However, what seems to be troubling me most is that she (Helen Thomas) is far from alone in giving voice to feelings which, for the sake of decorum, had traditionally been left for when the staff is out of earshot.
Take for example the instantaneous reaction to the Gaza flotilla raid. Before the ships had even made port there was blanket and universal condemnation from Europe, Scandinavia, the third world... and, of course, the rest of the Middle East. These statements stopped just short of accusing the IDF soldiers of harvesting the dead 'activists' organs and baking matzoh with their blood.
There was no responsible wait for solid information... no search for facts or confirmation... but rather, like an obituary that has been diligently prepared in advance, the condemnations were issued pro-forma at the first whisper of trouble so as not to miss the tide of international bile.
Likewise, the near universal outcry for an independent inquiry of the event is as predictable as it is troubling. Would any European or Asian power submit to an international inquiry of its military missteps or accidents? Would the U.S.? Would England? For that matter, I can't name one country that in recent memory has willingly submitted to such outside review of its actions?
The U.S., Russia as well as many of the European and Asian powers have all had spectacular screw ups on the battlefield, as well as in pursuit of their national defense, whose civilian death tolls far exceeded that of the current Gaza flotilla snafu. Yet each time one of these countries stumbles, as transparent, sovereign nations they are allowed to investigate themselves, learn their lessons and share their findings with the world at a pace that suits them.
Israel, on the other hand, is expected to submit its conduct, it's political/diplomatic decisions and in many cases its very sovereignty, to immediate international oversight... as if our very existence is in some way conditioned upon the tolerance and largess of others.
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