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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Can it be that the "Special Relationship" is nearing an end.

BBC News - Minister condemns Israeli action

A UK Minister, Kim Howells, of the Foreign Office, Uk, has strongly criticised Isreal action, and whats more, has pointed out the gaping problems in US Foreign Policy

"I very much hope that the Americans understand what's happening to Lebanon. The destruction of the infrastructure, the death of so many children and so many people. These have not been surgical strikes. "

Whats more, this viewpoint has been backup up by number 10 - and the official spokesperson for Tony Blair, who states that the prime minister would not take exception to these comments at all.

Unfortunately, in our Countries criticism of Israel, our own actions of the past have come back to haunt us when a Lt in the Israeli Army stated "
We told them to leave the towns and villages. We gave them notice of when we were going to attack.", and went on to say "No army in the world is doing that. I didn't see the British or Americans doing that in Iraq warning the people to leave and then bombing."

While
Lt Colonel Yishou Efroni has a point, and the Isreali's claimed to have used leaflets and loudspeakers to advise people to evacuate, they have somewhat missed the point, that much of the world didnt think it was right of the Uk or the US to go to Iraq either, and that justifying one wrong based on the precedent of another is a seriously flawed and somewhat dangerous route to start down. I am sure such justification is what the Japanese military took in the second world war when they carried out the most terrible of their monstrosities in Nanjing, China (which makes Pearl Harbor look like a "Surgical Strike").

Well, I was out in London today, joining the Stop The War protests, as I did before the Iraq war.

I urge Mr Blair not to join the affray on this one, unless it is to send a contingent of peacekeepers to force Israel to stand down, route out Hezbolla and rebuild the Lebanese infrastructure. Both Hezbolla and the Israeli Administration should stand trial and receive lengthy punishments for their behaviour.



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