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  • DLS

    “But we would like to make it very clear that we make a distinction between his professional work and what he does on his personal time in the sense that all our staff is hired for professional reasons and I don’t think our organization can be held liable for every aspect of their life.”

    How Clintonesque.

  • Marlowecan

    Wow. Even a cynic such as myself must admit to being taken aback by the response of Doctors Without Borders to this. Not even a statement of regret. Instead there is this:

    “I don’t think embarrassed would be the right word. We are very sad for Bashir who has been working for us for almost six years.”

    They are “sad” for the would-be assassin?!! No expression of regret to the Israeli government. The mind boggles.

    I think David calls this right, in his comment:

    “I have to wonder if the politics of this group makes them sympathetic to their wayward employee’s goal here (again, I’m not accusing them of knowledge or participation. But this is not the response of someone who is revolted at the thought of seeing the Israeli Prime Minister dead).”

  • Bones_708

    It seems like someone has “picked a side”. One of the reasons I find myself less than convinced by statements from international aid organizations.

  • lurxst

    I interpret this as a rather poor attempt to try and remain very neutral. This guy is one of what, thousands of personnel working with this program? He turns out to be an alleged radical. Doctors without Borders isn’t going to risk alienating any of the countries that host their programs by endorsement or condemnation.

  • DLS

    > It seems like someone
    > has “picked a side”.

    Against Israel, of course, since that’s PC and even hip.

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