We live in a funny world, what is ok for me to do is not ok for you is a dictum of childhood playmates. How innocent lives and the blood spilt can be a price for percieved redemption in a world euphoric about human rights is the mother of all paradoxes.
Whilst a majority of the world are over consuming and frolicking in celebration of what is yet another end to a cycle of 365 days, over 200 innocent civilians were slaughtered in an exhibition of mass brutality in Gaza.
How does the world feel about Obama pledging to “forge an unshakeable bond” with the “miracle” of Terrorist Israel?
How do we feel about the EU rewarding Israel for its terrorist acts with enhanced benefits under the EU-Israel Association Agreement?
The Best Gordon Brown could do was to urge “restraint”, as opposed to urging Isreal to end the siege.
If i remember right, President Rajapakse is the founder chairman of the Sri Lankan Committee for Solidarity with Palestine for the last thirt years, has the Sri Lankan government condemned the attacks in Gaza? i still have not heard, i dont know if they have.
According to the U.S.’s own definition of terrorism Israel is squarely in the frame. Under Section 3 of Executive Order 13224 “Blocking Property and prohibiting Transactions with Persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support Terrorism”, the term “terrorism” means an activity that…
(i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and
(ii) appears to be intended
• to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
• to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
• to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination,
kidnapping, or hostage-taking.
The order and its definition of terrorism, signed 23 September 2001 by George W Bush, is used to outlaw and crush any organization, individual or country the U.S. doesn’t like. The Israeli regime’s “amoral thugs”, as a British MP branded them, have plainly been terrorizing the Palestinians for the last 60 years.
The only peaceful means of achieving a lasting peace is for Western leaders to pull the plug on Israel until the regime conforms to international law and the will of the United Nations (without whose misguided generosity there would never have been a state of Israel), pulls back behind the 1967 border and strictly observes the principles of universal human rights.
If they don’t shoulder their responsibility, they risk a mighty moral backlash from ordinary people, who are beginning to learn the awful truth.
Al Jazeera has more.