Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Proportional Response to Genocide - Actual or Intended

Forwarded with permission:

From: Tom Carew.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:24 PM
To: Professor Paul Eidelberg
Subject: Re: Proportionality

France lost 70,000 civilians in Allied aerial bombardment during its liberation from June, 1944 - about 10,000 more than the UK did from Nazi air-raids - from 1940 to 1945.
3,000 French civilians were lost on D-Day itself - about as many as the Allied Forces lost that day.

These tragic civilian losses—unwanted but unavoidable—are morally and entirely the responsibility of the Nazis whose savage aggression had to be ended, and by the only means available.

A Related Report:

Britain was hailed by the free World for its part in subjugating Germany by its actions on land, sea and in the air. We were not accused of the newly manufactured "crime" of disproportionality, even though RAF Bomber Command and US Air Forces killed in air raids on Germany an estimated 600,000 - mainly civilians - while German bombers killed "only" some 60,000 of our own people.

Two additional comments supplied by Paul Eidelberg

1) In a message honoring the heroes of the Warsaw ghetto, Albert Einstein declared:

“The Germans as an entire people are responsible for the mass murders and must be punished as a people if there is justice in the world and if the consciousness of collective responsibility in the nations is not to perish from the earth entirely. Behind the Nazi party stands the German people, who elected Hitler after he had in his book [Mein Kampf] and in his speeches made his shameful [genocidal] intentions clear beyond the possibility of misunderstanding.”

2) Given its Islamic Covenant—its own Mein Kampf—that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel, so the principle of proportionality obliges Israel to destroy Hamas.

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