It’s elegant and simple – why didn’t we think of it earlier? Just butcher the Sunnis en masse.
What if the tactical mistake we made in Iraq was that we didn’t kill enough Sunnis in the early going to intimidate them and make them so afraid of us they would go along with anything? Wasn’t the survival of Sunni men between the ages of 15 and 35 the reason there was an insurgency and the basic cause of the sectarian violence now?
If you can’t imagine George W. Bush issuing such an order, is there any American leader you could imagine doing so?
And if America can’t do it, can Israel? Could Israel – even hardy, strong, universally conscripted Israel – possibly stomach the bloodshed that would accompany the total destruction of Hezbollah?
Oh dear. It’s nice to see relatively conservative bloggers take offense at such blatant barbarism.
It’s quite sad that the son of an accomplished, prestigious American intellectual would muse so innocuously about the merits of mass butchery–basically the wholesale slaughter of a broad demographic of an ethnic group writ large–a policy prescription that is quasi-genocidal in nature. John should think of previous genocides in this century, in such contexts, as he ponderously queries the pros and cons of the extermination of entire population groups. Where is the decency? Itâ€™s repulsive, really. There is also his revealing reasoning that “even hardy, strong, universally conscripted Israel”, yes even she, might not have the guts to do such a thing. Quelle dommage! Yes, even an unflagging, staunch, indefatigable society like that of the Israelis doesn’t have the cojones to do this kind of thing. Western civilization truly is imperiled, the hand-wringing goes.
It is definitely a most peculiar time in America, when suggestions such as Podhoretz’s can be made so casually, and find audience in our mass media. In the past, we strove to keep such thoughts to ourselves, or to tell them to the priest in the confessional and beg for forgiveness. Now the calls for bloodshed and even interment and extermination are made in broad daylight, with no shame or reluctance. Of course, J-Pod will later say he was “just joking,” as Ann Coulter always does after she calls for extermination. Real funny, no?
Check out Belgravia Dispatch to see how Instacracker helped push this story through the blogosphere in a particularly insidious manner, using sly verbal devices to absolve himself of any responsibility for promoting genocide. Slick, very slick.