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Sunday, 18 October 2009

Colonel Kemp's UN testimony on Gaza

I was fascinated to read Colonel Richard Kemp's testimony to the UN Human Rights Council on the Gaza War. I agree with his expert opinion and would recommend this (short) piece to anyone interested in the politics of the Middle East - this really deserves to be seen.

1 comment:

  1. Colonel Kemp claimed 'Israel did more to safeguard civilians in a war-zone than any other army in the history of warfare'.

    I find the claim preposterous. A simple example of an army doing more than Israel in Gaza 2009 is when Israel entered Jenin in Operation Defensive Shield in 2002. Israel then used more foot-soldiers rather than bombing indiscriminately from the air.

    While I believe that Israel did not act 'more' immorally than the Americans and British troops in Iraq (for example), I still think that had the several hundred dead civilians been Israelis, there would've been a national outcry in Israel. Furthermore, being 'less immoral' is similar to being 'less of a prostitute' in the famous anecdote of George Bernard Shaw - http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=11508.

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