Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 2008, pages 10-11
By James G. Abourezk
ONE WONDERS, looking at America after eight years of George W. Bushâ€™s destructive policies and actions, why anyone would want to go through the struggle to win the presidency. A quick survey of the United States among the worldâ€™s nations should be enough to discourage anyone from wanting to wade through the cesspool of a presidential campaign only to find a congregation of crocodiles waiting at its end.
From its high point shortly after the 9/11 attacks, when the sympathy of the civilized world was with us, Americaâ€™s image around the world has been systematically shredded by Bush and his cabal of neocons, along with other assorted right-wing policymakers.
There is no nation worth mentioning that has a favorable opinion of us as a country. Although other countries still admire us as a people, and long for the same freedoms we have had, thanks to Bushâ€™s policies we are stuck with the vision of America as an arrogant bully, throwing our military weight around, seeking to vanquish any small country that dares to defy us. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have become Americaâ€™s brand names around the world.
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by Marjorie Cohn, at MWCNews, 9/26/05
This article is based on the author’s remarks at the September 24 anti-war rally in San Diego.
George W. Bush’s two masters – the neoconservatives and the right-wing Christians – were the guiding force behind his decision to invade Iraq, change its regime, and control it permanently.
The neocons’ blueprint for Bush’s war can be found in a 1992 draft of the Pentagon Defense Planning Guidance on Post-Cold War Strategy, prepared by Paul Wolfowitz. It said, “Our overall objective is to remain the predominant outside power in [the Middle East and Southwest Asia to] preserve U.S. and Western access to the region’s oil.” Continue reading
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By Robert Fisk, Independent UK. Posted December 30, 2008 at Alternet
Quite a lot of the dead this weekend appear to have been Hamas members, but what is it supposed to solve?
We’ve got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don’t care any more — providing we don’t offend the Israelis. It’s not clear how many of the Gaza dead are civilians, but the response of the Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel’s side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the Arabs — who, as we all know, only understand force.
Ever since 1948, we’ve been hearing this balderdash from the Israelis — just as Arab nationalists and then Arab Islamists have been peddling their own lies: that the Zionist “death wagon” will be overthrown, that all Jerusalem will be “liberated.” And always Mr Bush Snr or Mr Clinton or Mr Bush Jnr or Mr Blair or Mr Brown have called upon both sides to exercise “restraint” — as if the Palestinians and the Israelis both have F-18s and Merkava tanks and field artillery. Hamas’s home-made rockets have killed just 20 Israelis in eight years, but a day-long blitz by Israeli aircraft that kills almost 300 Palestinians is just par for the course.
The blood-splattering has its own routine. Yes, Hamas provoked Israel’s anger, just as Israel provoked Hamas’s anger, which was provoked by Israel, which was provoked by Hamas, which … See what I mean? …
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