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Glenn Greenwald: Israeli Bombing of Syria and Moral Relativism

Referring to US foreign Policy toward nations who do not bow to US demands..."they must abide by rules from which we're immune, because we're superior" or, you could change it slightly to reflect the relationship "we the people" have with our rulers..."WE must abide by rules from which they're immune, because they're superior."

On Sunday, Israel dropped massive bombs near Damascus, ones which the New York Times, quoting residents, originally reported (then evidently deleted) resulted in explosions "more massive than anything the residents of the city. . . have witnessed during more than two years of war." The Jerusalem Post this morning quoted "a senior Syrian military source" as claiming that "Israel used depleted uranium shells", though that is not confirmed. The NYT cited a "high-ranking Syrian military official" who said the bombs "struck several critical military facilities in some of the country's most tightly secured and strategic areas" and killed "dozens of elite troops stationed near the presidential palace", while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that "at least 42 soldiers were killed in the strikes, and another 100 who would usually be at the targeted sites remain unaccounted for."

Israeli defenders claim that its air attack targeted weapons provided by Iran that would have ended up in the hands of Hezbollah. Obama officials quickly told media outlets that "the administration is fully supportive of Israel's airstrikes". Indeed, Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy noted: "Keep in mind the Israelis are using weapons supplied by us." There is, needless to say, virtually no condemnation of the Israeli assault in US media or political circles. At this point, the only question is how many minutes will elapse before Congress reflexively adopts a near-unanimous or unanimous resolution effusively praising Israel for the attack and unqualifiedly endorsing all past and future attacks as well.

Because people who cheer for military action by their side like to pretend that they're something more than primitive "might-makes-right" tribalists, the claim is being hauled out that Israel's actions are justified by the "principle" that it has the right to defend itself from foreign weapons in the hands of hostile forces. But is that really a "principle" that anyone would apply consistently, as opposed to a typically concocted ad hoc claim to justify whatever the US and Israel do? Let's apply this "principle" to other cases, as several commentators on Twitter have done over the last 24 hours, beginning with this:


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Glenn Greenwald smacks down Bill Maher

Glenn Greenwald smacks down Bill Maher Over Benghazi and Interventionism

FULL EP http://12160.info/video/rtbm-2013-05-10

National manifestation of individuals

I started reading a parenting book recently titled "The Entitlement Trap" by Richard and Linda Eyre. It's about how children today in nearly all cultures are falling into an entitlement trap, in which they are given all sorts of things they don't need (laziness, license to do things, lack of responsibilities, lack of consequences for their actions, lack of ownership) and none of the things they do need. This trap ultimately not only squashes initiative, creativity and responsibility, but empathy for other human beings and all sense of justice. In each person's eyes who is trapped in this mindset, they are Number 1, and everyone else is inferior.

If I am to help prevent future wars, I must teach my own children rightly here at home. All change begins with the individual.

The US may collapse (Hah. "May," indeed ...). When it gets rebuilt, we need individuals and families who are grounded in correct principles and moral habits and right knowledge of the proper role of government. I would hate for the new US to be no better than the old one.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

the chosenites

Have a right to slaughter however many innocent people they feel is necessary to steal the Litani water and create Greater israel from the Tigris to the Euphrates.

If you disagree you're noting more than a filthy anti-semite dontchaknow.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav


That's a good talk by Dr. Paul--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

War crimes

What Israel did was a war crime!!!!


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No offense

No offense, and I completely condemn the attack, but what qualifies this as a war crime?

Eric Hoffer

EDITED: Really? A down vote for asking for clarification as to why this is a war crime?

When we lose the definitions of words, things are looking bad.

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Ron Paul Floor Speech on Syria June19,2012

Thanks for posting the Greenwald article. Here is a Ron Paul Floor speech from last year on the matter:


If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

The man who was unelectable!???

Right on target, as usual. People who say he is nuts, need to have their head checked!

"Iraq, Syria and the death of the modern Middle East"

"There is evidence to suggest that this state of affairs was not an unintended consequence of the 2003 invasion. The American architects of the Iraq War - while couching their justifications for war in the rhetoric of liberation - had for years previously openly acknowledged and predicted that an invasion would result in the death of Iraq as a cohesive state. In a follow-up to their 1996 policy paper"A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" - a report published by leading neoconservative intellectuals, including Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wurmser, which advocated a radical reshaping of the Middle East using American military power - the report's authors acknowledged the inevitability of Iraq's demise post-invasion."