Moral Outrage: The Israeli War in Gaza

However valid the claims of oppression, Apartheid, etc., against the Palestinian people, Hamas’s October 7th attack, in which 1,163 Israelis were killed, many of whom were civilians, and 252 taken hostage, do constitute war crimes. As such, the Jus Ad Bellum criteriaInternational and Moral Laws–governing when States may resort to armed conflict in national defense have been satisfied. That being said, the crimes of October 7th do not provide Israel with blanket justification for its use of any and every means at its disposal even as a response to what it may interpret as an existential threat. There is a profound moral and legal distinction between national defense and national preservation.

Nor does International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Laws of Armed Conflict, and the International Law of Human Rights (ILHR), sanction acts of revenge or reprisals against civilians and civilian objects. These include “medical or religious personnel, units, transports, or material; prisoners of war; civilian persons or civilian objects; cultural property or places of worship; objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population.”

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As US Aid Shipments Begin, Gaza Pier Denounced as ‘PR Move’

As humanitarian shipments began trickling into Gaza via a U.S.-built temporary floating pier, Palestinians and aid workers on Friday renewed criticism of what they called an expensive and largely ineffectual publicity stunt that is no substitute for a cease-fire and opening of more land crossings into the besieged coastal enclave.

U.S. Army Central Command said that “trucks carrying humanitarian assistance began moving ashore” at around 9:00 am local time Friday as part of “an ongoing, multinational effort to deliver additional aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza via a maritime corridor.”

The $320 million Trident Pier – which consists of a floating offshore barge and 1,800-foot causeway to the shore—is expected to eventually accommodate up to 150 trucks per day. According to United Nations agencies, an average of 200 trucks entered Gaza each day last month, far fewer than the prewar daily mean of more than 500 truckloads that U.S. and U.N. officials say are required to meet the needs of a population facing critical shortages of food, water, medicine, and other lifesaving supplies.

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John Mearsheimer: ‘Why Are They Making Gaza Unlivable? It’s Very Simple, They Want To Drive the Palestinians Out’

On 15 May 2024, I was in Sydney, Australia, where I spoke at the Centre for Independent Studies about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. I analyzed both the war in Gaza, which started on October 7 and continues to rage; and the fighting between Iran on one side and Israel and the US on the other side, that took place between 1 April and 19 April 2024.

I then assessed the consequences of these two conflicts for Israel, the US, and Iran.

Editor’s Note:   This is a very informative and insightful talk.   I learned a lot. ~EG

Reposted from John’s Substack with permission.

Mission Creep in the Russia-Ukraine War

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

The latest headline from the New York Times shows mission creep for NATO in the Russia-Ukraine War:

As Russia Advances, NATO Considers Sending Trainers Into Ukraine

By Helene Cooper, Julian E. Barnes, Eric Schmitt and Lara Jakes

The move could draw the United States and Europe more directly into the war. The Biden administration continues to say there will be no American troops on the ground.

Recall that when Russia invaded Ukraine in its “special military operation,” the initial response from the U.S. and NATO was to provide defensive weaponry like anti-tank missiles and shoulder-launched SAMs. How quickly that escalated! U.S. aid to Ukraine is now approaching $175 billion (both provided and promised by Congress) and included offensive weaponry, everything from long-range missiles to main battle tanks to combat aircraft. Even so, Ukrainian forces, attrited by Russia and its superior resources in manpower and especially in artillery shells, are losing this war. Hence the headline above about NATO sending “trainers” into Ukraine.

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Time for a Change in Washington

The recent statement by the former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, “We slaughtered people in massive numbers, innocent people who had nothing to do with their government, men, women, and children,” is a rare admission by someone in his rank. At the same time, in March 2023,  still on active duty, Milley said that Ukrainians on the current battlefields are the sons and grandsons of the people who fought against Stalin and Zhukov. Not sure if he realizes that both these statements actually disparage or even betray American World War II veterans since Milley should have known that we were allies in the war with the Nazis.

Still, when it comes to the war in Ukraine which is at the center of the current crisis, one should admit that Milley’s rhetoric is less dangerous compared with the one emanating from Biden, Blinken, and Sullivan or some of their NATO and EU colleagues like Sunak, Macron, Scholz, Duda and Co. It seems there is no indication that they are prepared to listen to the sober voices calling to give a chance for diplomacy to end this conflict.

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