Attacking Gaza bears directly on "US-NATO-Israeli war plans pertaining to Lebanon, Syria and Iran."
Timing is always significant. Attacks followed one week after US elections and ahead of scheduled January ones in Israel.
Pillar of Cloud was no isolated event. It relates directly to a broader imperial regional agenda. More wars are planned. Syria appears closer to full-scale Western intervention.
Hezbollah may be targeted. At issue is isolating Iran, increasing pressure, and perhaps attacking its nuclear and military infrastructure. Don't expect scoundrel media to explain.
Jonathan Cook also said Obama approved Pillar of Cloud. Key is understanding that major Israeli campaigns require US approval. It's generally automatic.
Both countries partner in regional conflicts. Disagreements, when they occur, largely reflect timing and perhaps tactics.
Pillar of Cloud had nothing to do with Palestinian rockets or Israeli self-defense. These type claims are ludicrous on their face. Yet they're repeated nauseam. Most people believe them. Doing so let America and Israel get away with murder.
Cook said Israeli attacks target "an occupied, largely unarmed civilian population." Doing so violates international law.
Washington supports the worst of Israeli crimes "brazenly and prejudicially." Media scoundrels regurgitate official lies. Facts are readily available. Minimal effort can obtain them. Few bother. Cook highlighted a few:
- Israel, not Hamas, initiated conflict;
- Hamas, not Israel, responded defensively;
- Gazan casualties were largely civilians; many were women and children;
- Occupation harshness severely represses Palestinians; besieged Gazans suffer most; and
- Israel's attacks were strategically timed.
Other relevant issues also matter. Media scoundrel suppress what viewers and readers most need to know. They're on their own to find out.
On November 21, 137 global academics, activists, and other pro-Palestinian supporters published a " Letter on Gaza : The World Cannot Stand by as Palestine is Battered to Death." In part is said: