Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chutzpah Lessons

Turkey has decided to give Israel a lesson in Advanced Chutzpah.

The outrage:

Israel said Monday it staged dozens of strikes on Gaza in response to rocket fire from the strip, causing limited casualties but sparking a war of words with Turkey. ...

Turkey, whose parliament on Friday night ratified normalisation of ties with Israel after a six-year rift, slammed the Israeli strikes.

"We strongly condemn these disproportionate attacks," its foreign ministry said in a statement.

One, it is a gross distortion of the concept of proportionality in warfare to say that Israel's much larger response is illegal.

Proportionality is intended to mean--in an obviously exaggerated example--that you don't nuke a building to take out a single sniper.

The notion that Turkey and much of the Western Left use for proportionality means that the stronger party's response must always be artificially hobbled to match the violence of the initial attack.

That is nonsense.

Two, oh really, Turkey?

Turkish armed forces on Monday launched artillery strikes on separate targets of Islamic State (IS) jihadists and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Kurdish militia in northern Syria, television reports said.

Turkish army howitzers stationed inside Turkey fired on IS targets in the town of Jarablus and PYD targets around the area of Manbij, the CNN-Turk and NTV channels reported.

How does this fit with Turkey's apparent definition of proportional responses?