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How About Israel?

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On 6 December 2015, the Bernie Sanders campaign spelled out on Facebook his position on ISIS: "ISIS will be destroyed with an international coalition in which Muslim troops on the ground are supported by the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia and other leading powers. We must learn the lesson of Iraq. American troops should not be engaged in perpetual warfare in the Middle East."

Great. Muslim boots on the ground, the rest of the civilized world acting in support. It's about time someone pitched this idea. ISIS should worry.

Endless war is an abomination.

On 1 January 2015 Time Magazine reported that: "The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost the American taxpayer between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. This accounting includes long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, as well as military replenishment and social and economic costs." According to the department of defense, about 35,000 Americans have died in combat there, and 320,000 American soldiers have had brain injuries.

To quote Bernie, "Enough is Enough!"

But neocons and neoliberals everywhere (including the New York Times) are beating the drums of war once again loudly and clearly (as they did before we invaded Iraq). They not only want American boots on the ground in Syria, they want our soldiers to attack Iran as well.

Who stands to gain?

In this regard there is no big secret to reveal. We have it from the horse's mouth: The Intercept reported on 4 December 2015: "Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East." These investors are sipping martinis and toasting to the prospect of more wealth from the safety and decadence of luxurious hotel suites in upscale West Palm Beach, the home of two of the Koch brothers and 27 other billionaires, who fund superPACS that support perpetual war.

We don't need to get involved in another quagmire. Which is not to say that it is not important to destroy ISIS and Al Qaeda.

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James and Jean Anton were born and raised in New York City, and spent ten years living and working abroad in countries as diverse as Brazil, Ecuador, Denmark, Italy and Iran. They have written and illustrated books for Scholastic Inc, McGraw (more...)

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