Those of you who haven't yet discovered neo-neocon should read her superbly written post Silence of the lambs. In it she defends the necessary evil of targeting terrorists, even if they cowardly hide behind civilians.
Just an excerpt: "To deplore the killing of innocents is easy, especially when there are no immediate consequences for doing so. Safe in Western countries, protected by freedom of speech and all the wonders it entails, it is easy to forget the truth of what Orwell said..People sleep peacebly in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. It is easy to forget that such violence can never be perfectly targeted solely at the guilty. Nevertheless, we must do our best to see that as few lambs as possible are led to the slaughter."
As they say in the blog biz, read the whole thing.