anything different now :
With another aid ship steaming towards Gaza, Harry Reid, the second most powerful member of the Democratic Party in the country, issues an oddly-timed statement strongly defending Israel's flotilla raid:And Sargent makes a great point of realness:
"Israel is one of our strongest and most important allies, and the United States stands firmly with Israel at this critical time.
"I deeply regret the loss of life in the flotilla incident, including the death of an American citizen.
"Israel has an obligation to protect its citizens and therefore has a clear right under international law to prevent weapons from getting in the hands of terrorists determined to target them. Israel indicated it was willing to put in place a process to ensure that legitimate humanitarian relief reached Gaza. Unfortunately this offer was rejected.
"Israel has pledged to carry out a transparent and thorough investigation of this incident, and I look forward to its findings."
Notice that regret for the American citizen's death sounds almost like an afterthought. Notice that the statement comes close to blaming the flotilla activists for provoking the incident by rejecting the offer by Israel to transport the aid over land. And notice the blanket endorsement of Israel overseeing the probe of the incident, with no call for any international involvement.Our little brother Israel can never do anything wrong, even if an illegal raid and slaughtering includes killing an American citizen.
Behold the mainstream of your Democratic Party. There's no balance here whatsoever.