Monday, February 1, 2010

More on White Phosphorous

As we await Professor Dershowitz's response to my letter from yesterday (see below), I'd like to say a warm hello to all the first-time readers of the blog. The Camels Nose blog is an independent resource for nuanced analysis of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Yesterday's post generated a record number of hits on the blog, and today has already surpassed 4 times the normal number. Welcome! اهلاً وسهلاً! ברוכים הבאים!

There's a very much topical article in today's Haaretz about the use of white phosphorous in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. While the article reveals some potential discord between the Israeli government (which claims two officers were prosecuted over the incident), and the IDF (which denies the charges), the article is extremely thorough. It does a great job explaining the difficult decisions that the commanders made in the field, and illustrates the complexities of a situation in which white phosphorus was used. The situation is clearly not a simple one, and merits serious discussion both within Israel and here in the United States. Regardless of whether you believe using white phosphorus was justified or unjustified, I'd posit most readers would be alright with ultimately seeing less of this on the news:

Abnormal burns, possibly from white phosphorus, Gaza, January 20, 2009

And this:

Terrified Israeli children in Sderot react to the "Tzeva Adom" warning system, announcing an incoming Hamas rocket.

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