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The American Soviet

Victor Davis Hanson comments on the crises of the Middle East, the mores of America, and our postmodern pretensions. "We are living in another Soviet, a 21st-century sort in which we nod to official pieties and mouth politically correct banalities while in our private lives, for our safety, well-being -- and sanity -- we conduct ourselves according to altogether different premises." Do read. I think he is right on in the standards that many apply to Israel.

Update: A clip from The West Wing that is relevant to a part of this discussion, in regards to targeting individuals for assassination.
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A similar topic by Richard Fernandez,

"At best the bomb which reportedly killed Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the Libyan leader’s youngest son and his three grandchildren, might be called is the Fortunes of R2P. The Washington Post has a series of photographs showing the bomb impact and the bomb itself.

A NATO spokesman appeared to deny the Duck himself had been targeted. “‘We do not target individuals,’ said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. ”

Therefore, they were not actually trying to kill Gaddafi in the bunker they knew he was in. They hit it with some sort of general destructive intent. It was nothing personal. I do not wish Gaddafi (however you spell it) well. But the pretense of the "Nothing personal" rhetoric is absurd, another modern piety. On the other hand, how do they admit that at this point they have no real choice but to slam the s.o.b. into the Libyan dust?

About Israel, of course Hanson is right. No one knows what to do about Israel. Even those of us who love the idea of it have a hard time understanding how to defend it in any real way. Don't you think?

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