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    • Alterman
    • 23.03.11 | 14:51 (IST)

    ...my comment is about sarcasm: The world is a silly place governed by silly people and commented by silly talkbackers (I´m one of them, obviously). There are double and triple standards, realpolitik, "might is right", narrow interests, a specific and peculiar order in the Human Rights Council and in the Security Council. There is no "objectivity" here. It is not the actual facts that will dictate whether Goldstone will embark on additional fact-finding missions, but it is rather the political reality of a given moment in history that will have the last word. And - thousands of rockets rained down on Israel for years, but there were no calls for fact-finding about that, but then everybody woke up and became moral heroes when Israel launched "Cast Lead". Furthermore - the Goldstone report is flawed and based on preconceived notions. It does not adress the complicated aspects of "asymmetric warfare" (terrorists using civilan areas as base and protection when attacking civilians of a state). And - the report is not the "truth" or a "verdict", but - yes, a report. It does not hold up in a court (according to Goldstone). And while the sponsors of the Goldstone-Cast Lead-doctrine questions the right of Israel to act militarily in Gaza, then we have had our own investigations: officers and soldiers have been punished. Individual mistakes and even recklessness, but all in all - a "kosher" operation. And right now, as we speak/talkback, there are "collateral damage" in Libya. Acceptabel damage? Maybe. Where do You draw the line? And finally - the end of my comment is a question to Ehud and Binyamin: we can be smart and strong and courageous, but is it wise to launch "Cast Lead 2" - at this moment? I don´t know the answer.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Israel will continue to operate against terrorists in Gaza
    First published 10:32 23.03.11 | Last updated 10:32 23.03.11
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