Friday, July 28, 2006

Advertisements call for a ceasefire in Lebanon

There has been an advertising blitz in the UK press (reported in the the Guardian) by various charities, human rights and religious organisations urging Tony Blair to use his meeting with George Bush to call for a ceasefire.

This whole frantic campaign smacks of hypocrisy. Where were all these people during the Darfur crisis, (which is still continuing), when hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians lost their lives and over two million had to flee their homes? And during the barely reported civil war in Congo which took place between 1998 and 2003, over three million people are estimated to have died, yet during this period, there was barely a murmur of protest.

In the circumstances, you have to ask yourself what has motivated all these non-profit organisations to launch their ad campaign? Do the deaths of millions of Africans matter less than the deaths of hundreds of Arabs, or are they just keen to demonstrate to Britain's Muslim community that we shouldn't be siding with Israel?