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Wednesday, July 19, 2006


The bipartisan American foreign policy

...called "imperialism." To no one's surprise:
With Israel intensifying its air and artillery attacks on Lebanon and warning of a protracted war, the Senate yesterday unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution endorsing Israel's military campaign and condemning Hezbollah and its two backers, Iran and Syria. A few hours earlier, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) delivered his most strident defense of Israel since the conflict erupted a week ago. The House is expected to pass a similarly pro-Israel resolution today.
The Senate resolution is here. The House resolution (there are a couple, but I think this is the right one), is even worse, in that it includes this astonishing assertion in its "resolved" sections which is absent from the Senate version:
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--(4) recognizes Israel's longstanding commitment to minimizing civilian loss and welcomes Israel's continued efforts to prevent civilian casualties;
Amazingly enough, there are people, even after the last week of bombing in Lebanon (now up to 300 dead, with the percentage of civilians still more than 90%), who will defend this preposterous assertion. Of course there are people who think that U.S. foreign policy has nothing but benevolent impulses driving it, too.

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