Tuesday, October 17, 2006

HRW and its Attackers--the 2006 Lebanon war as a case in point

The New York Review of Books: The Attack on Human Rights Watch: "According to Jan Egeland, under-secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, Israel dropped well over 90 percent of its cluster bombs in the seventy-two hours between the time when the Security Council resolution on a cease-fire was adopted in New York and when the resolution went into effect on August 14. He reported that the UN had identified some 359 cluster-bomb strike locations in which more than 100,000 unexploded small bombs would continue to maim and kill civilians for a long time to come.[18] In this respect, cluster bombs are similar to land mines in their effect.

The New York Sun concluded one of its editorials by saying:

When the history of this period is written, the record will show that during the war against Israel and the Jewish people, Human Rights Watch and Kenneth Roth joined in the effort to demonize the Jewish state at a time when righteous individuals were trying to defend it.[19]

It is usually futile to argue with people who believe that the righteousness of their cause justifies illegal means. Yet Human Rights Watch pointed out that the Israel Defense Forces had responded constructively to its reports, in some cases asking for additional details in order to follow up with its own internal investigations. As often seems to be the case, it is far easier to discuss "

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