Sunday, June 6, 2010
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt Poses With Two-Faced Activists.
Although claiming to have been exposed to deadly violence, a majority of the Swedish activists wear big smile and some also are flashing victory signs.
Bildt (Moderate Party) has stated in response to Israel’s actions against the illegal Gaza Flotilla, that he “praises the actions of Turkey”. It does not come as a surprise that Bildt once again is blinded by his loathing of Israel. -One should not forget that Sweden recently had a vote to condemn the Armenian genocide committed by Turkey –a resolution which just barely passed as it was approved by a vote of 131 in favor and 130 against. Interestingly, a member of the Swedish parliament Mehmet Kaplan (Greens) decided to refrain from voting--showing that he clearly did not condemn the genocide. Apparently, 1.5 million dead Armenians are not worth the effort of casting a vote. Yet Kaplan managed to have time to cruise the Mediterranean with the “Ship to Gaza” convoy and its crew violent activists.
Kaplan, our “humanitarian” member of parliament, is to meet with Carl Bildt during the day to discuss how he was treated by Israel. This further emphases the fake humanitarian mask that the Swedes often hide behind.
Two-faced as Sweden is, it therefore come as no surprise to find that the foreign minster of the country, Carl Bildt, chooses to praise Turkey, even though Turkey just recently sentenced a 15-year-old girl to eight years in prison for allegedly participating in a demonstration, jails journalists, and has repeatedly imprisoned Kurdish rights activist Leyla Zana. So much for Turkey’s liberal legal system. As we see Armenians and Kurds are still harassed both socially and economically in Turkey, something to which Bildt now seems to have turned a blind eye.
The Swedish foreign ministry also recently made a statement in connection with the “Ship to Gaza” event saying that “Israel has the right to visit the ships, but not to stop them”. That the ministry is represented by the incompetent Bildt becomes more evident as it is based on falsehoods. In the interim agreements signed by Israel and the PLO in 1995 it is agreed that– as according to this map “Foreign vessels entering Zone L will not approach closer than 12 nautical miles from the coast except as regards activities .”
It was also agreed that:
” Israel Navy vessels may sail throughout these zones, as necessary and without limitations, and may take any measures necessary [including halting] against vessels suspected of being used for terrorist activities or for smuggling arms, ammunition, drugs, goods, of for any other illegal activity [such as the “Ship to Gaza” vessels]”.
As we have shown in previous blogs, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Despite all the fanfare on the Left, the whole aid cargo carried by Ship to Gaza flotilla was much less than the daily amount of aid trucked in from Israel.
The whole flotilla “aid” operation was merely a cover for the actual purpose: breaking the blockade- brining illeagal weapons to Gaza and hurting Israel's reputation as much as possible. Real human rights means Israeli civilians don’t have to have any kind of Iranian missiles falling on their homes and schools. If Sweden will continue to be represented by a foreign minister who clearly doesn’t respect either international law or human rights, then it might be time for Sweden to look for a new, more fitting foreign minister. No Mr. Bildt, there is nothing to smile about.