Friday, November 28, 2008

Responding to Mumbai

Experts and media commentators are still determining the identity and affiliations of the terrorists behind the attacks on Mumbai. It's early, but I don't believe the perpetrators a directing their attacks exclusively against Hinduism, as has been true in previous terrorist incidents in India.

I'll have updates on this, but for now I simply want to note Matthew Yglesias' knee-jerk reaction against the use of force in combating the violence. In particular, Yglesias argues that India's violence should not occasion a reappraisal of the doctrine of preemption, which saw its most monumental use in the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq:

A lot of basically sensible people, including folks like these and these who may well find themselves with positions in the Obama administration, have suggested that maybe we don’t want to throw the alleged baby of preventive war out with the bathwater of Bushism. I always think people thinking along these lines need to keep in mind that the United States isn’t the only country on the planet. I don’t think we want a world in which India claims to have a U.S.-endorsed right to launch preventive military strikes on Pakistan, or a world in which Pakistani policymaking is dominated by fear of a potentially imminent preventive Indian military attack.
Government officials are still working to resolve the crisis on the ground, and we see Ygelias - the preeminent spokesman for pacifism in Democratic Party foreign policy - already ruling out the use of force as a potential policy in responding to this round of terrorism.


GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Yeah, retaliation? Not our dear Matty!

Hopefully that inappropriate, out of touch, sado pacifist mindset is out. All the way out.

The scary thing is the shady ties to Land of the Pure.

Obob said...

we could let india and pakistan duke it out. it would thin the herd a little.
remember gore was a hawk until it became politically expedient to be opposite

Norm said...

The world must wake up and get rid
of these Islamo Fascists. We must attack and destroy everything and everyone who helps them. To say anything else is liberal, left wing
BS babble. Anything else is retreat.

Besides attacking the hotels, railroad station and other major places these Islamo Fascist took the time to find out where dozen or so Jews in Mumbai would hang out
just to kill Jews.

After they finish the Jews they'll come knocking on your Christian doors. Wake up. It's time take the gloves off.

Gayle said...

I took the entire week off from blogging and away from the news, Donald, but I did hear about what happened in Mubai, and of course it's still the main topic. It's so sad that there are such vile people in the world.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thankgiving. Blessings!

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks GSGF!

AmPowerBlog said...

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, Obob. Thanks for visiting!

AmPowerBlog said...

Yglesias is a classic retreater, Norm. That's why I needed to highlight his essay today.

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks Gayle. Hope you had a wonderful time with your family.

Law and Order Teacher said...

This is probably the framework of our foreign policy for at least the next four years. Pre-emptive war is nothing but kicking some butt when someone gets out of line. Some countries will take it to the limit until they are forced to withdraw. Who else will do it? This is nothing but bullying, pure and simple.

AmPowerBlog said...

You're probably right, LOT, unfortunately.