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Thursday, April 14, 2011

With friends like these...

The first headline to catch my eye this morning was:

"Following reports of "renewed atrocities," including firing of mortar, artillery rounds into residential areas of Misrata, US secretary of state Clinton condemned Libya's forces 'brutal attacks' on civilians." [source]

It made me sad to hear our close friend and ally, the United States of America, reserving words such as 'atrocities' and 'war crimes' for an assault on civilians that has been going on for a matter of weeks... when Israeli civilians have been absorbing hundreds of rockets and mortars per month for years

Oh sure, every few months the US condemns the ongoing attacks on Israeli civilians, and usually issues some formulaic statement about Israel's right to defend her citizens.  But such lip service is invariably followed by pleas for 'restraint', and for all sides to refrain from escalating the 'cycle of violence'

Truly, with friends like these... who needs enemies?

Posted by David Bogner on April 14, 2011 | Permalink

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It is very easy for this displeased Jewish resident of your close friend and ally, the United States of America, to fall into the same pattern of day in/day out cynicism. Just seeing our non-Israel-friendly president's face on the news and around the web emotionally exhausts me.

Posted by: Erica | Apr 14, 2011 10:36:34 AM

the us is in fact a friend. it invariably stands by israel in the un. not a perfect friend, but a friend. [hmm. and is israel a perfect friend of the us?]

Posted by: fred | Apr 14, 2011 11:49:21 AM

Erica... I can't argue with you.

fred... When one person is in the arena with the lions and another is seated in the stands next to the emperor (or perhaps IS the emperor), it is sort of a moot point who is a better friend to whom.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 14, 2011 12:05:35 PM

David,your reference to Lions recall`s Churchill`s definition of appeasement,as one hoping to be the last eaten by the Lion.

Posted by: ED | Apr 14, 2011 5:10:00 PM

Some of us are pointing out how stupid it is to wag fingers at a country for responding when attacked.

It seems to slowly be getting better... way too bloody slowly.

Posted by: Foxfier | Apr 14, 2011 5:33:38 PM

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