Proving once again that they are not interested in attaining peace in the Middle East, the neocons and their UK allies have rejected UN calls for a cease-fire and expressed support for Israel’s actions:
Criticism has mounted that the two countries are blocking the 15-nation Security Council from endorsing the UN secretary-general’s call for an immediate suspension of fighting.
More than 300 Lebanese civilians and nearly 30 Israelis have died since the fighting started, and half a million Lebanese civilians have been displaced. Israel has warned that it is now preparing a ground invasion to eradicate Hezbollah strongholds in the south of Lebanon, a move that can only add to the misery of the civilian population.
The British and American proposal called for the Security Council to express its intention “to create the conditions for a permanent solution and to bring about an immediate end to hostilities.” It also called on all sides to exercise restraint and to allow humanitarian access.
The neocon position is merely a stalling tactic. “Create the conditions for a permanent solution?” How are they supposed to do that in the midst of open war? The ceasefire is necessary first step. You can’t replace the brakes on a car while you’re driving it.
It’s clear that peace is not the goal of the Bush administration. Let’s hear it straight from the mouthpiece of the neoconservative movement:
William Kristol, writing in the neo-conservative US magazine Weekly Standard, does not see the crisis in Lebanon as a local war requiring a local solution. Rather, he depicts the conflict as part of a global struggle between Islam and “liberal democratic civilization.”
“What’s happening in the Middle East, then, isn’t just another chapter in the Arab-Israeli conflict. What’s happening is an Islamist-Israeli war. You might even say this is part of the Islamist war on the West.”
Kristol called upon the US government to focus less on Hamas and Hizbollah and more “on their paymasters and real commanders – Syria and Iran.” The United States needs to forcefully reassert its power in the region and “pursue […] regime change in Syria and Iran,” even considering “a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.”
The US has stood aside for too long, making itself appear weak in the eyes of its Islamist enemies, Kristol said.
Weakness, to Kristol, is the failure of the U.S. to rule the world with an iron fist. This man is a fascist.
Kristol is trying to start a war between the West and Islam. That seems to be the plan, anyway. He accuses the Islamists of waging a war on the West. Is he fucking serious? The Islamic nations would never try that — they would get crushed. Kristol is, as usual, lying out his ass. He’s got it exactly backwards. Fascist Westerners like him are trying to wage war against Islamists because they know the West will win, thus gaining more power for him. He knows he’s full of shit. These guys are some really cynical assholes.
So, I hope you like war. ‘Cause there’s a lot more of it on the way as long as the neocons are in charge.