Rules of War, UN-Style
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.