296 to 1

December 30, 2008

“By last night, the exchange rate stood at 296 Palestinians dead for one dead Israeli” -Robert Fisk

I don’t see how Israel can expect goodwill from the world or understanding from Arabs with such asymmetric response. Or how it can possibly not produce a whole new generation of suicide bombers.

The whole thing comes off as Israel wanting to teach the people of Gaza a lesson for voting Hamas in.  Is that too cynical?

I’m most afraid Israel may have just delivered the West Bank to Hamas as well, and destroyed any chance for peace another decade.

Charles’ write up has some great quotes.

Mitchell Bard makes a good case for Israel’s actions and justification.  And I agree 400 rockets cannot stand.  And yet I think they’re playing right into Hamas’ hands.

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3 Responses to “296 to 1”

  1. chacha Says:

    Yeah, I am beginning to wonder why we have such a strong allegiance to Israel. They seem plenty capable of defending themselves without us. I would like the US to separate itself a bit from Israel – I’m tired of being so involved with stuff in the Middle East – it seems to bring us nothing good.

  2. still thinking of one Says:

    First of you have to separate civilian from military casualties. If your army loses less soldiers than the enemy it means you’re good not ‘unfair’. Now, the civilian muslim casualties are at about 100 (20% of the total according to UN). Jewish civilian casualties are about 5. That’s a 20:1 ratio. There are 1.1 billion muslims in the world and 11 million Jews. That’s a 100:1 ratio. So, relatively speaking Jewish civilian casualties are 5 times higher than muslim in this particular conflict. To be sure, all of those numbers are laughable. Historical enmities are not settled with intermittent small scale wars and truces. Western Europe didn’t stop fighting until they lost 15% of their populations in WWII. Until we get something equivalent in the Middle East there won’t be a lasting peace. Now whether a lasting peace is worth that kind of carnage is a different matter.


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