FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just to take one comparison, consider the recent wars waged by
Nor did we see the Nuremburg-type rallies that were directed against
The accusation of war crimes is nothing more than a tactic selectively invoked by
When I raised this concern in a recent debate, my opponent accused me of changing the subject. He said we are talking about
Well, you can’t just talk about Jews. Nor can you just talk about the Jewish state. Any discussion of war crimes must be comparative and contextual. If
If Israel, and Israel alone among democracies fighting defensive wars, were ever to be charged with “war crimes,” that would mark the end of international human rights law as a neutral arbitrator of conduct. Any international tribunal that were to charge Israel, having not charged the many nations that have done far worse, will lose any remaining legitimacy among fair-minded people of good will,
If the laws of war in particular, and international human rights in general, are to endure, they must be applied to nations in order of the seriousness of the violations, not in order of the political unpopularity of the nations. If the law of war were applied in this manner,
Alan M. Dershowitz is a Professor of Law at Harvard. His most recent book The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand In The Way of Peace is being published by Wiley at the end of this month.
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