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How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe

Oxford professor of international relations Avi Shlaim served in the Israeli army and has never questioned the state's legitimacy. But its merciless assault on Gaza has led him to devastating conclusions


This brief review of Israel's record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders". A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism - the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel's real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones. Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past. But it is not mandatory to do so.

[From the Grauniad]


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Jan. 9th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
That article is getting a lot of mileage, and deserves it. Hopefully those in power will consider the words of wisdom.
Jan. 9th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree.

You know, the vast majority of Americans are rabid supporters of everything and anything Israel does. They don't listen to reason or logic. I'm hoping that someone sends some sort of legitimate message to these people, and soon. It's not going to get better, left to its own devices.
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