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Well, at least one American politico has come right out and said what 98.9% of them think:

US ambassador John Bolton dismisses any "moral equivalence" between dead Lebanese or Palestinians, and dead Israelis:

"It's simply not the same thing to say that it's the same act to deliberately target innocent civilians, to desire their deaths, to fire rockets and use explosive devices or kidnapping versus the sad and highly unfortunate consequences of self-defense," Bolton noted.

He does not, mind you, go on to explain how a mini bus full of civilians say or pic-nicing families or Lebanese schoolchildren or civilian businesses constitute such an awesome threat to Israel, the fourth most powerful military state in the world. But at least the tacit racism that underlies all US-Israeli sandbagging is exposed for all to hear.

Some trick, when all's said and done: to blow up hospitals and trucks full of medical supplies and children at play in refugee camps (all of which happened today) ... and STILL come on confidently with the Moral High Ground tone of voice...

Menawhile, Hilary Clinton makes clear the moral and intellectual and ideological rigour and fearless oppositionality of the Democrat Party:

She said all Americans were standing behind Israel at this time, and applauded the Bush administration's support of the Jewish state in the current crisis [...] 'We will stand with Israel because Israel is standing up for American values as well as Israeli ones."

Again, not that we didn't already know, but nice to have it spelled out.

posted by Ian 7/19/2006 11:37:00 AM

I can't quite understand why, but Hilary's statement was the most shocking one for me - the delivery, the clarity of it - the passion.
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