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Rules of War, UN-Style

August 2nd, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Among top officials of the United Nations, the conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorists of Gaza has inspired plenty of commentary, much of it ranging from effectively anti-Semitic to utterly imbecilic. But for an astounding mix of those two qualities, it’s hard to beat the comment this week of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay — summed up by the Breitbart headline, “UN Condemns Israel’s Latest War Crime: Not Sharing Iron Dome With Hamas.”

To be fair, there’s a bit of shorthand in that headline, since Pillay’s condemnation in the matter of not sharing Iron Dome with terrorists was aimed not only at Israel, but at the U.S. The Breitbart report draws on Pillay’s remarks Thursday to reporters in Geneva, as quoted by the Israeli news service Haaretz.com. Having denounced Israel up, down and sideways, Pillay turned her attention to the U.S.:  ”They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they’ve also provided almost $1 billion in providing the ‘Iron Domes’ to protect Israel from rocket attacks…. But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.”

Even for the UN, this is a novel notion of “proportionality” — that a country whose ally is under attack by terrorists should even the battlefield by providing defensive military technology to the terrorists. But Navi Pillay is now rounding out a four year tenure as the UN’s “principal human rights official,” so presumably we should take seriously what she says.

What she’s basically advocating is a redistribution of military technology, to ensure that terrorists have the same defenses as the country they are attacking. By these lights, we stand on the threshold of a fascinating new era in warfare. There’s no reason this new UN principle should stop with deploring the failure of the U.S. and Israel to provide an Iron Dome to Hamas. Why not provide the same defenses to Iran’s terrorist mascots in Lebanon, Hezbollah? They, too, might benefit from such a system when they launch their next attack on Israel.

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American-Qatari influence may be terminal...
http://tcsnews.com/arent-supposed-know-americas-closest-ally/

The Qataris, and their ruling al-Thani family, are slavers, narcotics traffickers, and financiers of international terrorism. They also happen to be America’s closest ally under Obama.

How does one reconcile Obama’s actions in Libya, which were allegedly precautionary in nature, to his non-action in Iraq, which amounted to declining to intervene in an actual, real, and ongoing genocide? The most obvious way to explain this is through the lens of America’s closest ally these days, the tiny Middle Eastern peninsula in the Persian Gulf: Qatar.
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All in favor of relocating the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, to Gaza or Mosul signify by saying Aye.

AYE!
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Bill and Shrillary ALREADY sold the Chinese most of our nuclear technology (for campaign cash) and buraq "insane" nobama has instructed our military to remove the multiple warhead capabilities of our ICBMs (while the Chinese just rolled out a new system with MIRV capabilities on missiles that will reach anywhere on earth)!

The insane entity that sits in the white hut doesn't need UN help to "redistribute" the military wealth!
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Would the Norks have to share their nuclear missiles with South Korea?
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how about the rules of war be clarified, WAR IS HELL, you start a war, we unleash the hounds of hell onto you and destroy you, so that you beg to come to the peace table.

Enogh with these truces.
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As a member of the Military/Industrial Complex, I say, to be fair, "B-2s, F-22s, F-35s and their weapons loadouts for all nations!"

Great for business.
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Might help to pull back a bit; UN nonsense can be safely ignored for now.

The Security Council, allegedly fanciest and slickest ride on the UN carousel, is currently chaired by Luxembourg, the boil on the buttocks of Europe that is also home to Herr J-C Junker, all-around anti-American, global twit and bureaucrat's bureaucrat ("When it becomes serious, you have to lie").

If this leaves you unimpressed, you may be glad to hear that also rotating through the 15-member SC this year are: Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda, Jordan, Latvia and (bust yet again) indigent Argentina. We pick up the tab for most of this; their Excellencies don't pay parking tickets in NY, either.

The best way to fix stupid is to destroy it. Turning off the cash first would speed things up.

Israel needn't worry too much about the UN, I think.
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Right. Safely ignore a propaganda mouthpiece giving hope and comfort to over a billion people who insist on annihilating 5 million people on 1% of the total land available. Genius, Not.
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Oh dear, you haven't been paying attention again. The UN can safely be ignored for now because it can do nothing of substance in Gaza -- absolutely nothing -- without Israeli permission.

Down the road is a different story. What would you recommend?
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Liberals will be the death of us.
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"What she’s basically advocating is a redistribution of military technology, to ensure that terrorists have the same defenses as the country they are attacking."

This policy position was inevitable because it is implied, deeply embedded, in the "proportionality" BS the UN has been pushing for 40 years. The root of proportionality is the notion that conflict should be fair and between parties of equal capabilities, otherwise the conflict is inherently illegitimate, an exercise in "might makes right," almost colonial exploitation in overtones. Back in the day when Colin Powell was still a warrior and not the gauzy peacenik he became as Sec State, he made the very un-peacenik observation, "I'm a soldier. I don't want a fair fight. My job is to crush the enemy." Such a notion as "crush" and "enemy" are simply not in the UN vocabulary. Their ideal war is the Sri Lankan war with the Tamils that ran to 25 years of murderous stalemate until the Chinese wanted to develop Sri Lankan ports and told the Sri Lankans to stop messing around a la the UN rules and wrap up the war by all means necessary. The result was brutal but decisive. The war is now over. The Tamils have been deprived of the will and the capacity to make war. And with their characteristic skill for missing the point or their utter blindness in their "proportionality" obsession, they're prosecuting the victors to ensure that no one else ever choose brutal decisiveness over the UN's preferred murderous stalemate.
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Another thanks your way, Claudia. I think you are on to something - change the UN to the UI - "utterly imbecilic", absolutely right on.
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There really are people that stupid?
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Never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by malice.
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To paraphrase Dickens: The United Nations is 'a ass.'
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The left is crazy....it's in their DNA. Case closed.
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