Monday, May 31, 2010

Blockade Relief Policy

I'm going to have to tread a bit carefully, here, to avoid becoming shrill.

Back when Israel was using phosphorous weapons in Lebanon, and destroying civilian infrastructure in the country such as bridges and water treatment facilities, the entire world was calling for a cease fire while our president was calmly saying that Israel "has a right to defend itself."

Now Israel is attacking ships sailing in relief of a blockade that Israel is imposing in direct contravention of international convention, killing unarmed members of that convoy and seizing the relief supplies. Israel's leader is scheduled to meet with President Obama tomorrow, and so far Obama is about the only world leader who has not condemned Israel's actions. I am waiting to see what he will do.

Update: Netanyahu cancelled, so we'll see what Obama does with that.

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