Opinion  Ronen Bergman
When will the world finally act?
Ronen Bergman
Published: 10.02.13, 20:09
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1. International Law
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (02.10.13)
Bergman can answer the question when he realizes International Law is a farce at best, and there are no human rights. The only thing that matters is raw power. No one intervened in Rwanda because no one cared. Saddam murdered Kurds and Shi'ite freely, but fell when he threatened American allies. No once cared when Assad brutally took over Lebanon, because he was a "reformer", but when he became the weak link to attack Iran, suddenly he was a bad guy. When he wanted to, Obama illegally destroyed sovereign Libya or sent his drones into Pakistan. The world was silent when Iran butchered the Green Revolution or Saudi the Bahrain protesters, but feigned horror at Mubarak's fair milder reaction to riots.
2. more papal than the Pope.
tiki ,   belgium   (02.10.13)
In their efforts to look more 'human, enlightened & superior than the 'primitives of the ME & Africa, the West has issued rules & regulations which in the end will all be used against them, because none of those 'primitives abide or cares about them. The Iranian ambassador knew why he was closing his eyes....he was dreaming of the nearly completed nuclear bomb & power while the Europeans were talking about world peace by new rules & regulations.
3. Biased and One-sided...
Abdel Karim Salim ,   Jerusalem   (02.10.13)
As always we do not expect the " civilized " Western world ,which is notorious for its centuries-long colonialistic policies and much-hated imperialistic hegemony, to be least fair or impartial . The West , particularly the USA , which claims to be standing for values of human rights , freedom, and democracy, is the very double-standard hypocricy of modern times . While Israel is viewed as having the full right to acquire nuclear weapons Iran seems to be violating the decent rules and crossing the line. Pakistan and India already have the A-bomb, so why not Iran ? And while the US was brazenly slaughtering civilians in Vietnam not a single Europen NATO member uttered a word of criticism.Turkey ( a NATO member ) is still persecuting its Kurdish minority and still occupying northern Cyprus, and Israel is still denying the Palestinians their rights ,and yet not a word from the " living " conscience of the West . America has to learn from its past and bloody failures and had better not rush to carry out more hasty military adventures ( Hizbullah of Lebanon blew up the US embassy and US Marines HQ in Beirut in 1983 and forced the US to pull out of Lebanon , and so did primitive Somalia when Somalis dragged a US pilots through the streets of Mogadishu ) . As long as the West keeps adopting a double-standard foreign policy we will continue to have our hatred and bitter grudges against them...
4. Atrocities
Syd Chaden ,   Palermo Calif USA   (02.10.13)
That was really rude of the Iranian Ambassador to fall asleep while Biden was talking. The least that he could have done was laughed, like everyone else does. This article suggests that the US does little to prevent or end atrocities. Under Obama, the US apparently no longer views genocides or Holocausts as atrocities, which is why the US is silent concerning them. Atrocities, to Obama, are Israelis building apartments or settlements.
5. Quite the sanctimonious diatribe, Bergman
Cameron ,   USA   (02.10.13)
We in the US are under no obligation to come racing with treasure and effort to end & clean up every global tragedy and dilemma. Stew in your in your mortally offended self-righteousness & self-indulgent outrage, Bergman
6. there are lots of reasons why nobody wants to go into syria
zionist forever   (02.10.13)
In Syria nobody wants to intervene for a number of reasons. After Afghanistan & Iraq there is no will to use military intervention to help bring down another local bad guy ( Taliban & Saddam ) and then get stuck there trying to rebuild because if they go in they will feel obligated to stick around and help rebuild and that alone will probably cost about $100 billion. What happens if Assad is toppled and we get another Iraq where the strongman is replaced by sectarian killing and those terrorist are also shooting at foreign soldiers who are there to help out? Nobody wants to spend the next decade trying to sort out Syria. There is also the risk that if there is if Assad feel cornered he might decide to go down in a blaze of glory and use his WMDS against his own people and probably Israel. Lebanon might be destabilised if there is foreign intervention with Assad loyalists taking refuge in Lebanon. Iran might also try dtsablise Iraq. Then there is the fact nobody wants to upset Russia who are dead set against war.
7. #3
Eli ,   USA Israel   (02.10.13)
what rights is Israel denying to the Palestinians? Since you know that Palestinains are a fiction and are rather just Jordanian refugees, I would contend that it is Jordan that is denying them any rights. Why is it that the palestinains in lebbanon, syria, jordan etc are in refugee camps decades later? why wont they be integrated as society? the answer is that palestinians are just a simple political tool, who are exploited in the name of tarnishing Israel. Assuming Israel does not nuclear weapons, they are not in breach of any international convention as it is not a signatory to the NPT. Moreover, Israel has never threatened to wipe a country off the face of the map. The answer is pretty easy.
8. Judging from the strict censorship, we've got True& Red Com-
tom ,   tel aviv   (02.11.13)
missars today at the helm , eh Ynet?
9. #3 History stutters
Raphael ,   Netanya   (02.11.13)
After over a millenium arabo islamic colonial rule in Europe (Spain, Balkans), your brothers believe the pendulum is again in their favour. Remember the impotence of League of Nations when Italy occupied Ethiopia and Germany annexed Czecoslovakia&Austria: Here we are again, UN is swiftly following the same track and will share the same fate thanks to your brothers' cynical and farcical hold up on human rights.
10. Forget apologizing to Syria - what about us?
David ,   Israel   (02.12.13)
What about us when we are left to fend for ourselves against a nuclear Iran because they held us back so long from intervening?
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