Saturday, October 31, 2009

vox populi in Pakistan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has had several meetings with Pakistani civilians; they have asked her two pointed questions which she was either unwilling or unable to answer:

1. These terrorists that have been killed by U.S. drone planes, were they ever tried and convicted?

2. How do you distinguish between killing 20 innocent bystanders and perhaps one terrorist [see question 1] from a "pure terrorist" attack?

Until Ms. Clinton and the country she represents can give direct and convincing answers to these two related questions, our moral authority in Afghanistan -- and the world in general -- will be rightfully suspect.

[I have been mulling over the issue of proportional response and its central importance in both the U.S. and Israeli approach to terrorism. I would certainly like to hear from readers on this issue which I hope to write about in the near future.]

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