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It's a new year and I just saw a flying pig: Britain's renowned left-wing magazine published an article, Stop ignoring the facts about Cast Lead, which sets the record straight on Israel's fastidious efforts to limit civilian casualties during the 2006 Gaza, potentially undermining gross accusations leveled against a country trying to defend itself. In the article, Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British troops in
: Afghanistan, asserts that
"'...during its operation in
, 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." Furthermore, he points out that the steps taken in that conflict by the Israeli Defence Forces to avoid civilian deaths are shown by a study published by the United Nations to have resulted in, by far, the lowest ratio of civilian to combatant deaths in any asymmetric conflict in the history of warfare. Gaza
"Kemp explains that by UN estimates, the average ratio of civilian to combatant deaths in such conflicts worldwide is 3:1 -- three civilians for every combatant killed. That is the estimated ratio in
. But in Afghanistan , and in Kosovo, it was worse: the ratio is believed to have been 4:1. Anecdotal evidence suggests the ratios were very much higher in Iraq Chechnya and . In Serbia , it was less than one-to-one." Gaza
You need to remember that on the basis of the lies regarding casualties bandied about by Hamas and friends -- 1,500 undifferentiated people killed -- that an avalanche of accusations made their way into the mass media's bloodstream. Because of those purported casualty numbers, the delegitimizers have been able to claim that Israel is a bloodthirsty murderer of women and children, that Israeli politicians were prevented from visiting the UK for fear of arrest for alleged war crimes, that led to the war crimes claims in the Goldstone Report* (since then retracted by Goldstone himself), that led to the flotilla debacle, that, most importantly, led the world to ignore Hamas' strategy of hiding behind civilians in order to increase casualty numbers, etc., etc.
Now, this isn't news, Hamas' numbers have been disputed before, but for a publication like the Statesman to make this acknowledgement may make a difference. Or should I wait for hell to freeze over? Read the whole article here.
* Goldstone report: Israel “...deliberately engaged in a disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population.”
h/t: Honest Reporting