Mark Toner, State Department spokesman, in a state
It’s in a state of denial.
It’s in a state of hypocrisy.
It’s in a real state!
Why? How? read on…
This is what the State Department said about the incident in the last Gaza conflict, when a UNRWA school was (apparently) hit by Israeli munitions:
“The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed…”
Fact: this was before any investigation. The State Department was playing the role of judge, jury, and executioner of Israel.
When the boot is on the other foot
Compare and contrast with the recent (apparent) USA bombing that killed at least 16 people at an MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Is the State Department saying this:
“The United States is appalled by the disgraceful shelling outside an MSF hospital in Kunduz, sheltering many injured persons, in which at least sixteen more Afghani civilians were tragically killed…”
What’s your guess?
Of course they are not. They are saying it’s too early to say much more than they are looking into it, while regretting the casualties. (It’s a shame they didn’t add they also regret rushing to judgement in the Gaza incident…)
See this Ynet report and the video extract of the State Department spokesman in a real state when these points are put to him.
Apparently, it is OK to unilaterally condemn Israel, but not their own forces.
Israel can be condemned before any investigation, because the State Department knows, you know, that Israel is guilty. But the USA must not be condemned, even a teensy weensy bit, before lots and lots and lots of investigation, because the State Department knows, you know, that the USA is not guilty!
(I guarantee any report will not be released on a slow news day, but buried (ahem) on a day when a truly big story is grabbing the headlines and 99% of the media attention.)
What a morally cowardly and dastardly approach. If these spokespeople had an ounce of shame, they would refuse to peddle the official line. These spokespeople are messengers of malice, indeed. Well done to Associated Press reporter Matt Lee who was principled enough to ask the question, and not fold in the face of a first refusal to properly answer. Even if they did not properly answer, the State Department’s hypocrisy, duplicity, and double-dealing was on show for all.