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Former Southern Command General Yoav Galant led Israel's Cast Lead war. Strategy he said was to "send Gaza decades into the past."

The Goldstone report discussed Israel's military doctrine. It "views disproportionate destruction and creating maximum disruption in the lives of many people as a legitimate means to achieve military and political goals."

Retired General Giora Eiland's war strategy was quoted. It reflects Israeli policy in all wars. It prioritizes eliminating military threats. It's also to destroy "the national infrastructure and (inflict) intense suffering among the population."

What kind of country operates this way and calls itself civilized? How can democratic credentials be claimed? How can mass slaughter and destruction be justified? Israel and America claim it all the time. 

Dahiya tactics are prioritized in all Israeli wars. Crimes of war and against humanity follow. Cast Lead was Israel's most barbaric conflict since 1948. Reports suggest what's now planned will exceed its savagery. 

Israel's cabinet authorized calling up 75,000 reserves. Mobilization is accelerating. Israeli forces and heavy armor positioned along Gaza's border. Invasion, full-scale war, mass slaughter, and widespread destruction loom.

IDF spokesman General Yoav Mordechai said Israel is "in the process of expanding the campaign." At least 30,000 troops are positioned to invade. Others may follow. 

Gazans are terrified. Young children are traumatized. The sights, sounds, and smell of death permeate the Strip. A November 16 Mondoweiss article headlined "Dead mothers, teachers and babies in Gaza yet media overwhelmingly focus on rocket fire into Israel."

It's minor by comparison. Few casualties were reported. Gaza is isolated under siege. It's been bombed and shelled mercilessly for days. Reports are that white phosphorous and other illegal weapons are used. Hundreds of sites were struck. Now ground invasion looms.

Days earlier, Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari. He led Hamas' Qassam Brigades. He was also important politically. A previous article said killing him had a purpose.

Peace was at hand. A draft truce agreement was consummated. It included ways to establish ceasefires in future flare-ups.

Israel abhors peace and stability. It depends on conflict and violence. Jabari was murdered to assure what was planned.

Killing him, a 12-year old boy, and others assured retaliation. Israel planned it that way. Hamas and other resistance groups responded defensively. Blame the victim followed.

Self-defense is inviolable under international law. Israel calls it terrorism. So do Western leaders and media scoundrels. They support lawless aggression and denounce defensive actions.

Israel and America benefit from conflict and violence. Both claim added justification for large-scale regional military readiness.

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"It is not truth that matters, but victory." -- Ad... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 8:54:53 PM