ZioNation - Progressive Zionism and Israel Web Log

ZioNation home Archives Site map Policy Definitions FAQ timeline history documents Links Photos Contact

Articles and Reference

History of Zionism and Israel
Zionism
Middle East Encyclopedia
History of Anti-Semitism
History of Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Six Day War
War of Independence
Bible
Bible  Quotes
1948 Israel War of Independence Timeline Christian Zionism
Christian Zionism History
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Learn Hebrew
Jew
Anti-Semitism
Pogrom
Israel
Zionists
Israel Boycott?
Boycott Israel?
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Jew Hate
International Zionism
Commentary in Russian
Middle East
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini
Albert Einstein
Palestine: Ethnic Cleansing
History Arab-Israeli Conflict
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War


FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe to
ZNN
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com

Whenever Israel undertakes a more incisive and forceful action to stop terrorist attacks, we hear the angry cries of condemnation for those who only seek to defend themselves and the cries of pity for those who attack, the poor Palestinian massacred.

Among the main charges and condemnations there is a topic that is always touched upon, the lack of proportionality between the Israeli reaction and the action which caused it. It's a cruel joke.

The mathematical concept of proportionality is expressed by the equality between two ratios:

a/b = c/d

Even in everyday language we do not speak of proportionality until after two ratios are compared. When we say, for example, that the weight of a person is (or is not) proportional to its height, it means that the quotient of dividing weight by height is (or is not) equal to that which is regarded as the standard for the people of his or her age. Without this standard it would be impossible to talk about proportionality.

It is obvious that such a standard does not exist when it pertains to the means to put an end to the deadly and systematic attacks. Humanity has not yet come to establish such a standard, despite its long history of conflict and war, international organizations are powerless to stop terrorist attacks. It is necessary to stop their agents, at all costs. The opposite would be to continue to kill until total annihilation. Nobody can demand such a sacrifice of an entire people in the name of preserving an imaginary indefinable proportionality.

But let's see what the Israeli reaction would have to be, in order for it to be proportional to the terrorist attack, as the world demands.

Consider the relationship between the measurements of the intensity of this reaction, we will call it “y”, and the intensity of the terrorist attack, we represent here by “x”. Without a standard to be used as reference to make the comparison, we will compare the ratio to that between the same “x” and “z” defined as the value of the intensity of the Israeli action which, by definition, would have given rise to the terrorist attack. Proportionality would be expressed by the equality between these two ratios:

But as the assault was arbitrary and does not correspond to any action that could be the cause, we have z = 0, from whence we then conclude that .

Or in common language: If we want to maintain proportionality, the intensity of the reaction to an unprovoked assault has no limitations.

Long live “Proportionality”!

Paulo dos Santos Ferreira



The author is a mathematician. Originally published as a letter to the editor in Brazil and translated to French by the author. Translation from French by Israel Bonan.


Original content is Copyright by the author 2009. Posted at ZioNation-Zionism and Israel Web Log, http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000644.html where your intelligent and constructive comments are welcome. Disributed by ZNN list. Subscribe by sending a message to ZNN-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please forward by e-mail with this notice, cite this article and link to it. Other uses by permission only.

Click to Reddit! Facebook Share

add to del.icio.us

Add to digg - digg it

Replies: 5 Comments

"...the reaction to an unprovoked assault has no limitations"!
So why wait? Drop the A-bomb!! It would suit you Zionist scum right! Why only shut 1.5 m Palestinians off food electricity and medical aid? Why only "precision-bomb" them? (A precision that killed even at least 3 of your own troops.)680 Palestinians dead vs a dozen Israelis dead - a good example of asymetric warfare, isn't it?

Uwe Schneider, Wednesday, January 7th


Watching from afar the situation, being bombarded with media CNN, BBC, etc. causes people to believe that Israel is the aggressor, but if you look back through history, the Palestinians have been a constant source of antagonism towards the Israelis! Why do people go "crazy" when the Israeli's do the right thing and try with their military might to stop this constant bombimg from GAZA? Israel is doing the right thing, absolutely, and many, many Americans are on their side, and agree with their recent incursion into Gaza, in order to get the "stupid" Palestinians to STOP THE STUPIDITY - stop the attacks - stop pointing the finger at Israel - and stop crying about their losses when THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF IT. The Palestinians are BLIND to the truth. Keep doing what you're doing, Israel. You are God's chosen people and you will prevail!!!

