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There seems to be a double standard in the application of the principles in the War on Terrorism. The inhuman acts that unbreakable allies perpetrate upon defenseless humanitarian aid givers, are apparently perfectly fine and good. It seems it is the activists’ word, versus the Likudnik government of Israel at this point, and the Obama administration — like finely tuned clockwork — appears to be siding with the latter of the two.
The Goldstone Report, of course, made us all acutely aware of the kind of treachery, that the state of Israel is capable of enacting upon a near defenseless people. Complete with using innocents as human shields, and firing illicit weapons at civilian targets, en route to an unconscionable loss of human life. This seems to be, more or less, just act II of the same old tired practice. So far as we know, these acts will keep coming, until the state of Israel falls out of favor; with it’s most trusted confidant — and benefactor — the United States regime.
But as the U.S. recently fought vociferously to keep an ‘exigent’ military base in Okinawa; the United States military base, the state of Israel, will not be very easily loosened from the grip of the empire as well. Of course, one wonders if the dog wags the tail, or if the reverse is the case in this instance. Though the United States has made nearly as many enemies — throughout the world — as its sister state Israel; one would think this sort of practice of civilian slaughter, would turn even the superpower pariah’s hardened stomach.
It’s not like the U.S. hasn’t used white phosphorus before, or attacked civilian targets; and although many are raising the question of whether or not, we are watching the beginning of the end for the state of Israel; who is raising that identical question about the U.S.? Of course, the U.S. subsists on power, fear, bribery, and sheer, brute chutzpah. So at least some — if not all — of these factors, will still be at the United States’ disposal; even if it falls to an all-time nadir.
And Obama was supposed to embark upon a new kind of presidency. One where soft power, and multilateral action were supposed to make U.S. imperial mandates not as unpalatable to the rest of the world — and such that the rest of humanity might even like what it is that the U.S. is presenting. Well, Israel with its intransigence in settlement building — and now murdering innocents — appears to be raining on Obama’s imperial grandstand. And at least as mercilessly, as a broken oil pipe in the Mexican Gulf.
Therefore, I think that one has to wonder, how unbreakable, that unbreakable is, when it comes to the U.S. special relationship with its ‘interminable’ ally Israel. And if Israel sinks to depths, where Obama finds that he can’t master the currents; will Israel be left out in the cold, like so many client states, that no longer serve their imperial raison d’etre? Nothing has shown this massive capability before this unparalleled moment in Israeli-American history; but what other than the senseless murder of those who can only defend themselves with whatever they could muster up from the starboard or galley — of a humanitarian aid vessel — could be capable of such a tectonic shift in a seemingly indestructible union.
Sean Fenley is an independent progressive who would like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current, and future U.S. military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been published by a number of websites, and publications throughout the alternative media.