We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations -- acting individually or in concert -- will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified. . . . I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism -- it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason." Id.
The first story is the more conventional of the two. At the behest of "Palestinians", a U.K. court issued an arrest warrant against the former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to call her to account in British courts for the actions of Israel in one phase of its military campaigns against its Palestinian adversaries. UK ponders law change after Tzipi Livni arrest warrant, BBC News Online, Dec. 15, 2009.
The warrant was granted by a London court at the request of Palestinian plaintiffs, provoking Israeli anger. . . . Pro-Palestinian campaigners have tried several times to have Israeli officials arrested under the principle of universal jurisdiction, which holds that some alleged crimes are so grave that they can be tried anywhere, regardless of where the offences were committed. Id.
Oct 2009: Former military chief Moshe Yaalon cancelled a UK visit because of fears of arrest for alleged war crimesOct 2009: Filed attempt to raise warrant against Defence Minister Ehud Barak. Court ruled he had diplomatic immunitySept 2005: Arrest warrant issued for a former head of Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip Gen Doron Almog. He received warning before disembarking from an aircraft at Heathrow Airport, and flew back to Israel. Id.
UK food labels are set to distinguish between goods from Palestinians in the occupied territories and produce from Israeli settlements. Food packaging guidelines advise a change from labels usually naming only Israel or West Bank as the source. . . . The new guidelines recommend that food labels in supermarkets should bear the phrases "Israeli settlement produce" or "Palestinian produce".
Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian general Delegate to the UK, said: "We welcome this. We have been calling for this for two years, since we began lobbying major British supermarkets when we discovered that they were routinely selling products marked 'produce of the West Bank' which were in fact the produce of illegal settlements. "This is a very positive response by the British government."
And so the future of conflict unfolds. "In the modern world, law is deployed to channel the use of power to manage disputes--to render conflicts less bloody and more costly. . . . Small wars, little and contained hot conflicts are tolerated as the precise movements of pieces in the greater game, but no such small move is allowed to get in the way of the ultimate goal--the preservation of human and other assets for the benefit of those who control them as they are passed around and their utility maximized among those who manage these things." Larry Catá Backer, Skunk: Israel Advances Non-Lethal Methods of Social Control, The Palestinian Government May be the First to Purchase It, Law at the End of the Day, Nov. 8, 2008; see also, Larry Catá Backer, The Devil’s Advocate: The West, the Invincible Guerrilla, the Value of Violence and the Rise of a Management Model of War, Law at the End of the Day, August 7, 2006; Larry Catá Backer, Manging the Warfare of the Oppressed--Containing the Exuberance of Darfur Warriors Law at the End of the Day, May 11, 2008.The war game demonstrated that in post-world, the Pentagon is thinking about a wide range of threats to America’s position in the world, including some that could come far from the battlefield.And it’s hardly science fiction. China recently shook the value of the dollar in global currency markets merely by questioning whether the recession put China’s $1 trillion in U.S. government bond holdings at risk – forcing Presidentto issue a hasty defense of the dollar.“This was an example of the changing nature of conflict,” said Paul Bracken, a professor and expert in private equity at thewho attended the sessions. “The purpose of the game is not really to predict the future, but to discover the issues you need to be thinking about.” Id.