Obama is still missing in action on Gaza. He has had plenty to say about what type of dog his kids might get, Georgia, Mumbai and the bailouts, but not one word on the hostilities in Gaza. I wonder why? Obama says we have but one president, but do we? That seems a bit of an overstatement.
For Bush hasn't been seen or heard from, either. The past week, he is keeping himself busy on the Crawford ranch, presumably clearing brush for his retirement in three weeks. No use giving up valuable ranch time for a crisis in the Middle East.
You remember Bush promised with great fanfare over a year ago at Annapolis, to work very hard to achieve a peace treaty in the Mid East, that he said would "end the blodshed" and usher in "a new era of peace", by the end of his term.
Well, George how is that work on that peace treaty going? You only have three more weeks; about as bad as his pronunciation of Israel`s and the PLO leaders' names, I would think.
Johndroe, his National Security spokesman, deputizing for him in Crawford, said: "We don't just want a ceasefire for the sake of a ceasefire, only for violence to start up immediately, or within the next few weeks. That serves no one's interest".
Well certainly, no one's interest who counts. Somehow you knew, he was referring to Israel.. not to the miserable Gaza refugees, who are enduring daily bombardment with absolutely nowhere to flee. So on with the shelling..and the February lsraeli elections. I wonder whose interest the continued bombing serves? Guess who wants to be the next PM?
Try Tzipi Livni,"there is no Gaza humanitarian crisis; therefore, there is no need of a humanitarian truce", Israeli foreign minister and the new leader of Olmert's centrist party, Kadima, and Ehud Barak, the hawkish defense minister and leader of the left-wing Labor Party.
One of the main arguments, always trotted out by those who support Israel's retaliatory actions is that 'We (Israel) don't target civilian targets', but what is levelling a four storey residential apartment building in a crowded block that besides having a Hamas official ...his wives, his nine now dead children and neighbors were living there?
Another argument offered, without fail, goes something like this; how would you like your neighbor terrorizing you by constantly lobbing rockets in your general direction, (even if he used to own your property, that you took from him)?
Nir Rosen talks about 'the logic of the colonial power' in these asymmetric conflicts in what Israel predictably calls 'their war against terror'. Rosen:
Terrorism is a normative term and not a descriptive concept. An empty word that means everything and nothing, it is used to describe what the Other does, not what we do. The powerful - whether Israel, America, Russia or China - will always describe their victims' struggle as terrorism, but the destruction of Chechnya, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the slow slaughter of the remaining Palestinians, the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan - with the tens of thousands of civilians it has killed ... these will never earn the title of terrorism, though civilians were the target and terrorising them was the purpose.
If you have an enormous army and 363 fighter airplanes and can drop a ton of explosives on a apartment building, killing as many civilians in one second, 20, as Hamas killed in seven years of terrorist attacks on Israel ... By definition, the IDF are acting in self -defense, with weapons supplied by the USA, only for defensive purposes, in aid of Israel, against the terrorists. It is Orwellian!
So on with 'the shock and awe' and the bloodshed and according to Johndroe, the only person speaking for America, "it serves no one`s interest (who counts) to have a ceasefire", and God bless America!
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