Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Costa Rica Bends To Arab Pressure

Costa Rica, a "shining light of democracy in Latin America" has decided to move its capital from controversial Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Whats the point/big idea/meaning of this, you ask?

Jerusalem is considered by many nations and people to be an international city, that shouldn't be owned by any one religious group or secular entity. It was originally divided between Palestinians and Israelis in 1948 by the U.N., and was owned by many different empires before that.

Israel captured the eastern/arab part of the city in the 1967 6-Day War, and since then it has been the undivided capital of Jerusalem. Every Prime Minister of Israel since has voiced the sentiment that it will never again be divided,

" "Jerusalem is the anchor and heart of hearts of the Jewish people," said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, "and we will never be separated from it again. Jerusalem will remain the united capital of the state of Israel forever." " (June 2005)

However, many Arab nations refuse to see Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a nation-state they don't recognize as even existing. This is a hotly debated point of contention, and so many nations move their capitals to Tel Aviv rather than risk the wrath of muslims around the world. This is because Palestinians see Jerusalem as the capital of their country, which they claim is "under occupation."

This is a dissapointing moment. It means that yet another democracy has capitulated to Arab/muslim world pressure, and that that democracy has taken a step further away from Israel. It was probably also a symbolic motion to protest the recent/current war with Lebanon, which has been distordedly widely by several main news agencies, and many other smaller ones. Doctored photos, one sided reports, and blatant disregard for the facts - that is what has typefied this conflict.


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