Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bomber command

When someone gets near to one of the anecdotes I like to quote most from Freeman Dyson I sit up, and so it is with Menachem Kellner on five asymmetries in Israel’s Gaza war.

So it's disappointing to read that Kellner does not take Dyson's point to heart, but rather persists in a view which I think is mistaken. There is a basic superficiality in, for example, his third point ('green Israel bringing life' v. 'deathly Hamas in a desert'). Does he really not know that Israel has systematically made almost all economic activity in Gaza impossible? Does he not understand that the Israelis control and monopolise water supplies in both Israel proper and the occupied territories?

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