Thursday, 17 December 2009
So says yesterday's Times leader on the Tzipi Livni affair:
The application of law to warfare is among the greatest advances in Western civilisation over four centuries. In the name of human rights, that tradition is being traduced by a politicised campaign to harass the statesmen of a democracy. It is unlikely that you will have needed to read this far to learn that the targeted nation is Israel.
But the campaign for legal targeting of Israeli leaders is not merely frivolous: it is repugnant. It risks damaging Britain’s relations with an ally, undermines the Government’s moral authority in promoting a two-state settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and brings the legal system into disrepute.
David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, is now looking urgently at ways to close the loophole. Universal jurisdiction has honourable intent. It seeks to protect the vulnerable by ensuring that war criminals can be tried even if they live in countries with weak legal systems. It is the rationale for the indictment of Radovan Karadzic before an international tribunal at The Hague. But Israel’s Gaza offensive was not the genocide at Srebrenica.
The legal campaign against Israel’s leaders is not justice but politics, and disreputable politics at that.
Posted on 12/17/2009 3:43 PM by Mary Jackson
19 Dec 2009
The application of law to warfare is among the greatest advances in Western civilisation over four centuries.
In fact it is not. The application of law to warfare after 1945 has made warfare more protracted and brutal.
19 Dec 2009
The Left politicized the courts? Who knew?