And now for a moment of sanity (diplomatic edition)
Every once in a while, not often but once in a while, the people whose job it is to skirt ever so carefully around a clear statement or position throw up their hands and take a position (of sorts) anyway.
Seems we, the US, or the current American Administration, decided that Israel's take on the recent Gaza demonstrations just isn't getting enough traction. In such instances we like to present resolutions at the U.N. to cast their spell of respectability on everything that is not respectable.
So, there were two resolutions before the Security Council.
One was drafted by Kuwait, urging protection of the residents of the Gaza Strip. Actually, this was a watered-down version to try to hook those position-evading diplomats.
Ten countries, including Russia and France, voted in favour of the Kuwait-sponsored resolution on Friday.
Four others - Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, and Ethiopia - abstained, while the US, a major ally of Israel, was the only country to vote against it.
Abstentions, as you all know, are votes that do not favor or oppose a resolution in a firmly attributable sense but are made to withhold support in a manner that permits you to continue to have dialogues with a bully nation you disagree with.
You can go to the Al Jazeera source above to see the interpretations of that vote.
But then there was another revised draft resolution. This one was submitted by the U.S.
The US version had omitted references to Israeli use of force and protecting Palestinians.
It instead demanded that Hamas and other Palestinian groups cease "all violent provocative actions" in Gaza.
Seems that version didn't go over so well.
This time eleven nations abstained, and three rejected the U.S. version outright. Only the U.S. voted in favor of its version.
"I don't know when there was last a resolution put to the Security Council that only got one vote in favour," said Al Jazeera's correspondent James Bays.
Heh, we're a nation of firsts.
So, on a Friday evening, when all the crap of the week has a chance to roost in your head and percolate there, take heart that the world, even the position-evading diplomats of the world, are slowly, spasmodically, telling the U.S. that they're fed up with this shit.
'Bout fuckin' time.