Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Horrors of War Made Worse By Hypocrisy & Flip-Flopping from the White House

First the Hypocrisy. Compare these two stories which you have probably heard about:

White House Criticizes Israel on Attack:

Gaza Incursion Does Not 'Serve the Purposes of Peace and Security,' U.S. Says.

In rare public criticism of Israel, the White House rebuked the Jewish state yesterday for its deadly incursion into Gaza, saying it did not "serve the purposes of peace and security" and had "worsened the humanitarian situation."

Compared with this story a few hours later:

Dozens Killed in U.S. Attack Near Syria
U.S. ground forces and aircraft attacked a village in Iraq's western desert before dawn Wednesday, striking what Iraqi witnesses said was a wedding celebration but U.S. officials called a way station for foreign infiltrators.

More than 40 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed, according to witnesses, Iraqi police officers and provincial health officials. Video footage from the scene showed fresh graves and the corpses of several children.

Apparently if it wasn't a wedding that was attacked, it was OK with the White House to kill a lot of women and children.

And then the next morning after Mr. Bush's advisors probably told him he screwed up, he speaks to a Jewish group and feeds them the Flip-Flop:

President Bush told the nation's pro-Israel lobby yesterday that the Jewish state "has every right to defend itself from terror," as the administration softened its opposition to an Israeli incursion into Gaza that has killed a score of Palestinians.

And then perhaps, most unbelievably:

The president(‘s) speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was interrupted 67 times by applause and chants of "Four more years."

As John Hoover, the corporate expert on leadership writes: “Everywhere I turn, individual acts of stupidity are being eclipsed by acts of group stupidity.”

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