Good recent resources/commentary on Donald Trump's move to neo-connery.
Adam Shatz, "The Drift towards War," on the LRB Blog.
Over the last few years, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes
inside Syria, mostly aimed at Hizbullah military convoys suspected of
transferring advanced weapons into the Bekaa Valley. In February,
however, after intercepting what it claimed to be an armed Iranian drone
in its airspace, Israel struck for the first time at Iranian targets,
killing at least seven members of the Quds Force, the external
operations unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The possibility of
an Israeli-Iranian war is now higher than it has ever been, since Iran
feels encircled, and Israel believes that it has a green light from
Washington for further military adventures.
Elliott Colla, "Fog (of War) Machine"
When the US invaded Iraq fifteen years ago, it did not do so
accidentally -- we were led there: first and foremost by the neocons who
wanted war at any cost; and secondly, by a liberal media that was all
too willing to create the fog that made the war possible. There are
salient differences between now and then. In 2003, one could plausibly
make the argument that US war policy was not driven by Islamophobia and
the most toxic forms of Zionism. Not so this time. By this stage in
2003, we had gone out in the millions to protest. We haven't even begun
to do so yet.
The fog bank is rolling in again this week, bringing with it mass human suffering.
not think of it is a natural event. It is entirely man-made. It's what
happens when a blast of neocon will-to-power hits the hot, moist air of
And do not think that this fog emanates
from distant places "over there" in Syria. This fog is an entirely local
meteorological phenomenon, designed to prevent only Americans from
seeing things for what they are. It will not impact weather or vision in
other parts of the globe.
Tweet from Laleh Khalili
To which I add: I met an Israeli in 1971, in New York City, who told me that he grew up in an Israeli community very close to the Syrian controlled Golan Heights and that he never felt under threat, at least prior to spring 1967. And as Dayan clarifies, the reason for shooting in the area was Israeli provocation.