Taki Taki

High Life | 17 January 2009

Root of the problem

Gstaad

So what’s a few hundred dead Palestinian children when Tzipi and Ehud have gained eight to ten points in the polls? They were terrorist babies, anyway. So what if the Egyptians and Saudis are ignoring them while spending millions on hookers, palaces and yachts? The Gazans don’t deserve such goodies, certainly not palaces on the Riviera. My favourite is Yigal Palmor, an Israeli spokesman, who took umbrage when Cardinal Renato Martino, a high-ranking Vatican official, compared Gaza to a concentration camp. The Israeli whined that second world war imagery was below the belt. I suppose the Cardinal should have called it a beach resort. Oy veh, one can’t trust these Wops, they’re all a bunch of anti-Semites.

The best is Tony Blair. The great peacemaker demanded that the West bomb the Kosovo Serbs in order to save the lives of innocent Muslim women and children back in 1999. Now he’s busy collecting medals for having killed thousands of Iraqis: 900 Gazan dead and close to 4,000 wounded are small change to the great Middle East negotiator.

Uri Avnery, an Israeli so-called ‘peacenik’, calls his country a ‘blood-stained monster’. The dreadful self-publicist Alan Dershowitz uses that old canard of Hamas using Gazans as human shields ad nauseam, which is like saying that Churchill used Londoners as shields against the Blitz in order to rally the West and his people. Better yet, the grotesque Dershowitz invokes Article 51 of the United Nations charter to stop armed attacks against civilians. In Israel’s favour. What in God’s name has happened to decency? To truth?

I’ll tell you. The rows of boys and girls in white shrouds, the blinded children and babies, the white phosphorus bombs, the killing of medics and UN drivers trying to help innocent civilians, the 110 people forced into a house that Israel shelled the next day, the 12 corpses of the Samouni household which four tiny children cowered next to, that’s what happened to decency and to truth.

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