Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Lebanon civilian deaths morally not same as 'terror victims' -- Bolton

US Ambassador John Bolton said there was no moral equivalence between the civilian casualties from the Israeli raids in Lebanon and those killed in Israel from "malicious terrorist acts".

Asked to comment on the deaths in an Israeli air strike of eight Canadian citizens in southern Lebanon Sunday, he said: "it is a matter of great concern to us ...that these civilian deaths are occurring. It's a tragedy."

"I think it would be a mistake to ascribe moral equivalence to civilians who die as the direct result of malicious terrorist acts," he added, while defending as "self-defense" Israel's military action, which has had "the tragic and unfortunate consequence of civilian deaths".


Somewhere contained in the above post is a key to the reasoning behind the upsurge in anti US sentiment around the world. I am quite sure Mr Bolton would not spot it but I have no doubts that the family of the eight Canadian citizens would.

We would be hard pushed to find any kind of moral equivalence for Mr Bolton.


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