UK papers have been taken in by, or have deliberately misrepresented, the statement from the UN Security Council.
The Guardian headline is,
“UN formally condemns Israel's deadly assault on Gaza aid flotilla”
and the Times has,
“UN condemns Israel for attack on aid convoy”.
The UN statement - online here - says NO SUCH THING.
The key paragraph is reproduced below. Read it very carefully because you can be assured that this was fought over and crafted to give the US what it needed.
“The Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza. The Council, in this context, condemns those acts which resulted in the loss of at least ten civilians and many wounded, and expresses its condolences to their families.”
The Council talks about deeply regretting loss of life. Is that all? Regret?
Also mentioned is the Israeli operation in international waters but that act is not condemned, is not even labelled as illegal.
And then in the context of regret and non-condemnation of the Israel overall action, the UN now decides that it is safe to condemn those acts which resulted in death and injuries. This brings the condemnation down to the individual actions of Israeli soldiers and the civilians on board. The Israeli and civilian actions are to be viewed in exactly the same light.
This is an obscene statement which principally shames the US for its refusal to accept language any stronger than this.
As a footnote the UK ambassador’s comments - available here - to the Security Council were of the same tone.
His first two sentences are:
“The UK deeply deplores the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza Flotilla this morning. It is a matter of grave concern that Israeli action should end in such heavy and tragic loss of life.”
This is an obscene statement which shames the UK government.
Obsequiousness, obfuscation and obscenity.
There should be no place for this but, unfortunately, our ruling classes have this in spades.