Samstag, 3. Oktober 2009

Goldstone-Bericht: Doppelzüngige US-Regierung

Die US-Regierung scheut sich Israel aufgrund des Goldstone-Reports zu verurteilen und Konsequenenzen zu fordern. Nun haben auch die Palästinenser auf internationalen Druck hin den Bericht abgelehnt (was mittlerweile zu großen Protesten geführt hat). Beiden Seiten werden darin Kriegsverbrechen vorgeworfen. Bei anderen Kriegsparteien sind die USA  aber nicht so zimperlich (obwohl zumeist die Verurteilungen keinerlei Konsequenzen haben, nachdem das Thema von der Agenda verschwindet):

Kenia: "And I have urged that the Kenyan government try to find the way forward to handle this themselves, but if that is not possible, and people think it is not, then the names that have been turned over to the International Court of Criminal Justice will be opened, and an investigation will begin, and Kenya will not be making these very tough decisions for itself, which is a kind of rite of passage for democracies, dealing with people and making sure impunity is not permitted."
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, August 6, 2009.

Darfur: "The United States supports the International Criminal Court's (ICC) actions to hold accountable those responsible for the heinous crimes in Darfur. We remain determined in our pursuit of both peace and justice in Sudan. The people of Sudan have suffered too much for too long, and an end to their anguish will not come easily.
- UN Ambassador Susan Rice, March 4, 2009.

DR Kongo: "I came to Goma to send a clear message: The United States condemns these attacks and all those who commit them and abet them. They are crimes against humanity. ...
- Clinton, August 21, 2009.

Und im Gaza-Streifen?

“[I]n this, as in many other respects, the US focus, and I think constructively the focus of many other countries, is to try to look not to the past but to the future. The best way to end suffering and abuses is for there to be a long term solution and peace based on two states living side by side in peace and security.” 

– Rice, September 22, 2009.

“The United States understands that Israel is a vibrant and strong democracy and it has more than sufficient capacity to conduct a credible internal investigation and we’ve encouraged it to do so.”
– Rice, September 22, 2009.

“We are confident that Israel, as a democracy with a well-established commitment to rule of law, has the institutions and ability to carry out robust investigations into these allegations."
– US Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, September 29, 2009.

“[T]he weight of the report is something like 85 percent oriented towards very specific and harsh condemnation and conclusions related to Israel and very sort of lightly treats without great specificity Hamas’ terrorism and its own atrocities. So in that respect it remains unbalanced, although obviously less so than it might have been and so that is still a source of significant concern.”
– Rice, September 22, 2009.

“The report further calls on Israel to undertake a moratorium on the use of certain munitions; it makes no such demand of Hamas with regard to its use of indiscriminate rockets. These unbalanced recommendations taint many of the report’s suggestions for international action.”
– Posner, September 29, 2009.

Stimmt gar nicht. Auch die Raketen-Angriffe der Hamas werden in dem Bericht verurteilt (S.32):

“[T]hese attacks constitute indiscriminate attacks upon the civilian population of southern Israel and that where there is no intended military target and the rockets and mortars are launched into a civilian population, they constitute a deliberate attack against a civilian population. These acts would constitute war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity."

Schade, wieder die Chance vertan nicht nur Kriegsverbrechen beim Namen zu nennen, sondern sich  auch ausgewogener im Nahost-Konflikt zu positionieren und so wieder glaubhaft einen Friedensprozess in Gang zu bringen...

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