I respect how you "view" this as "the US almost seeming to take a stand of "do what you gotta do" in Israel's desire to "remove" Arafat," but I don't see it that way.
Here's a question for you.
Why do the Palestinians have a seat at the UN and not Tibet or Taiwan?
I personally think that the US and Ambassador John Negroponte made the appropriate 'call'. Why?
Well lets look at this:
The US was the only one of the 15 countries on the Security Council to oppose the resolution, with three - Britain, Germany and
Bulgaria - abstaining.
Well, why's that?
""There hasn't been one resolution condemning the killing of 860 Israelis through suicide and homicide bombing," Gissin said. "One hundred and
twenty suicide bombers penetrated Israel in the past three years -- not one condemnation of that."
In other words.......
The reason the US vetoed the resolution is because it did not condemn Palestinian terrorism not because the US objected to the condemnation of
Israel saying it will expel Arafat. The resolution failed to contain language that condemned Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It was nothing more than an
anti-Israeli resolution and the Arab states trying to score political points. When, by chance, if ever has the idiotic and biased UN,
ever condemn or pass a resolution against Palestine for their attacks against Israel?!? Let me answer that for you and
Immediately after the vote, America's U.N. Ambassador John Negroponte reiterated that the United States doesn't support the elimination or forced
exile of Arafat and believes that his diplomatic isolation is the best course. The US continues to oppose killing or expelling Arafat, continues
to oppose the security fence, and remains committed to this suicidal roadmap which has already cost the lives of 79 Israelis.
He further said the United States was forced to use its veto because the resolution failed to name groups such as Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs
Brigade, which has claimed credit for numerous suicide bombings and other attacks against Israelis.
For decades the UN and Europe, thats right, have run interference for Yasser Arafat. When Israel responded they demanded restraint and condemnation.
When the Israelis were being attacked, they turned a blind eye. With this action/resolution by the UN today...they have proven it but once more.
[Edited on 18-9-2003 by Seekerof]