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The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Friday to endorse a Gaza war crimes report that calls on Israel and Hamas to investigate alleged abuses, or face possible referral to international war crimes prosecutors.
What was the U.S. position?
The move — which was opposed by six nations, including the United States — means Israel could find itself facing a request at the U.N. Security Council to refer the case to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, a move likely to be blocked by Washington.
If you recall, a highly sophisticated Israeli military attacked a trapped civilian population in the Gaza Strip to allegedly stop homemade rockets from being launched into Israel from Gaza. The nature of the slaughter is witnessed in these fatality numbers....
Almost 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed during the Dec. 27-Jan. 18 conflict.
Homemade rockets simply can't compete with helicopter gunships. By my math, I come up with over 100 Palestinian deaths for each Israeli death. Might be a revised Israeli take on the "eye for an eye" thing, it's difficult to tell.
The U.N. report found....
The 575-page document concluded that Israel used disproportionate force, deliberately targeted civilians, used Palestinians as human shields and destroyed civilian infrastructure during its incursion into the Gaza Strip to root out Palestinian rocket squads.
"deliberately targeted civilians"....half of the Gaza dead were women and children. Half.
The report is not simply one sided...
It also accused Palestinian armed groups including Hamas, which controls Gaza, of deliberately targeting civilians and trying to spread terror through years of rocket attacks on southern Israel.
The U.S. voted against endorsing the report which recommended this...
The report recommends that the 15-member Security Council require both sides in the conflict to show within six months that they are carrying out independent and impartial investigations into alleged abuses.
How will the U.S. stand up for transparency and justice over this matter?.....
The United States is likely to use its veto (on U.N. Security Council) to block any call to get the International Criminal Court involved in the dispute over Gaza or to take action against Israel.
The last paragraph of the AP news piece includes this "no sh*t Sherlock" sentence....
Arab and African countries will likely point to any U.S. efforts to block referral to the international court as an example of double standards,
Why would "Arab and African countries" call U.S. efforts to block referrals by the U.N. to an international court a "double standard?"....
...it was Western countries that referred Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court in March for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes...
Although George W. Bush often insisted, incredulously, that "they hate us because of our freedoms"....you needn't look any further than this action by the U.S. to understand what might cause some Muslims to hate America.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration is taking the same misguided path, protecting and defending Israeli aggression and potential war crimes from being investigated and adjudicated, as the Obama administration has taken in protecting and defending the two American war crimes leaders, Bush and Cheney, from investigation and adjudication.
Neither decision, in the long run, will work out well.
I'm sure that inherent American and Israeli "exceptionalism" is the justification for blocking investigations into war crimes.
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