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March 1st, 2010
11:50 PM ET
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The exclusive interview with Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak provoked strong reactions among most Amanpour viewers.  The commentary showed a definite division in political consensus regarding Mr. Barak’s statements.  While some complimented the exchange between Amanpour and Mr. Barak during the interview, others took offense to what they described as “Amanpour’s bias against Mr. Barak.”  Overall, the commentaries were emotional and supported for the most part, extreme views. 

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I enjoyed your interview with Ehud Barak. I wonder if there is any difference between Israeli targeted assassinations and our assassinations by drone n Pakistan. Is there any diference in civilian casualties in Gaza and Marjah?
Michael Whitehouse

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March 1st, 2010
07:43 PM ET
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The exclusive interview with Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak continued to cause waves among many Amanpour viewers who expressed mixed commentary about the situation as a whole.  Additionally, the audience offered their views on whether the NATO forces should stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the reactions highlighted extreme thoughts about the “nationalism” that for some, still existed in the country, and for others it never did.

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In response to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's assertions, I have attempted to point out that he was very disingenuous:
During Israel’s assault on Gaza, “Cast Lead, ” there were no grounds for claiming the right of self-defense (a defensive last resort necessary to protect her people) as Israel was not the object of a Hamas attack.  Hamas is blamed for breaking the ceasefire, but Hamas had strictly observed the ceasefire until it was violated by Israel on Nov. 4 when Israel launched an air strike into Gaza that killed 6 and injured several others.  Israel continues settlement expansion in the West Bank. (You Tube – Who Broke The Cease Fire – Hamas or Israel 2008)  Crude rockets present no real threat to Israel.  Hamas won an election that was judged by many distinguished people to be fair and just.  It is in the best interest of that region to recognize Hamas and deal with them diplomatically.  The U.S. pushed for the election and cannot ignore the outcome!   In the past, Israel supported Hamas against Fatah.   Israel played a significant role in encouraging Hamas' emergence.  Now Israel has switched sides and encourages Fatah.  Obviously, Hamas and Fatah are not the problem, Jews are the problem!  The American people are tired of the Jew problem.  We are mad as hell.  Richard Goldstone has restored credibility to Jews who seek justice and condemn the pernicious, abhorrent monstrous behavior of Israeli thugs who murdered so many innocent Palestinian children and civilians.  America cannot tolerate being  made complicit in such evil.  I believe that Mr. Goldstone should also include members of Congress who supported a resolution to support Israel's terrorist attack on Gaza among the war criminals.  I did find it troubling that Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister, misrepresented the facts of the Camp David Peace Talks July 11, 2000 and Annapolis, Maryland where a 44-nation Middle East peace conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President MAHMOUD ABBAS took place, to no avail.
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Tom's Take

March 1st, 2010
06:50 PM ET
Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane
Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane

On AMANPOUR., we examine the aftermath of the bloody civil war in Bosnia as the trial of the so-called “Butcher of Bosnia”, former Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, resumes in the Hague, in the Netherlands. It brings the international community face to face with the bloody campaign that ended almost fifteen years ago with close to 98,000 dead. The war left a country in ruins and further divided along ethnic lines.  Today nationalism is still rife there and with continued economic hardship and political infighting, the underlying pillars of the state remain embryonic and reliant on an international body for governance. Christiane speaks with Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic and Lord Paddy Ashdown, former High Representative for Bosnia, about the country’s road to reconciliation and its prospects for joining the European Union. The trial is just one of the stories making headlines today. Here are some perspectives.

Tom Evans
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THE HAGUE – Will former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic try to slow his trial to a crawl?

-    Karadzic, in opening statement at his genocide trial, says his people were simply trying to defend themselves against Islamic fundamentalists
-    He’s charged with worst genocide in Europe since the Holocaust, and he set the tone for the 1992-1995 Bosnian War that killed an estimated 100,000 people
-    Karadzic is representing himself and boycotted the opening of the trial four months ago. Judges have accused him of trying to obstruct the proceedings

QUESTION:  When will this trial finally reach a conclusion so Bosnia can move forward and tackle the problems it faces today?

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Israeli defense minister calls for sanctions against Iran

March 1st, 2010
04:03 AM ET

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By Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR

(CNN) - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Saturday for new sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, encouraging the financial pressure to continue "until it becomes effective."

But he warned that sanctions won't be successful unless Russia and China back them, adding "we recommend to all players not to remove any option from the table."

Barak made the comments to CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview to be aired Sunday.

Speaking after extensive talks with top U.S. officials and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Barak declined to be specific about what might happen if sanctions do not deter Iran. But he said he wanted to see results within months not years.

Israel, the United States, and many other countries say Iran is moving closer to building a nuclear weapon, a charge that Iran denies. Tehran says its nuclear program is entirely for peaceful purposes.

// Barak said Tehran is clearly headed toward nuclear missile capability.

"They're trying to defeat and defy the whole world," he said.

"They have two examples in mind," he said of Iran's nuclear ambitions. "One is Pakistan, which they feel somewhat similar (to). And the other is North Korea. And in those two cases they were successful against sanctions."

Barak predicted a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iran successfully builds nuclear weapons, saying Saudi Arabia will "turn nuclear in a few months," and Turkey and Egypt will probably follow shortly thereafter.

He praised the Obama administration for addressing the issue and pushing for sanctions against Iran, despite a heavy burden of domestic and international commitments.

"I think we (Israel and the U.S.) both agree (sanctions) should be effective," he said. "We recommend to all players not to remove any option from the table. And we live by what we recommend to others."

Asked if Israel fears an attack by Hezbollah, an organization supported by Iran and Syria, Barak said: "I'm not sure whether we are going to face a pre-emptive attack, but anyhow, we are not interested in conflict in the north or in the east. But if it is imposed on us, we know how to respond."

Asked whether the U.N.-sponsored Goldstone Report accusing both Israel and Hamas of war crimes in their war a year ago could make Israel "think twice" about how to conduct a future war, Barak said "no."

"We always try to improve ourselves, but we don't need the Goldstone report for this. We started an investigation into the details of what happened (in Gaza) long before Goldstone wrote his report."

He added, "I would like to say something about Goldstone. I see that after seven years of suffering thousands of rockets, terrorizing our civilian population around the Gaza Strip, Israel had the right and the duty to respond. ... Goldstone's report is biased, distorted, and totally unexplainable in my judgment, and it even encourages terror."

Barak declined to comment on the assassination of a top Hamas official in Dubai last month that many are blaming on Israel's external intelligence service, Mossad.

But he did talk about an undercover mission he took part in back in 1973 when he dressed up as a woman. That mission ended with the killing of three high-ranking Palestinian Liberation Organization men in Beirut.

"I never killed Palestinians per se," he said. "I killed terrorists who were directly responsible for the killing - indiscriminate killing - of civilians."

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