1. When someone sympathizes with the aggressor in a conflict because that party is getting hurt more, disregarding
that they (the "Tom") have actually started
by attacking the "Jerry" and therefore deserve what they get.
2. Imposing unreasonably high moral standards on someone defending
themselves from a violent attack, often as an excuse to support the attacker.
"Man, I know Carlos was about to beat him up, but that little
shouldn't have broken
"Dude, Tom and Jerry Effect."
"I guess you're right."
"Damnit, why can't the Israelis just go home
"They've got a right to be there."
"Well then why do they have to kill so many innocent Arabs with such
"Because the Arabs attacked them first. Israel
is the Jerry and Palestine is the Tom. Get over it."