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    • Morris Valentine
    • 27.02.10 | 17:55 (IST)

    ... by re-opening this inquiry? Yes, even war supposedly has laws governing its conduct, to ameliorate its worst aspects. But the problem with this noble idea, is that war represents a breakdown of the laws which would normally govern relationships between nations. War is lawless. It's vicious. It's bloody. It's the worst passions of Humanity coming to the fore. But sometimes, there is no other choice but war. The UN is ploughing old ground by re-addressing what was, at best, a controversial report (Goldstone) issued by controversial people, on the conduct of a war which inflamed those worst passions in both adversaries. The UN would better serve the interests of Israel and the Palestinians by enquiring on the conflict's root causes. It may ask: Did Hamas violate Israel's sovereignty through rocket attacks? Did Hamas endanger Israeli civilians? Did Israel repeatedly warn Hamas to cease doing so? How else should a sovereign nation respond to such repeated provocations?

    from the article: UN urges further Gaza war inquiry from Israel, Palestinians
    First published 18:37 26.02.10 | Last updated 22:41 26.02.10
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