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From the Toronto Star:

OTTAWA—Canada stood alone before a United Nations human rights council yesterday, the only one among 47 nations to oppose a motion condemning the Israeli military offensive in Gaza.

The vote before the Geneva-based body shows the Stephen Harper government has abandoned a more even-handed approach to the Middle East in favour of unalloyed support of Israel, according to some long-time observers.

Thirty-three countries voted for the strongly worded motion, which called for an investigation into “grave” human rights violations by Israeli forces, while 13 nations, mostly European, abstained.

The United States, regarded as Israel’s greatest ally, is not a member of the council.

Marius Grinius, Canada’s representative on the council, said the language of the motion, which accused Israel of sparking a humanitarian crisis, was “unnecessary, unhelpful and inflammatory.”

He said the text failed to “clearly recognize” that Hamas rocket attacks on Israel triggered the crisis.

Canada’s being an oil-exporting country probably helped them vote their conscience.

This is another confirmation that the United Nations Human Rights Council has become absurd.

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Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.

Comments

  1. Bithead says:

    This is another confirmation that the United Nations Human Rights Council has become absurd.

    Say, rather, the UN as a whole.




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  2. Eneils Bailey says:

    I would like to think the citizens of Gaza and Southern Lebanon would stand up to the terrorist’s that have invaded their communities, their homes, their hospitals, and their schools; using these locales launch missiles to wreak havoc upon the civilians of Israel.

    Think about these families and parents who have sacrificed their freedom, their liberty, their time, their economic well-being to have their sons and their daughters, to go blow up children and innocent people in pizza palors, on buses, and in schools in the name of a thirteenth century believe.

    Just something to think about, the vultures fly off from a warm, secure nest.

    No easy answers here.




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  3. Eneils Bailey says:

    Why do you think there are so many civilian deaths here?
    It is because the so-called Hamas freedom fighters are depending upon World opinion to force Israel to stop their attacks while they hide behind and sacrifice innocent civilians while they endeavor to destroy innocent Israel citizens.

    Israel, a couple of years ago, could have completely annihilated the the threat from southern Lebanon if they would have ignored the fact that most of the cowardly offensive was coming at them from residential enclaves. They chose to try and minimize innocent civilian(?) death by not destroying the neighborhoods that these attacks originated.

    Reminds me of Golda Mier’s quote from the sixties or seventies.
    “If the Palestine Mothers loved their own children as much as they hated the Jews, we might find some peace.”

    Could not find the exact quote, that’s a paraphrase.




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  4. The vote before the Geneva-based body shows the Stephen Harper government has abandoned a more even-handed approach to the Middle East in favour of unalloyed support of Israel, according to some long-time observers.

    Marius Grinius, Canada’s representative on the council, said the language of the motion, which accused Israel of sparking a humanitarian crisis, was “unnecessary, unhelpful and inflammatory.”

    He said the text failed to “clearly recognize” that Hamas rocket attacks on Israel triggered the crisis.

    So now wanting to point out that the Palestinians may not be as pure as the driven snow by firing rockets into Israel is considered unalloyed support for Israel and not agreeing to the exclusion of the language is being even handed.

    Is it any wonder that we are seeing such steep decline of the media when they print such drivel, even when they couch it in terms of unnamed long-time observers.




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  5. Bithead says:

    So now wanting to point out that the Palestinians may not be as pure as the driven snow by firing rockets into Israel is considered unalloyed support for Israel and not agreeing to the exclusion of the language is being even handed.

    You’ve broken the code, John.

    Is it any wonder that we are seeing such steep decline of the media when they print such drivel, even when they couch it in terms of unnamed long-time observers.

    The problem is, so many work on that level, even those not in the press. A goodly number of them are in the upcoming misadministration.




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