one aspect of a true democracy is that every act can be examined openly afterward. to close this option for the army is to move towards a military dictatorship. cast lead was justified and effective in stopping hamas rocketting. but unnecessary and cruel and foolish acts were also committed by IDF forces, some by individuals, some by policy. the overall justice of the action is clear, but israel's refusal to examine some details only leads to greater suspicion that there is something to be hidden. clean the laundry in public, and don't confuse the righteous from the criminal parts. democray and israel's own credibility is at stake.
U.S. Democratic Senator Merkley airs support for Iran nuclear deal (Reuters)
from the article: Investigating the IDF would be the real war crime