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Deadly Logic

Deadly Logic

According to the UN's top human rights official, the side that sustains more fatalities is less to blame.

by The Jerusalem Post Editorial

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post published on Friday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour apportioned more blame to Israel than to Hizbullah for last summer's conflict.

Additionally, according to her avowed perception of the ongoing confrontations on the Gaza front, human rights abuses "were particularly acute in the occupied Palestinian territory." The Gazans' "right to life was particularly imperiled," she concluded, because of "policies and practices" related to Israel's security measures.

It must be noted that Arbour's five-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority afforded her a unique opportunity to see things from the vantage point of targeted Israeli civilians in Sderot. Her visit there coincided with yet another Kassam rocket barrage, this time claiming the life of Yaakov Yaakobov, a 43-year-old fork-lift operator who couldn't reach cover quickly enough. She was taken to the plant where he was slain and where others were wounded before their blood could be mopped off.

Sderot's outraged citizenry had no patience for her skewed sanctimony. She was angrily shouted down and had to be whisked away from folks whose anguished cries gave voice to the charge that both she and the organization she represents "are against us."

Arbour should have realized that there are very raw emotions and grievances on the Israeli side.

But the impact didn't seem to deter her from the UN's routine resort to the devil's arithmetic - morality by body count. The side that sustains more fatalities is judged as more aggrieved.

Such were Arbour's calculations during her Post interview. She did berate the shelling of Israeli civilians, and she lent lip service to Israel's right to protect its population, but she averred that Israel is at fault even if civilians are accidentally killed during Israeli strikes.

"There is very little distinction," she intoned, "between recklessness and intent."

The bottom line is that if terrorists -- be they in Lebanon or Gaza -- target Israelis deliberately from crowded townships, whose inhabitants are conscripted as human shields, then Israel has no right to preempt such attacks, lest the human shields come in harm's way.

Arbour is willfully turning a blind eye to the question of responsibility for the bloodshed -- on both sides.

The tragic irony is that this logic runs directly counter to that of the UN's own charter. One wonders whether Arbour has read that charter or agrees with it, given that the charter's logic -- that peace must be maintained by identifying, punishing, and defending against aggression -- is inescapable.

Israel is being pilloried for behaving precisely as the UN charter recommends.

Arbour is willfully turning a blind eye to the question of responsibility for the bloodshed -- on both sides. It should not be surprising that aggressors try to confuse the issue of responsibility by conflating attacker and defender into a morally homogeneous "cycle of violence." But the fact is that there is no predetermined or senseless "cycle of violence."

This terminology is part and parcel of Arab propaganda which the UN promotes. Its raison d'etre is to undermine Israel's moral position. This is why the UN initiates investigations into Israel's responses and not into the aggression of those who kindle the conflict in the first place.

The monstrosity of Arab aggression mushrooms unrelentingly before our eyes. As Arbour was being interviewed, Hamas sent a grandmother suicide-bomber to her death. The evil of drafting anyone - from juveniles to elderly women - to function as human-guided missiles does not seem to factor into the UN amoral arithmetic.

The UN Charter's premise cannot be escaped, no matter how present UN powers-that-be warp it.

Aggressors must be fought and self-defense is a fundamental right. The only way that Israel can be seen as the aggressor in this conflict is if our very existence is a form of aggression.

This, of course, is the open message of the jihadi forces arrayed against Israel and the West: Hamas, Hizbullah, Syria, and Iran. We are not surprised that those who want to destroy us think, act, and speak in this way. So long as the UN's idea of peace differs, and includes Israel's existence in freedom and security, then its officials need to refresh their understanding of the precepts upon which their organization was founded.

Courtesy of the Jerusalem Post.

December 3, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Mil_Kra, December 8, 2006 7:18 PM

UN against Jews

The entire world is gradually uniting itself against global Jews not only against the State of Israel. Its goal -not only the goal of Iran, Hammas, Syria and Hizbollah - is to annihilate all Jews from the surface of Earth.

From this point of view the only way how not only defend ourselves but to CREATE MORE STATES OF ISRAEL (!) is to globally unite ourselves against UN. Let's unite our money, influence, ideas, minds, weaponry, police, secret services, ... and let's use the tactics of our enemies: TERRORISM. And let's do it everywhere not only close around us.

I am sure that if we do this strategy wisely and with daily consultation with our God of Israel, we will - one day down the history road - get the world under our control. The present State of Israel cannot and will not accomplish that all alone and only with the "moral" support of the rest of Jews in the world as it is now.

(3) Ben, November 30, 2006 10:52 AM


I'm not 'full' jewish, but am keen to get to know my Jewish families history & turmoils.I'm livin in London, UK, and even over here i can feel a great sense of hatred against the Jewish community. And even in a Christian country, such as England, i have noticed alot of 'militant' muslim youths, who go around in gangs to beat, rob, stab and even kill (to a certain degree) all non-muslims. The above article further enforces my beliefs that the muslim world are mostly 'all' trying to 'terminate' Jewish people (followed closely by ALL non-muslims. I think this world is in a sad state. After 2000 years of anti-semitism and hatred towards Jewish people, the world is still in this terrible situation, which is getting worse daily. Will the world ever learn from its mistakes?

(2) MichaelCunningham, November 27, 2006 4:04 AM

World response to purposeful Arab aggression never ceases to amaze me. Is the US and UN hoping that we will simply go away?

(1) PeteKleff, November 26, 2006 10:51 AM

United Nations - A Sad Tyranny

The United Nations like its predecessor, the League of Nations, is founded upon the invalid concept that as with humanity all states are created equal. Thus, we see a tyranny in the UN by terrorist states. The UN, just as its predecessor, has long outlived its usefulness. The world will be better off when it collapses. The sooner the better.

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