Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Council have spoken

(Don't push. There's room for everyone!)
"The Council calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities to be followed by a sustainable
cease-fire".

This is the silly decision the European council of foreign ministers could agree upon at its latest meeting. The war in Lebanon was on the agenda.
What is the difference between a "cease-fire" and an "immediate cessation of hostilities"? This peculiar semantic exercise is a cover-up over the deep differences of opinion between the member states, primarily Germany, Britain, some new memberstates, and Denmark on one side, and France on the other.

The US and Israel did not want an immediate cease-fire, until Israel's army had done its job of "securing the area". The EU council seems to be afraid of deciding something that they fear might antagonise the Americans. In that way the EU countries do not help to solve the conflict. The Israelis get a free hand to carry through with its high-tech warfare against Hizbollah and civilians in Lebanon.

1 Comments:

Blogger Sophia said...

Cosmic,
Welcome back. This is cute and it does not illustrate the EU attitude in my opinion. Dogs are much more intelligent and empathetic than European countries representatives at the EU.

8:20 AM  

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