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OP-ED: The United Nations of Hypocrisy
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 19:19 By Joseph J. Honick
Certainly the PLA chief Mr Abbas would seem to be the most reasonable of all those calling for a Palestinian state, an achievement that none of the so called “International Community” ever even thought about until the rebirth of something called Israel that had a history going back thousands of years until its inhabitants were driven out by a series of invaders, facts indelibly written into the history of the Jewish people.
Certainly that so called “International Community” hardly raised a bit of a fuss as people tagged as Palestinian were mistreated or even enslaved by the French, British and even their Arab neighbors.
That there ought to be an independent Palestinian State has hardly
been disputed even by Israel, but in the words of the old time
salesman “It ain’t whatcha do; it’s how you do it that counts!”
And it is in the “how” where the conflict and tomfoolery lie.
Apart from the reality that not one single Arab state gave a hoot
about the stateless Palestinians for untold centuries, until Israel
became a reality -- in spite of Arab unified assault to prevent even the
birth of the state -- there are additional hypocrisies that have been
carefully glossed over courtesy of some well paid PR operations.
Among other things, the UN response to assassination of Israeli
Olympic athletes in 1972 was quite short and hardly sweet but certainly bereft
of much indictment of the sponsors of that terror.
When Palestinian terrorists raided a school in Ma’a lot, Israel,
killing two score kids and others, it was a comparative blip in the
operations of the UN.
When old men at prayer in Paris, and a crippled American Jew on the cruise ship Achille Lauro
pleasure ship were likewise slain, the UN had other business to do.
But just a few years ago, and despite his baldfaced involvement in
the PanAm airline disaster that killed a couple of hundred innocent
travelers and his reneging on compensation to victims’ families, the
hypocritical UN, with the warm assistance of Messrs Tony Blair and
George Bush, proudly welcomed Muammar Qadaffi back to what was termed
the “family of nations” and even put Libya on the Human Relations
Throughout all these hypocricies, most of the UN was quite happy to
offer resolution after resolution to punish Israel which survived, won
innumerable Nobel and other rewards for contribution to the world and
must now confront a new piece of nonsense in September.
It is not as if the Palestinians will benefit from the cunning and
heavily promoted idea of an independent state with much of the
operational and financial aspects out of their control by nations who
used those folks pretty much as slave labor for centuries. Resistance
to and veto of such an effort in the UN by the United States will only
put us once more in a difficult position as we work to solve our own
There is of course much more to the saga, but, at the end, if we ever
see one, the UN will look like anything “united” and more like a
Unified and Hypocritical combination with a singular prejudice it is
determined to inflict.
And the final hypocrisy is the lack of any demand for Palestinian
recognition of Israel even as Mr Abbas and others demand the Israeli
borders be as they were before the onslaughts against her in 967..
The lie inherent in such a demand fails in omission of such demands
for how the empire of Saudi Arabia came into being and the same for
other Arab nations that did not worry about how others saw their
But guess who pays the most into that UN budget. If you are an
American taxpayer, you know the answer.
So, if the elements that voted for PLA observer status were defined as
the “international community”, which territories would many of them be
willing to cede back to original ownerships?
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Joseph J. Honick is an international consultant to business and government, based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, who writes for many publications, including www.huntingtonnews.net. His email: Joehonick@gmail.com