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July 26, 2006 Israel is out of line It’s characteristic for Americans to view overseas crises with detachment. It takes a 9/11 to bring crisis home. A current instance of this truth is the Israeli war on the people of Lebanon and the

Israel is out of line

It’s characteristic for Americans to view overseas crises with detachment. It takes a 9/11 to bring crisis home. A current instance of this truth is theIsraeli waron the people of Lebanon and the already Israel-starving, Israel-oppressedpeople of Gaza.

Israel is playing the same game as since 1948 ofproxy, for U.S. interests, thatis,corporate capitalist imperialistic. An enlighteningbook to mention here,which is a summation of Chomsky and that finds the Marxist trail to explanation of current history: “Naked Imperialism” by John Bellamy Foster; Monthly Review Press.

American interests in that sense are at very high risk in the Middle East. The initial gambit, meant to harden the U.S. claim to planetary hegemony towards eternity by destroying Iraq and simultaneously seizingcontrol of its oil fields as war booty has foundered. Thus Israel’s pitiless, and seemingly safe attacks, for Israeli soldiers if notcivilians, appears to be a flank action, muddying the world-wide picture of conflict either to give the U.S.military astrategic re-grouping opportunity, or an excuse for using its obscenely superior military strength against Syria and Iran — maybe North Korea, and possibly evenCuba.

Whatever the many uncertainties of the future may bring, one thing seems absolutely certain: the olympian detachment of a majority of the American people, so long nurtured by the media, both major parties, and other forces, is going to end. The still popular notion that the country can step out of the Iraqi quagmire easily simply by “bringing the troops home now” is like a desert mirage. Bush and company have staked the dreams of hegemony on force, with the main target initially being Iraq,already softened up by sanctions and bombing. So our master of hypnosis in the White House led the country into the Iraqi quagmire. But there are more fronts around the globe than the myriad of U.S. foreign military bases, where rebellionagainst U.S. dominance may occur, once the chink of weakness exposed in Iraq opens wider.What we pushed well along by brandishing nuclear weapons, firstat Hiroshima,threatens to become a reverse apocalypse that will, as one result, consign the ambition forworld hegemony, pursued so avidly since August 1945 by both major parties,to the dust bin of history (to use an expression favored by Karl Marx).

Hal Jamison

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