OPINION

What other country?

The United States has the exclusive right to proclaim third states as «evil,» «terrorist» or a «pariah.» It does so by virtue of its military strength, which allows it to exclude itself. However, what other country, apart from the USA, can constantly breach UN regulations only to be subject to just mild criticism (which is never unanimous, as Washington, again, appears to interpret things its own way)? What other country can bomb UN buildings (schools, offices and warehouses full of humanitarian aid), and, what is worse, at the same time that its defense minister is meeting with the UN secretary-general? What other country has the right to attack schools, mosques, media offices, aid convoys, ambulances and other buildings after first advising civilians to find shelter there? What other country could have carried out a massacre in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps using Phalangist militiamen? What other country can enclose an entire community inside a long wall, slowly draining them of their life force? What other country can invade its neighboring states (Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria) and own weapons of mass destruction (250 nuclear warheads) without being classified as a terrorist state? What other country would use ink pens to put numbers on the bodies of detainees, only a few decades after the Nazis used similar tactics on its own people? What other country would fail to understand that all this risks wiping out the solidarity created by the pain and guilt for the Shoah? Israel, of course, which has announced a truce for Barack Obama’s inauguration after getting Washington’s OK for the previous raids. Once the party is over, the new US president must also see to the appeal made by 540 Israelis – that «this international backing must stop. That is the only way to stop the rampant Israeli violence. We are calling upon the world to stop Israeli violence and not allow the continuation of the brutal occupation. We call upon the world to condemn it and not become an accomplice in Israel’s crimes.»