Friday, June 4, 2010
Charles Krauthammer maps how the legitimacy of Israel defending itself has been whittled away over the past 20 years or so. The analysis is mostly correct, though the development won't lead where the disarmers think it will. Israel will continue to defend itself, in spite of all the opprobrium: one of the central discussions going on in Israeli society parallel to the the development Krauthammer describes is when we use force in spite of being damned, and when we'd do better to restrain it. No-one in Israel remotely relevant to the making of the decision would dream of refraining from essential military action merely because we'll be condemned for it. The arguments are about the definition of essential.