Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Rogue state

As usual, the most credible voices that criticize Israeli policies are... Israelis. It's just that you cannot hear them here in the US unless you look to Europe or Israel for their publication.

The Guardian has an article by this guy:
Oxford professor of international relations Avi Shlaim served in the Israeli army and has never questioned the state's legitimacy. But its merciless assault on Gaza has led him to devastating conclusions
It should be read in its entirety, but here are the conclusions:
This brief review of Israel's record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders". A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism - the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel's real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones. Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past. But it is not mandatory to do so.
If I may disagree a tad with Prof. Schlaim, I'd like to point out that Israeli politicians are doomed to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past because they are owned by corrupt foreign billionaires. They're free to do nothing but what they're told to do.


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