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Not a war crime unless we say so

This decision certainly opens a can of worms.

The judge is saying that “a government official is immune
for a war crime, for killing people, if a government – in this case the Israelis and also the American government – says so,” LaHood said. “It makes the prohibition against war crimes almost meaningless.”

By that definition, suicide bombings in Israel are perfectly legal, so long as they are sanctioned by the Palestinian government.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

  • Andre,

    I think you mean Palestinian government in your second to last line. I don't recall any Israeli suicide bombings but I do recall plenty of Palestinian suicide bombings.

    However, even in that case it might still be problematic. Palestine was a government but it is not recognised as a state. IMHO a ruling like this – and it is only a District Court ruling in the US – would only apply to states.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Could I suggest that you read the Court's decision rather than interpret the words of the Plaintiff's attorney before rushing to the keyboard to vent your anger, as usual, against only one of the participants in this conflict?

    Perhaps the Palestine Authority which permitted a war criminal who masterminded the mass killing of Israeli citizens is deserving of far more criticism than you are prepared to mete out to him (which is not surprisingly, zero). After all, he did expose innocents to harm which is the way in which he and his ilk fight their asymetric warfare.

    There is no doubt that this conduct alone was a war crime in accordance with international law and that the PA was doing nothing to bring about his arrest for the many crimes he ommitted/was committing at the time of his demise.

  • Andre


    Thanks for pointing out the error.

    Even if the ruling were only to apply to states, this would exonerate countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan would it not?


    The issue, which is evidently lost on you, is not who is the more extreme terrorist or which sides were involved. Had you thought this through, you would have realized that this court decision and the precedent it creates has some serious implications in terms exonerating terrorists and governments that support them.

    I take it you are comfortable with this proposition?

    If this ruling is upheld, the actions of "a war criminal who masterminded the mass killing of Israeli citizens" could effectively be legitimized. Does that not bother you?

    It also begs the question, as to whether this means that as a proponent of government policy, like Saleh Shehada, are afforded a right to protection?

    This is clearly an example of monumental short sightedness. In their haste to absolve an Israeli minister of war crimes, the US Federal court has opened a major can of worms.

    Now remind me, which one of us is rushing to the keyboard to vent their anger?

  • Carrie Lewis


    What I'm suggesting is that you actually acquaint yourself with the decision of the Court directly from the source rather than what the Reuters article says the Plaintiff's legal representatives thought of the decision.

    The ruling in no way effectively legitimises the actions of the likes of Saleh Shehada as you suggest. On the other hand, the PA by its refusal to arrest him notwithstanding its written down commitments in a raft of agreements from Oslo (1993) to the Road Map (2003) effectively did that.

    I'll leave you however, to the last word as soon as you've read the Court’s decision and boned up on the law in this area.

  • Andre


    I have read the court's decision and it is pretty self explanatory.

    If you you are to blinkered by your ideology to understand it's consequences, so be it. What you are doing is all to obvious. You prefer to hide behind euphemisms like collateral damage when they involve Arabs, only appreciating the value of human life when they happen to be Jews.

    And trust me, you don't want to get yourself confused with Oslo, unless you are determined to shoot yourself in the foot.