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The So-Callled International Community (Google For International Condemnations Of Hamas Alert)
National Review ^ | 1/03/2009 | Mona Charen

Posted on 01/02/2009 10:23:18 PM PST by goldstategop

Just for a lark, I decided to google “international condemnations of Hamas” this morning. You can guess what came up, right? Naturally, searching for condemnations of Hamas, one finds only international condemnations of Israel. An Australian report noted that the “British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is calling for an urgent ceasefire, while Russia’s Foreign Minister says he’s told his Israeli counterpart to urgently halt the military action.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, “strongly condemned Israel’s disproportionate use of force,” as did Brazil. Indonesia called on all countries to “sever all forms of diplomatic and business ties with Israel.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently holds the rotating chair of the European Union, did call upon Hamas to halt its rocket attacks but also censured Israel’s “disproportionate response.”

Let’s fantasize. Let’s pretend that the “international community” (it’s not a community, thus the quotation marks) actually lived by the principles it claims to advance. It happens that international communiteer par excellence, Jimmy Carter, (he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts”) was in Syria on Dec. 14, meeting with Hamas leaders. Nobel laureate Carter was silent when Hamas announced its decision to allow an Egyptian brokered ceasefire with Israel to expire. Nor did he — or any international leader — comment upon the 4,000 rockets that Hamas has rained down on Israel just since 2005.

Hamas held an anniversary party of sorts during the time of Carter’s visit. Marking the 21st anniversary of the organization’s founding, Hamas staged a large demonstration in Gaza City that featured video connections to Damascus (where Carter was meeting with Khaled Meshaal). Ismail Haniyeh addressed the crowd of 300,000, promising more terror and violence toward Israel in the name of Allah. There was also a skit. A Palestinian dressed as Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and has been held by Hamas since 2006, was portrayed pleading for his life. “I miss my Mommy and Daddy,” he sobbed into a microphone for the crowd’s delectation. Search in vain for international condemnations.

The so-called international community has a script already prepared for any news from the Middle East. In this script, there is only Israeli violence, Israeli repression, Israeli guilt. The script reads as follows: Palestinian violence and terror against Israel is not to be condemned because it is the response to occupation and repression. On BBC radio, host Owen Bennett-Jones objected when Israel’s ambassador to Great Britain pointed out that Hamas has been bombarding southern Israel with rockets on a daily basis. “But your analysis … is seen by people around the world to be completely wrong-headed. The idea that Hamas sort of came from nowhere and radicalized Palestinian society overlooks the fact that Israel occupied and repressed these people for over 40 years.”

In 2005, perhaps accepting Bennett-Jones’s interpretation of history, Israel pulled out of Gaza completely, uprooting all of the Jewish settlers, and leaving the area completely to the Palestinians to administer. Rather than build a society of their own, Hamas, which controls Gaza — the Palestinian Authority controls the West Bank — has used its independence to launch a ceaseless barrage of missiles against Israel.

It’s often pointed out that Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. It’s more than that. Hamas, with Iran’s backing, is committed to Israel’s violent destruction. Missiles have fallen on schools and homes. Hamas is explicit about desiring Israeli counterattacks, because while Hamas aims to kill Israeli civilians, they know that Israel tries very hard not to kill Palestinian civilians. But every Palestinian death at the hands of Israel is seen as a propaganda victory for Hamas — which is why they place their munitions and terrorists in mosques, hospitals, and homes crowded with children. Hamas representative Fathi Hamad stated it explicitly: “For the Palestinian people death became an industry, at which women excel and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the children excel. Accordingly (Palestinians) created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: We desire death as you desire life.”

It’s impossible for Israel to hit back at Hamas without harming and killing innocent civilians. As Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu has pointed out, by aiming at Israeli civilians and using Palestinian civilians as human shields, Hamas is committing a double war crime.

But you will wait in vain for an international outcry.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: doublestandard; gaza; giladshalit; google; hamas; hamascharter; idf; islam; israel; jihad; monacharen; multiculturalism; nationalreview; navipillay; operationcastlead; quran; worldhypocrisy; wot
International condemnations of Hamas? Google it and see if you can find them.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

1 posted on 01/02/2009 10:23:19 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..

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2 posted on 01/02/2009 11:25:16 PM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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To: goldstategop

Maybe we should attack Hamas. The article says Indonesia called on the “International Community to cease diplomatic and Business ties and contacts with Israel. SOUNDS GOOD!

3 posted on 01/02/2009 11:36:19 PM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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To: screaminsunshine

Care to elaborate?

4 posted on 01/02/2009 11:42:42 PM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Who needs the International Community? Things have been going downhill in the USA since we got too entangled in International Organizations.

5 posted on 01/02/2009 11:50:12 PM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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To: goldstategop

Israel vs Hamas

What you have here is an interregnum settling of accounts
Israel doing the Hamas and its honchos before 0bammy gets in

6 posted on 01/03/2009 12:10:16 AM PST by dennisw (On the 31st floor a gold plated door won't keep out the Lord's burning rage ---FBB)
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To: dennisw

> Israel doing the Hamas and its honchos before 0bammy gets in

Spot on. Israel is putting some points on the board now because once His Excellency begins to “rule” the ball is going to be in the muslim team’s possession for four long years.

7 posted on 01/03/2009 12:21:55 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: goldstategop

The rest of the world simply wants Israel to die. That’s essentially what they’re telling them.

Israel has been trying mightily to walk a thin line between maintaining security in their country, and courting politically correct favor from the rest of the world for decades now, and what has it gotten them? Nothing but increased condemnation from the world community, and rising aggression from the Islamo-fascists.

Until the election of Barack Obama, Israel could mostly rely on the US to back them up, and to be their ally of last resort, but you don’t have to be a tea leaf reader to know that Obama won’t be there for them. He’s said as much.

Liberals don’t have the intelligence to understand this, but by electing Obama, they have put Israel in a position where they will have to shift to full-on offense to save their country from certain annihilation.

The UN and world opinion be damned. The Israeli people have to move with all deliberate force to remove the threat to their existence now, using whatever it takes to do so.

8 posted on 01/03/2009 1:13:33 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: goldstategop; All; Yehuda
Let Jimmah Cawtah and all of the Libtards be forced to relocate to Sderot!

Please Ping all your Peeps to watch the video, "15 Seconds" (ready or not).

Pray for Israel! Psalm 20 is excellent to recite in times of distress. Click Here for the Link to "15 Seconds" video

9 posted on 01/03/2009 8:45:47 AM PST by Larousse2 (Like June Carter Cash, "I'm just tryin' to matter.")
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To: goldstategop; All; Yehuda; SJackson; JudyinCanada
Let Jimmah Cawtah and all of the Libtards be forced to relocate to Sderot!

Please Ping all your Peeps to watch the video, "15 Seconds" (ready or not).

Pray for Israel! Psalm 20 is excellent to recite in times of distress. Click Here Or, try this:

10 posted on 01/03/2009 8:50:35 AM PST by Larousse2 (Like June Carter Cash, "I'm just tryin' to matter.")
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