The third major conflict between Hamas and Israel reveals the heightened moral concern for protecting innocent civilians in war.
Only Botswana protested when African heads of state voted themselves free from prosecution for genocide and crimes against humanity in a proposed new 'Africa court.'
After a unilateral ceasefire failed Tuesday, Israel signaled an escalation of a bombing campaign aimed at Hamas. The legality of targeting houses of militants is hotly debated.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday that, for some critics of the Obama administration, 'there’s a racial animus.' The angry response from the right could point to the need for more understanding on both sides.
Inflammatory words about race or sexuality can fan public outrage and even result in professional sacking. Some say America must be sure to protect free speech rights. Others cite need for civil society.