Every now and then, I find myself stuck for a topic to post about. And more often then not, some commenter will come through in the clinch and give me just the inspiration I need.
This time it’s clrjk, who during the course of the recent discussion on Hamas opined thusly:
I do not support the suicide bombers and their tactics, but I see little difference in a suicide bomber and a helicopter gunship, both have the same aim, death and destruction, the difference being that one side are prepared to lay down their own lives. Sad is it not, but then maybe in Cow, New Hampshire, things are perceived in a diffrent light.
I’ve never given much respect to the right wing’s denouncement of “moral relativism,” but now that I see it up close and personal, I fully understand just why it’s so repugnant. Because that’s just what is being espoused here, and it’s horrifying in its evil simplicity.
An IDF helicopter gunship is being equated with a suicide bomber. That’s lovely. In the grossest sense, clkjr has a point: both are intended to kill. But for a liberal, he/she/it is lacking in nuance.
The helicopter targets only known terrorists, while the suicide bomber targets civilians. The more innocent, the better.
The helicopter’s missiles have a small warhead, reduced to minimize civilian casualties. The suicide bomber tries to maximize them.
Israel fully accepts the responsibility for the actions of its helicopters. The Palestinians — even the ones that supply the bombs and sing the praises of the bombers — all say that the act is terrible, and ultimately harmful to the Palestinian people. I don’t recall a single expression of sorrow for the dead Israelis.
By clrjk’s logic, all things that have a similar function are of equal value or threat. The knife in the robber’s hand is just as frightening as a scalpel wielded by a surgeon. A police officer is just as frightening as a nutcase with a gun.
To carry it over into the realm of pure silliness, all men are rapists and all women are prostitutes. After all, they have the proper equipment, and some use them that way.
Sorry, clrjk, they are NOT equal. And you are either a fool or a fraud to say such things.
I’ll be generous and call you a fool.