IDF officers gravely concerned about “thinking twice” before operations that might kill civilians

by Yaniv Reich on July 19, 2010

Max Blumenthal published today a nice catch from the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot about how 550 Israeli officers and soldiers have been investigated for possible war crimes in Gaza.

On July 15th, I published a little post on the two IDF soldiers prosecuted for shooting an unarmed, bound, and blindfolded man. I noted the revealing attitudes of the military officials, who expressed to Yediot the damage they felt was being done to their militarism by lengthy investigations into international law-breaking.

Similarly, we find in Blumenthal’s article the same whiny and disrespectful attitude toward international laws of warfare:

“Senior officers expressed their worry that this will create a situation in future wars where commanders in the field will think twice before carrying out problematic operations, due to fear of legal steps taken against them later.”

The horror! The indignation!

How dare these leftist, terrorist-sympathizers like B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch, Judge Goldstone, and now the Israeli political establishment suggest that commanders “think twice” before carrying out “problematic operations” that risk murdering innocent civilians?

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