Posts Tagged: Israel
Like a gambling addict who has to keep betting more to cover his previous losses, the Bush administration's recently announced plan to provide some $65 billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel over the next 10 years represents a reckless, poorly considered attempt to mitigate the consequences of its ill considered invasion of Iraq.
By comparing Iraq to Israel, Bush did the cause of Middle East reform little good.
Ban Ki Moon's first six months as UN Secretary General have registered on the low decibel end of the scale.
While Hamas is the most immediate culprit behind the violence in Gaza, responsibility also rests with Fatah, Israel and the United States.
How Hamas grew from a radical minority to an electoral majority that's now patrolling the streets of the Gaza Strip.
The U.S. peace movement has worked on behalf of Salvadorans, South Africans, and East Timorese. It is now belatedly taking up the cause of Palestinians.
Congress recently endorsed Israels annexation of greater East Jerusalem. This will make Israeli-Palestinian peace more difficult to achieve, enflame anti-Americanism in the region and undermine international law.
Long before last summer's conflict, the Bush administration had been pushing Israel to launch a war on Lebanon to cripple Hezbollah.
Washington continues to pursue a divide-and-rule approach to prevent the resumption of talks that could end hostilities between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Contrary to the stated aspirations of Washington hawks, the Iraq War has dealt a body blow to the many Middle Eastern activists working for democracy and peace. On these grounds alone, the war has been an unmitigated disaster.