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    • r cummings
    • 21.10.09 | 15:06 (IST)

    implicate Israel in war crimes.' Yup, probably the tooth fairy or Easter bunny. Seriously Middlestanian, the Pentagon ordering the IDF to commit war crimes? You are having a laugh, yes? It is blindingly obvious that the Israeli Government, with an election coming up, sought to present itself as firm, decisive war leaders whom the electorate could depend on. Trouble was, there was no war, the Gaza ceasefire was holding and rockets had shrunk to a trickle. Easy answer - break the ceasefire, that got the rockets going again. The war had to be quick - done and dusted before election week - with no major loss of Israeli life. So easy answer: ignore Geneva Convention, blitz Gaza with everything we've got, pull out in time and claim Hamas used human shields, to justify civilian casualties. It could have worked. However, they lost the election. And then the world reacted. The facts M, only the facts.

    from the article: Deputy PM to Haaretz: Israel must probe Gaza war
    First published 02:00 21.10.09 | Last updated 13:06 21.10.09
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