Tuesday, March 31, 2009

99.7% + Michael Yon

Old comment thread, from when Israel was fighting Hamas in Gaza.  I kept meaning to post it, and meaning to post it:  today's the day!

  1. Alex

    The fighting tactics and ideology of Hamas are a “case study par excellence” of a systematic violation of international humanitarian law, according to Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister and a leading expert in international law.

    First ... deliberate targeting of civilians is in and of itself a war crime,” he noted, referring to the Hamas rockets fired at southern towns for eight years.

    Second ... Hamas attacks [from within] civilian areas and civilian structures, whether it be an apartment building, a mosque or a hospital, in order to be immune from a response from Israel….Civilians are protected persons, and civilian areas are protected areas. Any use of a civilian infrastructure to launch bombs is itself a war crime.”

    Third ..."misuse and abuse of humanitarian symbols for purposes of launching attacks is called the perfidy principle. For example, using an ambulance to transport fighters or weapons or disguising oneself as a doctor in a hospital, or using a UN logo or flag, are war crimes.”

    Fourth ... public incitement to genocide. "The Hamas covenant itself is a standing incitement to genocide.”

    Fifth ... scope of the attack on civilians ... upgrades the violation to a crime against humanity. “When you deliberately hit civilians not infrequently but in a systematic, widespread attack, that’s defined in the treaty of the International Criminal Court and international humanitarian law as a crime against humanity.”

    Final war crime ... recruitment of children into armed conflict.

    “When Israel responds and civilians are killed because Israel is targeting an area from which rockets were launched, then it is Hamas which bears responsibility for the deaths, and not Israel, according to international law.”

    See also International Law and the Fighting in Gaza - Justus Reid Weiner and Avi Bell (Global Law Forum-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

  2. gcotharn

    I think, also, valuable perspective can be gleaned from Richard Landes and Richard Fernandez.

    Since 1950,

    .3% of Muslims killed by military action have been killed by Israel.

    99.7% have been killed by others.

    We do an awful lot of ignoring of the 99.7%.

Photos from inside the Gaza tunnels.

Michael Yon reports from Sderot.

Why are we potentially importing 100,000+ Palestinians into America? Allow me, here, to publicly appreciate and laud Mexicans. Mexican immigrants: 
1) want to participate in our constitutional republic, 
2) have an excellent work ethic, and 
3) believe murder is a sin. 

Palestinians: not so much, in any area.

Barack sending $900M of taxpayer money to Hamas

Israeli Arab journalist tours U.S. Campuses: 

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