In favor of collective punishment
Reader’s letter to the Jerusalem Post, 28.1.2010
Sir, – Regarding “Amnesty International report claims Israeli blockade of Gaza is collective punishment” (January 18), is war possible without collective punishment? In another headline the same day, we read, “Pakistan: Suspected US drone kills 20.” Were all 20 terrorists? President George W. Bush, after 9/11, said that those who harbor terrorists are terrorists. Was the war on Iraq collective punishment? Is the war in Afghanistan collective punishment?
If those who don’t take care of their own terrorists are untouchable “collectives” not to be punished, the democracies may as well invite Osama bin Laden, Hamas and Hizbullah to take over: Let the innocent collectives die, but the guilty collectives must be protected!