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Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 449

by SQL Error (#47506317) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

There is no crime in war. War has no law.

Tell that to Peter von Hagenbach, was was convicted and executed for war crimes in 1474 . He even offered the "only following orders" excuse.

Regardless, if you want to morally judge the actions of both sides here, Israel comes out looking far, far worse.

I'm not morally judging actions, I'm legally judging actions. Hamas is deliberately and systematically committing war crimes as defined by international law.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 5, Insightful) 449

by SQL Error (#47505913) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

More than 500 Palestinians dead and climbing and you say Israel is trying to minimise casualties? Do you seriously expect people to believe that?

Absolutely, yes. If Israel were actually out to cause casualties, rather than to prevent them, the death toll would be enormous. If they were merely careless of civilian casualties, the death toll would not only be higher, it would be statistically correlated with the demographics of the Palestinian people, with deaths of women, children, and the elderly roughly in proportion to the size of those groups in the general population.

Instead, the Palestinian death statistics are massively skewed towards males aged 18-38. That can't happen if you're killing civilians either deliberately or carelessly. But it's exactly what you'd see if you were carefully targeting enemy combatants.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 449

by SQL Error (#47505901) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Israel has never shown themselves to be ready for peaceful coexistence

That is quite simply untrue. Israel has shown that consistently for decades.

Peaceful co-existence doesn't mean there won't be disagreements. Even closely allied nations disagree with one another all the time. It means there won't be war.

I(and neither has Hamas).

That, at least, is true. Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel; it's stated explicitly in their charter.

Comment: Re: Here we go... (Score 4, Interesting) 449

by SQL Error (#47505869) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Of course, if you put an entire people inside an area more akin to the ghetto of Warsaw then a real country. An area with an insanely high population density an almost no way in our out for armed forces of their own the what did you expect really?

I expect Israel would gladly hand the Gaza Strip back to Egypt at this point. It doesn't seem that Egypt wants it back.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 449

by SQL Error (#47505849) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

The root cause of this mess is that the Palestinians want their land back (after it was bought from them first in the post-WW2 UN partition plan that broke up Palestine into a Palestinian section and a Jewish section and then later further taken by the new state of Israel in various wars)

FTFY

Yes, a very important point.

Actually, the root cause can be traced back another couple of decades, to the various crises in the British Mandate of Palestine following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. You might argue that the British handled things badly, but I'm not that sure that it could have been handled well. By the time World War II was over, there was little that could be done to repair the situation.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 4, Interesting) 449

by SQL Error (#47505815) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

If you view either side as clearly in the right, you're a fucking fool.

Israel is clearly in the right.

That doesn't mean that Israel is without fault. Clearly, they're not. But we have one side ready for peaceful coexistence and the other side who wants only the total destruction of their enemies.

The situation is not complicated. That doesn't mean solving it is easy; there are many simple problems that are hard to solve. But we can say for sure that false equivalencies do not help.

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 4, Insightful) 449

by SQL Error (#47505791) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

They're not at war? Are you high? Hamas has declared war on Israel from day one. At this very moment Israel and Gaza is exchanging rockets missiles and bombs and hundreds of people are being killed every day. If, as you say, "Israel could wipe them out in a matter of days", then do it and get it over with.

Israel are trying to minimise casualties on both sides. Hamas are trying to maximise Israeli casualties, and use Palestinian casualties to their political advantage. It's a perfect example of asymmetrical warfare; the capabilities and aims of the combatants are completely different.

Israel has the military capability to destroy Gaza, just as the US had the military capability to destroy Iraq or Afghanistan back in 2003. But doing so is not in their long-term interests.

Comment: Re:5% 0%. (Score 2) 449

by SQL Error (#47505727) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

The problem is it is not sustainable. Each intercept missile cost $60,000, a rocket launched by hamas costs $800.

Israel's GDP is the equivalent of about US$250 billion. They can easily afford tens of thousands of intercept missiles if it keeps the population safe.

Hamas can DDoS the hell of out Israel.

DDoS attacks generally rely on multiplier effects, getting someone else to do most of the work for you. Botnets, service vulnerabilities like the NTP reflection attack, that sort of thing. Hamas don't appear to have any such advantage.

All they need is decently trained soldiers and decent supply of rockets.

And if they had three fully-equipped tank divisions and a carrier group, that would help too.

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 2) 149

by SQL Error (#46815857) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

Yes.

Perhaps the simplest thing would be to point out that while America might be building walls to keep unwelcome visitors out, the Soviet Union built walls to keep its people in. A state that needs to imprison its entire population is not a state that has any right to exist.

I'm really not sure why we even need to discuss this. Assuming people are too young to personally remember this, were they also asleep during their history classes?

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 2) 149

by SQL Error (#46815741) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

Communism is an economic theory that can't work in theory - it centralises economic planning leading to an insoluble information processing scaling problem, while at the same time destroying precisely the information (prices) that are needed to make sensible decisions - and has been proven not to work in practice. There have been plenty of Communist states. They all failed spectacularly, generally displaying massive corruption and brutal oppression as they did so.

They may not have looked like you imagine Communism should look, but that's because Communism cannot function at the scale of a nation-state, not in the real world, not with real people. And an economic theory that doesn't work unless people stop acting like people is not a very good theory.

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 5, Insightful) 149

by SQL Error (#46815647) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

Would it really be such a bad thing for the Soviet Union to come back?

Yes. The Soviet Union was a nightmare state.

The offered a balance of power. With the exception of a couple proxy wars (not that they weren't bad) we kept each other in check, but never checkmate. Compared to now, the world did its own thing.

Tell that to Poland, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak republics, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Not to mention North Korea and Vietnam. I'm sure they enjoyed doing their "own thing".

After the fall of the Soviet Union, we immediately elevated ourselves to the status of, "United States of America: Full-Time World Cop." That has not gone well. I sometimes miss the sanity of mutually assured destruction.

What? Seriously, what? How old are you? Do you actually remember the Cold War?

The fact that America is a flawed nation is no excuse for false equivalencies with brutal totalitarian regimes like the Soviet Union under Stalin or China under Mao. Those countries, under those leaders, deliberately killed tens of millions of their own people. We never want to see anything like that again.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg

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