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By applying the incorrect standard and requiring intent where IHL requires none, the Goldstone Report identifies no violation of Article 58; rather, it merely states that it could not "obtain any direct evidence that [rockets were launched from urban areas] with the specific intent of shielding the rocket launchers from counterstrokes by the Israeli armed forces.
Mohammed, who like many Afghans uses only one name, says he abruptly left his village in Nad Ali in January amid Taliban shelling and NATO counterstrokes.
Washington has exhibited a gloating satisfaction at the Syrian misfortune it helped to engineer in Lebanon, but its profound confusion about how this country works, and its draining misadventure in Iraq, have drastically reduced its ability - and its standing - to check the counterstrokes that Damascus may feel obliged to implement as a prophylactic against "regime change.