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Kofi and the Euro-Boys

By Aaron Klein - July 25, 2002

It used to be frustrating. Then sad. Now it's just plain funny. Israel defends herself, and like clockwork Europe and the U.N. immediately spew obnoxious, uninformed condemnations, appalled that the Jewish state has the nerve to ensure its survival. I say, who needs "Frasier" when we have "Kofi and the Euro-Boys"?

The latest episode began Monday, when Israel killed Salah Shehadeh, the founder and top commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades.

Shehadeh, the bin Laden of Gaza, was responsible for masterminding more suicide bombings than any other Palestinian in the current Mideast conflict. He was in the process of planning more attacks when he was assassinated in his apartment complex by an Israeli missile. Palestinians say nine children and five adults were killed.

And out came the clowns. Within a few hours, before most information was even available, Secretary-General Kofi Annan had already accused Israel of ''clearly failing'' in its ''legal and moral responsibility'' to avoid hurting civilians. "The secretary general calls on the government of Israel to halt such actions and to conduct itself in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law."

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana declared that the attack set back all efforts for Middle East peace. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, pronounced the act "completely unacceptable."

One would think that after being so embarrassingly wrong about Jenin, these jokesters of Mideast diplomacy would be too red-faced to cry "war crimes" before the facts are even clear, but evidently they just don't care about being taken seriously.

Never mind that Yasser Arafat personally released Shehadeh from a Palestinian prison, and then refused repeated requests from both the Israeli and American governments to have him rearrested.

Forget that Shehadeh operated from a heavily populated neighborhood precisely because he knew the children on the street and in his complex would serve as a human shield against any Israeli attempt to assassinate him.

Who cares if Israel is well-known to take more care than most other countries in safeguarding against collateral damage, that they risk sending their soldiers house-to-house, as opposed to American carpet-bombing, specifically to limit the accidental killing of civilians?

Monday's missile strike was carried out only after Ariel Sharon was assured that civilian casualties would be minimal. That this wasn't the case is unfortunate, and warrants an IDF investigation to ensure it doesn't happen again.

But has Kofi still not realized that he lost the right to condemn Israel and be taken seriously after the U.N. was caught last year hiding a videotape of Hezbollah terrorists kidnapping three Israeli soldiers?

Perhaps he assumed that we moved on. But it was only two months ago that his furious campaign to investigate Israel for war crimes in Jenin was exposed as a total sham and made him the laughing stock of Washington and Tel Aviv. And yet he keeps at it.

And the EU, also shamed for going along with the U.N.'s Jenin ploy, would be wise to bite their tongues as well. It's been irrefutably proven that European aid to Yasser Arafat pays for terrorism against Israelis. Belgium's attempt to prosecute Ariel Sharon for the Sabra and Shatila massacres fell flat because there was no case. And France claims to be balanced while it does nothing to suppress the violent anti-Semitism sweeping the country.

Maybe this time their criticism is justified. It could be that Annan and crew have recently divined a magic formula for a casualty-free war on terrorism, and Israel deserves to be blasted for not following the enchanted battle plan.

But they strangely had nothing to say when an American gunship attacked four villages in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan three weeks ago. Local officials counted 54 dead, most of them women and children.

And they were too busy to comment on Dec. 29, when U.S. forces destroyed an ammunition store in Niazi Qala from the air, along with essentially the entire village. Fifty-two Afghan civilians reportedly died, and six months later the village remains abandoned.

Yet they all honk their horns every time Israel acts to defend itself.

The U.N. and EU have so thoroughly disgraced themselves with regard to Mideast diplomacy that Israel doesn't even bother to respond anymore. Ariel Sharon knows that he stands at the forefront of a war that if lost will threaten the shores of all democratic countries. He doesn't have the time to deal with off-based European criticism that flies his way after every action he takes to protect his citizens.

Moeller, Annan and Solana just keep digging themselves deeper and deeper into a pit of total irrelevance. I'd advise them to quit before they bury themselves for good, but I think it's already too late.

So, boys, keep those condemnations coming. We could all use the laugh.

Aaron Klein is president of the upcoming Internet Television Network.

©2002 - WorldNetDaily.com

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