President calls for Israel to ignore history and trust the international community
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic”, but he stopped short of condemning the actions of Israeli forces.
While Obama said the deaths of nine people were unnecessary, he said the U.S. wants to wait for “an investigation of international standards” to determine the facts. Israel, he said, should agree to such an investigation.
First, lets get one thing straight. While the death of civilians can be described as “tragic,” the rush to condemn Israel by the international community is becoming a bit too rehearsed. Israel, just like any nation, has a right to defend itself. That is exactly what it’s been doing with the blockade. Moreover, if “innocent civilians” don’t want to get caught in a cross-fire, maybe they should think twice about attempting to run a blockade with known terrorists in tow.
Now, if I hadn’t known the President’s true feelings regarding Israel, I would wonder whether he’d been living under a rock for the past, I don’t know, fifty years. Why exactly would Israel agree to an “investigation of international standards?” Can anyone name one instance where Israel was treated with anything but disdain by the international community? Keep in mind, this is the same community that claims a two-state solution is the answer. The last time I looked, every time Israel conceded anything to anyone in the Middle East, they were met with rockets.
The President continued,
They recognize that this can’t be good for Israel’s long-term security.
I bet you’re wrong Barry. In fact, I bet/hope Israel has (rightfully) recognized that enforcing the blockade is good for their long-term security.
UPDATE: More recent news reports are indicating Israel is considering a “new flexibility” in dealing with the Gaza shipments. Apparently this flexibility is a result of the international outrage, and our President’s input. I truly hope Israel doesn’t bend at all to the world’s demands. It should seem pretty apparent to anyone that has stayed awake for a couple of history classes in high school that, for whatever reason, the world generally hates Israel. What’s new, and a disgrace, is that our President has chosen to extend a hand to our enemies, while spitting in the face of one of our strongest allies.