Monday, January 29, 2007

U.S. State Department Maybe Weighs in On Israel’s Use of Cluster Bombs in Lebanon

Sean McCormick graced my television set with results of a “preliminary investigation” to Congress on Israel’s illegal use of American provided cluster bombs against Lebanon this past summer. He noted the lengthy, factual, technical nature of the report which will need to be digested by a Congressional committee. I hope they don’t indigestion from all those qualifying words like “may”, “likely”, and “could have”. In about 20 seconds of videotape Sean unleashed a spate of qualifying statements.

Contrast this with America’s strong objection blaming the Palestinian government for a suicide bomber who killed three in an Israeli bakery.

In Washington, the White House condemned the violence and said it held the Hamas-led government accountable. "Failure to act against terror will inevitably affect relations between that government and the international community and undermine the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a state of their own," the White House said.

Two Palestinian militant groups, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, claimed joint responsibility for the attack.

Did the U.S. government hold itself responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing? If not, why would a government be responsible for attacks by militant groups not under their control? Bombs are killing innocents in either case. Both should be strongly denounced. And they will train in the ways of war no more…

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