The excellent Matt Bruenig looks at a statement saying that the Israeli are “clearly justified” in fighting back, and uses that as a grid of analysis on September 11.
I am not saying the Pentagon attack was or wasn’t justified, but I am curious as to what writers like Damon Linker think about it. Our National Security writers (which I admittedly only read during big events) seem willing to adjudge the justness of bombings elsewhere, but I’ve never quite seen the stamp of Just War approval on attacks that hit their own countries. When British soldiers (military targets) are slaughtered in the streets in response to British military aggression against Muslims abroad, I see only outrage. When America gets peppered from time to time for its misdeeds around the globe (which far outpace anything Gazans do), I also only see outrage.
Do these war writers mentally fail to apply their own Just War reasoning to strikes against the West? Or are they just afraid to write pieces featuring the kinds of conclusions such an application would seem to entail?