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May 27, 2021

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition


Oh look! The United Nations is polishing its Jew-hating rhetoric. "What a shock!" Said no one ever.

This particular organ of the UN...the Human Rights Council...may be the anti-Semitic/Anti-Zionist star of the entire organization.

Notice the delightful structure of the quotation? Why, it's almost as if the UN and UPI wants people to think that Israel was the unprovoked aggressor in this and that the poor palestinians may have overreacted a bit.

U.N. human rights chief says Israel, Hamas may be guilty of war crimes in Gaza

Bachelet on Thursday condemned Israel for the strikes and Hamas for retaliating with rocket fire into Israel.

"Such strikes raise serious concerns of Israel's compliance with the principles of distinction and proportionality under international humanitarian law," Bachelet said in a statement.

"If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate in their impact on civilians and civilian objects, such attacks may constitute war crimes."

Bachelet added that Hamas likely broke international law by locating and firing military assets from densely populated civilian areas. She said an investigation must work to identify "systematic discrimination and repression" in Israel and Palestine.

The idea of proportionality in war is a relatively new idea, and it is an odd and counter-intuitive concept. But it has taken hold, particularly at the United Nations and its various international courts, which use it as a cudgel with which to beat Israel. What strikes me as maniacally inconsistent is the idea that a sovereign nation can react disproportionately to an attack on its citizens by a terrorist organization, yet there is no talk of terrorism as being disproportionate.

So one wonders what a proportional response to Hamas rockets should be? Obviously they fire them from densely populated areas, usually from schools or hospitals, so return fire is presumably unacceptable to the comfortable and safe UN officials living in The Hague and Geneva and NYC. Sternly worded letters to the UN? The filing of complaints at the World Court? Harsh tweets?

It is utter nonsense, and Israel is entirely within its natural rights to respond with overwhelming (yet surgically precise!) force against threats to its civilian population. What is even more ridiculous than the lopsided and obviously anti-Semitic blather from the UN organs of hate is the luck of the palestinian terror groups that it isn't the Russians or the Chinese responding to their terror, because there would be bodies piled high and not a building standing in Gaza if that were the case.

These people are alive because it is Israel, and that is both impressive and troubling, because only when they learn, brutally, that they will never win is there a possibility for an uneasy and cold peace.

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