Koran burning protest, Afghanistan
Here are two recent entries in what is shaping up to be a closely-contested Government Hypocrisy Competition between Israel and the US. First, here is Ehud Barak, explaining why the Israeli government was compelled to evacuate Jewish settlers from their new Hebron “outpost” in an apartment building: Mr. Barak said that . . . he would “not allow a situation in which unlawful actions are taken to determine or dictate ad hoc facts to the authorities.”
Seriously? So would it be wrong for Israel to move its Jewish citizens into West Bank settlements, in violation of international law, thereby creating “ad hoc facts” on the ground that determine the boundaries of a future Palestinian State, and even whether such state is feasible at all?
What could possibly compete with that for hypocrisy? Try this entry from anonymous US government officials. Who is to blame for the violent riots that erupted in Afghanistan over mass burnings of the Koran? Those who actually burned the Koran? Those who invaded Afghanistan a decade ago and have killed, and continue to kill, untold numbers of civilians, thereby creating a powderkeg just waiting for ignition? Of course not. Iran is to blame. As the NY Times reports:
Just hours after it was revealed that American soldiers had burned Korans seized at an Afghan detention center in late February, Iran secretly ordered its agents operating inside Afghanistan to exploit the anticipated public outrage by trying to instigate violent protests.
Without Iranian secret agents whispering in their ears, Afghans would have placidly accepted this new outrage. Iran’s devious machinations are especially troubling, because Iran has actually threatened to retaliate if attacked, rather than calmly accept military punishment for its possible, theoretical, hypothetical, speculative efforts to acquire less than one percent of Israel’s nuclear capabilities.
[W]ith NATO governments preparing for the possibility of retaliation by Iran in the event of an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities, the issue of Iran’s willingness and ability to foment violence in Afghanistan and elsewhere has taken on added urgency.
Leave it to those insane fanatics to cynically capitalize on a trivial incident and fuel the flames of Afghan anger. How dare the Iranians meddle in the affairs of a neighboring country? Don’t they know that under international law, the right to meddle is invested only in countries halfway around the world? Are they deliberately trying to provoke us into bombing them? How long must we allow this intolerable situation to continue?
While the contest for Most Hypocritical has been spirited and is currently too close to call, some may be disappointed to learn that for dissemination of idiotic self-serving government pronouncements, camouflaged as “news” without the slightest bit of critical journalistic examination, there is no current rival to the NY Times.