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Next Time, Ask a General

Last week, a report by military experts absolved Israel of war crimes, ahead of an expected United Nations report on last summer’s war in Gaza. And, as expected, the U.N. report – release yesterday – stated that Israel may have committed war crimes. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg looks at those who created the report, noting that their own inexperience and lack of understanding calls their findings into question:

The UN report on last summer’s Gaza war, while more even-handed than its predecessor — written shortly after the 2008-2009 conflict — is still willfully or perhaps unknowingly ignorant of modern military affairs. What it needed, aside from Israeli cooperation and an open mind, was a general, preferably one who has commanded troops under fire in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The first thing this officer could have provided is perspective. Whether one accepts the UN death toll, as provided by the Hamas Interior Ministry, or the Israeli one, an international reader still has no way of knowing if the tragic toll in human life — of civilians as opposed to enemy combatants — is disproportionately or even outrageously high…

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