We all want a cessation of violence. We all want the protection of civilians. We have to make certain that anything that we do is going to be of lasting value. . . . We have to deal with underlying conditions so that we can create sustainable conditions for political progress there.In other words, a ceasefire will have to wait. And in still other words, men, women, and children will have to continue being blown to bits.
When Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, standing with Rice, disagreed, saying, "A ceasefire is imperative. . . . We have to bring it [the fighting] to an end as soon as possible," Rice wouldn't let that be the last word. She added,
We all agree that it should happen as soon as possible -- when conditions are conducive to do so.Translation: The killing and maining of Lebanese and Israelis shouldn't stop until Israel is ready for it to stop.
That is moral depravity, if anything is.
Cross-posted at Liberty & Power.