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Israel Crushes Gaza While the U.S., the UN and the World Watch and do Nothing

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How ironic is this? Back in Biblical times, as the story goes, Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior confronted and threatened to attack the Israelites; but then the diminutive David stepped forward to defend his people and slew the mighty Goliath. We're now watching a kind of role reversal take place in that region of the world as Israel, the modern-day Goliath, is devastating the city of Gaza.

Israel which possesses one of the most powerful militaries in the world, including the 5th largest nuclear arsenal, is in the process of leveling the tiny city of Gaza, an area of no more than 139 square miles, about 1/3 the size of New Orleans. During these massive attacks Israel has now bombed schools and the city of Gaza's main power plant. Some Israelis have been quoted as saying, "It's unfortunate, but every once in a while you have to mow the lawn." What callousness, what unconscionable, cruel thinking.

This is a monumental crisis, but don't wait for the U.S. government to enter the picture and strongly pressure Israel to stop these escalating attacks because, as is now common knowledge, Israel can do no wrong and is untouchable. Doubt that? Well, just after Israel's latest attack on Gaza commenced the U.S. Congress almost immediately showed its staunch support for what the Israelis were doing. This from the Information Clearing House website: July 18, 2014 - "Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to support Israel's ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip."

No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed since that operation was initiated.

This U.S. Congress is simply appalling; this latest vote to totally support the ongoing destruction of that very small city is so reminiscent of the vote that members of Congress took in 2002 when they showed no hesitation in voting to authorize G.W. Bush's attack on Iraq. The dramatic vote to go to war in Iraq, Joint Resolution 114, was taken on October 11, 2002. It passed the Senate by a vote of 77 to 23, and the House of Representatives by a vote of 296 to 133.

That Congress capitulated to that completely fabricated war on Iraq that was based on lies, distortions and not a shred of evidence that showed that Saddam Hussein possessed any kind of weapons of mass destructions. It bought into those blatant lies hook, line and sinker and allowed Bush to take this country into a war that historians are already calling one of the greatest military debacles in history.

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So the question is, how much longer will Israel, the tail, be allowed to wag America, the dog? Israel calls the plays and the U.S. Congress runs with the ball; Israel plays the tune and the U.S. government dances to it; Israel says "jump" and the Obama administration asks, "How high?"

It's time to end the $3 billion annual aid that the U.S. gives to Israel. Why continue to have the taxpayers of America provide aid to Israel which has a strong, technologically advanced market economy, a solid manufacturing sector and spends much of this U.S. aid on increasing its military might. This is like the taxpayers of America throwing $3 billion into a black hole year after year.

And what's even worse is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the absolute audacity to say that "Israel urgently needs more financial aid from the United States for its offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip" and then asked for an additional $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. That request should be immediately flushed down the toilet; to think that we should send Israel more money to use for unjustifiable destruction when this country has cities and infrastructures that are crumbling is the height of arrogance and ignorance.

Now let's talk about the United Nations and the fact that this world organization has, as part of its key purposes, the responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, as well as adjudicating disputes between nations. The members of the UN Security Council, the body that has the power, have failed to initiate even one resolution aimed at addressing this crisis; it remains in a state of diplomatic paralysis, doing nothing whatsoever as the situation continues to escalate. This is a disgrace.

Israel keeps insisting that it has the right to defend itself and tries to fool the world into believing that it only acts in self defense, which is a sham and a myth. Here's an article that documents the fact that Israel has attacked 4 countries this year. And to further totally discredit Israel's claim that their attacks are strictly retaliatory how about this report that indicates that the UNRWA, a UN humanitarian agency, very recently warned the Israeli government some 17 times about the location of a girls' elementary school in order to protect it but, then, that very school came under attack and 15 children were reportedly killed.

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To see further evidence of what is really going on, check out this article which reveals that the launching of Hamas' rockets was a response to Israel's initial attacks on Gaza. And of all things it seems to be coming from some kind of Israeli private think tank called ITIC, "which has close ties with the country's (Israel) military leadership."

What's amazing to me is watching two crises going on at the same time in different regions of the world; the one which involves the continuing battle between the Government of Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists, and the second in which Israel is relentlessly bombing Gaza and its population that has no where to go to escape the bombardment.

In the case of Ukraine the U.S. government is 100% on the side of the established government in Kiev. It blames Russia and Putin for this entire bloody situation. And, as it main strategy it is continuing to place a myriad of powerful sanctions against Russia and urging its Western European allies to do the same. It is convinced that these powerful sanctions will eventually bring Russia to its knees and bring that military confrontation to an end.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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Here's the problem with the UN going through its n... by michael payne on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:36:37 AM
All this and we then wonder why Islamist terrorist... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 5:13:38 AM
Pal: We are totally in agreement on this issue. I ... by michael payne on Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:51:08 PM
I get sick over it every day, and can't understand... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:42:16 PM
Micheal, Would it be true to say that the real und... by George C on Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 at 3:49:39 PM
While this situation is so very complex and it's d... by michael payne on Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 at 5:39:09 PM