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Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

War and Proportionality

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) response to Hamas in Gaza is disproportionate!

This is a common claim among those protesting the recent IDF retaliation against Hamas rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. What is a proportionate military response? Would Israel similarly launching an equal number of unguided high explosive rockets at civilian targets in Gaza be a proportionate and acceptable response?

The people making the claim of "disproportionate response" either do not understand what a proportionate response under international rules of war consists or are aware and are deliberately misleading others. I suspect the second for those with agendas and the first for most of the world.

When claiming the IDF response is disproportionate, the burden of proof is on the person making the claim. The only proof that has been offered to date has been a comparison of fatality and casualty statistics. Is this proof of lack of proportionality? No, the number of casualties and fatalities is not nor has ever been the standard measure of proportionality. Proportionality is defined in the laws of war as that military force which is necessary to establish the status quo ante (status before combat). Thus, proportionality is not an equivalent number of fatalities or casualties. Nor is proportionality a similar level of warmaking technology. Proportionality is ensuring that only the amount of force needed to reinstate the status quo ante is applied.

The IDF response is neither disproportionate nor outside the bounds of international law, much to the dislike of many. As Michael Totten has pointed out; "Hamas is still firing rockets; therefore, the IDF is not using more force than necessary to disrupt the firing of rockets. Israel, arguably, is using less force than necessary." So, as long as the IDF employs on that force necessary to destroy or capture and remove the Hamas rockets, the IDF actions will remain proportionate under the established rules of war.

We at CAS are not unfamiliar with the laws of armed conflict and the many conventions, having been in combat as a bona fide combatant. We have attended annual training on the laws of armed conflict for many years; as well as, have done independent research to locate and read the various treaties and conventions in the pre-Internet age. (When others read bestsellers or Playboy, we read the four Geneva Conventions. Yeah, we know.) As a Christian warrior we fully respect the rights of others to protest; however, we have a great love of truth and have little respect for those who distort truth for their own selfish purposes. All truth is from and of God and leads us closer to God.

Pray for peace and for Jesus to be merciful towards the dead, injured, and frightened of both sides.

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
    Matthew 5:9


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Source: Gaza and the Law of Armed Conflict



Blogger Steve Hayes said...

As the Bible says, 150 eyes for an eye, 150 teeth for a tooth.

That's proportionate, and if it was good enough for Moses it's good enough for me!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

>Steve Hayes said... "As the Bible says, 150 eyes for an eye, 150 teeth for a tooth."

I don't belive that is in the Bible. Do you have a citation? Seems more like an exageration of the Code of Hammurabi.

>"That's proportionate, and if it was good enough for Moses it's good enough for me!"

However, "150 eyes for an eye" is generally NOT proportionate as defined by the laws of war. As pointed out in our post, the internationally agreed definition of "proportion" is greatly misunderstood. Proportionality can only be judged by comparison to the status quo ante.

Thank you for taking time to comment. God bless... +Timothy

9:37 AM  
Blogger Thomas More said...

I think it is an error to say the burden is on an observer to prove that an act of war is disproportionate; the burden is on the combatant to demonstrate that the objective and methods are just.

The observer, whoever and wherever he may be, lacks the necessary information which is freely available to the decision makers to conclude with certitude.

Further, to claim that because someone is still resisting that whatever means are being used are, de facto, insufficient is a perversion of Just War doctrine (not to mention circular reasoning; by this standard any level of resistance to an occupier would justify any use of force by an aggressor until total submission was achieved).

If one is to be faithful to Christian teaching on war, you would have to reconcile the damage that is presented by the continued rocket attacks with that which is likely to be brought about by further combat, and whether a just outcome can be obtained, and whether the means to obtaining it are just.

I'm not saying that the current (or rather, recent) action by the Israelis is not just, but I am saying that I find these arguments deficient.

12:27 AM  

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