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Saturday, 2 August 2014

A sense of double standards in the Whitehouse and the UN Building.

Obama calls for immediate release of captured Israeli soldier in Gaza

President Barak Obama
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

President of the United States Barak Obama, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and other "western leaders" reveal more than a degree of hypocrisy with their close to hysterical rantings on the capture, (many commentators insist on using the word kidnapping, just to generate some emotive prejudice against Palestinians), of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin during yesterdays Israeli ceasefire breaking operation, to extend the destruction of tunnels and other infrastructure in Gaza. Finger jabbing rhetoric demanding the "immediate unconditional release", or "condemning in the strongest terms" or even  being "shocked and profoundly disappointed", may sound very good on television and in the media, but does little to contribute to resolving the issues and moreover fails to recognise or even acknowledge a very simple truth. 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin is a soldier of an invading army operating in a war zone where people risk being killed or becoming prisoners. For western leaders to threaten all sorts of retribution and punishment for this action is little more than posturing for the benefit of certain sections of the world audience.

2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin

 Were they to express the same degree of indignation and concern for the ninety civilians killed during the Israeli retaliation strikes during the last 24 hours, or the 1400 killed since Israel commenced this aggression over three weeks ago, they may have a little more credibility. Every day, even yesterday, videos and photographs were beamed around the world by certain, but not all television stations, showing images of some of the 250 children from newborn infants to toddlers, killed by Israeli tanks artillery and airstrikes on schools, hospitals, mosques and homes or buried under the piles of rubble which used to be towns and villages in Gaza.
The President of the United States and the Secretary general of the United Nations along with much of the worlds media and many commentators would do well to remember that in some peoples estimation the obscenity is the deaths of thousand of civilians.

The President and the Secretary General owe the world an apology for daring to suggest 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, who may or may not be a prisoner of the Palestinian resistance, is somehow of more value than 250 (or more) dead Palestinian children and demands more shock, condemnation, or indignant threats.