Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Protection racket


Eli notes that the House and Senate have passed willfully ignorant resolutions of absolute unquestioning support for Israel which describe its military actions in Lebanon and Gaza (which are lumped together) as acts of self-defense and praise Israel’s historic commitment to not killing too many civilians (only 60 or so of them killed by air strikes in Lebanon today, where Israel bombed a hospital and for some reason started bombing Christian neighborhoods and towns not notable for having a large Hezbollah presence). Didn’t the US just veto a UN resolution because it was “unbalanced?”

Why do “they” hate us, again?

The House was also preoccupied with protecting something much more precious than mere human life, passing the “Pledge Protection Act,” which bans American courts ruling on the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance. Because it’s one nation under God, not one nation under the Constitution.

Garance Franke-Ruta suggests that the reason for the slow evacuation of Americans from Lebanon is that the US doesn’t want to give the impression that Israeli air strikes are actually, you know, dangerous or a threat of any kind to civilians.

Lebanese PM Siniora asks, “Is the value of human life in Lebanon less than that of the citizens of other countries?” One assumes that
s a rhetorical question.

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