Further to my 9/11/09 post Israel's Pacific Solution, today's Australian reports as follows: "Israel is sending a foreign ministry official to the Solomon Islands next week to seek an explanation as to why it was the only country in Oceania to vote at the UN for the Goldstone report condemning Israel's assault on Gaza... The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and Palau joined Australia in opposing the Goldstone report... Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Tonga joined New Zealand in abstaining." (Israel wants answers from Solomons, Rowan Callick)
What the fly on the wall is going to hear:
Solomon Islands, you've been a bad, bad, baaad boy. All the other nations in the Israeli - I mean Pacific - Ocean either voted against Goldstone or abstained... OK, you're right, not quite all... Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu were absent when the vote was taken. Such acts of truancy simply cannot be tolerated here in the Israeli - err Pacific - and rest assured I will be seeking an explanation from each of them. But you! Going for Goldstone! How could you? Gross insubordination! What on earth possessed you? If you couldn't quite bring yourself to follow the magnificent example of our Head Prefect, Australia, the very least you could have done was abstain. And you have the nerve to call yourself the Solomons - while dissing us, the dinky-di (a little slang I've picked up from our Head Boy) descendents of King Solomon himself! You should be ashamed of yourself. Now, Solomons, you see what I have here? ... No, I'm not listening to any of your lame excuses, boy. Put out your hand now!