Hamas's violations are no justification for Israel's actions.
The United Nations charter preserved the customary right of a state to retaliate against an "armed attack" from another state. The right has evolved to cover nonstate actors operating beyond the borders of the state claiming self-defense, and arguably would apply to Hamas. However, an armed attack involves serious violations of the peace. Minor border skirmishes are common, and if all were considered armed attacks, states could easily exploit them -- as surrounding facts are often murky and unverifiable -- to launch wars of aggression. That is exactly what Israel seems to be currently attempting.
THIS IS LAUGHABLY WRONG!
- ATTACKS BY HAMAS ON ISRAEL ARE VERIFIABLE, NOT MURKY OR UNVERIFIABLE.
- THEY'VE LAUNCHED 7200 OF THEM OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.
- THEY HAVE AN OVERTLY STATED GOAL: TO TOPPLE ISRAEL.
- IT DOESN'T GET MORE OBVIOUS OR LEGAL THAN THAT.
MORE FROM THIS IDIOT:
Israel had not suffered an "armed attack" immediately prior to its bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
ER, UM... OF COURSE A HAMAS ATTACK DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY PRECEDE THIS COUNTER-OFFENSIVE: IT WAS A RETALIATION BASED ON SURPRISE. SHEESH.
THIS PIECE OF LEFTIST SHIT ALSO SAYS THIS:
Deliberate attacks on civilians that lack strict military necessity are war crimes.
HE IS A MORON OR CHOOSES TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE IDF PHONES INTENDED TARGETS BEFORE ATTACKING AND DROPS LEAFLETS AND THAT HAMAS VIOLATES THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS BY HIDING AMONG CIVILIANS FORCING THEM TO BECOME "HUMAN SHIELDS.
I THANK THE WSJ FOR ALLOWING THIS MORON TO EXPOSE HIMSELF FOR WHAT HE IS: A TOOL OF ISLAMO-THUGS, MURDERERS AND ANTI-SEMITES.