NATO began its war against Milosevic and the United States began its war against the Taliban with extended bombing campaigns. What do we know about the numbers of civilians killed, wounded or displaced and the monetary damage that both bombing campaigns cost?
And did the Europeans or the Arab League condemn the US or NATO for a “barbarous attack” against civilians?
These questions are not simply rhetorical: it is important to know. Ha’aretz quoted Ehud Olmert last week as saying that the Europeans were in no position to criticize Israel when NATO bombing killed 10,000 civilians in Serbia and Kosovo. I don’t know whether his numbers are right, but they are plausible.
Is there any principled justification for thinking Israel barbaric in Lebanon and NATO not so in Kosovo and the US not so in Afghanistan?
I suspect that there may be some sharp comments. In the words of Mr. Black, try not to shoot anybody in the face.