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The UN Commissioner for Human Rights has indicated that both Israel and the gaza/Lebanese militants they are fighting could be held responsible for the high level of civilian deaths and face war crimes charges.

Personally I think it would be great to bring the people behind the bombings that have killed over 300 Lebanese civilians and 30 Israeli's to court - although I can't see for one moment Israel allowing any of it's commanders to face trial.

I think the UN should also looks at other areas which have seen an over abundance of civilian deaths (Iraq anyone?) and start proceedings against those involved there.

UN Warning on Mid-East War Crimes (BBC News Online; Thursday 20th July 2006)

On a more 'Angus' level I have loads of things to report (including an overdue write-up of the first Gameforce : London meeting last Sunday) but have been incredibly busy recently (not helped by both Keyvan being away on holiday, the shop being slightly understaffed, me not having worked my usual "catch-up" Sundays so getting behind on things and also the temperature at night interferring with my evening work schedule) and haven't had much internet time to get any thing down on LJ. I will try to over the weekend but have house guests in the form of Gabby and Lydia from Friday to Sunday afternoon so may not get much time then either. Saying that there's always Sunday night!

Hope everyone's well and I haven't missed anything too important on here!

Oh yes, also discovered White Rose Movement who seem pretty fab :)

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silver_blue
Jul. 21st, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
I think the UN should also looks at other areas which have seen an over abundance of civilian deaths (Iraq anyone?) and start proceedings against those involved there.

a.k.a any populated area involved in a war to be entirely honest, though. Particularly a war when one side is terrorist groups specifically targetting civilians, and who wear no uniforms.
angusabranson
Jul. 21st, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Agreed. Although that makes the current Israeli stance even more distasteful as they are not a terrorist organisation and therefor attacks on medical convoys and civilians is extremely unexcusable.
silver_blue
Jul. 21st, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
In this particular instance, yes - a lot of Israel's response seems to have been disproportionate or aimed at the wrong targets. Though on a wider basis I think Israel comes unfairly under a lot more criticism than the actual terrorists it gets targetted by.
ua_meruti
Jul. 21st, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
You've just got to love a world where the destruction of a school full of children might be considered a war crime.
That said I remember all to clearly the Iraqi information ministry shouting about how the allied forces had destroyed "baby milk" factories back in the first Gulf War, so the cynic in me is unfortunately taking a great deal of what's being said about what's going on out there at the moment with a pinch of salt.
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