Saturday, August 12, 2006

Genocide apologist responds

Here. To this.

What part of Jew-hater don't you understand?
(Implying that I am a Jew-hater.)
Sergey didn’t bother to explain what was wrong with my reasoning.
Did I express any judgement on the reasoning, except characterizing it as a genocide justification? Hey, I didn't even say that genocide is a bad thing :-)
Sergey sees a modern application to my piece about ancient Israel and her enemies.
Do I? If only in the sense that in principle the "reasoning" is applicable universally.
So, by parity of argument, he must be setting up a moral equivalence between the modern state of Israel and her current enemies.
From that point onwards - one big yawn.
Then there’s the sloppy way in which the buzzword “genocide” is thrown around. In OT holy war, the pagans weren’t targeted because they belonged to a particular race. They were no targeted because of who they were, but what they did. Behavior, not identity, was the criterion.
Even for infants?
Holy war did not target every pagan at every place and time.
The necessary part of genocide definition is:
intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such

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