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    • David Ricardo
    • 08.08.06 | 01:51 (IDT)

    Tony couldn't be more wrong in his conclusion of moral equivalence or his recommendation that all sides be treated the same as regards culpability. His error seems to stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of what constitutes Terrorism. Tony cites a specific definition of the term, but does so only partially. To extent this truncation, let's look at the U.S. State Department definition: "Premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents." This definition clearly excludes Israel on two grounds, to wit: 1) However many unintended civilian casualties may accrue to efforts to destroy Hizbollah targets, as these are not intentional, but only coincidental to the intended targets, Israel does to engage in "[p]remediated...violence...against noncombantants" and 2) Israel is a recognized nation-state, hence does not fall under the definition as applying purely to "subnational groups or clandestine agents".

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    First published 00:00 07.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 07.08.06
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