Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli armoured bulldozer on 16 Mar 2003 whilst acting as a 'human shield'. Her parents sued the Israeli government in the Israeli courts for over the death of their daughter. The verdict came in yesterday and they lost. (Telegraph report) (Grauniad report). I've included reports from different perspectives so that anyone unfamilar can get a balanced view. In brief the court said that her death was a tragic accident but one in which she and her fellow travelers bore a large part of the blame. She deliberately put herself in harms way, in a war zone, and the driver could not see her. The Telegraph has a blog piece that has a little bit of a pop at the spin surrounding Ms Corrie. As with everything to do with Israel and Palestine I am conflicted by this. I can't decide whether she was a heroic peace activist who sacrificed her life for a worthy cause she believed in or a meddling pain in the arse who thought her white middle class skin made her bullet proof, which turned out to be wrong. I notice in all the reporting that nobody gives a damn about the driver of the bulldozer. It could be that he was a psychopath who deliberately killed her. Alternatively it could be that he was a young man, probably a conscript soldier, doing a hard dangerous job who now has to live with the unpleasant fact that he killed someone in a nasty accident. If the latter it must have been a traumatic experience for him.