Mr Bush believes in vindication, just as yesterday he insisted that Mr Blair will be vindicated, in the decision to unleash their war of choice in Iraq.
The man mocked as George Bush's poodle was back in Washington yesterday to accept an offer he couldn't refuse: the Presidential Medal of Freedom for services rendered in the "war on terror" and in what Mr Bush maintains is that war's central front – Iraq.
The usual spoon feeding was evident tonight. The Israelis bombed and wounded several reporters, hit another Gaza hospital, and destroyed a United Nations building that housed refugees and relief supplies. CBS News called this activity:
Uri Avnery's weekly Sunday Column has this, his recent article from January 10, 2009, on the ongoing Israeli invasion of Gaza. Uri Avnery is a really interesting person, he arrived in Israel in 1933 and has actively lived the whole history of the new country. If you're interested here's his biography page.
A top priority for the planners was the need to minimize casualties among the soldiers, knowing that the mood of a large part of the pro-war public would change if reports of such casualties came in. That is what happened in Lebanon Wars I and II.
This consideration played an especially important role because the entire war is a part of the election campaign. Ehud Barak, who gained in the polls in the first days of the war, knew that his ratings would collapse if pictures of dead soldiers filled the TV screens.
Therefore, a new doctrine was applied: to avoid losses among our soldiers by the total destruction of everything in their path. The planners were not only ready to kill 80 Palestinians to save one Israeli soldier, as has happened, but also 800. The avoidance of casualties on our side is the overriding commandment, which is causing record numbers of civilian casualties on the other side.
That means the conscious choice of an especially cruel kind of warfare – and that has been its Achilles heel.
A person without imagination, like Barak (his election slogan: “Not a Nice Guy, but a Leader”) cannot imagine how decent people around the world react to actions like the killing of whole extended families, the destruction of houses over the heads of their inhabitants, the rows of boys and girls in white shrouds ready for burial, the reports about people bleeding to death over days because ambulances are not allowed to reach them, the killing of doctors and medics on their way to save lives, the killing of UN drivers bringing in food. The pictures of the hospitals, with the dead, the dying and the injured lying together on the floor for lack of space, have shocked the world. No argument has any force next to an image of a wounded little girl lying on the floor, twisting with pain and crying out: “Mama! Mama!” […snip…]
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