Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mission accomplished

Prof. John Mearsheimer in The American Conservative provides a handy summary of the crisis in Gaza, its recent history and prognosis (via). A particularly dreadful moment:
After the IDF killed 40 Palestinian civilians in a UN school on Jan. 6, Ha’aretz reported that “senior officers admit that the IDF has been using enormous firepower.” One officer explained, “For us, being cautious means being aggressive. From the minute we entered, we’ve acted like we’re at war. That creates enormous damage on the ground … I just hope those who have fled the area of Gaza City in which we are operating will describe the shock.”
I'm sure they'll be describing it to each other clear through the next generation. If that was the goal, well done.

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