Greased Lightning

Wasn’t it great how the world snapped to once Israel started boxing Hamass’ ears? Yeah, that was awesome.

Tea time’s over—everyone back on your heads:

Although this past week saw U.N. agencies and high officials rushing to intervene the moment Israel began to defend its civilian population from hundreds of Hamas rocket attacks, letters published by UN Watch show that the same U.N. actors repeatedly turned a blind eye while Israel pleaded for action.

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who for nearly two years now has blocked any U.N. Security Council action to stop the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad from murdering more than 30,000 of his own people, lashed out this week at “procrastination on Gaza.”

In reality, it has been the procrastination, indifference and inaction of Russia and its Security Council allies that gave Hamas the green light to bomb Israeli civilians, finally prompting Israel’s belated response.

On at least 20 separate occasions this year, the Israeli government turned to the U.N. concerning Palestinian rocket attacks, in identical letters sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.

Israel urged the United Nations to act, and, at a minimum, to speak out and condemn the attacks.

“Inaction today could help ignite an escalation of conflict tomorrow,” Israel warned, while exercising astonishing measures of restraint that no country facing a similar onslaught of rockets has ever shown. Yet we are unaware of any U.N. action taken in response.

20 Israeli Appeals Ignored by U.N.

3 January 2012
27 January 2012
31 January 2012
3 February 2012
17 February 2012
8 March 2012
11 March 2012
13 March 2012
4 May 2012
17 May 2012
21 June 2012
25 June 2012
18 July 2012
28 August 2012
29 August 2012
11 September 2012
10 October 2012
16 October 2012
24 October 2012
12 November 2012

Everyone knows that Hamass is a accessory before, during, and after the fact in the needless and tragic deaths of women, children, and other civilians, both Arab and Israeli. But the UN is no less culpable. The UN’s inaction toward indiscriminate Arab shelling and other terrorism leads to avoidable and unnecessary war. As AIDS activists used to say, Silence = Death.

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