They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Former U.N. Envoy Chides U.S., Israel For Hamas Efforts

The United Nations' former top Middle East envoy has sharply criticized U.S. and Israeli efforts to isolate the Hamas-led Palestinian government, saying the policy has further radicalized Palestinian opinion and undercut long-term efforts to establish a viable Palestinian state.

The broadside by Alvaro de Soto was contained in a confidential 52-page report [pdf] he filed before resigning from the United Nations last month, ending a 25-year U.N. career. It was an unusually candid assessment by the Peruvian diplomat, who has overseen U.N. peace efforts in El Salvador, Cyprus, Western Sahara and other trouble spots. Link