Thursday, July 27, 2006

Is Israel's action disproportionate?

Much of the media, the world's politicians and UN have been attacking Israel for their "disproportionate" use of force. It deoesn't matter that Hezbollah's rockets are deliberately aimed at civilian areas and tipped with ball bearings in order to kill and maim as many people as possible. It doesn't matter that Hezbollah uses the civilian population as human shields, siting its rocket launchers and military headquarters in civilian areas. In today's world, the agressor and the victim are no longer determined by who started the war, but by who has has killed more people.

If we are no longer able to distinguish between a terrorist organisation that has vowed to wipe its neighbour off the map, and a sovereign nation defending itself against these terrorists, than we put the very future of civilisation at risk. It has already become fashionable to blame Britain for "war crimes" during World War Two because of the huge numbers of German civilians killed in its bombing raids. If we are no longer able to distinguish between good and evil, then we risk letting history repeating itself.