Monday, January 05, 2009

On War Crimes.

The trick with war crimes is to able to get away with it.

Israel seems to be able to do that for some time now. Any modern warfare supposes a high level of civilian casualties; there are estimates that claim that up to 90% of the casualties in modern warfare are civilians. In the US we call them 'collateral damage' rather than call them 'civilian casualties'. I don't know what the Israelis call them but I'm sure it's something impersonal and detached like the term used by the US policymakers and media.

One necessary ingredient about getting away with war crimes is to belong to the right club. The perpetrator needs to be an ally of the US and to a lesser degree the EU. These are the countries that control the public opinion where it matters and are the ones who prosecute the war criminals if they get a chance. The Serbs did not belong to this club so we see their criminals punished at the Haague. The Palestinians are not even considered to be victims let alone victims of war crimes.

This is not some revelation but it's the sad reality.

11 comments:

Ani said...

Probably the Israelis call it "pest control."

The most important reason that this Israelis can get away with this is the guilt that Europe and the U.S. can't shake in the creation of the Zionist idea. It's not so much that they're pro-Israeli as that they're the reason Israel exists, instead of a mixed-ethnicity Palestine.

A beautiful, balanced, and insightful look at what was, and what happened, is this one:

www.wwnorton.com/catalog/spring07/032984.htm

City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

A profoundly human take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen through the eyes of six families, three Arab and three Jewish.

nazarian said...

The US or the Europeans do not condemn Israel because they do similar things themselves and Israel has influential backers in these countries so it's an ally.

If we are to be pragmatic, war crimes can be a necessary component of waging hostilities by a state even if it's tragic for the victims and the persons actually perpetrating them. That is one reason why the modern armies try to distance the people doing the killing from the people being killed (the latest example being the Predators operated by someone sitting in a room in Miami and blowing up someone else in Pakistan).

Ani said...

The Israel-Palestinian conflict is my least favorite thing in the world to think about. But I'm sure glad that Bush and Condi took care of it like they promised before they left...

Haik said...

Dont be surprised to see more suicide bombers in the near future. What a person who lost his whole family is expected to do?
The west continuously fails to understand the Eastern psyche.

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

Yeah, it's my least favorite topic, too, but it is one of the most important ones, because the future of West Asia (aka the "Middle East") and, perhaps, by extension, a big chunk of the world hangs in the balance.

It's one of my least favorite topics because there is so much disinformation and general bullshit out there about it that it is next to impossible to have a discussion about it.

As far as I'm concerned, however, the problem is quite straightforward: The Israeli ruling class is holding the Israeli middle and lower classes hostage by telling them that the Arabs are frothing at the mouth waiting to kill them and that the only people protecting them from the crazy Arabs is the Israeli military machine.

Anonymous said...

jews own and rule this shitty planet of theirs, and there is nothing that can be done about it. its known as GOLDEN RULE, he who holds the most gold>>>RULES. and last i checked jews have owned the gold now (aka: money) since its creation by jews some 2000 years ago

don't know what the Israelis call it...they call it "GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER, BECAUSE THEY ARE EXEMPT FROM CONCEQUENCES" their REAL bible the talmud (not the bullshit torah) reveals all abou jews and their "special" needs

anyway, screw them both, i hope jews and sand niggers MURDER each other off this planet, all semites are parasites. when they die we ARYAN HAYS can take over...finally!

nazarian said...

Oh, boy.

Ani said...

Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men!

Haik said...

Anyonimous it is interesting to know your opinion about the Free Masons.

Haik said...

and about Hitler and Musollini.

Ani said...

Actually, I was interested to learn that Jews created gold 2000 years ago. Guess that stuff in Troy was only fool's gold?