Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Weak Tea

France said that "nothing can justify" the violence of Israel's Gaza ship raid, while German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was "deeply concerned" about the deaths.

The European Union demanded Israel mount a "full inquiry" into the killing of at least 10 people in a raid on a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza. EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton warned that Israel's "continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counterproductive," demanding "an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening" of crossings to Gaza.

Greece withdrew from joint military exercises with Israel in protest at the raid, as it summoned Israel's ambassador to demand an "immediate" report on the safety of about 30 Greeks on board the flotilla.

As for the United States, our President called Natanyahu and “expressed deep regret at the loss of life” and “expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around [the] tragic events as soon as possible.” He doesn't seem to have inquired about the safety of any Americans who might have been abord the ships.

So while everyone else expresses outrage, talks of unjustified violence and demands corrective action, we “express regret” refer to “tragic events.” Why did I expect otherwise?

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