Thursday, August 31, 2006

Self-Defense is Naughty

So says the U.N.

Self-defence is a widely recognized, yet legally proscribed, exception to the universal duty to respect the right to life of others. Self-defence is a basis for exemption from criminal responsibility that can be raised by any State agent or non-State actor. Self-defence is sometimes designated as a "right." There is inadequate legal support for such an interpretation. Self-defence is more properly characterized as a means of protecting the right to life and, as such, a basis for avoiding responsibility for violating the rights of another.

Probably if you wanted to pick a topic that highlighted the difference between America and Israel and The Rest of the World, this would be it.