War : hypocrisy : Israel & USA


Richard Moore


    PEJ News - C. L. Cook - Two of the planet's most egregious
    rogue nations took to the international stage to proclaim
    their respective outrage against their perceived enemy's
    perfidy, and have promised "action" against them. In
    Israel's case, that promise is already being fulfilled, as
    residents of the Gaza Strip suffer an escalated IDF aerial
    bombardment campaign.


Twin Towers of Hypocrisy: 
Israel and U.S. Express Outrage, Promise Action
C. L. Cook

PEJ News
October 29, 2005

At this hour, the Israeli Defense Force is conducting
continued air operations over the Gaza Strip. The latest
bombing attacks have knocked out an electricity generation
plant, police stations, and left roadways cratered.
Israeli jets are also flying lowing-level supersonic
sorties over Gaza, a practice adopted several months ago,
whose sonic booms smash windows and terrify civilians. The
collective punishment comes in the wake of suicide
bombings that have killed Israeli civilians, and
intensified "rocket" attacks against Israeli settlements.

If there is any doubt these attacks are aimed directly at
civilians and not, as Israel claims, at "rocket launch
sites," the dropping of leaflets from IDF planes into Gaza
clearly promise Palestinians more collective suffering
should suicide bombings and rocket attacks continue.

Collective punishment is a war crime, as laid out by
international law, but then international law has never
been an impediment to Israel in the past. The country is
the single most cited scofflaw at the United Nations,
standing in defiance of dozens of U.N. orders in council.
So, it's with more than a little irony Israel would now be
petitioning the U.N. for sanction against Iran, whose
president called for the erasure of Israel from the map.

President Mamoud Ahmadinejad's comments came in a speech
to attendees of the "World Without Zionism" conference
held last week. The Iranian government has tried to
assuage international sensibilities since, seeing
condemnation from America, and a rebuke from ally Russia,
and assured the U.N. it has no intention of attacking
Israel, but that has done little to placate Iran's
antagonists in Washington and London. Tony Blair hinted
earlier this week it was perhaps time to "do something"
about Iran. The military implication of his statement was

Iran has long been a focus of George W. Bush's desire to
"reshape" the middle east, and the dismantling of Iran's
nascent nuclear energy program is seen by the
administration and its supporters in Israel as of primary
concern. Iran has denied their nuclear program is geared
to, or will be used in the future for, weapons
manufacture. U.N. inspectors granted access to the program
agree, but that's not sufficient assurance for either
America, or Israel.

Public threats and diplomatic pressure on Iran to abandon
their nuclear ambitions has been a central policy point
for Bush over the last few years, and are now
intensifying. The Israeli air force destroyed Saddam
Hussein's near complete nuclear power plant in the early
1980's, and a similar action remains a potent, if tacit,
threat to Iran.

Meanwhile, the United States is threatening Syria due,
they say, to the preliminary findings of a U.N.
investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese
Prime Minister Rafik al-Haririri. The findings of that
incomplete, and suspect, investigation has the U.S.
clamouring for sanctions against Iraq (imagine, murdering
a former head of state!) and thousands of Syrians in the
streets. The Syria now says it will begin there own
investigation into the suspiciously timed assassination.

The Bush administration, and its allies in Britain and
Israel, having enjoyed a lawless romp across the planet
these last years, now seem to think the world's population
entirely devoid of memory. They must too believe none with
a sense of irony survive, as they the same criminals
behind the abominable Iraq war and occupation, the slo-mo
pogrom against the Palestinians, and the plethora of
immoral assaults they conduct as a matter of doing
business across the globe go a-weedle to the United
Nations, the very institution they deride, over minor and
concocted injuries.


Chris Cook is a contributing editor to PEJ News. He also
hosts Gorilla Radio, a weekly public affairs program,
broad/webcast from the University of Victoria, Canada. You
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