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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Richard Goldstone's moral inversion

Melanie Phillips does quite a takedown of the Goldstone Report just based on her 'first reading.'
With this cynical veneer, Goldstone does worse even than establish a moral equivalence between the instigators of genocidal violence and those who were attempting to defend themselves against it. He presents Israel, the victims of such aggression, as war criminals and the Palestinians, the actual instigators of terror, as its victims. This is not moral equivalence but moral inversion.

He acknowledges no such crimes by Hamas within Gaza itself -- not least against other Palestinians -- such as turning the entire population of Gaza into hostages by siting its rockets and terrorist infrastructure amongst that population and additionally using them as human shields. Even worse, he presents the Palestinian aggressors as victims of Israel, requiring Israel to make reparation to those from whose houses and streets it was being attacked. No reparations to Israel are required from any Palestinians, even though Goldstone accepts that Hamas committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by firing thousands of missiles at its civilians.
Indeed. As I noted in an earlier post, one of the most striking things about this report is how despite all of the video evidence to the contrary (which was available on YouTube without the cooperation of the Israeli government), the Goldstone Commission denied the use of human shields by Hamas while insisting that it was Israel who used 'Palestinians' as human shields. That is indeed an inversion of reality.

Read the whole thing.


At 9:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Carl,

Note this article from YNet


"The Goldstone report also condemns the IDF's use of flechette shells, which release 4-cm metal darts on impact, and says that despite their legality according to international law they should not be used in populated areas. "

Literally this report is more based on opinion than anything else. The small excerpt above is just to prove my point. He was supposed to examine the legality, not give a personal opinion of whether something should not be used. But flechettes are not okay, because he says so!

At 9:46 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel was within its rights to refuse to cooperate with a process designed to lay the blame upon it not to seek the truth. The Goldstone report is quite a simply a pack of self-serving lies whose relationship to the truth is like night to day.

It was meant to inflict maximum political damage upon Israel and for a Jew like Goldstone to lend his hand to than endeavor is just about the lowest thing I've ever witnessed in all my years upon this earth.


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