Has The Age Of The Just War Ended?

United Nations Ignores Hamas’ Criminal Action
Irwin Cotler portrays the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigation into war crimes committed in Gaza as an effort with a predetermined outcome and one with an anti-Israel bias.

According to Cotler, the investigation “will marginalize, if not sanitize, any war crimes committed by Hamas,” which “is unfortunate, since the impunity enjoyed by Hamas in international forums has only encouraged it to continue its flagrant violations of international humanitarian and criminal law.”

He notes that Hamas has a tradition of deliberately targeting Israeli cities, towns and villages with rockets and missiles and using Palestinian civilians as human shields.

“The terrorist organization even boasts about such tactics, which are employed in an effort to immunize itself against an Israeli response, or worse, to deliberately incur civilian casualties,” he writes in The National Post.

A World Without Just Wars?
Leon Aron of the American Enterprise Institute says the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza have little in common, except that both represent the emergence of military engagements that do not present a clear “right side” and “wrong side.”

One of the reasons why neither can be characterized as just wars is that those terms are subjective and value judgments that Western opinion makers appear to have taken out of political discourse and decision-making.

“The death of just wars isn’t merely a reflection of the prevailing Western mentality. When tragedy isn’t recognized as a moral phenomenon, which would assign guilt and causes to punish the guilty, more tragedy ensues and more death,” he argues.

Is Creole The Key To Ending Haiti’s Woes?
Michel DeGraff and Molly Ruggles of The New York Times present an interesting examination of the differing outcomes between Haitian children taught in their native Creole, compared to second languages.

“Study after study highlights the importance of using native language to establish the foundations of literacy, numeracy and basic scientific knowledge, with which other academic domains, including the study of French, can be pursued,” they note.

One study, financed by the National Science Foundation, found children excelled when taught in Creole, as opposed to French.

Is The Modern World Making Us Crazy?
The New Republic’s Martha Stout reviews what current psychology says about the link between modern culture and paranoia.

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