Saturday, April 24, 2004

UN envoy tells it like he sees it 

The UN undersecretary-general and envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, on the situation in the Middle East, in an interview with a French (who else?) radio station:

"There is no doubt that the great poison in the region is this Israeli policy of domination and the suffering imposed on the Palestinians as well as the perception of all of the population in the region, and beyond, of the injustice of this policy and the equally unjust support ... of the United States for this policy."

"There's a lot of hatred [in the Middle East] because the very violent and repressive security policy of the Israeli government as well as this determination to occupy more and more Palestinian territory."

Good God, occupying more and more Palestinian territory? Like what, the actual state of Israel?

But Kofi Annan tried to distance himself from the remarks. The UN spokesman, Fred Eckhard, had this to say:

"It's a politically complex issue... Mr. Brahimi was expressing his personal views. ... The secretary-general's views, as expressed over the last seven years, do not contain the word 'poison.'"

Oh, that's alright then, as long as he didn't use the word "poison."

The US is biased, but at the UN they're only expressing their personal views.


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