Monday, January 26, 2009

Is Europe waking up?

Probably not in any comprehensive way, but stories like this still warm the cockles of my heart.

Top EU official: Hamas bears full responsibility for Gaza war

Hamas bears full responsibility for the war in Gaza, a top EU official said Monday in the Strip, calling the group "a terrorist movement."

"At this time we have to also recall the overwhelming responsibility of Hamas," Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, told reporters.

"I intentionally say this here - Hamas is a terrorist movement and it has to be denounced as such," Michel said as he visited the town of Jabalya in northern Gaza.

"Public opinion is fed up to see that we are paying over and over again - be it the (European) commission, the member states or the major donors - for infrastructure that will be systematically destroyed," he said.

Are EU bureaucrats finally listening to their domestic silent majority to the detriment of the screaming Islamo-Leftist mobs in the streets? One can only hope.

In Brussels, EU foreign ministers discussed a package of diplomatic and practical measures that European countries could take to advance Middle East peace efforts. Their goals include halting arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip

Sounds good.

and promoting a unity government between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Total nonsense.

Several EU countries, including Britain and France, also are offering naval vessels and monitors to help Egypt curb the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.

Better than nothing.


1 comment:

The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...

I think the idea of offering vessels to curb smuggling in Gaza is important, but perhaps as flawed as the 'anti-piracy' operations if we're not allowed to do it properly (i.e. if we need to use lethal force and do, we're evil war criminals, and if we capture any pirates/smugglers EU law says we can't hand them over to a country that doesn't have our stringent human rights standards, despite frequently lecturing us on them).

Several Socialist MPs here in Britain said we should use the Royal Navy to 'smash' the Israeli blockade of Gaza - so I suppose they're not against force all the time, conveniently.