Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In the Absence of Thought ...

... foolishness flourishes.

I've noted before that the U.S. and England killed thousands of German civilians in WWII (see here and here) to demonstrate how silly are the protestations against Israel. Thomas Sowell makes a similar point:
Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. 
Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. 
Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?
... Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia. 
In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.
At one time, it was recognized that causing civilian casualties and destroying civilian infrastructure was required to win wars. Sherman's march through the South was intended to demoralize Southerners by bringing the war home to them, and it did. General Pershing, immediately following WWI, traveled into Germany and predicted that there would be another war because the populace had not really experienced the horror of war. In WWII, Germany lost millions of troops, but did not surrender until their cities were literally being leveled around them, and enemy soldiers were marching through some of their greatest cities. Japan suffered through privation, huge military losses, and massive bombing campaigns, but did not surrender until two of its cities were vaporized in atomic explosions.

You may win a reprieve--a truce--by destroying the enemy's military capabilities, but you do not win a war until the people stop supporting the conflict materially and stop sending their fathers, husbands, and sons to fight and die.

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