The Western mainstream media and US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has been quick to condemn the deaths of children and civilians yesterday in Syria – and quite rightly so. Whoever is responsible for this war crime – regardless of who it is – should be arrested and tried for their crimes.
However, the swift reaction by the Western mainstream media and the US government is in stark contrast to the same crimes committed by Israel when they attacked civilian areas of Beirut and villages elsewhere in Lebanon in 2006, and again when the Israelis indiscriminately bombed civilian areas in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009. These attacks resulted in the deaths of many children in both Lebanon and the Gaza yet there was no immediate outrage from the Western mainstream media and nor did the then Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, call for an immediate ceasefire – indeed, Rice ignored pleas from most of the world to get the Israelis to stop their crimes. In the case of the Lebanon war, Rice resisted calls of ceasefire until it became clear that Israel were getting nowhere with their war against Hezbollah. And, similarly in the Gaza, Rice also resisted calls to an end to the onslaught until the world-wide call for an end to the killing became overwhelming.
Hypocrisy and arrogance; the values that ‘they’ hate about ‘us’.