… he’s very very right (no pun intended). I’m talking about Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has written a scathing piece that lays out the case for how the do-nothings at the UN legitimizes terrorists. A snippet:
But Annan heads an organization that is so anti-Israel that as the late Abba Eban, the early Israeli ambassador to the UN, once put it: “If Algeria proposed a resolution that the Earth was flat and that Israel has flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 120 to 3, with 27 abstentions.”
Many such resolutions have been passed by the General Assembly, including the notorious one equating the Jewish national liberation movement with “racism.” Other one-sided resolutions have been passed by the General Assembly legitimating terrorism. Only the U.S. veto–which does not operate in the UN General Assembly–has prevented one-sided resolutions by the Security Council.
If a space alien from a distant planet were to land at the UN, he would come away with the impression that Israel is not only the sole offender in the Middle East, but the worst offender in the entire world. He would single out Israel for condemnation and exclude it from membership on many UN bodies, on which Syria, Lebanon and Iran serve in positions of honor.
Annan himself has a long history of one-sided condemnations of Israel. In March 2004, Annan “strongly condemned” Israel’s targeted killing of Sheik Ahmad Yassin, the terrorist leader of Hamas, without condemning Yassin for his murderous actions or his organization for the murder of Jewish civilians. In December 2003, Annan “strongly condemned” Israel’s assault on a Palestinian refugee camp where two gunmen were thought to be hiding. And in 2005, he issued the most tepid of statements–expressing “dismay”–at threats by Iran’s president to “eliminate” Israel, a member nation of the UN. The list goes on and on.
And right on cue (emphasis added):
UNITED NATIONS, July 25 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate what he termed the “apparently deliberate targeting” by Israeli defense forces of a U.N. observer post in Lebanon.
The Israeli air strike killed four U.N. military observers who were part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon, U.N. and Lebanese officials said
“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces of a U.N. Observer post in southern Lebanon,” Annan said in a statement issued in New York and Rome, where he was attending Wednesday’s international conference on the violence in Lebanon.
Update: Little Green Footballs does some digging and finds out that the UN is actually rebuilding Hezbollah-controlled roads that were damaged by the Israeli military so as to hamper Hezbollah’s ability to use mobile war machinery.
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