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July 22, 2006

Centripetal Force Palestine/Middle East

This is probably not the "new Middle East" Condi had in mind, but it is the "new Middle East" they're creating:

In mosques from Mecca to Marrakesh, sermons at Friday Prayer services underscored both the David-versus-Goliath glamour many Arabs associate with Hezbollah’s fight against Israel and their antipathy toward the United States and its allies in the region for doing so little to stop yet another Arab country from collapsing into bloodshed. [...]

In mosques across the region, virtually every prayer leader used the traditional call-and-response period after the main sermon to ask God to grant a victory to the Muslims. "Amen," responded the congregations in one voice. [Emphasis added]

And if they were angry before, wait until they get a load of this:

The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran's efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.

The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel's request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike. [Emphasis added]

Comparing the US's massive role in arming Israel to Iranian support for Hezbollah, as if there is some equivalence there, is simply obscene.

Something we need to cure ourselves of: taking anything Condi or anyone else in the administration says publicly about Israel at face value. Condi says something about Israel needing to show restraint, and people take that as evidence that the White House is conflicted about what Israel is doing. But all along, the White House has been rushing them more bombs. And now everyone in the world knows it.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed...

It is hard to escape the feeling that things are spinning out of control. If the White House and Israel aren't trying to provoke a wider war, it's hard to imagine what it is they think they're doing.

Posted by Jonathan at July 22, 2006 11:35 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb