United Nations

UN report on Gaza is flawed and dangerous

Richard Kemp, a retired British Army colonel and the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, writes in the New York Times about how deeply flawed and dangerous the UN report on Gaza is.

AS a British officer who had more than his share of fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans, it pains me greatly to see words and actions from the United Nations that can only provoke further violence and loss of life. The United Nations Human Rights Council report on last summer’s conflict in Gaza, prepared by Judge Mary McGowan Davis, and published on Monday, will do just that.

The report starts by attributing responsibility for the conflict to Israel’s “protracted occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” as well as the blockade of Gaza. Israel withdrew from Gaza 10 years ago. In 2007 it imposed a selective blockade only in response to attacks by Hamas and the import of munitions and military matériel from Iran. The conflict last summer, which began with a dramatic escalation in rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians, was a continuation of Hamas’s war of aggression.

In an unusual concession, the report suggests that Hamas may have been guilty of war crimes, but it still legitimizes Hamas’s rocket and tunnel attacks and even sympathizes with the geographical challenges in launching rockets at Israeli civilians: “Gaza’s small size and its population density make it particularly difficult for armed groups always to comply” with the requirement not to launch attacks from civilian areas.

There is no such sympathy for Israel. Judge Davis accuses the Israel Defense Forces of “serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.” Yet no evidence is put forward to substantiate these accusations. It is as though the drafters of the report believe that any civilian death in war must be illegal.

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Legal Standards in a war?

Call me old-fashioned but, apart from following the Geneva convention, I though war was about winning at all costs, preferably through superior firepower. That seems to be the case if you are a country like America but for some strange reason Israel is held to standards that no other country under ongoing attack from hostile forces is held to.

Any other country under ongoing attack  (let alone from forces that have promised to wipe it and its people off the face of the earth) is expected to defend itself and is usually offered assistance from other countries to do so. They are not told how they are allowed to defend themselves or restricted in how they defend themselves.

The MSM uses phrases like ‘disproportionate  force‘ when discussing Israel’s defence of its citizens, which is a phrase I have never heard used in any other conflict.

America ended the war with Japan using ‘disproportionate force’ because that is how you win a war. If you have similar proportionate force you end up with a bloody stalemate like the Western Front in World War One. That stalemate was only broken once the Allies obtained ‘disproportionate force’ in the form of tanks.

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Hi I’m from the UN, we are here to…uhmm…root you

The ten most dreaded words in the world are “Hi, I’m from the UN and we’re here to help”.

When the UN deployed to Haiti to “assist” I don’t think the locals were expecting to have to line up to service the UN workers in order to get aid.

Members of a UN peacekeeping mission engaged in “transactional sex” with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication.

The draft by the Office of Internal Oversight Services looks at the way UN peacekeeping, which has about 125,000 people in some of the world’s most troubled areas, deals with the persistent problem of sexual abuse and exploitation.

The report, expected to be released this month, says major challenges remain a decade after a groundbreaking UN report first tackled the issue.

Among its findings: About a third of alleged sexual abuse involves minors under 18. Assistance to victims is “severely deficient.” The average investigation by the OIOS, which says it prioritises cases involving minors or rape, takes more than a year.   Read more »

What a shame, I’d have supported him

Apparently there was a massive rumour going around that Kevin Rudd was going to stand for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations…against Helen Clark.

But…

Rife speculation that Kevin Rudd would stand against Helen Clark for the spot of United Nations Secretary General has been called to a halt by his office.

It was reported Mr Rudd was campaigning for the post of United Nations Secretary-General, but his office today poured cold water on it in a statement.

“The answer now, as it has previously been, is that Mr Rudd is not a candidate,” a spokesperson said.

“Mr Rudd has made his position clear about the position of UNSG (United Nations secretary-general) numerous times.”

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ISIS destroys tonnes of food aid

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You really have to wonder at the thought processes of people like Rachel Smalley and the Labour party who say we should be helping the people of Syria, not sending troops to put the ISIS scumbags into the ground.

Then you read about how ISIS has destroyed tonnes of food aid destined for relief camps in food starved Syria.

Images have emerged online that purportedly depict members of the Islamic State—also known as ISIS, ISIL, or IS—destroying hundreds of boxes of food intended for civilians.

Released by Halab, or “the information office of the mandate of Aleppo,” the picturesfeature boxes of chicken leg quarters produced by Illinois-based Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the United States.

The boxes are labeled as halal, and say that the chicken was “slaughtered according to Islamic rules.” The text on the images, however, notes that the chickens were destroyed because they were slaughtered “illegally.” According to The Independent, the boxes were part of a shipment of vegetables, fruit, and chicken intended for civilians that was stopped by IS security forces at a checkpoint outside Aleppo.    Read more »

Amnesty International: Hamas committed war crimes as well

No surprises here other than it is Amnesty International who has recognised that Hamas committed war crimes during last year’s Gaza war.

Amnesty International has published a damning report on Hamas’s conduct during last summer’s Gaza war, accusing it and other Palestinian armed groups of committing “war crimes” by firing rockets and mortars into Israel.

The report, released today, is the first by the human rights group to target Hamas after a series of publications accusing Israel of waging attacks that constituted war crimes.

Six civilians were killed in Israel by rocket and mortar attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza during the 50-day conflict in which 66 Israeli soldiers also died. Some 2,250 Palestinians were killed, at least 1,585 of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

Both sides must be held accountable, Amnesty says. “The violations by Palestinian groups, some of which are war crimes, do not in any way justify violations by Israeli forces; nor do Israeli violations justify those of Palestinian armed groups,” the report says.    Read more »

The UN…. UN-just, UN-acceptable, UN-accountable and UN-balanced.

