I don’t know. You go away for a week, and all sorts of things happen behind your back. Sensational things such as Judge Goldstone’s OpEd in the Washington Post. “Sorry, I was a bit wrong!” he said. “Silly me. Wonderful thing, hindsight. We can’t all be perfect, can we?”
“That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets.”
No, it doesn’t go without saying. It shouldn’t. It needs to be said.
“I regret that our fact-finding mission did not have such evidence
explaining the circumstances in which we said civilians in Gaza were
targeted, because it probably would have influenced our findings about
intentionality and war crimes.”
“Oops! Sorry! Oh well, it’s partly Israel’s fault for not co-operating with us.”
“we were not able to corroborate how many Gazans killed were civilians and how many were combatants.”
“(So we just believed uncorroborated figures from Hamas.)”
”The Israeli military’s numbers have turned out to be similar to those recently furnished by Hamas”
“Oop! Sorry again. Oh well, you live and learn.”
“The purpose of the Goldstone Report was never to prove a
foregone conclusion against Israel. I insisted on changing the original
mandate adopted by the Human Rights Council, which was skewed against Israel.”
Skewed against Israel, eh? ‘It takes one to know one’ as the saying goes.
“Something that has not been recognized often enough is the fact that our report marked the first time illegal acts of terrorism from Hamas were being investigated and condemned by the United Nations. I had hoped that our inquiry into all aspects of the Gaza conflict would begin a new era of evenhandedness at the U.N. Human Rights Council, whose history of bias against Israel cannot be doubted.”
This judge fellow has remarkably high hopes it seems. He must be a jolly little chap, always looking on the bright side.
“…our main recommendation was for each party to investigate, transparently and in good faith, the incidents referred to in our report. McGowan Davis has found that Israel has done this to a significant degree; Hamas has done nothing.“
Some have suggested that it was absurd to expect Hamas, an organization that has a policy to destroy the state of Israel, to investigate what we said were serious war crimes. It was my hope, even if unrealistic, that Hamas would do so, especially if Israel conducted its own investigations.”
“Get me! So naïve! Silly old absurd little me.”
The BBC of course, so keen to absorb the Goldstone report and flourish it at the merest whiff of pro Israel odour, was unmoved. “Old Goldie must be having a senior moment,” they assume.
“Operation Cast Lead was launched in response to repeated rocket attacks on Israeli territory by militants in Gaza. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians, as well as 13 Israelis.”
“We’re sticking with that, thanks all the same. That’s the one we know and love, and nothing’s gonna change our world.”