Friday, January 02, 2009

Disproportionate, indeed

Bush loyalist Michael Gerson in the Washington Post --

There is no question -- none -- that Israel's attack on Hamas in Gaza is justified. No nation can tolerate a portion of its people living in the conditions of the London Blitz -- listening for sirens, sleeping in bomb shelters and separated from death only by the randomness of a Qassam missile's flight.

The death toll in the Blitz, 1940-41, was 43,000. During the V-rocket bombings in 1944, about 9,000 died. Note that Gerson appears to have confused the Blitz with the rockets.

He then goes on to complain about other people not understanding the meaning of disproportionate.

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