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# Gaza Proportionality - A mathematical argument

01.01. 2009
http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000644.html
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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.

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"...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

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