Monday, October 23, 2006

That Leading Middle Eastern Democracy

Israel came out full throttle over the weekend with a number of announcements. First, it will continue its flights over war ravaged Lebanon in violation of the cease fire agreement.

Second, the Israeli Prime Minister recruited into his political block a leader favoring scouring Israel of all Arabs. The new deputy prime minister will be in charge of strategic threats, like Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Third, Prime Minister Olmert said he wants to restart talks with the Palestinians. Will he involve his new deputy in the “piece process”?

Fourth Israel acknowledged it used white phosphorous bombs in Lebanon which cause severe chemical burns. Doctors reported their use at the time of the Israeli invasion based on burns to people and children. Why did it take the country months to admit their use? The United States used similar weapons in Fallujah. The Geneva Conventions ban their use on civilians or in civilian areas.

Fifth, Israel called for the world to stop Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Olmert states the Iranians “have to be afraid” of the consequences of their intransigence. What does the new hard liner have in mind for Israeli responses to such a strategic threat?

This is a Bush’s model for a peaceful democracy in the Middle East? Dang, no wonder the world is in such trouble…

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