POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY PATRICK MARTIN IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Murder Incorporated has been making all kinds of threatening noises lately.
Threats towards Iran.
Threats towards Syria.
Threats towards Southern Lebanon.
And there's the effort to starve the Palestinians out of Gaza while daily stealing more of the property of others in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
We have a very ugly and threatening situation developing.
Syria is absolutely right to say that if a war starts, Israeli cities would be targets. It is the only way for Israel's savage leaders to reconsider whatever it is they appear to be planning.
After all, Israel and the U.S. have never hesitated to bomb and shell cities.
Israel used an artillery siege on Beirut in the 1980s. In recent years it has bombed Beirut and dropped ghastly cluster bombs.
Israel caused the deaths of thousands in just the city of Beirut in the 1980s. The U.S. slaughtered civilians in cities all over Iraq, especially in Baghdad. And it regularly bombs civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its holocaust of Hanoi was one of the most bloodthirsty events of the second half of the 20th century.
The U.S. is the only power capable of restraining Israel's aggression, but it refuses to do so. Policy under Obama, just as under Bush, seems virtually set in Tel Aviv.