February 3, 2010
Who is right? Who is wrong?
Last week, the Israeli Government responded to the Goldstone Report again--first denying deny that they had committed war crimes, and then going through a charade that even their own media saw through quickly over phosphorus bombs in Gaza.
As expected on the anniversary of the feeing of Aushewitz by the allies in WWII, Israel again denied they had committed war crimes in Gaza and demanded that the UN stop its further investigation as suggested by the Goldstone Report approved by the General Assembly. They will submit their report, but take no further action.
Then, later in the week, it became even more curious as Israel first denied that they had used phosphorus in Gaza; backtracked as said they did, but that it was legal to do so; and then announced they were disciplining tow generals for the use of the bombs. Their final bizarre act was to deny that they were disciplining the officers for their use of phosphorus. All very interesting.
This week, the replies messaging turns to Hamas, which today (2-3) has decided that the hundreds of rockets sent into israel were not war crimes at all. As reported in the Jerusalem Post:
"In the aftermath of the war, most criticism has been leveled at Israel, charging it with using disproportionate force and the destruction in Gaza. About 1,400 Gazans were killed, many of them civilians. The UN commission said Israel intentionally targeted civilians, an allegation Israel hotly denied.
The Hamas report will be submitted to the UN later this week, said the official, Mohammed al-Ghoul. Its argument is that rockets fired from Gaza were meant to hit military targets, but because they are unguided, they hit civilians by mistake.
Palestinian terrorists fired some 800 rockets and mortar shells into Israel during the war, killing three civilians, wounding about 80 and slightly injuring more than 800.
Hundreds of rockets pelted the border town of Sderot, where there are no military bases. They also hit cities as far away as Beersheba, about 40 kilometers from Gaza. Most Israelis in rocket range stayed in bomb shelters, avoiding further casualties."
You have to give Hamas credit for bravado. How does killing a water fountain in Sderot turn out to be rockets aimed a military targets? As indicated, they intend to submit their report, but undertake no further investigation.
That leaves everything up to the Secuity Council where, due to the diligence of the US in devfending everything Israeli, there will be no further invetigation of what really happened.
That's democracy for you. Politics before truth every time.