July 16, 2006


Correct the damage (THE JERUSALEM POST, Jul. 16, 2006)

At a time like this, we would like to be in a position to thank free nations, which we might expect would naturally come to the side of a country under unprovoked attack from some of the most vicious terrorist organizations in the world. Unfortunately, the leader of only one nation, the United States, President George Bush, has been unequivocal in his support for Israel's position, and even his Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, has pointedly called for Israeli "restraint."

This implied and preemptive US criticism is, of course, mild compared to the international chorus that is already condemning Israel for its "disproportionate response." On Thursday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution that would have, in a surreal reversal of time and moral culpability, first condemned Israel's "military assault" on Gaza and secondly "also the firing of rockets into Israel and the abduction of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian armed groups from Gaza, and the recent abduction and killing of an Israeli civilian in the West Bank."

The US veto came on numerous grounds, including that the resolution related only to Gaza, even though the Hizbullah-Iranian offensive had already begun.

It will be long remembered by this country that the UN could even consider such a lopsided resolution at a time when Israeli civilians were being killed over an international border that it had fully recognized. Though the US cast a lone "no" vote, it is the majority of 10 nations - including France, Russia, and China - which should be ashamed of their stance, as should the UK, which could only muster an abstention.

It's not really fair to measure the others against W, who is a Jewish head of state.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2006 12:51 PM

Eeeek -- horror picture alert. Avert your eyes and don't look top left or your eyesight may be permanently impaired.

Posted by: erp at July 17, 2006 7:02 AM


Huh? All I see is Pajamas Media stuff. And I don't see any "top left" pictures in the article.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 17, 2006 6:52 PM

Matt, This morning under the Pajamas Media there was a picture of Ms Clinton in a fright wig next to Michael Moore wearing his regular frightful face. It gave me quite a jolt. After I posted I remembered the picture changes frequently and it hasn't appeared again.

Posted by: erp at July 17, 2006 7:10 PM

Matt. Update. The picture was there again this am.

Posted by: erp at July 18, 2006 7:57 AM