Although Sri Lanka recently ended a bloody civil war between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority, one in which reporters were excluded from the battlefield and rumoured civilian death tollls were astronomical, the United Nations has not seen fit to send a self-hating Sinhalese adjudicator to that nation to write a report on how the war was conducted.
Sudan allows the rape and destruction of Darfur to continue unimpeded. Yes, there has been some token handwringing but no UN commission.
Last time I heard, the Czechens and Georgians were being violently bullied by the Russians and the Tibetans were still being denied their right to self-determination by the Red Chinese. No UN commissions there either.
And Aung San Suu Kyi, once again under house arrest in Burma/Myanmar might be wondering why the UN seems uninterested in her efforts to free her people from an autocratic junta that completely mismanaged last year's flood relief efforts in a bumbled attempt to claim credit for all the food and equipment the world community donated.
But when it comes to 'Aza, liberals and anti-Semites around the world can rest easy. The UN has been to 'Aza, investigated the events of the recent "war" there and come to its conclusion: Israel is guilty of war crimes.
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.
Remember that at the UN, finding Israel guilty of something nasty isn't exactly a rare event. Most resolutions forwarded by the Human Rights Council, even the rare one that deals with another part of the world, seem to start with the words "Given that Israel is an apartheid state guilty of henious war crimes..." so the findings of this commission should be no suprise.
Nor is it a particular surprise to find that the chairman of the commission, Richard Goldstein, is a Jew. Self-hating Jews from both the left and right aren't that hard to find nowadays as Israel becomes more and more beleagured.
Remember how during the war most criticism of Israel began with the statement "Well, while Israel has the right to defend itself"? Turns out that Israel does have the right to defend itself, it just can't actually use any military force to do so.
It is quite easy to condemn the findings of this commission. No doubt most of the conclusions were agreed upon before any of the UN flunkies set foot in 'Aza, a hell hole of the Arabs' own making. I can only imagine the small talk on the fligh over. "Well Richard, we can't actually call the Israelis Nazis but lets assume they set up concentation camps and conducted efficient killing raids on civilians. Hey, that sounds great, I'll put it into the report!"
In truth, the report is a pack of lies with one apologetic part to it: Yeah, well okay maybe it was wrong of Hamas to shoot rockets into Israel. The Jew haters seem to want it both ways. On one hand the Arabs are intimidated by Israel's powerful military, the dominant one in the region, etc. On the other hand, they can't seem to explain why this mighty military, acting full out for a month, managed to only kill 1000 "civilians"? (Remember that even an armed Arab fighter is immediately demoted to civilian status on being killed) If Israel was as bloodthirsty and powerful as the Jew haters claim, why wasn't the death toll more like half a million? Why are any buildings still standing in 'Aza? Why was the death toll from Arab interfighting in the months following the 'Aza incursion higher than that from the incursion itself? These are all questions that won't be asked because the answers are too inconvenient.
In the end, this line from JTA summarizes the response Israel should concentrate on:
"The same U.N. that allows the president of a country to announce on a podium its aspiration to destroy the State of Israel has no right to teach us about morality," Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"This is a report born of bias," Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in describing the report released Tuesday by the U.N. Human Rights Council. "What do you do with an initiative born of bigotry?"
Israel has to justify itself and its right to defend its citizens from barbarous attacks to the UN like a fish needs a bicycle. Perhaps it's time to remember that one part of the Zionist dream was to end the helplessness of Jews in the face of vile anti-Semitic lies by giving us the voice to shout back. Start shouting.