Carol Platt Liebau: <i>Another</i> Paper Tiger

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Another Paper Tiger

Kofi Annan doesn't have the guts to stand up to terrorists across the world, but no one's a tougher talker than he when it comes time to confront a democracy that he knows won't come after him. Annan is typical of the UN in his reflexive anti-Israeli impulses, which have extended to accusing the Israelis of intentionally hitting a UN position in Lebanon.

The Israelis deny hitting the UN observers on purpose, and so far, there doesn't appear to be any reason not to believe them.

It's worth wondering: Where are Annan's similar sentiments of outrage when Islamofascists target people every day who are just as innocent as the UN observers whose right to security he defends so stridently?

23 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Art said...

Sorry, this is off point, but I had to submit it.

How many libs does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Doesn't matter. They won't see the light anyway.

From a letter writer to the Factor.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

What do you expect Kofi to do just say killing UN workers is perfectly fine?

9:29 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Why not be outraged if Kofi was given personal assurances?

"This coordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long-established and clearly marked U.N. post at Khiyam occurred despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that U.N. positions would be spared Israeli fire," he said in a statement.

"Furthermore, General Alain Pelligrini, the U.N. force commander in south Lebanon, had been in repeated contact with Israeli officers throughout the day on Tuesday, stressing the need to protect that particular U.N. position from attack."

10:37 PM  
Blogger SicSemperTyrannus said...

I got a personal assurance for you: keep your shiny blue helmets the hell out of the way and you won't get hurt, you dumbass.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

The point is, there is no outrage expressed by the terrible attacks on innocent civilians in Isreal - only outrage for attacks on terrorists hiding behind civilians in Lebanon or Gaza, and/or attacks on the most potent peace-keeping force the world has EVER seen, the blue helmuted rapists (sorry - peacekeepers) from the UN.

Get US out of the UN - NOW!

5:28 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

How many wingnuts does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

One. But it takes an educated liberal to teach them how to use the on/off switch.

6:19 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I notice that the BBC is now reporting that Israel ignored clear pleas from the UN soldiers.

6:21 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

the blue helmuted rapists (sorry - peacekeepers) from the UN.

It was US troops who raped and murdered some teenage girl in Iraq just recently.

The US should therefore feel quite at home in the UN.

6:23 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Just when are you wingnuts going to move from UN-abuse to UN-fear?

You know... UN troops at the border wanting to invade America...dark conspiracies involving Zbignew Breszinski... training African Americans to rise up against whites... all that Turner Diary stuff.

6:26 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I apologise, I shouldn't call you wingnuts.

The right is fracturing at the moment, and it appears as though the conservative voices here represent those who are completely behind George W. Bush (around 35% of Americans).

What name would you like us moonbats to call you?

6:30 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Has there been a trial and conviction, OSO? I haven't heard. And (I know this will sound cold) this is ONE insident, and occassionally a bad seed gets in. We will investigate and punish - if guilty - what will the blue helmuted wonders do to the multitude of soldiers who stand accussed in Africa? In a word, NOTHING!

So in the left's twisted view, that makes the US the villian, and the UN heros? Works for you! Not me. The UN is useless and way beyond any value to the world. It is simply another corrupt socialist haven, and we shsould not be a part of it.

Use your head for something besides growing hair - do you want to pay taxes directly to the UN for its survival? Do you want to hand over your firearms to the UN? Do you want to give over American sovereignty to the UN? I sure as hell don't!

Get US out of the UN - NOW!

7:52 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

So I guess the right bloggers here are saying Bush was foolish for immediately turning to the UN and Kofi to do something at the G8 when the fighting first began.

Stupid is, stupid does.

8:10 AM  
Blogger amber said...

OSO, even if the soldiers raped and murdered the girl, it was NOT the US troops who did it. It was a US soldier.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Actually, Jill, yes, it was stupid to turn to kofi to do anything - but trash America.

However, to ignore kofi would have left the left with a wedgie! The only thing to do is give lip service to a b__thead before going out and doing the right thing! Unfortunately, I don't think we will give proper support to Isreal,
whether the useless kofi does the right thing (highly unlikely!) or not.

BTW, OSO, you libs need to be educated before you know how to throw the switch? Sad!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Rather than giving lip service Kofi Anumb, Bush is encouraging him to do his duty. What problem could one possibly have with this, other than to believe it's a big waste of time? Yet, it's still a good move and the right one.

OSO, "how many wingnuts..." not nearly as clever. Try again. Also, what's "an educated liberal?"
Never seen one before.

Also, "the right is fracturing..."
On another thread, it was claimed the right never calls out it's own should there be disagreement. Which is it? Do they or don't they? Or by fracturing, do you mean they fall down a lot?

10:30 AM  
Blogger suek said...

"In an impassioned speech, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora warned that more people would die if the ceasefire was delayed, and called for a Lebanese-Israeli prisoner exchange as part of plan to end the fighting."

