Ten minutes. It’s obvious complicity.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, refused to say whether he thought Britain had colluded with Israel over what he called an “unforgivable crime”. But he said that Israeli troops arrived ten minutes after the last three British monitors had left.
“I’m giving the facts,” Mr Abbas said. “They left at 9.20am, and the Israelis came in at 9.30am. How can we explain that?” Saeb Erekat, a senior Abbas aide, voiced suspicion that the monitors had left before the formation of a new government. “If the British and Americans wanted to leave because they don’t want to deal with a Hamas government in a couple of weeks then they should have done it in a different fashion,” he said. (Times Online)
I’m not one to watch the Parliament feed on TV, not least since I try not to allow Blair and company to speak on my TV, but yesterday I caught a few seconds of Jack Straw’s comedy turn on this one.
Asked about the complicity issue, he said:
“The truth is, given the nature of surveillance in the occupied territories, if we had told anybody in the occupied territories we would at the same time, in practice, have been telling the Israeli defence forces.” (The Guardian)
And (unmentioned by The Guardian) he then laughed with a smug, conspiratorial expression and a raised eyebrow at his fellow quislings.
As ever, ignore everything except the basic fact — he didn’t deny it and provided a feeble attempt to distract from the core message — yes, but…
That’s a yes in other words. Categoric. The British did tip off the Israelis and were complicit in the assault on Jericho prison.
So much to read in that little chuckle and raised brow. “Shh boys, we don’t discuss reality here.” “Yes, the place is a fucking prison camp, a crime against humanity.” “Yes, we’re up to our fucking necks in blood, gore, corruption, and crime.” “Yes, we’re on our knees before the criminal US regime and its Zionist enterprise.” “Yes, we’re killing our boys for a lie.” “So fucking what, take the money and gongs and shut up.” And much more besides.
And in Jack Straw we have an individual who knows better. Blair never had principles, he just wanted to be a pop star; Straw at least appeared to have principles and understanding at one time, many years ago. A deeper betrayal. Again. Another one for the war crimes tribunal.
But the real point to take away is that clear ‘yes’.