Friday, January 16, 2009

A righteous war

“It is a very righteous war and has the full support of public opinion," said the chief rabbi if Israel's military, quoted in today's New York Times.

No, rabbi, it isn't. Not even for those of us who support the necessity of the Israeli offensive. There are no righteous wars. There are necessary wars, even just wars and, as Americans well know, there are unnecessary wars. But let us never confuse the killing of human beings in armed conflicts with righteousness.

(For an incisive analysis of Israeli policy and goals, see Tom Friedman's piece in the Times from a few days ago.)

1 comment:

Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper said...

For an incisive analysis of Tom Friedman's column read Glenn Greenwald's piece of Wednesday, Jan 14 at