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Affirming More Bloody Incursions

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As the Bush Administration prepares to exit and leave stage right, it seems the members of the Bush Administration would like to make it so that when Barack Obama enters stage left he will have no choice but to continue the many bloody incursions around the world that the U.S. is involved in.

The U.S. Senate and House recently affirmed support for what Israel is doing in Gaza under the pretext that what is happening is because of what Hamas militants have done. The reaffirmation ignored the fact that U.S. weapons are most likely being used by Israel to kill innocent Palestinians.

Last week, on Friday, a strategic accord was signed between Georgia and the U.S. that once again granted support for the conflict started by Georgia in South Ossetia against Russia in August. The accord ignores the fact that Georgia provoked the Russian response.

In Somalia, the U.S. launched an anti-piracy naval force to combat Somali pirates. This continues U.S. meddling in the affairs of Somalia, a meddling that began years ago under the pretext that the U.S. needed to get involved in the weak state’s government so terrorists would not turn Somalia into a safe haven.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which provided a basis for U.S. troops to remain in Iraq and mandated that U.S. troops leave Iraq by December 31, 2011, was signed and agreed upon in the final months of 2008. Several leaders like Grand Ayatollah Sistani spoke out against the agreement claiming it prolongs and further legitimizes the U.S. occupation.

Sistani was concerned with the fact that the pact did not give Iraq the authority to control the transfer of occupation forces into and out of Iraq, did not permit control of shipments, and granted occupying forces immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts.


In Afghanistan, the U.S. plans to reassert itself by sending a helicopter unit to Afghanistan to lend support to four additional ground brigades that will be sent to Afghanistan later in the year. (While those in the Bush Administration may be behind many of the current actions between the U.S. and Afghanistan, Obama has expressed support for a “surge” in Afghanistan.)


The recent Mumbai attacks have members of the Bush Administration considering the prospect of future incursions into Pakistan. Bush and Obama have expressed interest in taking out “sanctuaries” in Pakistan where members of al Qaeda are.


Current U.S. foreign policy guarantees that the policy of intervention will be employed.


History shows intervention has been employed often and the employment of intervention quite often leads to war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the U.S.


Even if the U.S. does not formally send forces in, “covert” operations or the arming of sects like Hamas in Israel to take on the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Taliban in Afghanistan to take on the Soviets is, for the most part, standard operating procedure---a tactic for increasing U.S. power in regions of the world.


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