Sunday, March 2, 2008

The United Nations Can Move Quickly

Many people believe the United Nations is a totally ineffectual organization. After all:
  • It did nothing while a genocide was perpetuated in Rwanda.
  • It has done nothing while hundreds of thousands of people have died in the genocide being perpetuated in Darfur.
  • It did nothing while Lebanon laid siege to the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, killing hundreds of people and destroying the camp.
  • It has done nothing as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and other Arab terror groups have launched thousands of rockets at Israeli cities and towns in the last eight years.
Last night, however, the United Nations demonstrated it can move quickly when a really serious crisis emerges, such as Israel taking action to save lives.

It didn't take long after Israel started taking minimal, albeit still ineffectual, action to prevent Palestinian Arab terrorists in Hamastan from continuing to bombard the innocent civilians living in Sederot, Ashkelon and other Israeli cities and towns before the United Nations sprung into action,

The Security Council quickly met and condemned Israel for defending itself.

We include some of our own comments with excerpts from an Associated Press article.

UNSC condemns Gaza violence

The UN Security Council is condemning the escalation of violence in southern Israel and Gaza and underscoring the need for the Israelis and Palestinians to immediately cease all acts of violence.

Council members also stressed that the upsurge in violence must not deter the process of establishing two states, Israel and Palestine.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has summarized the results of a five-hour emergency council meeting held at the request of the Palestinians and their Arab supporters who want the UN's most powerful body to condemn the Israeli attack on Gaza and call for a cease-fire.

[I.e. another phony cease-fire during which Israel ceases defensive measures while the Arab terrrorists continue firing while simultaneously building up their forces so they can more effectively murder more Israelis.]

Churkin, the current council president, says the summary for the media was agreed to by all 15 council members.

Council experts will meet Monday to consider a draft resolution circulated by Libya, on behalf of the Palestinians and Arab nations, that would strongly condemn the killing of innocent civilians, including children.

[If they were really interested in ending the killing of innocent civilians, the United Nations would send in troops to fight alongside Israel to completely root out the Arab terrorists.]

It "calls for an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including military attacks and the firing of rockets, and calls upon all parties to respect the cease-fire."

[Any cease-fire which merely allows the Arab terrorists to build themselves up for the next round is counterproductive.]

Such resolutions have failed repeatedly in the past because of US and European objections that they are not balanced in their condemnation.

US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters as he left the meeting that "it's not a balanced resolution, certainly."

[Why is the United States going along with this travesty?]

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