A few days ago – on Monday, if I am not mistaken – there was a short news item on Sky News about the bombing of a hospital in Sri Lanka’s war zone, by government troups, with many fatalities among the helpless patients and staff. I didn’t write about it right away. I was waiting to see what would happen next. How would the world react to the bombing of innocent civilians? To the deliberate attack on a hospital? To the heavy casualties? Without a doubt, the United Nations Security Council would call an immediate emergency session.
No? Well, surely the UN Secretary General, at least, would issue a strongly worded condemnation. Not that either? Well, maybe Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez would break off diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka, as he did with Israel. Again, no. Okay, maybe another famous Latin American, former model turned "peace activist" Bianca Jagger, would join her fellow "celebrities" Alex Sayle and Annie Lennox on a protest march through London against this atrocity. A hospital, after all!
But no – no massive demonstrations through the streets of London, Paris or Madrid. No reaction at all, in fact. I could almost believe I had imagined the whole thing!
How could this be? Sri Lankan troops bombed a hospital!!! Where are you now, Annie Lennox? You were quick enough to condemn Israel, for bombing civilians. Doesn’t bombing a hospital come under the category of "crimes against humanity"?
Or is it only when Israel is the alleged attacker that your humanitarian instincts are aroused?
Your hypocrisy sickens me, Ms Lennox. And yours, Mr Sayle. And yours, Ms Jagger.
As does that of the United Nations and its Secretary General.
But then again – that’s nothing new.