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US Acceptance of Israeli Abuses

Two recent articles highlight US acceptance of Israeli abuses of Palestinians, most recently in Gaza. The Washington Post reported today on the Human Rights Watch’s criticism of Israel’s demolishing houses in Gaza. “The pattern of destruction strongly suggests that Israeli forces demolished homes wholesale, regardless of whether they posed a specific threat, in violation of international law,” Human Rights Watch said in its 133-page report, adding that in most of the cases “the destruction was carried out in the absence of military necessity.”

On October 16, the Post reported that in an interview with the Financial Times, Brent Scowcroft said that President Bush is “mesmerized” by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The Post said that Scowcroft further told the Financial Times, “Sharon just has him [Bush] wrapped around his little finger.” Broadening his view, Scowcroft said that relations with Europe are “in general bad.”

President Bush must be unhappy when his Daddy’s old associates pull out the long knives. More and more, however, it is looking like Daddy was right not to march to Baghdad following his victory in the 1991 Iraq war.

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