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Response to Igel (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:29 PM

11. That's not what proportionality means...

You're committing the oft-made mistake of conflating proportionality with discrimination. According to the Hague convention on the rules of war, for an attack to be just it must be both proportionate and discriminate.

Proportionality essentially means that if you are attacked with bows and arrows it would be disproportionate to respond with nuclear weapons. Discrimination requires an attacker to take pains to distinguish between civilian and military targets.

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