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Thursday, August 03, 2006


The American example

There's an interesting article in the San Jose Mercury News this morning, exploring the question of, as the headline puts it, "Intensity of Israeli assault justified?" As I said, it's a reasonably interesting article, but I found the inclusion of this section especially so:
Israel is hardly the first power to use airstrikes to try to weaken its enemy. The United States and Britain reduced Nazi Germany's cities to rubble and ashes, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, and U.S. warplanes pounded Vietnam. Washington also uses the tactic in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NATO came under heavy criticism for its 79-day bombing campaign in 1999 to drive Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic from power.

Now, as then, human rights groups condemned the airstrikes as potential war crimes.

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