Israel attacks Syria

So much for a diplomatic solution:

Israeli warplanes have conducted two strikes on military bases in Syria, U.S. officials tell CBS News. The airstrikes were conducted near Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia, and the presumed target was missiles believed to be headed to Hezbollah militants.

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Well, it looks like I got what I asked for. And no, I don't feel good about it.

Romney demonstrates (again) his cluelessness on international issues

Trying to repair racist comment with stupidly incorrect metaphors:

During my recent trip to Israel, I had suggested that the choices a society makes about its culture play a role in creating prosperity, and that the significant disparity between Israeli and Palestinian living standards was powerfully influenced by it. In some quarters, that comment became the subject of controversy.

We're going to set aside the racist aspects of trying to inject culture into this debate, so we can focus on (what should be) the really troubling aspect of Romney's article: His inability to recognize the difference between freedom and not freedom:

This picture is amazing


The composition of this picture in the New York Times is extraordinary. A combination Last Temptation, Last Supper, Moses on the Mountain, and Beatles album all rolled into one.

I've always been a supporter of Israel. Today I believe their government's continued expansion could signal the death of their nation. If I lived in the shadow of their guns, I'm quite certain I would become a terrorist.

A Dream Of Peace (NC Congressman Works To Ease Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza)

In response to the recent Gaza War, a fundraising page was set up on in order to contribute to elected officials who have been supportive of the peoples of Israel and Palestine. The page is called A Dream of Peace: Justice and Equality for The People of Israel and Palestine, and can be found here.

The mission of the page states "All of the people of the Holy Land need to live in peace and security. We need to support and elect candidates that are willing to stand up for the rights of the citizens of Israel and Palestine. These candidates support measures to stop violence, increase economic and humanitarian aid, actively engage in negotiation, and promote co-existence among these two Peoples."

On The View From Egypt, Part Four, Or, Gaza, We Have A Problem

What had been a truce between Israel and the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip seems to have abruptly come to a halt; with the Israelis blaming Hamas and Hamas blaming Israeli oppression of the displaced Palestinians for the simmering hostilities that are now boiling over into military-scale violence.

Before the recent holidays and an immoderate amount of snow buried me in things that could not be done on the computer we had been having a conversation about the strategic importance of our relationship with Egypt. Within that series of discussions we explored the influence of the political opposition, and we considered the fragility of President Mubarak’s hold on power.

We also noted the immediate proximity of Egypt to the Gaza Strip.

Today we’re going to tie all of that together—and the end result of all that tying is that we better keep a close eye on Egypt, because trouble in Gaza has spilled over into trouble in Cairo....and that’s one more Middle Eastern problem we don’t need.

Mad World Monday

Cross-posted from the Brock Log.

It's mad, mad world, friends and neighbors.

Blue line

Vice President Cheney tried to get Israel to pick a fight with Iran. Why? So the U.S. could legitimately attack back.


Edwards in Israel - Not Again

I have read several articles about John Edwards recent trip to Israel. He seems as hooked as any of the right wingers on Israeli propaganda, and even took the opportunity to praise, of all people, Butcher Sharon("remember Shatilla"). Might well have sent a rightwing christocrat over there.

The problem is: Israel wags the US far too much and has for many years. In some respects we are engaged in the Middle East due to the pressures of the American Israeli lobby, which is powerful beyond belief. And, Edwards statements about Syria, Iran and others look like pages from Condisleeza Rice's playbook. This guy is moderate, progressive -- what about is he awake? He was stupid enough to vote for Iraq, that is the few times he was at duty in the Senate and not out campaigning. A number of us told him not to, but he told me he was privy to information I did not have -- I had access to information in my previous life Edwards could not even dream about -- besides in the Senate Select Committee the Administration fed them lies, absolute lies, and then they swore to it.

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