By Lior Rozenman
Something called the combatant activities exception was invoked by the Israeli court in Haifa to exonerate the IDF from culpability in thecase.
In handing down the verdict, Judge Oded Gershon justified the invocation of the combatant activity exception by noting that IDF forces had been attacked in the same area Corrie was killed just hours earlier.
But is that exception even necessary?
This is a protester who willfully put herself in harm's way to make her version of a political statement, protesting injustice in Gaza.
Corrie certainly had the right to express her opinion, but she is risking her own well-being by placing herself at close proximity to an army vehicle in a self-described war zone.
Photos show the massive tractor bucket that is a lot larger than any human form. In this place where the operator is clearly from a photograph incapable of seeing her, is there any way to claim that Corrie was not aware that she was taking her life into her hands?
The general mayhem of combat indicates a relative and clearly indicated level of instability, and the borderline irrational distemper that dominates war zones as opposed to civilian zones.
This is the Middle East, at an international flashpoint where military issues are at their most incendiary, both in the press and in practice.