Cheri Roberts, Tuesday, January 6th


GAZA , time to grow up and not follow big brother down a destrctive path the bully , IRAN SYRIA

Gaza needs to stop playing th victum chnge it stops from slave to influance and grow up and tak care of one self

why can we not make this point clear with liberal media

egypt / UAE step up and clean up and out old gaza leaders rebuild harverst natural gas, weater tech, coast line ,

the fence is the fence shoe me not tell me if you can stop the rockerts and the bombs and start the tech growth then you can be trusted to play nice with neighbor kids

what is so hard about this spell it out put infront of them and the world show them for what they are a scared child who can not tink and act for themself

MP

michael Plumhoff, Sunday, January 4th


Another suggestion of proportionality had been suggested today in the GALATZ program THE FINAL WORD (Avri Gil'ad and Jacky Levi): if our Arab enemies demand the exchange of hundreds of their prisoners for one ore two Israelis in their hands (and we agree to this ratio) - then hundreds of dead Arabs are fair reply to every killed Israeli.

Misha SHAULI, Thursday, January 1st


In an attempt to give currency to the "disproportionate response" myth I am noticing some print media using undated photos showing unidentified Palestinian youths throwing stones at well-armed Israeli soldiers giving the impression that there are IDF troops on the ground in Gaza at present. The camera can and does lie.

Lee Goffin, Thursday, January 1st


Constructive comments, including corrections, are welcome. Do not use this space for spam, publishing articles, self promotion, racism, anti-Zionist propaganda or character defamation. Inappropriate comments will be deleted. See our Comment policy for details. By posting here, you agree to the Comment policy.

Home
Archives

Please take our reader survey!

Links
Our Sites

Zionism
Zionism News Net
Zionism-Israel Pages
Brave Zionism
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Our Blogs
Israel News
IMO Blog - Israël & Midden-Oosten (NL)
Israel Like this, as if
Zionism News Net
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog
Israël in de Media


Blog Roll:
Adam Holland
Blue Truth
CIF Watch
Contentious Centrist
Dutchblog Israel (NL/EN)
Harry's Place
Ignoble Experiment
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israpundit
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Jewish Issues Watchdog Meretz USA Weblog
Meryl Yourish
Middle East Analysis
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log
Modernity Blog
normblog
Pro Israel Bay Bloggers
Point of no return
Simply Jews
Solomonia
Something Something
Tempting Topical Topics
The Augean Stables
Unplugged Mike
Oy Bay! San Francisco Bay Area Jews
Vital Perspective
Israel Mon Amour
Liberty & Justice
On the Contrary
Magdeburger Chossid
Tulip - Israeli-Palestinian Trade Union Assoc.
Southern Wolf
Sharona's Week
Sanda & Israel
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
UN-Biased
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Liberal for Israel

A Jew with a view
BlueTruth
Realistic Dove
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
Liberticracia
SEO for Everyone
Vision to Reality: The Reut Blog
Calev's Blog
Candidly speaking from Jerusalem
Dvar Dea
Ray Cook
Shimshon 9

Mark Halawa


This link space is 4 your blog - contact us!

Other Web sites and pages:

PeaceWatch Middle East Commentary Christians Standing With Israel
Zionism On the Web
Guide to Middle East, Zionism
Z-Word
Z-Word blog
Labor Zionism
Le Grand Mufti Husseini
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin El Husseini
ZNN - Zionism News Network Middle East
Euston Manifesto
Jewish Blogging
Peace With Realism
Israel Facts (NL)
Space Shuttle Blog
SEO
Mysterology
Love Poems
At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum



Judaica

Judaica: Jewish Gifts:
Shofar
Mezuzah



RSS V 1.0


RSS V 2.0


Help us improve - Please click here to take our reader survey

All entries copyright by the authors and or Zionism-Israel Information Center. Please forward materials by e-mail with URLS. Other uses by permission only.

security