WAR CRIMES July 19, 2006Posted by wmmbb in Category to be ascribed.
There are, we are told, about 25,000 Australians in Lebanon, and given the bombing of Beirut Airport, as well as the roads and bridges in the country, and the limited number of vessels available to ship them out, most of these people are still trapped in a Lebanon of diminishing possibilities and a significant refugee crisis, (via the LA Times).
Furthermore, we are told that Israel would not suspend its military aggression against civilian and other targets to allow for the passage out of Australian citizens. Therefore, has Israel by attacking Lebanon in effect uncompromisingly attacked Australia? This would be the same contention in relation to the effect of the Bali bombing. I would not be making this suggestion if, for example, the Israelis had sought – I do not know how – to track down and incapacitate the trucks, or other vehicles, used to launch missile strikes, or more practically sought dialogue with Hizbullah.
As it is, Israel stands accused of war crimes, representing a bitter irony given the Nuremburg Trials are one basis for this indictment. A small part of the murderous evidence in photographs is available here.
Juan Cole makes the case for war crimes.
Rami G Khouri, of The Daily Star, is seeking to get back to his Beirut home, in a remarkedly measured report, so as to stand against the Israeli assualt.