If indeed the Goldberg Commission Report poses a problem not only for Israel in the arena of International Humanitarian Law, but for the US as well--how about the UN?
By accepting his Gaza appointment, Judge Goldstone condoned (implicitly at best, explicitly at worst) the UN's double standards, hypocrisy, and moral bankruptcy. He has a record of doing so. When he served as chief prosecutor of the UN International Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, he was appointed by and worked for the very people who should have been prosecuted in the first place.Now would be as good a time as any for the UN to demonstrate that it stands for what it says.
The UN bears direct responsibility for the genocide of 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994 and for the mass murder of 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica (former Yugoslavia) in 1995. As General Dallaire, the Canadian commander of UN forces inRwanda, testified before the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a well-equipped peacekeeping force could have stopped the genocide, and the UN Security Council could have easily created such a force in April 1994. As for Srebrenica, the UN command reneged on its commitments to the Bosnian Muslims when it vetoed NATO air strikes. According to a 1999 UN report on Srebrenica, UN officials ignored the plea of the Muslims not to be abandoned to Serb forces.