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    • Richard
    • 13.04.10 | 00:01 (IDT)

    Following orders is not a defense to participating in or covering up war crimes. No one knows better than the Jews the consequences of silent complicity in the face of the extermination or persecution of an entire people. That said, the discussion and judgment of Anat Kam's conduct should start here: Is a soldier ever justified in revealing classified materials when a war crime is apparent? If not, we are back to silent complicity. The oath of a soldier, standing alone, is not a justification for doing nothing at all? Nor must such crimes be 'proven' before such disclosure is required. It is the judgment of a competent court or, in some cases, society as a whole to decide culpability of its military. All that said, are there limits on how such information can be revealed? There are. here is the chain of command first and foremost. If Tthat, and the military establishment at large responsible for the subject policy, then resort should be had with the courts.

    from the article: Anat Kam: I stole IDF documents to expose West Bank war crimes
    First published 16:30 12.04.10 | Last updated 17:49 12.04.10
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