Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bolton confuses the BBC

I've just read one of the most confused articles I've ever seen on the BBC website.
Prepare yourself for some shocking revelations!
A former top American diplomat says the US deliberately resisted calls for a immediate ceasefire during the conflict in Lebanon in the summer of 2006.
Have you got that? It didn't accidentally resist calls for a ceasefire, it did it deliberately.

Britain joined the US in refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire.

In other words, as you might say, Britain also deliberately resisted calls for a ceasefire!


The war began when Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers, but it quickly escalated into a full-scale conflict.

Of course the Israeli soldiers must have been doing something terrible in Lebanon when they were `captured'.


BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall says the US-UK refusal to join calls for a ceasefire was one of the most controversial aspects of the diplomacy.

Controversial indeed, to fail to call on your ally to arrange a ceasefire with a terrorist organisation sworn to destroy Israel and America. What weird hayseeds these Americans are! Oh! I was forgetting. And the British.


Mr Bolton, a controversial and blunt-speaking figure, said he was "damned proud of what we did" to prevent an early ceasefire.

Also in the BBC programme, several key players claim that, privately, there were Arab leaders who also wanted Israel to destroy Hezbollah.

"There were many not - how should I put it - resistant to the thought that the Israelis should thoroughly defeat Hezbollah, who... increasingly by Arab states were seen as an Iranian proxy," said UN special envoy Terje Roed Larsen.

What Mr Bolton seems to fail to understand is that anyone calling for a ceasefire, no matter how advantageous to the aggressor, no matter how deleterious to the innocent party in a conflict, is a saint, I tell you, a saint! If they happen to be in the media as well, then they are divine.

And lastly:

More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians and an unknown number of Hezbollah fighters were killed in the conflict.

How do we know that? Since we can't tell how many of the so-called civilians were Hezbollah terrorists, how do we know that over 1000 civilians were killed? Oh, I'm sorry. We're not supposed to check such facts. Convenient assertion is entirely adequate. I must have lost the plot briefly there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am constantly amazed by the anti-US stance of the BBC and am at a loss to understand why it is so. Criticism of the US may be justified at times, but the BBC reports are so consistently critical that I feel it must be official policy.

John_R in Western Australia