Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kosovo and Gaza- Spot the difference

The UN reports:

"serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity."

Will 'liberal interventionists' and neocons be calling for the arrest and prosecution of Israel's leaders for war crimes, as they called for the arrest and prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic and other leading Yugoslav figures in the 1990s?

Don't hold your breath.

UPDATE: A propos of the UN report, the website Aaronovitch Watch provides us with a timely reminder of the 'Euston Manifesto', bible of the pro-war faux-left.

We hold the fundamental human rights codified in the Universal Declaration to be precisely universal, and binding on all states and political movements, indeed on everyone. Violations of these rights are equally to be condemned whoever is responsible for them and regardless of cultural context.

They forgot to add 'except if these rights are violated by Israel'.

1 comment:

vladimir gagic said...

This report fell on deaf ears. Even worse, when NATO kills civilians in Afghanistan, no one seems to care. Those are my hard earned tax dollars paying for those bombs. I also noticed that NATO, and the Americans in particular, like to claim the Taliban/Iraqis/al queda inflate civilian deaths by planting bodies, and it appears no one disputes that assertion. Yet when Serbian leaders say the same thing regarding civilian deaths in Bosnia or Kosovo, they are called revisionists and apologists by the very same people.