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    • Daniel Abrams
    • 17.10.09 | 00:39 (IST)

    The real problem with the report is that is based on a flawed concept of the laws of war. Historically they have been self enforcing. That is if one side violated them the the other side was free to reply in kind. Thus is you target civilians your civilians become fair game. The concept Goldstone was working under seems to be a football pitch where the players can be red carded when they break the rules. In the absence of a police force this becomes nonsense. A good example if the use of poison gas. With the exception of limited Japanese use of it in Burma it has never been used against a country that could reply in kind. Notice how quiet all the people who are screaming for Israeli scalps were when Iraq used poison gas against iran during its war of aggression against Iran. Notice also that when Lebanon launched a war of aggression against Israel a few years back none of these people called for the head if Nasrallah for Crimes Against the Peace.

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