...causing vastly disproportionate terror, a doctrine that traces back to the 1950s.
causing disproportionate terror, or "frightfulness" is a tactic which gave be traced back to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066, if not earlier.
... the latest U.S.-Israeli attack [The US did not participate in Israel’s actions taken in self-defence] on helpless Palestinians was launched ...
Mahmoud Zahar, a top Hamas strongman in Gaza promised to "crush" Israeli Defence Forces, he obviously did not consider themselves to be helpless. Hamas posses Oghab, Fajr-3 / Ra'ad, Grad and WeiShi rockets which they have rained down on Israeli civilians; hardly helpless. Musheir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman in the Palestinian Legislative Council, said (Filastin al-‘An website, December 24) that the rockets which had been launched were only the first message and threatened to extend the attacks beyond what had been carried out so far. He guaranteed that Israel would “be hit in a way it had never been before,” and that he was not afraid of Israel. He obviously did not believe that they were helpless.
Only a sanctimonious pseudo-intellectual writing in the comfort and security of the urban west would describe Hamas led Gaza as being helpless, and vilify Israel’s right to exist and defend itself. Of course, Noam Chomsky is not going to let little things like the facts or the truth get in the way of her anti-semitism.