Bulgaria Bombing: Did the World care?
A look at the reactions, or lack-thereof, to Wednesday’s terror attack around the world
The terror attack on an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria Wednesday left many across the world in shock.
When the bus exploded at about 5:30 p.m., leaving eight people confirmed dead so far (five Israelis, two Bulgarians and the suicide bomber), as well as over 30 injured, most of the details surrounding the attack were uncertain.
Today, it is known that the explosion was a terror attack that directly targeted Israeli tourists, who had landed in Bulgaria just 45 minutes prior. It has also been confirmed by both Israeli and Bulgarian officials that a suicide bomber detonated the fatal blast, after initial speculation by Bulgarian authorities that a bomb had been planted on the side of the bus.
But the United Nations seemingly took all day yesterday before finally releasing a statement of condemnation regarding the attack.
“The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms today's deadly bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside of the Burgas airport in Bulgaria,” said a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The explosion reportedly killed at least seven and injured more than 30 people, some critically. The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the victims and their families, to the Governments and people of Bulgaria and Israel.”
As pointed out by the organization UN Watch, the UN Chief noticeably declined to describe the attack as an act of terrorism and made no call for holding the perpetrators to account, as he did in a statement two weeks ago on the bombing of churches in Kenya.
Over 24 hours since the bombing have passed and the UN's 47-nation Human Rights Council has remained silent. The council is currently busy conducting a “fact-finding mission” into alleged Israeli human rights violations, according to UN Watch.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has also been quiet since the attack. In 2010, Pillay expressed her “shock” and quickly condemned Israel just hours after the Gaza Flotilla incident had taken place.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov spoke on Thursday of a video tape from the Sarafovo airport terminal, which captured a Caucasian man with long hair who was dressed in sportswear roaming the area around the buses. The man, suspected to be the suicide bomber, apparently waited for the Israeli tourists for more than an hour.