Josh Rogin has the rundown on the UN's response to the killing of over 40 South Korean sailors by North Korea:
When the results of the international investigation into the sinking of the South Korean ship the Cheonan were released in May, the U.S. State Department was adamant that it believed North Korea was responsible -- and that the country would have to face some actual punishment for killing 46 innocent South Korea sailors.
"I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said May 21 while visiting her Japanese counterpart in Tokyo.
Fast forward to today, when the United Nations released a presidential statement which not only does not specify any consequences for the Kim Jong Il regime, but doesn't even conclude that North Korea was responsible for the attack in the first place.
The statement acknowledges that the South Korean investigation, which included broad international participation, blamed North Korea, and then "takes note of the responses from other relevant parties, including from the DPRK, which has stated that it had nothing to do with the incident."
"Therefore, the Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan," the statement reads.
This is incredibly embarrassing. The UN doesn't have the guts to blame the North Koreans outright. Instead, they pussyfoot around the issue, eventually condemning only "the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan."
Remind me, how long did it take for the UN to issue a condemnation of Israel's action against pro-terrorist flotilla members?