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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Only Israel Deserves Condemnation Again

How does the Vatican explain their insensitive and illogical omission of Israel as victims of terrorism? It singled out Israel for criticism, saying that that beleaguered nation’s responses to attacks against its civilians was “not always compatible with the rules of international law.”

Who flawlessly follows international law? asks Alan Dershowitz.

Writes Dershowitz:

This seems to justify the killing of civilians as a protest against violation of international law. If that “moral” position is not bizarre enough, let us turn to the actual facts. Egypt’s response to terrorism is far, far more violative of international law than Israel’s. Egypt routinely tortures – I mean really tortures to death – suspected terrorists, to say nothing of mere dissidents. Turkey’s record is not all that much better. The U.S. and Great Britain have killed many more civilians in responding to terrorism in Iraq than Israel has done. So even if the Vatican’s statement of principle were morally acceptable – which it surely is not – that principle would in no way justify leaving Israel off a list that includes many worse violators of international law.

Stick to theology and leave international law to Amnesty International and other fools, thank you.

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