July 22, 2006
Let the contortions begin. Alan Dershowitz:
We need a new vocabulary to reflect the realities of modern warfare. A new phrase should be introduced into the reporting and analysis of current events in the Middle East: "the continuum of civilianality." Though cumbersome, this concept aptly captures the reality and nuance of warfare today and provides a more fair way to describe those who are killed, wounded and punished. [...]
The Israeli army has given well-publicized notice to civilians to leave those areas of southern Lebanon that have been turned into war zones. Those who voluntarily remain behind have become complicit. Some — those who cannot leave on their own — should be counted among the innocent victims. [Emphasis added]
If Israel orders the citizens of another sovereign nation to flee their homes and they fail to comply, they are, ipso facto, complicit in terrorism and deserve to die.
A formulation worthy of the Third Reich. Quite literally. Call me naive, but I confess to being shocked. That it's come to this.