Thursday, July 20, 2006

UN Picks Nose. Again.

A Lebanese woman points to a mosque under construction that was destroyed Thursday. (Photo: AP)

What else can you title a post in which you describe that the UN has once again exclaimed outrage over blatant violations of international law and universal standards of human rights then has stood by to watch them escalate. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbor has announced today that "indiscriminate shelling of cities constitutes a foreseeable and unacceptable targeting of civilians. Similarly, the bombardment of sites with alleged military significance, but resulting invariably in the killing of innocent civilians, is unjustifiable."

By Jove, you're right Ms Arbor! You're rootin' tootin' right! There now, don't pout, we heard you loud and clear: you see bad things but, like the rest of us common folk, you can't do jack about it. And, though she obviously can't point a finger of blame, the numbers speak for themselves: an estimated 300 Lebanese killed, 100 Palestinian and 30 Israeli. These are people, not numbers, though obviously it's just the same to the powers-that-be.

So how do you keep safe in the face of such violence? Obtain a passport from a handsome list of Western countries who will gladly export you far from these dangerous situations. Like they say, if you can't beat them, join them.

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