Wednesday, March 30, 2005


How to lose the moral high ground

This is a small story, but one that illustrates how moral leadership has collapsed. Israelis have long complained that Palestinians have used ambulances for military transport. (The US has made a similar complaint in Iraq). Now we hear this: "The Israeli army uses ambulances to move troops and weapons in operations against Palestinians, a violation of the Geneva Conventions.... an officer explained to [a commander] that there was no choice as the ambulance is often the only vehicle available." The article also points out that at least one prominent Israeli complaint about misuse of ambulances was false. Is it any wonder that the people of this world feel drowned in cynicism? If you want to provide moral leadership, you have to accept that others will do wrong to you. In recompense, you hope that they will see your example, and do better.
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