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Friday, June 04, 2010

Obama's nanny state 'looks out' for Israel

Did you ever have someone try really hard to convince you that what they want you to do is really for your own good, even though you know full well that it's not? That's how I'm feeling about the Obama administration's edicts on Israel.
"The United States, with the other members of the U.N. Security Council said very clearly that we condemned all the acts that led up to this violence. It was a tragic situation," he said in an interview with CNN's Larry King. "You've got loss of life that was unnecessary. So we are calling for an effective investigation of everything that happened. I think the Israelis are going to agree to that -- an investigation of international standards -- because they recognize that this can't be good for Israel's long-term security."

The White House has been more measured in their remarks than its European allies, but still has pressured Israel to cooperate with an investigation of the incident.

Obama said it is premature to condemn Israel and said that the Israelis and Palestinians should use the incident as a signal to come to the negotiations table.

"I think that we need to know what all the facts are," he said. "But it's not premature to say to the Israelis and to say to the Palestinians, and to say to all the parties in the region that the status quo is unsustainable. We have been trying to do this piecemeal for decades now. It just doesn't work.
What is an 'effective investigation'? What are 'international standards'? On Wednesday, the UN 'Human Rights Council,' of which the United States is a member, decided that it's Goldstone II.
The United Nations Human Rights Council passed Wednesday a resolution condemning Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla and calling for a Goldstone-like inquiry into the deadly military operation.

During a second bruising day of debate in Geneva, the 47-member body passed the resolution with a majority vote of 32. The United States voted against the Palestinian-backed document and several European countries abstained.

The resolution accuses Israel of violating international law and calls for the immediate lifting of Israel’s blockade on Gaza. It also calls for an independent fact-finding inquiry, similar to one mandated by the Human Rights Council, which resulted in the Goldstone report.
And as with Goldstone I, the UNHRC has already decided that Israel violated international law before the new commission even meets. Maybe the World's favorite kapo will even agree to chair another commission that bears his name.

What could go wrong?


At 7:51 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

With the commission having found Israel guilty in advance of an "investigation" no one is going to be surprised by its findings. And why on earth would Israel agree to cooperate with another UN kangaroo court?

What could go wrong indeed

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

It's rape.

No other word for forcing someone against their will.

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Channel Surfer said...

It seems like Israel is trapped in an era of clumsiness. Could the present IDF done Entebbe? The handling of the blockade runners seems so boneheaded, so naive. Paintguns? Could that be true? The frustrating thing is that the Israeli government just seems to do so many things wrong in such a loud voice. Cast Lead may have helped cut back the rockets, but they still come. How can that be allowed? Israel sort of prevailed in Lebanon but the situation there seems so much worse, due to the idiocy of the U.N., but Israel went along with it. It seems like these send mixed messages. Either rockets from Gaza are intolerable or they are not; a heavily armed Hezbollah is intolerable or it is not. By doing what is essentially half measures, it seems like Israel's message is not getting out.

Obviously, I don't have an answer, though I wish I did.

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

This whole attitude of "We're doing this for you're own good" is the M.O. of this administration from the top down. Everything they've done 'to us' is for the greater good. You expect them to stand behind Israel's independent decisions to defend itself and her borders? Feinsten said 'I've received thousands of emails and calls against Obamacare - don't these people get it?'


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