Saturday, August 12, 2006

Please, Pretty Please, With Sugar on Top?

I can't recall ever whatsoever (never) watching a UN Security Council session and walking away pleased. There has always been a crap sensation in the stomach spurred by a sense of being cheated and maligned.

But tonight's Security Council session/unanimous vote was a feel-good. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice, Greek Foreign Minister Theodora Bakoyannis and the UK's Margaret Beckett. Chinese Ambassador Liu Zhanmin's speech was predictable in its exclusion of Israel's concerns or recognizing Israel as anything but the aggressor (Did I see Condoleezza Rice not sporting a translation headset during his speech?) but Vitaly Churkin's (Russia) address was surprising in its slightly forthcoming acknowledgement of Israel's security needs and civilian losses. Japan's Ambassador Oshima was eloquent and smooth.

In general an overall shift in tenor seems to have taken place. Weeks ago when G. W. was caught on mike suggesting Kofi Annan do something to force Syria's hand in the crisis, it was a semi-faux pas. Tonight, Syria and Iran's roles in the current situation were openly acknowledged and addressed. And France mentioned not once but twice Israel's legitimate right to sustained security. And nearly all speakers talked about a necessary comprehensive solution in the Mid-East that will encompass addressing the dire Palestinian situation.

Oh pleez, pleez, pleez adopt this, vote favorably, all parties play nice, stop fighting, return prisoners, negotiate and stop the war. It feels like the opening of a door to an outer courtyard where things could be very, very positive. Amen. Hallelujah.

4 comments:

Dorftrottel said...

And then after the fighting all those nice Hezbollah members will burn their copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the nice Israeli soldiers will beat their swords into ploughshares and they'll all sit around a huge campife and sing 'kumbaya"

Stephanie said...

Now, now Dorf. You're being sooooo negative! Okay but seriously. Well duhhh, the resolution relies intrinsically and tenuously on assumed cooperation. The bulk of the burden is on Syria, Hezbollah and Iran and if they decide to go the other way, we'll have more of the same and worse. The point is there's been a notable shift. A recognition.

Patty said...

Yea it sounds good. But the sending 15000 peacekeepers there to protect and serve. Uuuuhhh yea right.
Would you want them protecting you????

Stephanie said...

They will be protecting me. I live there. And if they are armed with the weaponry promised and are up to speed tactically then yes. If not, then clearly it will fall apart again and that's the way the chips fall