This is unbelievable. Via AP:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has apologized to Muslim leaders who accused him of taking Israel’s side in the violence in Lebanon by going to a pro-Israel rally and ignoring their invitations to interfaith peace vigils.
Villaraigosa met with 10 Muslim leaders Sunday and explained that a mix-up by his staff had prevented him from seeing their invitations, said his spokeswoman, Janelle Erickson.
“The mayor did apologize that the staff didn’t place the meeting on his schedule sooner,” said Erickson, describing Sunday’s hour-long discussion as “open and friendly.”
Villaraigosa called the meeting after the Muslim leaders held a news conference Friday accusing him of not representing all groups touched by the conflict.
They noted that he attended a July 23 rally by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, at which he condemned Hezbollah guerrilla rocket attacks on Israel, but failed to respond to repeated calls and e-mail invitations to interfaith vigils for people killed on both sides in Lebanon.
“It was gracious of him to say ‘I apologize for the lack of communications,’” said Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Shura Council of Southern California.
The mayor pledged to visit mosques and attend events in the city’s Islamic communities, and assigned one of his senior advisors as liaison to Muslim groups.
It is a sad day in this country when a public figure has to apologize for not showing equal amounts of attention to the ‘other side of a conflict’, especially when it’s a side he does not support. It’s all about moral relativism, folks. “Hezbollah’s done bad things, but so has Israel, so who is to say one is worse than the other? Let’s all form a circle and have a group hug and sing Kumbaya. Can’t we all just get along?”
More/Related: What are the moonbats in the UK doing to combat Israel’s fight against Hezbollah? Gateway Pundit explains, with photos included. In a nutshell, seven anti-war ‘activists’ were arrested in Scotland after sneaking aboard a US military plane – in order to look for weapons the US may be shipping to Israel.
Hmm. I guess that means that the anti-war nuts that were involved in this are ok with Hezbollah continuing to fire at Israel, they just don’t want Israel to have the ability to defend itself. That doesnt’ sound anti-war to me – just anti-Israel. Apparently anti-war folks don’t mind wars as long as the side they’re rooting for has the more superior fire power.
Something tells me that Chris Hitchens, who has made this very point about ‘peace lovers’ in the past, would agree.
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