Is it me, or does it seem like only those on the Left are capable of the mental contortions required in order to reach the same conclusions as the author of the excerpt below?
I think it's pretty easy to see what's going on here. It couldn't be that Israel, a liberal democracy, has fielded a professional military, characterized by restraint in an effort to minimize civilian casualties and property damage, could it? No, of course not. In general, academics don't believe in the efficacy of war as an instrument of policy. When your judgment is clouded by such conclusions, it's easy to find fault with the behavior of the military - no matter the circumstances.
"If you think American political correctness is twisted, wait till you get a load of the Israeli version. From the news site ArutzSheva.com:
A research paper that won a Hebrew University teachers' committee prize finds that the lack of [Israel Defense Forces] rapes of Palestinian women is designed to serve a political purpose.
The abstract of the paper, authored by doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan, notes that the paper shows that 'the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals.'
The next sentence delineates the particular goals that are realized in this manner: 'In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences--just as organized military rape would have done.'
The paper further theorizes that Arab women in Judea and Samaria are not raped by IDF soldiers because the women are de-humanized in the soldiers' eyes.
ArutzSheva raises the obvious question: 'Can't it just be that Israeli soldiers come from a culture that very much condemns rape?' To which Zali Gurevitch, head of the professors' committee that recommended the publication of Nitzan's paper, replies that, as the news service puts it, 'Observers"