South African jurist Richard Goldstone, at the behest of the UN Human Rights Council, led a 2009 "investigation" into Israel's military operations in Gaza. His subsequent report blasted Israel, and accused it of intentionally targeting Palestinian civilians. That report, as usual, formed the basis for another round of Israel bashing at the UNHRC, the UNGA, and in the leftist media all over the world.
Well, guess what? The report was wrong. I know, I know, a UN report that is wrong? How can that be? To add even further to your astonishment, guess who says it's wrong? None other than Richard Goldstone, himself. In a stunning admission in an op-ed piece in the April 1, 2011, Washington Post, Goldstone, in essence, retracted the main conclusions of the report. He acknowledged that had he known what he knows now, he would not have accused Israel of targeting civilians.
I worked at the US Mission to the UN many years ago, and Israel bashing by the UN was par for the course. When I was there, however, we had tough as nails folks such as Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Jose Sorzano, Dennis Goodman, Alan Keyes, Richard Schifter, Armando Valladares, and General Walters, who would have raised hell about a report such as this; they would have launched a permanent guerrilla war that would not have given the promoters of the Goldstone report's nonsense a moment's respite. They would have stood clearly with Israel, our friend, against Hamas, our enemy. The US would not have issued the bland statement the current administration did at the time. We would have walked out of the UN Human Rights Council instead of giving it the legitimacy bestowed upon it by the US presence.
The Diplomad supports efforts to retract the whole report. This report has become the talking point for the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, anti-US crowd around the world.
Diplomad generally holds off commenting on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict--after all, just about all that can be, has been said. One, two, or even three thoughts, however, keep bubbling up.
During 1948-1967, when Jordan held the West Bank, and Egypt held Gaza, were the West Bank and Gaza referred to as "occupied" territory? Was there a lot of concern about human rights in those areas? They became the Palestinian Homeland, I guess, only after Israel defeated Jordan and Egypt. Interesting how that happens.
Does anybody think that creating one more corrupt, authoritarian, chaotic Arab state will bring peace?