From the BBC article. Last paragraph.

Right. We'll cease fire as long as we get our prisoner exchange, which is why we kidnapped the Israeli soldiers in the first place. So we lost a few people - we have more.

I don't think so.

Let's assume the Israelis did in fact kill the UN workers on purpose - why would you ask them to investigate? Isn't that pretty stupid...to ask someone to investigate themselves? Maybe the Hezzies did it for PR...how should the Israelis know - send in a CSI team into a war zone to investigate?

The UNIFILs were just there as observers - why didn't the UN pull them out when war broke out? pretty dumb.
The BBC article says that the UN observers contacted the Israelis multiple times, but never got an answer...doesn't that seem odd?

11:03 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

SST,

"I got a personal assurance for you: keep your shiny blue helmets the hell out of the way and you won't get hurt, you dumbass."

That's funny! Brutish, but funny.


Salient,

A little bitter today, are we? I think you have at least one thing backward. In my opinion, it's the Democratic Party that is fracturing. But I guess we'll see which of us is correct come November.

11:41 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Greg,

Yeah a bit annoyed. I was testing to see if the cowards who keep dissing the UN can take a bit of their own name-calling medicine. Apparently they can't. They can easily slag off at the UN about being rapists but they can't handle the US being shown to be bad at all.

I mean, it's not as though the UN invaded Guatemala and overthrew a democratically elected president and started a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands. No. It was America that did that.

And it's not as though the UN invaded Haiti and set up a military government that oppressed the population and left them impoverished. No. It was America that did that.

And it's not as though the UN deposed a democratically elected president in Iran and set up a puppet dictator, thus planting the seeds for Islamic fundamentalism. No. It was America that did that.

And it's not as though the UN trained Mujahadeen rebels in Afghanistan to oppose the Soviet occupation, and then left them to rot and set themselves up for the Taliban to take over. No. It was America that did that.

And it's not as though the UN had a emergency services agency that was incompetent and corrupt, leaving poverty stricken folk in New Orleans to drown. No. It was America that did that.

Glass houses and motes in the eye come to mind at this point.

3:04 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Distaste for America runs so deep that, for example, at the recent World Cup in Germany the American team was the only one asked not to display its national flag on the team bus. In
South Korea, traditionally a U.S. ally, two-thirds of people under 30 said in a recent poll that if there were war between
North Korea and the United States, they would side with North Korea.

"Anti-Americanism runs deeper and is qualitatively different than in the past, when it was largely attributable to unpopular U.S. policies," Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, says in a new book on the subject, "America Against the World."

Polls show that people who have visited the United States or have been involved in exchange programs have a more favorable impression of the country than those who have not, and one of the questions discussed at the Washington meeting was how to attract more visitors and increase exchange programs.


Link here

Good work America!

3:17 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Regarding South Korea. Let's bring the troops home from there. It's only been--what?--50 years?

It's clear we aren't wanted there, and frankly the SoKos can fend for themselves.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I thought so, Salient. I can take it.

6:55 PM  
Blogger amber said...

elarson, we tried to bring the troops home, and they cried "You can't leave us now!"

You know what I love? I love foreigners getting all upset that the US does not do what it is told with her military power. I love that they cry that we are too cocky and powerful while they get rid of their invading armies. If they do not like what we are doing why would they get rid of their armies and keep only enough to defend their nation? Do you think it might be because they know we will protect them? We should charge the UN for our military power. We have to bear the brunt of the financial burden of protecting the world because all but 3 countries in Europe have given up their military. (and 2 of them have a history of being against good) I also love how much OSO hates us. Are you an American citizen in Austrailia? or are you just an Austrailian? because that would explain a lot. If so, what business do you have even caring about our politics? You pay for none of the security the US provides just by having a strong military. If it weren't for us the entire world would be ruled under Sharia because we all know there is only one other military power in the world who cares about more than just what is inside it's borders and that is the UK. I back Israel 100%, but do they really care about what goes on in France? They came for the Germans, but I did not protest because I was not German, they came for the Swiss, but I did not protest because I was not Swiss, they came for the Slovaks and the Check, but I did not protest ..... Europe showed their care for their neighboring nations in WWII and they show it again now. Thankfully the US says, they are comming for Europe and the US cares and we will stop it, just like they expect us to. We not only protect our citizens, but we protect the entire globe. In the words of a crass, but honest journalist "It's our planet and we will run it how we want!"

9:44 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

elarson, we tried to bring the troops home, and they cried "You can't leave us now!"

Exactly. They talk a big game until right around the time we actually decide to leave. Then they worry about Li'l Kim and his malnourished county with its large, though somewhat less malnourished army.

Still, I think the SoKo's can take care of themselves. (Incidentally, is the Korean War an example of "sustainable cease fire" that the UN types talk about with respect to Israel and everyone else?)

5:10 PM  

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