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Shameful Things

By The Reverend Published: January 9, 2009

Here are two good reasons why Americans should be ashamed of their country right now.

The United States late Saturday blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel and expressing concern at the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.

The 15-member council then met behind closed doors to discuss a proposed presidential statement that would also call for all parties to address the humanitarian and economic needs in Gaza, including by opening border crossings.

Council diplomats said the United States opposed the presidential statement because it was similar to a press statement issued by members after Israeli warplanes launched the offensive a week ago that was not heeded. Presidential statements become part of the council's official record but press statements are weaker and do not.Link

First, the U.S. blocked a UN vote calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The U.S. blocked a vote calling for an end to the violence.

But that wasn't shameful enough. The larger 15 member security council then suggested issuing a presidential statement calling for border crossing openings and addressing humanitarian concerns, but because presidential statements become part of the permanent UN record, the U.S. shamefully opposed even that.

Pretty despicable stuff.

But the following demands the breaking out of sackcloth and ashes....

Senate version first.

Democratic and Republican leaders united to introduce a resolution backing Israel in the US Senate and a similar measure will soon be pending in the House of Representatives with both expected to pass by large majorities.

"When we pass this resolution, the United States Senate will strengthen our historic bond with the state of Israel by reaffirming Israel's inalienable right to defend against attacks from Gaza, as well as our support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process," said Senate Majority leader Harry Reid.

"Hamas must stop the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.... Link

The even-handed, objective and fair-minded House version includes this....

(b) to lay blame both for the breaking of the “calm” and for subsequent civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where blame belongs, that is, on Hamas; Source

Booman, rightly, explains these resolutions....

In this case, there is no other reason to do a resolution than to try to identify the 'enemies of Israel' and mark them for punishment. Link

Israel has now killed over 700 Palestinians, hundreds of which are women and children. Israel has killed these Palestinians using the latest military technology, including unmanned "hellfire" missile firing drones. Military technology either funded by or made by the U.S.

Israel has lost 8 of their soldiers, the majority killed by friendly fire.

Conditions in Gaza are horriffic. Palestinians in Gaza are basically helpless and hopeless at this point. Yet the great spreader of liberty, the great possessor of morality and truth, has blocked any international call for a cease-fire. That, alone, should bring shame down on Americans. Even blocking that vote wasn't enough though. The U.S. wouldn't even allow for a U.N. presidential statement demanding the opening of border crossing and addressing humanitarian concerns because that statement would be part of a permanent U.N. record, presumably calling Israel's actions into question. Simply can't have that.

Congress, apparently incapable of being shamed, took American self-degradation to a whole new low level by issuing voice-vote resolutions blaming the whole deal on Hamas, calling for full and unquestioning support for the Israeli aggressors. Can you even f*cking imagine?

Today, as good and just American citizens, we should feel ashamed of our country. There are no excuses.

FOOTNOTE: Even the most "liberal" cable teevee programs, Countdown and The Rachel Maddow show, made NO mention of any of this last night.

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