Goldstone has now somewhat modified his originally harsh assessment of Cast Lead. In the eyes of world opinion, his op-ed will not be perceived as a change of heart, but as yet another demontration of Israel's ability to stifle critics and, when failing that, to browbeat an offender into abject, groveling public contrition, to serve as an example to others. No matter what the UN decides or Goldstone says, world perception of Cast Lead will remain unchanged. It will be fixed in our minds by photo images of burning phosphorous bombs raining down on undefended civilians; children run screaming in terror. We saw the shots of small , disfigured bodies horribly scarred. That's all we need here. (How many actually read Goldstone's original report anyway, and how many his retraction in the Wash Post? We are a graphics-driven world.) Cast Lead is only one piece of a graphic portrait. We also see the continuing daily oppression in the blockade of Gaza. We see the IDF murder of would-be humanitarian recuers at sea. We remember the attacks on civilian Lebanon in 2006. Going back further, we remember Sabra and Shatila, Deir Yassin, the King David Hotel, Irgun, Haggenah. All these years, nothing has changed. Nothing Goldstone says now will alter the global perception. On the contrary, by perhaps brow-beating the UN now to exonerate Cast Lead, Israel will only reaffirm the perceptions. Israel is determined, on top of everything else, to murder the truth and to steer discourse their way But the photographs don't lie.
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