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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Obama condemns someone... could it be Israel?

The Obama administration has condemned the shelling of an UNRWA school in Gaza on Wednesday morning. While the administration 'took pains' not to name the party responsible, the United Nations is blaming Israel.
While Obama and other top officials consistently state their support for Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas rocket fire, the White House has been making increasingly strong statements about the Palestinian civilians dying in Israeli attacks. Officials have also directly called on Israel to do more to prevent the casualties.
More than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in three weeks of fighting, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. More than 50 Israelis have also died in the clashes.
The White House escalated its rhetoric yet again on Wednesday by condemning the shelling of the UN school that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. While the administration did not publicly assign blame for the attack, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "all available evidence" pointed to Israel and the Israeli military acknowledged that it fired back after its soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school.
"We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council. She also condemned "those responsible for hiding weapons in the United Nations facilities in Gaza" — a nod to Israel's charge that Hamas is housing arms in those facilities.
Someone please remind me: Does the Obama administration drop leaflets telling civilians in Pakistan to flee before it sends drones to take out terror leaders? Does the Obama administration make phone calls and send SMS's to civilians in Afghanistan before it targets Taliban leaders in their vicinity? Maybe that's why the United States has never had to worry about 'internally displaced' civilians trying to escape its war machine....

And by the way, what's the United States' ratio of civilians to terrorists killed in Muslim countries where the use of human shields is common? How many civilians has the United States killed in Peshawar this year? Sounds to me like the pot is calling the kettle black, when the kettle is actually much cleaner.

Then we get a little media bias from al-AP:
But those talks collapsed earlier this year amid U.S. frustration with both sides of the intractable conflict. The current bout of violence quickly followed, sparked by the deaths of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
Wouldn't a fair journalist give us some context by telling us that those three teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists while they were on their way home from high school? No, they weren't in a car accident and they didn't fall off a cliff, but... Oh... wait... the media has decided that the two or three Hamas members who were supported by Hamas were acting on their own when they kidnapped they kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers. You know, like when you set up a twitter account and say that re-tweet does not equal approval. Doing what Hamas has been encouraging and being a member of Hamas doesn't make the kidnapping a Hamas operation. Right....

Just remember - this is a democracy and 91% of Jewish Israelis support this operation. Most of them don't want it to end without Hamas meeting its end.


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