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View Diary: Why I'm Rejecting Rabbi Yoffie's Call for Progressive Jews to Support Israel's Bombing of Gaza (328 comments)

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  •  I'm not sure this is true. (0+ / 0-)

    As a counterexample, consider the Paraguayan War of 1864 - 1870.  Paraguay fought Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay...and lost.

    One estimate places total Paraguayan losses — through both war and disease — as high as 1.2 million people, or 90% of its pre-war population.  A different estimate places Paraguayan deaths at approximately 300,000 people out of its 500,000 to 525,000 prewar inhabitants.  According to Steven Pinker the war killed more than 60% of the population of Paraguay, making it proportionally the most destructive war in modern times.
    I am NOT trying to conflate this and the Holocaust.  I am using this as an example of how having a nominally secure state certainly does not prevent someone else from coming in and killing a large majority of your citizens.

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