AMY GOODMAN***: —at the U.N. Security Council, another comment she made, talking about the right of self-defense versus unlawful state violence. She was invoking the crisis in Israel and the Gaza Strip* and said the U.S. rejects any equivalence between state violence and besieged populations defending themselves. This is a segment of her speech.
SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: Now the United States believes firmly in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all member states, but we do not believe that sovereignty demands that this council stand silent when governments massacre their own people, threatening regional peace and security in the process. And we reject any equivalence between premeditated murders by a government’s military machine and the actions of civilians under siege driven to self-defense.
AMY GOODMAN: Ali Abunimah, your response to Hillary Clinton?
ALI ABUNIMAH: I mean, it’s incredible to hear those words and then look at the—of course, she was referring to Israel**.
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*** See original context! http://www.democracynow.org/2012/3/13/ceasefire_reached_after_israeli_air_strikes