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UN's GAZA COWARDICE.

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Submitted by Gordon Weare (New Zealand), Nov 3, 2009 at 15:29

I am the former Commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the UN; commanded troops in N.Ireland, Bosnia & Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf war. ..based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare. Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population. Hamas, like Hizbollah, are expert at driving the media agenda (BBC take note) Both will always have people ready to give interviews ( and show fake coffins) condemning Israeli forces for war crimes. They are adept at staging and distorting incidents. BBC. The truth is that the IDF took extra-ordinary measures.. Despite all of this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes. Israel had NO CHOICE apart from defending its people, to stop Hamas from attacking them with rockets. And I say this again: The IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare. Colonel Richard Kemp. Testimony at the UN, Oct 16.

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