The Watcher’s Council has announced its picks for the most outstanding posts of the preceding week. The winning Council post was Joshuapundit’s post, “Israel Faces Its Choices in Gaza”. Israel certainly is on the horns of a dilemma, caught between an effective solution to its problems that probably isn’t politically acceptable in Israel and an ineffective one that is. Although I disagree with Freedom Fighter’s position on the matter, I voted for this post. IMO the matter of Israel and the Palestinians is a wicked problem and, rather than looking for a solution, they should be looking for a process. Second place honors went to Right Wing Nut House’s post, “’Musings on a Late Spring Afternoon”.
The winning non-Council post was Tigerhawk’s post, “On Dehumanizing the Enemy and the Nature of Victory”. Tigerhawk’s post is a lengthy rumination on the possibility of victory in war without dehumanizing one’s enemy. While I agree with Tigerhawk’s premises, my conclusions are somewhat different: the present law, the rule of law, the implications of an open society and information freely available in enormous abundance, and contemporary notions of decency should convince us to avoid the use of military force except where the objectives are extremely limited or when the insult is so severe that we have become indifferent to constraints of the foregoing. Second place honors went to Seraphic Secrets’s post, “The Inbetween War”, which addresses themes similar to those of Tigerhawk’s albeit in considering the fix that Israel is in.
The complete results are here.