The second pillar, which debuted in the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, is to nest Hamas fighters and rocket launchers among the densely packed Gazan population and force Israel into a war where it can only defeat or deter Hamas if it risks war-crimes charges. No one here will explicitly say so, but one need only study this war to understand that Israel considers it central to its deterrence strategy that neither Hamas nor Hezbollah will “outcrazy us.” I don’t believe Israel was targeting Gaza civilians — I believe it tried to avoid them — but, at the end of the day, it was not deterred by the prospect of substantial collateral civilian casualties. Hamas used Gaza’s civilians as war-crimes bait. And Israel did whatever was necessary to prove to Hamas, “You will not outcrazy us out of this region.” It was all ugly. This is not Scandinavia.
What does "This is not Scandinavia" mean? Why does Thomas Friedman precede that sentence by "It was all ugly"?
EDIT: In a Google search, I also found http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/central-south-asia/65337-india-just-woke-up-north-korea-what-11.html, which says:
As I condemn those anonymous instigational mischief mongers who started this whole spiral of violence. Neither should be spared the full weight of the law. Because frankly I hold both responsible.
Once again this proves what I have been saying to the Ivory Tower residents here. This is India. This is not Scandinavia. Use your brains. Be responsible, be vigilant, clamp down if you see or know someone who's doing something you feel has the potential to hurt others. Do not be silent. Do not be apathetic. And do not let false loyalty come in the way of doing what is right.