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“Skewed Logic”
by Art Sadlier   
June 20th, 2010

The whole world seems to act in an irrational way when it comes to Israel. Fairness goes out the window. The whole idea of the Israeli blockade of Gaza is obviously an attempt to prevent another war in Gaza. We are told that Hamas has 5000 rockets and missiles and they brag that they are committed to destroy Israel. Their goal is obviously to amass an arsenal of weapons that will make their task easily attainable. In the light of these facts it is beyond belief that the whole world turns against Israel when she moves to prevent her destruction by enforcing the blockade.

There is a great contrast in the way other nations are allowed to act in their interests. Recently the Taliban hung a seven year old boy for allegedly spying. Such a crime ought to bring outrage from the whole world, yet it went almost unnoticed. The world has a double standard!

In another glaring double standard, Turkey gives another demonstration of hypocrisy that goes virtually unnoticed. Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted Israel over the deaths of nine activists aboard one of the flotilla ships after they attacked the Israeli boarding party. He accused Israel of crimes against humanity, and has led the international charge for an investigation and sanctions against the Jewish state.

On the same day as the flotilla raid, Kurdish rebels attacked a Turkish naval base, killing 12 soldiers. Last week, Erdogan's government responded with air strikes on Kurdish positions in northern Iraq that killed 120 people, including a 7-year-old girl. There were no calls for a UN Security Council meeting, no calls for a UN commission to investigate. Again we see the world has a double standard, one for Israel and one for the rest of the world.

In yet another incredible demonstration of the world’s double standard we hear about Hamas’s brazen proposed attacks on Israel. Hamas leaders stated that they would never change its policy of resistance against Israel. They said that Palestinians should initiate rocket attacks on Israel from the West Bank. Yet there was no condemnation, nor recognition of contradiction between this statement and the blame heaped on Israel for the defensive act of enforcing a weapons blockade.

In another contradiction of fairness, a top Syrian businessman at this weekend insisted that the Middle East peace process is a farce, and that there will never be peace or coexistence between average Arabs and the Jews of Israel. The Arab world has openly vowed to ultimately destroy Israel, and yet the burden is placed on Israel to make peace by making endless concessions to these same implacable enemies. By what skewed logic does the world carry on this double standard?

President Obama announced in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he's planning to send $400 million in so-called humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. It is known fact that every cent that goes into Gaza falls into the control of Hamas, the President knows that. Again we have a double standard in the White House. They have called on Israel to remove the blockade while they finance a group that is sworn to annihilate Israel. The double standard is so glaring that it leaves you with the impression that the whole world is moved with deep, deep anti-Semitism.

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