NZ to lead Gaza flotilla massacre inquiry
Former NZ PM to lead Gaza flotilla attack probe
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says heading an inquiry into the fatal Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla earlier this year is probably the hardest job he has ever done.
It's great that NZ is seen as an honest broker and not a whore to American or Israeli neurosis, but it is this position of global trust that Murry McCully risks the way he did earlier this year with a staged UN walk out when the Iranian President spoke.
In terms of the actual investigation itself, Gordon at Scoop points out...
Even a narrow legalistic approach – ie, on the legal niceties of an interception on the high seas in defence of a blockade – should have to consider whether the force used by the Israeli commandos was proportionate to the threat. (On the evidence so far, it clearly wasn’t.) Moreover, if it is deemed legitimate to use force to defend a blockade so surely must be the flipside of that coin – that it is legitimate to use force to break a blockade that is a humanitarian outrage.
...which is the real issue here isn't it, the cruel and inhumane blockade of Gaza justified the flotilla breaking the blockade on humanitarian grounds.
Israel will be sweating this. Good.