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Tuesday, February 02, 2010


The voices of guilty men

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a few days ago on Israel's work in Haiti:
"You have raised human spirits and elevated the name of the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces. As many plot against us, distort and muddy our names, you have shown the real IDF."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak:
"In a world where the IDF is criticized, you showed the true spirit of the IDF and the true spirit of Israel."
His homophonous counterpart, U.S. President Barack Obama:
"We do it because it’s right, but we also do it because when the United States sends the USS Vinson to Haiti to allow a bunch of helicopters to unload food and Marines or -- helping and we've got a hospital that's set up -- that sends a message of American power that is so important, because too often what other countries think of when they think of the United States and our military is just war.

"But when they see us devoting these resources and the incredible capacity that we have to help people in desperate need, that message ripples across the world. And it means that when you've got a guy like bin Laden out there screaming, "blow up America," it's a lot harder for that seed to take root when people have been seeing images of America making sure that people in desperate need are helped. So it's part of our national security. It's a smart thing to do."
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the idea that they are helping in Haiti to improve their public image has never once occurred to the leadership in Cuba, and if the thought has ever crossed their minds, they certainly haven't been crass enough to mention it. Only those feeling guilty about what they are actually doing elsewhere in the world would even think this is something to think about or mention.

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