Friday, January 30, 2009

A Diplomat Shuts His Eyes to the Israeli Gaza Solution.




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Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Guess it is easy to see which side this Diplomats Pita is buttered on!






Dear Ms. Trine Lilleng,


You were an unknown Norwegian diplomat till this month.


No longer.


As first secretary in the Norwegian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, you recently sent out an email on your office account in which you declared: "The grandchildren of Holocaust survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them by Nazi Germany."


Accompanying your text were photos, with an emphasis on children, seeking to juxtapose the Holocaust with the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza.


Clearly, you are miscast in your role as a diplomat, all the more so of a nation that has sought to play a mediating role in the Arab-Israeli conflict.


In fact, you're desperately in need of some education.


Let's begin with your current posting. You've been in Riyadh since 2007.


If you're so anguished by human rights violations, perhaps you could have begun by devoting some of your attention - and email blasts - to what surrounds you. 


Or were your eyes diplomatically shut?







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