Would the international community really be biased in a free-for-all investigation of the Gaza flotilla incident? There is the distinct possibility that it would, that bias being very unlikely to favour the Israeli position. Could an Israel-led investigation be accused of a similar self-serving tendency ? Very probably so. Ergo, the expectation must be that no such undertaking can produce a truly viable result, one in which the vast majority of fair-minded and rational people would find acceptance and be able to act upon with some real prospect of success. More than likely, it would represent just another inconclusive probing into the rights and wrongs of this whole affair. The problem, therefore, is to find a solution that, by and large, eliminates the inherent bias to be found in any such critique of the situation. One might begin by acknowledging the impossibility of removing such a stumbling block. If such is to be the case, then we must seek to factor bias into whatever remedy we choose, to balance its influence as far as humanly possible and even make use of it in a way that works to the best advantage of everyone involved. http://yorketowers.blogspot.com There is bias here, of course, but this bias is acceptable because it can be affected, positively or negatively, by all those concerned. In other words, bias and self-interest can become of immeasurable benefit if placed in the correct context. Ultimately, it may be well within our power to bias-off this entire conflict. And not a few others into the bargain.
German authorities accused of playing down refugee shelter sex crime reports (Reuters)