The New York Times “accidentally” defends Israel’s conduct in Cast Lead

H/T Elder of Ziyon:

Evelen Gordon, writing in Commentary Magazine’s blog, Contentions, noted:

The New York Times tucked a remarkable statistic into the tail-end of an article on WikiLeaks’s latest document dump, one with ramifications for the ongoing delegitimization campaign against Israel: for most of the last century, the normal civilian-to-combatant wartime fatality ratio has been 10:1.

Civilians have borne the brunt of modern warfare, with 10 civilians dying for every soldier in wars fought since the mid-20th century, compared with 9 soldiers killed for every civilian in World War I, according to a 2001 study by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

This elicits an obvious question: if civilians routinely account for 90 percent of all casualties in modern warfare, why is the world up in arms about the civilian casualty rate in last year’s Israel-Hamas war in Gaza — which, by even the most anti-Israel account, was markedly lower?

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  1. This is also testimony to the life-saving virtue and value of the IDF’s high risk close combat tactical approach, compared with the “strategic” low risk approach preferred by many other armed forces and, even more so, by the terrorists, who aim to inflict civilian casualties. Targeting gets a bad press when it should get a good one.