Sunday, August 06, 2006

Powerline: Of Deans and Double Standards


Go read the analysis by Law Professor Orde Kittrie of the charges of disproportionality leveled at Israel in its conflict with Hezbollah, at Powerline. Then read his column in the Wall Street Journal, discussing the allegations of Israeli war crimes arising out of the Qana air raid. Professor Kittrie summarizes his conclusion in the column's opening paragraph:
The Qana tragedy has intensified accusations that Israel's actions in Lebanon violate international law. Every death of an innocent person is extremely regrettable; but there is no evidence Israel has committed any war crimes. In contrast, Hezbollah, Iran and Syria have clearly violated international law in this conflict. Moreover, Israel's conduct compares favorably to how its most powerful accusers have behaved when their own interests have been threatened.

Professor Kittrie, I am proud to say, is on the faculty of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, my law school alma mater (under its prior name).

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