Mr. Goldstone's brief was to inspect the transgressions of international law during the fighting in Gaza. The brief was given him by the United Nations and did not include war crimes committed by other nations at other times. One can only hope that if he is assigned to look into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka, his inquiry will be as fair and complete as that done in Gaza. The use of overwhelming force by the IDF in Gaza probably resulted in fewer deaths of Israeli soldiers, for which any number of Israeli mothers, fathers, wives and children are no doubt thankful. But the too often discounting of civilian deaths from such tactics by the IDF in Gaza is invidious; not to admit it is just that which gains us the increasing alienation from the rest of the world.
Israeli teen lightly wounded from stone throwing in West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba (Haaretz)
from the article: Goldstone: Punish commanders who broke laws in Gaza