And so our foreign policy in the Middle East has crumbled into a total and abject failure; a disaster whose ultimate ramifications we are yet to see.
Looks like Hillary Clinton got out of the vaunted State Department just in time to salvage her reputation. Oh! She traveled sooooo many miles!! And what has become of the John Kerry of 40 years ago?
Israel is assaulting Gaza for the third time in five years and now does so with impunity. Israeli forces have killed around 200 thus far at a cost of one reported death. It assaults a defenseless people with jet fighters, helicopter gun ships, drones and heavy artillery; an imprisoned people who have no where to run, no where to hide.
It’s “precision” targeting and “concern” over killing civilians, women and children is not at all what it was cracked up to be; civilians, women and children have been killed everyday. Targets have included homes as well as a hospital, school, a rehab center for the disabled, a mosque and other non-military targets. Of course rockets were hiding in these places.
The true nature of the assault is shown in the casualties. The middle east’s “super power” shelling a defenseless ghetto of over a million in an 18 mile strip of land. Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz put it bluntly; “The goal of operation Protective Edge is to restore the calm; the means: killing civilians, the slogan of the Mafia has become official Israeli policy.”
Now Hamas’ policy of firing unaimed rockets into Israeli cities is just as atrocious but far less effective than Israeli assaults; both are in fact war crimes, but the wildly disproportionate casualty rate indicates the true nature of this “war”. Israel’s vaunted military is attacking a defenseless people without consequence.
No one will be charged or called out for war crimes so rest assured it will happen again with impunity.
We got rid of Ghadaffi and Libya is a basket case, it’s oil ports in the hands of armed militias who don’t like each other. Before becoming a colony of Fascist Italy it was ruled as three separate provinces by the Ottomans. Maybe it will become three separate states again. Who knows? Not our State Department.
We got rid of Saddam and Iraq is on the verge of civil war and/or collapse with swathes of it’s territory held by ISIS. It too was three separate provinces under the Ottomans; maybe it should be so again. Who knows? Not our State Department.
The U.S. and NATO funded the attack against Assad; parts of his country are now held by ISIS, which both he and the U.S. oppose. Are we on the same side (the enemy of my enemy is my friend)? Who knows. There are no moderates in the Syrian war. Syrian and Libyan refugee families are flooding into Italy seeking safe haven.
We urged and pushed Mubarak to step down and we supported elections. We didn’t like the result. The military is running the country again. Nothing changes in Egypt. Right back where they started from.
I won’t bother mentioning our involvement in Ukraine where we brought down a democratically elected government because it liked a Russian financial bailout deal better than the IMFs. Can’t have that now, can we?
Meanwhile our craven politicians stand by, not even bothering to wring their hands or shed a tear. Reflexive support for Israeli policies is of long standing but it was shocking and shameful to hear the White House kowtow, voicing support again and again for Israel’s “Right to defend itself”, while raining bombs and rockets down on a defenseless people.
Indeed our foreign policy is in tatters. And we seem to have no new ideas.