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  •  I don't think closing an embassy (2+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, buddabelly

    to protect diplomatic personnel, means the protestors "win."

    Embassies have to be secure and host states are required under international law to maintain them as such. If a state can no longer guarantee the safety of embassies and their staff then clearly - those states would have to consider withdrawing their staff until such time as they can be reassured of their safety.

    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

    by Shane Hensinger on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:48:28 PM PDT

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    •  ROFT (2+ / 0-)
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      capelza, Terra Mystica

      I think that Israel appealing for international law to be upheld will get considerably more sympathy if they actually abided by international law.

      Fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 05:42:41 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps you should direct that to an Israeli (1+ / 0-)
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        or someone who represents the Israeli government then - because I'm not an Israeli nor do I represent the Israeli government.

        The violation of an embassy by a mob of any sort, anywhere, should be of deep concern to everyone, everywhere. If states cannot maintain secure embassies abroad then the entire fabric of international statecraft breaks down - endangering every state and every people.

        Iraq and Iran maintained embassies in each other's capitals during the entire length of their conflict - an incredibly bloody one which killed hundreds of thousands of people. If they could do it then Egypt can manage to maintain and protect an Israeli embassy in Cairo.

        If Egypt can't, and its excuse is going to be that, well, Israel violates international law so therefore Egyptian mobs can feel free to do what they want, then it's not only Israel's embassy which is going to be in danger - it's everyone's embassy as well as the nationals of every state who happen to be in Egypt.

        "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

        by Shane Hensinger on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 04:38:32 PM PDT

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