Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bernard Avishai on the military scandal in Israel

Some may say this is a "spy" sort of scandal, where a person inside the military leaked military information to a newspaper. In fact, as Bernard Avishai explains, this is a scandal for the Israeli military for violating official Israeli laws of military engagement in the occupied territories.

It may also be an Israeli version of the Pentagon Papers, as Avishai titles his post. But the most compelling point is made near the end of Avishai's post because it supports a point I made some time ago: Hawkish policies tend to be self-defeating. More simply, hawkish policies tend to make things worse while they ratchet up a rhetoric that makes it sound like they are most protective.

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