measure: 1 a : to choose or control with cautious restraint
Stephen Harper’s claim that Israel’s response to the capture of two soldiers was a measured response is obviously becoming less and less tenable with every Canadian evacuated, arrested, or killed. And what to make now of the fact that the UN has verified that the IDF was repeatedly warned in the hours leading to the deaths of the observers that the bombing was coming far too close to manned UN positions.
Ah that’s easy-peasey for Prime Minister Harper: the UN observers should obviously have left the post.
Methinks that Stephen Harper is going to learn the lesson that pro-war Republicans and Democrats may learn this fall: be very careful when you pick sides in, or start wars against terrorists; you generally are going to end up picking a political loser. And why is that? Because fighting terrorists with a military necessarily results in massive civilian casualties, and massive civilian casualties produces political backlash that will eat you alive even if you do win on the battlefield. A more useful approach would be to deal with the forces that created the terrorists in the first place and strengthen representative governments in areas where they spring up.
Of course that’s hard stuff, takes a long time, and it requires that you think about shit really hard before you do it. And it doesn’t make for flashy CNN war logos, martial music, and snappy soundbites.