May 25, 2018
For most of 2018, Israel has endured constant attacks, some disguised as protests like the PLO’s “Days of Rage” and Hamas’ “March of Return,” and others less subtle. But when Israel defends itself against guns, grenades, flaming kites, drones, or missiles, the UN is always quick to condemn it for “the disproportionate use of force,” as the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination put it on May 15 amid reports of dozens of “civilians” killed and thousands injured.
This oft-raised criticism implies, absurdly, that only proportionate responses to aggression are acceptable. There is a word for those who fight only proportionately — “losers.”