Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The U.N. "condemns" North Korea

The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned an attack leading to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, but stopped short of directly blaming North Korea.

The council statement, by not identifying an attacker, was able to win consent from Pyongyang ally China for unanimous approval and also avoid further alienating North Korea, which the West wants to draw back to six-party talks on ending its nuclear program.

The council expressed "deep concern" over findings by a South Korean-led inquiry that North Korea had sunk the naval corvette Cheonan, but noted that Pyongyang had denied responsibility.

When the world diplomatic community wants to condemn something done by the U.S. or Israel or one of our allies, they never "stop short of directly placing blame" or merely "express deep concern" for fear of "further alienating" the alleged wrongdoer. When it's us, they burn our flags in the streets and try to blow up our airlines and cities.

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