USA & Israel: Mutual Love of Illegal Kill ListsSubmitted by McWilly on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:46
Time to set your watches by the predictable and annual flare up of aggression between Israel and the Gaza Strip/Hamas. In light of the recent events (Israel’s extra-judicial assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmad al-Jabari, just hours after agreeing to a cease fire), it seems like a good time to take a look at Obama’s love of kill lists, and how we can’t condemn Israel’s actions. No matter how vulgar, or in violation of international law they may be. The U.S. stated that it backed “Israel’s right to defend itself,” despite Israel breaking the cease fire with the assassination (10 other people were also killed, including two children), which certainly seems as if it’s on the offensive side of the dispute. Why did we support this unlawful violation? Because if we did otherwise, we would be calling the kettle black. Very, very black.
We have written quite extensively about Obama’s secret kill lists, which have already been applied to murder American citizens, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections who was killed by an American drone strike. There is an excellent article, published today in the Guardian (UK) by Glenn Greenwald that goes into depth on the US’s need to support Israel despite these assassinations, and I’d like to pull a few quotes from his piece.
"Extra-judicial assassination – accompanied by the wanton killing of whatever civilians happen to be near the target, often including children – is a staple of the Obama presidency. That lawless tactic is one of the US president’s favorite instruments for projecting force and killing whomever he decides should have their lives ended: all in total secrecy and with no due process or oversight. There is now a virtually complete convergence between US and Israeli aggression, making US criticism of Israel impossible not only for all the usual domestic political reasons, but also out of pure self-interest: for Obama to condemn Israel’s rogue behavior would be to condemn himself."