Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Private conversation overheard over an open mike:

President 1:

I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.”

President 2:

You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

All spoken privately but accidentally broadcast over an open mike. President 1 was Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of state of France, and President 2 was Barack Hussein Obama, the current incumbent in the Oval Office.

There were no calls for either president to issue a public apology, despite their immature behaviour and their contemptible breach of diplomatic niceties.

Now fast-forward a couple of years.

Defence Minister:

(The Foreign Secretary) has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – (he) cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict … The only thing that can save us is if (he) wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone … The security plan is not worth the paper it is written on.”

All said in a private conversation eavesdropped by someone who immediately broadcast what he had overheard.

Response: Fierce insistence on an immediate, public and written apology from the Defence Minister.

To read the entire article, visit the Times of Israel where it was first published on January 14, 2014.

The expensive joke that is the UN

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The UN is one of the most underrated – and expensive – comedy shows ever.

UN member state the Philippines has been devasted by a recent typhoon, with huge loss of life and the eradication of many communities and population centres.

UN member state Syria increasingly resembles an apocalyptic graveyard.

UN member state Lebanon is once again gradually imploding into sectarian violence.

UN member state Afghanistan is currently debating legislation to allow the public stoning of people accused of infidelity.

UN member state Saudi Arabia chops off the hands of thieves.

UN member state Iran hangs gays, political dissidents and criminals from construction cranes in public squares.

UN member state Egypt is subsiding into anarchy, despotism and increasingly bold attacks on its original Coptic Christian population – people who have been living  in Egypt since several centuries before Islam was even invented.

UN member state China still occupies Tibet.

UN member state Great Britain still occupies Gibraltar. And the Falkland Islands.

UN member state the US still occupies tribal lands belonging to the native peoples of North America.

UN member state Morocco still occupies West Sahara.

UN member state Thailand is dissolving as pro- and anti-government protesters engage in running battles on the streets.

UN member state North Korea still routinely threatens nuclear war against its neighbours.

UN member state Iran, yet another rogue regime, has now been given UN go-ahead to continue its nuclear programme, cosmetically somewhat curtailed.

UN member states Pakistan and India continue their uneasy nuclear standoff and engage in routine military battles.

UN member state Turkey still illegally occupies half of Cyprus. With walls, security fences and barriers to separate the island’s imported Turkish mainlanders from the ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriots who were displaced from their homes. This subject is not even mentioned at the UN, let alone debated.

And that’s before we even begin to enter into the dire straits in which many African UN member states find themselves.

But at UN headquarters, none of this matters – or even registers. Because it is not important. The UN has no time for these minor matters. What the UN has time – and money – for is to proclaim (wait for it – you’re really going to enjoy this one) …

International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

You know, the people who already enjoy more of our financial aid than all other aid recipients in the world combined. The Palestinian people, all 3 million of them, already get more than all the other 30 million refugees in the world put together. Every year. And they’ve been getting this since 1948. Without any demand for reciprocity – not even a UN demand that they stop killing Jews for sport.

For financial, diplomatic and other aid to the Palestinian Arabs, the UN has all the time, resources and money in the world.

Meanwhile, the Kurds still have no country of their own, UN member state Turkey has still not admitted its culpability in the genocide it carried out against both Armenians and Kurds, there is still no UN-sponsored international year of solidarity with the Tamil people of Sri Lanka who suffered indescribable inhumanities at the hands of the Sri Lankan government …

The UN: the most expensive joke in history.

The Middle East Gamble

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

There’s a whole lot of head-scratching going on right now following US President Obama’s abrupt, some might say erratic, about-turn after discovery of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Some analysts allege cold feet, others suggest that Obama allows his craving for personal popularity to dictate his politics, while still others field various conspiracy theories ranging from the barely plausible to the downright bizarre.

What we can say with a degree of certainty, however, is that the focus of media attention is wrong. Yes, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator. Yes, Assad’s military has been battling Syrian citizens for many months now, and yes, that battle has been joined by various extremist Jihadi organisations whose brutality and agenda make Assad’s abuses pale into insignificance.

Read the entire article in the Times of Israel, where it was published as an op-ed on Tuesday 3 September 2013.