Silent arma inter leges
Posted by aogSunday, 06 January 2008 at 14:44 TrackBack Ping URL

This article which struck me as emblematic of the difficulty we in the Anglosphere have in confronting Caliphascism. The gist is captured in this paragraph —

In his opening statement, [Israeli Attorney-General Menahem] Mazuz extolled the [2006] war as “the most ‘lawyerly’ in the history of the State of Israel, and perhaps ever.” He explained, “The process didn’t begin in Lebanon 2006. It… is a gradual process of ‘lawyerizing’ life in Israel.” […] He claimed that the government and the IDF restricted their plans from the beginning to conform with perceived legal restrictions.

It is hard for me to even imagine the mindset that not only thinks this is a good thing, but thinks it good to publically announce it. I read it as the ultimate in form over function — it doesn’t matter how the war turned out militarily or politically, but only that it was conducted in a “lawyerly” fasion. Although the question would seem to naturally arise, how does one get the other side to be lawyerly as well, I have yet to see any “international law” advocate like Mazuz here provide a plausible answer.

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