Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Small-minded approaches that restrict horizons -- look who's talking

The entire world -- even the BBC -- knows by now that Sri Lanka, at its worst hour of need, has rejected an Israeli rescue mission, and asked them to send medical supplies instead.
The entire world, that is, except the Vatican newspaper, which has published a piece condemning Israel for refusing to send help to Sri Lanka!
Calling for "a radical and dramatic change of perspective" among people "too often preoccupied with making war," L'Osservatore Romano singled out Israeli military leaders for declining a request for emergency medical help....
The Vatican paper observed that in what "should be a time for unconditional solidarity," some world leaders seem incapable of escaping a "small-minded approach that restricts their horizons."
The fact that the devastation swept across different societies, cultures, and nations should help to reinforce the universal perspective, the paper suggested.
I can only assume this is based on a real misunderstanding. No difference; their words betray loud and clear what they really think of Israel and Israelis, and what kind of low standards they expect from us. What kind of selfless act is it going to take to make them acknowledge that sometimes, just sometimes, our intentions are honorable???? And please don't answer, national suicide.

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