Here's my reply:
Thanks for the serious reading and the links, of course. If someone had told me a few years ago that I'd be coming out against democracy and other holy pc cows, I wouldn't have had believed it.
Remember the scud missile attacks of the Gulf War, a peculiar situation when the US attacked Iraq, and Iraq then bombed Israel? In Israel hardly an injury, and of course the hundreds of Arab bombs on Gush Katif, ditto. Then one scud on American barracks and a couple of dozen US soldiers killed.
That irrational element was G-d, and that's why the spies weren't supposed to think pragmatically.