March 22, 2008


When "a Custodian of Freedom" is the Perpetrator of Ethnic Cleansing (Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, 3/22/08, Asharq Alawasat)

Only few weeks after the apology of Kevin Rudd, the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia, to the Aborigines, the indigenous inhabitants of Australia, he was party to a motion in Parliament describing Israel as a "robust democracy" and a "custodian of freedom" in a region abounding in autocracies and theocracies!

Opposition Liberal party leader Brendan Nelson said that in a region "characterized more by theocracies and autocracies, Israel is the custodian of the most powerful of human emotions – that is hopeful belief in the freedom of man, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly ".

All this was expressed in the aftermath of Israeli Killing of over 130 Palestinians in Gaza, 39 of them were children, and 12 women and the rest were young men in their twenties aspiring to live in peace and dignity on their own land. The question that came to mind upon reading the disappointing news of the motion in the Australian Parliament was whether Kevin Rudd and his colleagues want to wait for 200 years to apologize from the Palestinians as they apologized from the aborigines, but only when it becomes too late and almost of no value to a people and culture who have been almost completely destroyed.

...that if the Aborigines could do anything concrete with the apology they'd have gotten one? If Mr. Rudd were serious about his regrets he'd "give it back" in the words of Midnight Oil. Ain't gonna happen.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2008 8:10 AM
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