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As Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz recently boasted of "changing the reality on the northern border," the citizens of Israel became the subjects of a serious reality change.
Appearing in a video-taped monologue aired on Al-Jazeera, Al Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called for a Muslim holy war against Israel and its Neocon enablers cowering behind their ramparts on Turtle Island:
"The shells and rockets ripping apart Muslim bodies in Gaza and Lebanon are not only Israeli (weapons), but are supplied by all the countries of the crusader coalition. Therefore, every participant in the crime will pay the price."
Annihilated, maimed, or psychologically devastated because of the actions of their own governments, Western casualties of the "War on Terror" suffer insult upon death or injury as their mainstream media exploit their misfortune to motivate their fellow citizens to demand vengeance. Those whose blood lubricates the ruthless machinery of capitalist imperialism are indeed deserving of our deep sympathy.
Why Would They Want to Hurt Us?
Yet considering the staggering imbalance of military and economic power, the imperialistic behaviors of the United States and its proxies, and the fact that most of the blood has been shed in the backyard of Arabs and Persians because of their large reserves of oil, it is small wonder that we are mourning the loss of Western civilians.
Thanks to foreign policy blunders, gross miscalculations, monumental arrogance, and avarice that stretches the human imagination to its limits, Israel and the United States have drawn the ire of much of the Arab, Persian, and Muslim world. Both nations have now exposed their people to the wrath and enmity of Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, the Iraqi Resistance, the Taliban, and the government of Iran.
The fates of Israel and the United States are inextricably linked by their incestuous relationship. American and Israeli ruling elites have joined forces to gravely jeopardize the security and welfare of virtually all of humanity by further destabilizing a world already teetering on the brink of chaos.
Boundless Capacity to Inflict Cruelty
*Evidence has now come to light indicating that Israel's latest invasion of Lebanon was planned over a year ago. Some have concluded that the incursion was intended to ignite a war with Iran. Not content with limiting their transgressions to Apartheid and ethnic cleansing, invading and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, holding suspected terrorists indefinitely without trial (even the Nazis received the "luxury" of a trial), committing torture and abuse against suspected terrorists, and massacring civilians, the amoral regimes in Tel Aviv and DC determined they needed to invade Gaza and Lebanon to push Iran to the brink of war.
Crushing much of the civilian infrastructure of the fragile democratic state of Lebanon and thrusting the Palestinians further into the depths of poverty and misery are two more ingredients in the Neocon/Zionist recipe for creating an enemy from scratch. An enemy they need to justify their preemptive wars.
Exploring the Roots of "Terrorism"
Western governments and their compliant corporate media entities would have us believe that we are warring against barbaric savages whose goal is to rape, pillage, plunder, and enslave. However, the reality is that our militaries are committing blatant war crimes in Iraq, Gaza and Palestine against the propagandistically dehumanized Muslim, Persian and Arab populations to advance the cause of United States global hegemony (as outlined in the PNAC), to crush opposition to Palestinian genocide, and to advance US and Israeli geopolitical interests in the oil-rich Middle East.