Anti-UN

Anti-UN

All pretense of fairness and justice is gone at the UN as their political agenda is clear. They do not care about women’s rights, they only care about scoring political points. They should be disbanded as they are not fit for purpose unless their purpose was to provide high paid jobs for has been liberal politicians.

Any organisation that can make a claim this ridiculous and and claim it is a statement of fact cannot be taken seriously by any reasonable person.

What have they said?

They have named the country that is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today.

Who do you think they chose? An Islamic country? Nope think again.

How about a country ruled by a dictator? Nope think again.

How about a communist country? A totalitarian state perhaps? Nope not even warm.

What about a democratic country where women have the vote and equal rights? Surely not….

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‘Worst year’ yet for Syrian civilians and Labour doesn’t care

It has been the worst year yet int he 4 year civil war in Syria. The scale of the humanitarian disaster is immense.

But Labour won’t lift a finger to help. they think we need to teach Syrians and Iraqis how to farm cows and grow crops…missing the point that Syria has been the hub of the fertile crescent for longer than people have lived in New Zealand.

The international agencies – including Save the Children and Oxfam – are criticising the UN Security Council for failing to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in Syria.

They said it had been the “worst year” for civilians as the conflict enters its fifth year.

Save the Children is calling on the New Zealand Government to use its seat on the UN Security Council to push for an end to the Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people.

Its New Zealand chief executive, Heather Hayden, said now was the perfect chance for this country to influence the international community.

New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Nations Jim McLay said last month the UN should focus on the Syrian conflict, especially helping with access to medical aid and addressing the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including through the use of barrel bombs.

The report condemns the world’s most powerful countries for not having the will to enforce their own UN resolutions on the free flow of humanitarian aid to the victims.

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The IPCC was in this creeps hands, says much about their findings

The IPCC has been run by Dr Rajendra Pauchari, a railway engineer for more than 13 years…and while he was chairing important meetings he was also dirty sxting his victims.

This is a message allegedly sent in mid-October, 2013, by the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, to a 29-year-old female staffer at his TERI think-tank: “Here I am sitting and chairing an IPCC meeting and surreptitiously sending you messages. I hope that tells you of my feelings for you.”

The IPCC meeting was the 37th Plenary Session, at the Sheraton in the seaside resort of Batumi, Georgia. It was attended by 229 politicians and officials from 92 countries, plus the usual conservation and activist hangers-on and free-loaders. TERI stands for The Energy and Resources Institute, which has 1200 staff.  Pachauri, 74, has been Teri’s Director General  for 34 years, almost since its inception. He has also led the IPCC for 13 years.

The TERI staffer, 43 years his junior, was so much on Pachauri’s  mind  that he allegedly continued to pursue her until she filed a 33-page harassment case last February 13. He resigned abruptly from the IPCC on February 24.

The emissions-reduction campaign sponsored by the IPCC is currently a $US1 billion-a-day exercise. But obviously Pachauri wasn’t taking it all that seriously in the five-day Georgia talk-fest.

After the event, the IPCC put out a press release saying Pachauri “opened the session on Monday morning noting the need to view climate change in the larger context, including its impacts on future generations and the planet, and emphasizing the IPCC’s role in mobilizing the world’s best scientific talent and bringing climate change to the public’s attention. He stressed that the IPCC’s work is more relevant, robust and reliable than ever to policy makers.”

Let’s hope he was fully focused on that stuff, and not on his text blitz to a reluctant “Classical Indian Beauty”.

The IPCC conference went on to ratify two greenhouse gas inventory protocols, and start “initial discussions on mapping the future of the IPCC”. In other words: Don’t laugh, the IPCC is all seriousness.

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Understanding the evil of the left wing

Yesterday we saw the public representatives of the left-wing stand in parliament and show their unwillingness to help those in suffering. They should hold their heads in shame, but that is for the next post.

What you need to understand is what those public figures represent, in all its appalling clarity. These comments are from various left wing blogs, I read them so you didn’t have to.

Weka at The Standard:

If the choice is between supporting the US and a cafe terrorism once a decade, I think we should take the cafe.

So innocent victims of terrorism is ok with this person because at least we aren’t supporting the US.

Lynn Prentice, the world’s greatest sysop, now also the world’s greatest solver of Middle East conflict:

As it stands, I’m starting to think that it would be an interesting case for an old imperialistic solution. Let their stable neighbours (ie not Syria) partition it along more rational lines and occupy it under a UN protectorate for a decade or so to stabilize the society. Charge the cost and a large profit to the US and UK taxpayers who were stupid enough to cause the problem.

So which stable neighbours of Syria and Iraq are you suggesting Lynn? I can only think of one…Israel, yeah like that is going to happen.

Tiger Mountain at The Standard thinks it is all a plot manufactured by the US:

this has been a textbook example of “manufacturing consent” at the behest of 5 Eyes and Uncle Sam, from snooping law changes, front page/TV news leading with gruesome IS videos, increased passport sanctions, a visiting Iraqi politician, to even the Westfield mall video that has been around for some time apparently, surfacing in msm on the very day cabinet was firming up a position!

The answer is to not participate in or support imperialist wars. To put diplomatic pressure on via the Security Council and trading partners to not support IS in any shape or form. To run a truly independent foreign and trading policy. To lavish aid on the vulnerable including various stripes of Kurds.

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