006
Update: James Lileks, one of my favorite humorists, has some thoughts on the matter, especially on some of the coverage of the whole affair. (It's near the bottom, after the somewhat too complete description of his weekend.) Good stuff.
I think it's good that Israel is going full force after their soldiers were killed/kidnapped...but I don't think it's good that they're targeting civilians. Hezbollah =| Lebanon, just as Al Qaida =| Iraq (or Afghanistan, for that matter), just as the KKK (or Army of God, or Timothy McVeigh's crowd, or that D.C. sniper) =| the U.S.Post a Comment
As far as war tactics go, I think the Sherman route was the most effective 200 years ago. Now, we are too global. Hitting civilians in order to make their lives miserable so that they'll force their governments to do something only works when the citizens have some form of power (say voting, or maybe labor, or...I don't know, sex/reproduction). In a weak legitimate government, the citizenry does not have the power. Targeting them is just slaughter.