What?! Justice Richard Goldstone has some ugly secrets, hidden somewhere in the dark closets of his impeccable past?! Impossible! After all, as we remember, his professional resume was so flawless and his biography was so clean that 13 months ago the United Nations sent this soft-spoken South African jurist to the Gaza Strip to investigate war crimes, allegedly committed during the latest Gaza conflict.
So, what kind of “dirty secrets” could be found in his pure biography? When Justice Goldstone produced his report (full, by the way, of sympathy toward people of Gaza, widely known for their peace loving habits), it became obvious that his soul was benevolent, his mind was fair, his heart was compassionate, and his hands were clean. Almost instantly, he became a darling of the international Left, including, of course, the American liberals.
Well, I know nothing definitive about Richard Goldstone’s soul, mind, and heart, but having read the May 6, 2010 edition of The Jerusalem Post, I suddenly found that his supposedly clean hands are a bit dirty. To be precise, they are covered in rivulets of blood. No, not blood in a metaphorical sense, but the real blood of 28 people who were sentenced to death by Justice Goldstone in the 1980s, in full accordance with the laws of the South African apartheid regime. That embarrassing information was reportedly unearthed by two journalists from the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot. (I cannot help emphasizing at this point that thankfully there are still some real journalists in the world, unlike our Frank Rich, Chris Matthews, Maureen Dowd, and hundreds of other pseudo-journalists populating the liberal media cabal.)
“Reports that international jurist Richard Goldstone sent 28 black South Africans to death during the apartheid regime prove he wasn’t impartial when compiling the UN report on Gaza War”, Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel Danny Ayalon said Thursday, May 6, according to The Jerusalem Post. Speaking to Israel Radio, Ayalon said that, “after [Goldstone’s] dubious background was revealed, there is no reason not to think” that the judge had ulterior motives in composing the UN report accusing the IDF [Israeli Defense Force] of perpetrating war crimes in Gaza. “This so-called respected judge is using his [Gaza] report in order to atone for his sins and gain international legitimacy,” Ayalon opined.
The Yediot Aharonot reporters uncovered that Goldstone reportedly wrote in one of his rulings that the gallows were the only deterrent for killers. Well, there is nothing particularly wrong with this Goldstone opinion (as we know, many people around the world express similar notions), but the problem is that after leaving the bench, Richard Goldstone repeatedly expressed his strong opposition to the death penalty.
Israeli YNet online magazine wrote on May 6 that in response to accusations against him, Goldstone said that he has always been opposed to the death penalty, but because he had been acting within a legal system in which the death penalty existed, his hands were tied. He also claimed that he had been obligated to honor the laws of the country, even under the racist rule.
“I don’t want to exaggerate, but these are the same explanations we heard in Nazi Germany after World War II,” Ayalon said. “That is not an explanation that justifies his [Goldstone’s] actions.”
I would advise Justice Goldstone to rent a wonderful video, the 1960s Stanley Kramer movie Judgment at Nuremberg, and watch in the comfort of his Johannesburg home how four Nazi jurists, sitting in the dock at the 1948 trial, used literally the same justifications for their murderous actions, as now does he.
Is there any prominent Leftist in the world without some hypocritical dirty secrets in his or her past?