Peace needed now!
If nothing else, the war between Hamas and Israel demonstrates yet again the grim fact that in warfare international law bears little weight. Even if the leaders who commission or allow war crimes to go on unhampered are brought to trial, there seems to be we can do to deter deplorable behavior by armies all over the world. These two reports deal with Israeli crimes. We are all aware of Hamas's crimes -- suicide bombings in buses or pizza parlors, rocket attacks which hit towns, not military posts.
They say those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. And often this adage is quoted to show how people who do wrong things have not learned that crime does not pay. One fears, however, that both sides in this conflict have learned all to well. They have seen that the world is either impotent or does not have the will to prevent atrocities. Srebenica comes to mind. They have learned that terrorizing civilian populations is a potent weapon in any war. Again, Srebenica.
We rightly lay blame on Hzmas and the IDF for their disregard for civilian safety, but we must also take a hard look at our selves, and our leaders who treasure national autonomy over the great good of humankind at large.