After hearing a news story on the radio where Israeli Defense Forces declared they weren’t to blame for the deaths of Palastinian civilians who were blown up while enjoying a day out at the beach, I couldn’t help but think “Well, duh. Of course they would say that.”
I’m not saying the Israelis were guilty, mind you, just that I have a hard time giving any credence to the results of their investigation when they have such a stake in the results. I am similarly disinclined to believe the Palastinian account, but it makes me just a tad more suspicious when the chief of staff of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), Dan Halutz says "no possibility of an international investigation into the explosion."read more
Why would anybody believe them? Doesn’t it come across sort of like "Fox investigates henhouse killing, finds self innocent’?
I have similar concerns with the U.S. investigating killings and abuses by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s certainly not to their advantage to find that it is a systematic problem, if it is.
How is it that parties so deeply involved with the outcome should be investigating anything anyway? I’m not so naive as to think that disintrested, neutral parties are easy to come by, but wouldn’t it serve both the U.S. and Israel both better to try? Even if one doesn’t think it makes them look guilty, it certainly looks damned arrogant.