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CNN reports: U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution on Mideast

The United States on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Israel halt its attacks in Gaza.

The proposal also demanded that Palestinian militants release the Israeli soldier abducted June 25 in a raid in Israel and stop launching rockets at Israel from Gaza. In addition, it called on Israel to release Palestinian government officials and lawmakers it took into custody after the soldier’s abduction.

Ten nations on the council voted in favor of the resolution, and four abstained.

John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that “in light of the fluid events on the ground,” the United States believed the Qatar-sponsored resolution was untimely and out of date, and would have helped inflame passions in the Middle East.

How could “passions” get more “inflamed” than the bloody all out war that is currently occurring in the region? Is there some part of the bombing of the Palestinian foreign ministry or Beirut airport that strikes you, John, as calm consideration of the geopolitical consequences of their actions. How many more dozens of people have to die before we can assumed that “passions” are about as “inflamed” as they are going to get?

3 comments

1 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 07.15.06 at 7:11 am }

I’m surprised Bolton didn’t introduce a resolution condeming the Palestinians, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran for…. anything.

The Israeli lobby is really going to do us in. If Syria is hit by Israel and gets into things, Iran could be next… No wonder Iran wants nukes, they probably want to at least be able to tell Israel knock it off or we’ll nuke you (not a good thing, but at this point Israel listens to no one – and that includes us).

2 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 07.15.06 at 7:13 am }

… Maybe our gov’t will get it when millions demonstrate on the streets complaining for having to pay $10/gal. for gas…

3 Bryan { 07.15.06 at 9:42 am }

It is past the time when Israel got jerked to a halt. If they want to stop getting attacked, they could try returning to their own borders and talking to their neighbors to settle a few of the disputes. The Ba’athists in Syria are not nice people, but they aren’t the worst people who could be in charge of the country.

The Shi’ia in Iraq could get really ugly at any time if this keeps up.