Although the response of the BBC has improved in recent weeks, largely because of the mountain of criticism there has been about its biased coverage, its correspondents still avoid describing Gaza`s military occupation, the 8 year blockade, or even the colonisation by Israel of the West Bank, which according to the Oslo accords of 1993 is supposed to be where an independent Palestiniam state is to be sited. It is clear, therefore, that the BBC is not going to initiate, let alone lead, a worldwide media campaign against the destruction of Gaza. Also, America and the EU countries are not going to impose meaningful sanctions against Israel, so the only solution lies with the United Nations.
UN troops have to be deployed immediately, to protect the aid workers and the Palestinians from the non-stop onslaught. Nothing else will stop the Israelis! The war-weariness of all countries, especially of those recently involved in unnecessary wars, has to be countered by the urgency of the situation, and the imminent loss of thousands of young lives. Leaders and politicians can wring their hands as much as they like, and cowardly refuse to admit that the Israeli action is "disproportionate", but if they don`t demand an immediate meeting of the Security Council, which then has to order the deployment of troops, they will be as guilty as the warmongers.Which country would dare use its veto to block the action? Would Israeli tanks fire shells at schools surrounded by the blue-capped soldiers of the UN? Will anything else stop them? They might stop in two weeks but thousands more will have died by then. Some might be tried in two years for war crimes, but how does that help Palestinians?
Ban Ki-moon was right to refute America`s call for further investigation into the attack on the UN school in Jabaliya, noting that the Israeli military received the school`s coordinates 17 times! Warning families to move because of impending attacks, and then shelling their new refuge can only be described as "outrageous and unjustifiable", but when the UN secretary general demands "justice" he needs support.
The lack of action to stop these murders begs two questions: Do we have politicians in the world with the bottle to stand up to the Israelis?
What is the point of the United Nations?