We just ran across this little bit of irony. It seems that the Times of Israel published a piece at the beginning of the month entitled “When Genocide Is Permissible.”
Yeah, we know. The op-ed was written by someone named Yochanan Gordon. Here’s a sample:
Everyone agrees that Israel has the right to defend itself as well as the right to exercise that right. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has declared it, Obama and Kerry have clearly stated that no one could be expected to sit idle as thousands of rockets rain down on the heads of its citizens, placing them in clear and present danger. It seems then that the only point of contention is regarding the measure of punishment meted out in this situation.
I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?
While the Times did pull the column…you know…eventually, it was apparently posted for at least a few days. 1 Can you imagine if George Will had written a column on race and Ferguson and entitled it The Final Solution?