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“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths a statistic. ” — Stalin
Painfully, Stalin had a point. It occurs to me that if Israel has to kill 15,000 or 115,000 Palestinians, it wouldn’t change the opinions of almost anyone. The actual number won’t be relevant to most people. Oddly, I suspect that killing more Palestinians would make Israel more amenable to Saudi Arabia.
As Machiavelli said, “it is much safer to be feared than loved because …love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
If Israel wins, there is a shot that Saudi Arabia will make peace with Israel. I doubt that the deaths of Palestinians will matter much in Riyadh. It is power and will that ensures survival. Not humanitarian reverence for life.
I suspect Douglas Murray agrees with me.