Unlawful Assassination

The United States refrained from condemning the killing of a top Hamas leader by Israel on Saturday and limited its criticism of the assassination …
Bush stood with Ariel Sharon three days ago and welcomed the Israeli leader’s plan…

In avoiding a condemnation of the Israeli strike, the statement reflected a formula the Washington routinely uses when Israel targets a Palestinian militant :

In Saturday’s statement, the White House said, “Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorist attacks”…

– The European Union condemned the killing as unlawful and “not conducive to lowering tension.”
– A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the assassination violated international law and could lead to more violence in the Middle East.
– Pope John Paul II said the killing of Abdelaziz Rantissi and the hostage-takings in Iraq were “inhuman acts”.
– Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie accused the United States of giving a green light to the assassination.
– The outrage in the Arab world at U.S. policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is helping fuel support across the region for an insurgency against American occupation in Iraq.

[via Je Blog]

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