Monday, March 21, 2011

Obama's "War Crimes"

The list of leftists who have called Obama a war criminal is growing. Let's see, Andrew Sullivan:
The cloak of secrecy he is invoking is not protecting national security but protecting war crimes. And this is now inescapably his cloak. He is therefore a clear and knowing accessory to war crimes, and should at some point face prosecution as well, if the Geneva Conventions mean anything any more.
Chomsky, of course:
He’s involved in war crimes right now. For example, targeted assassinations are war crimes. That’s escalated quite sharply under Obama. If you look at WikiLeaks, there are a lot of examples of attacks on civilians.
And most recently, Ralph Nader:
"Why don't we say what's on the minds of many legal experts; that the Obama administration is committing war crimes and if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached,
Dennis Kuccinich is also calling for impeachment although he seems to have avoided "war crime" rhetoric. This is all extremely illuminating and illustrative of the malicious nonsense that is often directed against Israel. There is a saying that the fifth book of the Shulchan Aruch ("The Code of Jewish Law," in four volumes) is common sense. Common sense is, or should be, one of the articles of the Geneva Conventions also.

Update: Case in point:
Neither Israel nor the Palestinians has made significant progress in investigating claims of war crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead, said a United Nations committee in Geneva on Monday.

The committee was addressing the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which on Monday debated a report on Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the 2009 conclusions of the UN fact finding mission led by South African judge Richard Goldstone.
As valuable as a Hamas self-investigation would be, I think UNHRC should now devote its main efforts to Obama's ongoing war crimes.

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