☮ ☮ UN Official weeps over Gaza bloodshed Please pay respect to the UN for having such deeply caring people on their staff, people with a heart. And thank you Chris Gunness for not just plaing it cool as so many others. This iconic clip of a UN humanitarian worker will be remembered for long into the future. I have been privileged to met similar decent people over the years in about 20 UN missions. That’s one reason I am a staunch believer in the UN, its idea and ideals and its best people – which are not in New York but out there where it matters. I am waiting for a Palestinian, an Israeli and a NATO leader to show emotions in just half the same way. Or are they continuing this violent madness because their hearts are made of stones?
Israel strikes the Islamic University in Gaza City – Al Jazeera English “This brings the death toll in Israeli offensive on Gaza, which began on July 8, to at least 1,655 Palestinians, mostly civilians. More than 8,900 others have been reported injured. On the Israeli side, 3 civilians have been killed by rockets launched from Gaza and at least 63 […]
Omfattende interview med RÆSON per 1. august 2014: Om situationen i Gaza, om mægling og fred, om Irak, krigen mod terror, Ukrain, en ny kold krig, om hvordan verdensordnen er under forandring, USA på vej ned og hvorfor danske udenrigspolitik må begynde at stille om… Tryk på forsidebilledet:
Responsibility for wars and killing A number of Western/NATO politicians – Hillary Clinton foremost among them – and media people have recently introduced a new ethical principle in international affairs: When A delivers weapons to B, A is responsible for what B does with these weapons. The former Secretary of State and perhaps future U.S. President presents this new ethical principle here on CNN. This makes a lot of sense to me. Look at it this way: Here is a young confused boy who has little to look forward to – and less to lose – because his country is falling apart in nasty civil war. He’s been told by some commander, or by his President, that he must hate the enemy; he gets paid for killing off as many as he can. And so he does.
Politikens overskrift sender sine egne budskaber: 1) Sagen skal undersøges og Israel skal selv undersøge sine gerninger. 2) Årsag og skyld er ikke afgjort. Alle andre – dog ikke USA men – f.eks. FNs generalsekretær og medarbejdere har allerede sagt hvad det handler om; 3) Det kan altså være et uheld – skønt det er en systematisk metode (MH17 kunne […]
Do we see a new moral principle concerning arms exports? ☮ ☮ US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz – who is morally responsible for Gaza? – says Al-Jazeera Two points here: 1) While Obama calls for immediate ceasefire, Pentagon keeps assisting Israel in killing even more civilians. Spineless? Absurd? Cruel? Immoral? You name it. The NATO country, Norway’s Nobel Committee should request that Obama returns his medal immediately but be sure it won’t. 2) NATO countries and Obama himself have argued relentlessly that Putin/Russia is responsible for the MH17 catastrophe because it was done by pro-Russians and probably a Russian Buk missile. The handy norm for the occasion is this: The one who delivers the weapons is responsible for hos the recipient uses these weapons. This can be said to be an interesting ethical innovation. But if made the norm, draw your own conclusions about who is mainly responsible for the mass murder in Gaza and the occupation, ethnic cleansing. The U.S. delivers military aid to Israel for US$ 3-4 bn per year.
Israeli bombs kill 100 Gazans in single day – Al Jazeera English Israel’s leaders seem determined to turn Gaza into what one could call a Gaza chamber. While Israel’s leaders believe they destroy the Palestinian state and people, we are also seeing the possible self-destruction of Israel. When everybody – presumably including the U.S./NATO and the EU – have abandoned Israel as a friend and ally, it may either become an extremely dangerous actor or simply fall apart. The only Palestine-Israel that can survive in my view is a democratic state with equal rights for all, not a Jewish state, not a Zionist state. Concluding question: How do we help Israel to recognise the end vision and co-operate on an alternative – becoming one partner in a larger Middle Eastern community?