24 marzo 2009

Sombrío panorama

He estado a favor de la incursión israelí en Gaza. Además, creo que Israel tiene derecho no sólo a la existencia sino, debido a la amenaza que suponen unos estados vecinos que desean su completa aniquilación y que les superan enormemente en superficie y número de habitantes, a una defensa contundente. Sin embargo, es difícil no advertir que cierta majadería fanática está envenenado al ejército israelí. Los testimonios de soldados israelíes horrorizados con lo que han visto en Gaza que aporta Haaretz así lo indican. Parece que, después de todo, el IDF sí cometió crímenes de guerra. Como observa Norman Geras, "Friends and supporters of Israel should look to it to investigate thoroughly why it has happened and what needs to be done to guard against its happening again. In this matter as in most others, turning one's eyes away from what you'd prefer not to be the case doesn't help the cause you think to support by doing so"

Saez de Ugarte en Guerra Eterna:
Un oficial israelí intenta explicar a sus soldados que las órdenes han cambiado. Ha convencido a sus reticentes superiores de que no es necesario entrar en una casa disparando a matar bajo la presunción de que todos los habitantes de ese barrio de Gaza son terroristas:
And then there was a very annoying moment. One of my soldiers came to me and
asked, 'Why?' I said, 'What isn't clear? We don't want to kill innocent civilians.' He goes, 'Yeah? Anyone who's in there is a terrorist, that's a known fact.' I said, 'Do you think the people there will really run away? No one will run away.' He says, 'That's clear,' and then his buddies join in: 'We need to murder any person who's in there. Yeah, any person who's in Gaza is a terrorist,' and all the other things that they stuff our heads with, in the media.

Christopher Hitchens :
Recent reports of atrocities committed by Israeli soldiers in the course of the intervention in Gaza have described the incitement of conscripts and reservists by military rabbis who characterized the battle as a holy war for the expulsion of non-Jews from Jewish land. The secular Israeli academic Dany Zamir, who first brought the testimony of shocked Israeli soldiers to light, has been quoted as if the influence of such extremist clerical teachings was something new. This is not the case...

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