It would be kind of funny if it wasn't so tragic, that when this report came out, many of us were actually placing bets on how long Richard Goldstone
could hold out against the onslaught of the inevitable Israeli smear campaign (or possibly something far worse). Apparently, the other week he gave in
and reversed his "personal assessment". Of course, this probably isn't because he sincerely believes he was wrong, but rather that he was given some
kind of incentive to make such a change (either beneficial or harmful), though to be fair, only he and any possible participants know the motive.
However, even though Richard Goldstone cracked under Israeli pressure, the authors of the report hold steady in their findings. It will only be a
matter of time before the smear campaign shifts from Goldstone, to the actual researchers and authors of the report and we can only hope that their
spines remain intact. However, we can't really blame Goldstone for his apparent crack, as we have no idea what it's like to be targeted in such a way.
We can all say how spineless we think he is for reversing his stance, but we really have no idea if he or his family was threatened or if we offered a
substantial reward for his reversal. Can we honestly say that we would do something different, given the same circumstances?
I don't think it's much of a secret to anyone, both supporters and detractors of Israeli policies, that you can't criticize Israeli policies and
expect to survive politically (and sometimes at all). The same goes for the media. If you value your career, ignore what's happening in Israel or just
spin the focus on the Palestinians while ignoring Israel's part. In American politics alone, it is known as political suicide to not vote in a manner
beneficial to the state of Israel. It's much to worse to go as far as criticizing something Israel has done. Same in the media world. Look at Helen
Thomas for just one recent example.
The largest lobbying effort to ever grace the face of the planet comes not from the oil industry, the Catholic Church or even the banking industry but
rather Israel. When you sponsor such a global lobbying effort, you can apparently do whatever you want without fear of reprisal or harmful
Lets step back and look at the situation for a second. If someone launches a relatively harmless rocket into Israel, they are labeled a terrorist.
However, when an organized assortment of naval vessel and aircraft deliberately attack and unarmed and neutral American vessel for hours on end,
attempting to send it to the bottom and leave no survivors (by machine gunning the lifeboats and napalming the deck), you are a victim. When you bomb
civilians, you are a terrorist, so long as you are Arabic, though when Israel does the same, they are a victim.
I guess that is the benefit of having the largest lobbying effort in the world. If only Hitler would have known this dirty little secret, we would all
have blonde hair, blue eyes and a German accent.
So, while Goldstone reversed his personal assessment and the media jumped all over this story, the authors of the report hold steady in their original
findings, though of course the mainstream media will stay relatively silent on that little tidbit....
(visit the link for the full news article)
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