A Handy Occasion for War

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 07/12/2006 12:00 am EDT

The Europeans have rediscovered their backbones. "The EU condemns the loss of lives caused by disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces and the humanitarian crisis it has aggravated," said Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, whose country holds the European Union's rotating presidency, on June 7. The Swiss were even blunter, condemning what Israel is doing in the Gaza Strip as "collective punishment," which is contrary to the Geneva conventions.

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