How About Some Point, Counterpoint

Posted by on Jun 12, 2010 in Politics | No Comments

David Brog at Foreign Policy trots out a something I’m getting sick of hearing :

The term “double standard” does not sufficiently capture this phenomenon. It’s not just that the Israelis are being held to a different—and immeasurably higher—standard than the rest of humanity. Israel is now being judged in the absence of any objective standard whatsoever. As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week, it seems that Israel is now “guilty until proven guilty.”

Well Daniel Larison at American Conservative is having none of this:

The flotilla was sailing under the flags of states that were not at war with Israel. Indeed, several of them sailed under the flag of an official military ally. The ships were in international waters bound for a territory under a blockade of very questionable legality. It is doubtful that Israel had any legal right to board the ships, and in any case the decision to do so resulted in nine civilian deaths. The standard to which Israel is being held right now is a pretty simple one, and it is not terribly high: do not attack civilians in international waters when they are on a relief mission. This shouldn’t be a hard standard to meet.

I mean this is pretty simple isn’t it?

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