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'Proportional' Response

Elisabeth26 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 10:43 AM
How long can tit for tat last? What will it cost? In any case, too long and too much. Idiots. Does a boxer go into a right to hit only as hard as his opponent or to end the fight as quickly as possible? Only people who sacrifice nothing could support a proportional response
Since when has it been considered smart to tell your enemies what your plans are?

Yet there on the front page of the April 8th New York Times was a story about how unnamed "American officials" were planning a "proportional" response to any North Korean attack. This was spelled in an example: If the North Koreans "shell a South Korean island that had military installations" then the South Koreans would retaliate with "a barrage of artillery of similar intensity."

Whatever the merits or demerits of such a plan, what conceivable purpose can be served by telling the North Koreans in advance that they...

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