The latest piece in Der Spiegel is symptomatic of a shift in German political opinion. It isn't anti-Israel of course - but importantly is no longer pro-Israel either. This is quite a significant shift, and supports the view that whatever the military outcome of this conflict, however successful Israel is in destroying the Hamas rockets, that Hamas have won. War is a filthy and brutal business, and neither side has clean hands, but this must be the first war shared live on twitter and instagram.
Our view of what constitutes a war crime changes over time. Eric Priebke was the German officer in charge of the shooting of 335 Italian hostages in the Ardeatine Caves in 1944. Post war attempts at prosecution found he could be accused of only five murders, the five extra hostages that he had himself added to the official command to execute 330 hostages. Shooting civilians in reprisal in certain given circumstances was quite lawful and not a war crime in the Second World War. Also lawful at the time was the terror-bombing by the RAF of civilian towns and cities to 'demoralise' the civilian population. Both actions were made war crimes only in 1949 - but not of course retrospectively. So Sir Arthur Harris could not be hanged for bombing Dresden any more than Eric Priebke could be hanged for shooting 330 civilian hostages.
The changes to war-crime law came only when the true human effects became known of military actions which had previously been considered militarily expeditious and a necessary adjunct of warfare. Then it was monochrome newsreel of bundles of rags and sticks, once humans, being removed from the Adeatine Caves, and footage of German babies melted by the RAF, images that overcame protests of military necessity. And so civilisation advanced another tiny notch.
I suspect that the images that are coming from Israel's assault on Gaza may be the catalyst for another change; the wonders of the internet have let the world see that the Palestinians are people just like themselves, wearing the same trainers and using the same mobile phones, with the same kids' pictures on the classroom walls. And filled with the same blood.