Iraq is in the very midst of a civil war. The three factions in Iraq are hard at war with the US and other Iraqis. Car bombs, suicide bombs and such are killing of Iraqis faster than bullets.
Then you have American field grade officers telling their men to kill any Iraqi male of military age. That would be about fifteen. Iraq and Afghanistan are no longer discernable as nations. Only a huge areas of carnage. The American's have failed entirely, and really should leave.
Reason and logic dictate an American departure, and now since they are nothing more than an acute exacerbation of a Bush Catastrophe. There is nothing left in the Republican and Republicrats bag of dirty tricks to address the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now the American's have reopened a weapons and money pipeline to Israel in its thinly disguised attempt to wipe out Hezbollah and the Palestinians.
Only the sadly uninformed or religious zealots believe that the powers that be in Israel want peace in the former Palestine. The two sides' hatred for each other is now generational.
The Israelis never planned to actually return the occupied territories to the Arabs with the possible exception of Yitzhak Rabin, and look what happened to him, at the hands of perhaps only one of his countrymen.
The kidnapping of the Israeli corporal is a well known fact. This "news" has been around the world more times than a keyhole satellite. It was used as a pretext for Israeli troops and equipment to move back into Gaza.
What most DON'T know is the very day before, the Israelis kidnapped a physician and another member of his family. Their whereabouts and status remain unknown.
We also now know that the Israeli Government was planning these operations long before ANY kidnapping took place.
The Israelis dropped leaflets I the southern towns of Lebanon, then in turn, fired on fleeing cars and refugee camps. What would one call this? Self defense? Revenge, terrorism, what?
Clearly, the US and Israeli Governments have no intention of recognizing Hamas as the head of the Palestinian Authority, which seems to be the root of this latest uproar.
Is it the case that the US and Israel profess democracy, but only with the candidates they approve of?
The behavior of both nations suggests the truth of this statement. So, what would the US and Israel have the Palestinians do? Start accepting resumes'?
Since the beginning of this carnage well over a century ago, the Palestinians have fought from a point of clear disadvantage.
Despite this, the West seems oblivious to this fact, and demands that Palestinians cease and desist in their efforts to return to return to their homes of old against an aggressor nation.