“I cannot but wonder how long the shadow of the Holocaust prevents us from seeing that this is a kind of rogue state” said academy professor Martti Koskenniemi.
In last weeks Suomen Kuvalehti, which has a very long record of anti-Israel bias, is at it again, with the latest salvo being fired from the professor of international law, Martti (I loathe Zionism but love third world causes and their nationalist movements) Koskenniemi. The KS article started off with a number of heavy handed and equally slanted claims against Israel, that it’s acting like a rogue state in its operation in Gaza, as if no other state(s) having conducted military operations of their own, that have produced civilian casualties.
Suomen Kuvalehti: The war in Gaza: Is Israel acting as a Rogue State?
SK: As the civilian casualties in Gaza is growing, the world has been increasingly keen to keep the Israeli military action as illegal. […]
In the three weeks of fighting, according to estimates, more than 1000 Palestinians have died. Of that number 400 are civilians. Thousands are also wounded. The dead on the Israeli side was at the beginning of the week, according to sources 13, three of them civilians.
In the view of international law expert and college professor Martti Koskenniemi, although Israel’s actions are against all morality, religion and humanity, it is unlikely that international law will follow through with anything.
The UN Security Council could order an investigation of possible war crimes, and even set up a separate court to investigate them, as is done in Yugoslavia, in Rwanda and in Cambodia. “But for Israel, the United States would prevent any decision in the UN Security Council,” Koskenniemi said.”
This is the same international law professor that tried to downplay the immenseness of the 9/11 outrage, that murdered thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001. On a live televised program (YLE), he sought to divert the viewers attention from the Americans just slaughtered, to places around the world where people die every day.
Fair enough, but he could have saved it for another time, not on a show focusing on the (then) recent massacre of Americans by Islamofascists. And if prodded further, you can be assured that he is one of those academic loons who blames the US for its support for Israel, and was “just receiving a little “blow back” from pissing off the Arab world.
The international law professor points his finger at Israel, but refuses to admit at the same time that the UN has sanctioned operations in Afghanistan which has resulted in civilian deaths, as well as in the Gulf War when allied forces expelled Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait. There is also the hundreds of civilians killed by NATO’s air campaign in Kosovo 1999, in which fleeing refugees were hit, residential neighborhoods, hospitals, old folks homes, market places, buses, trains and bridges, and a foreign embassy…..but yet not even a hint of notice about that by Koskenniemi.
The truth be told, for him to do so, would remove the rug completely from underneath his argumentation, that predictably centers around “just how evil he thinks the Jewish state is”. The man is an absolute embarrassment as an “expert voice” on how Israel conducts itself during a time of war, or maintaining the security of its people. KGS