When
· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · July
· · · · 22 (1 entry)

Lebanon Roundup · The com­men­tary is vo­lu­mi­nous and I don’t think I have much to ad­d, so I’ll keep my con­tri­bu­tion short. Direct­ing mil­i­tary force in such a way that it kills hun­dreds of civil­ians is un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior, and any group, tribe, or na­tion that does so los­es all moral stand­ing. Those who are de­fend­ing this be­hav­ior need to have a close look at the ax­ioms and ar­gu­ments that lead them to such a deeply bro­ken con­clu­sion. Once again: Mil­i­tary vi­o­lence against civil­ians is wrong. If you want more ed­i­to­ri­al­iz­ing, my broth­er Rob does it well. Item: Ze’ev Schiff has some in­sights in­to Is­raeli strat­e­gy. Item: Last year, Michael Tot­ten went up-close and per­son­al with Hezbol­lah. Item: BBC video from the scene. Item: CNN on the scene, with a pic­ture of a pret­ty lit­tle girl. I salute the pro­fes­sion­al jour­nal­ists who go to these places and take these pic­tures and write these sto­ries; we are all in their debt. “The truth will make you free” they say, which is too strong, it’s a nec­es­sary but not suf­fi­cient con­di­tion. Item: From the Guardian, a little-girl pic­ture of a dif­fer­ent kind, with in­ter­est­ing dis­cus­sion. Item: A let­ter from the Amer­i­can Univer­si­ty of Beirut cam­pus, where I used to live, which makes some in­ter­est­ing points about what “victory” might mean. Item: Speak­ing of vic­to­ry, check out Why the Strong Lose, by a pro­fes­sion­al Amer­i­can mil­i­tary the­o­rist. It’s made me think a lot about the shape of the fu­ture.
 
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