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Monday, September 29, 2014

Obama's double standard

In Syria, the United States military is acting in precisely the manner in which Israel has often been accused of acting. And Obama has condemned Israel for those same actions.
U.S.-led air strikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding militants, a group monitoring the war said on Monday.
The aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij for an Islamic State base, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from Washington.
The strikes in Manbij appeared to have killed only civilians, not fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory which gathers information from sources in Syria.
"These were the workers at the silos. They provide food for the people," he said. He could not give a number of casualties and it was not immediately possible to verify the information. 
In eastern Syria, U.S.-led forces bombed a gas plant controlled by the Islamic State outside Deir al-Zor city, wounding several of the militant group's fighters, the Observatory said.
The United States has said it wants strikes to target oil facilities held by Islamic State to try to stem a source of revenues for the group.
The raid hit Kuniko gas plant, which feeds a power station in Homs that provides several provinces with electricity and powers oil fields generators, the Observatory said.
I want to make it clear that I have no problem with classifying grain silos or gas plants as military targets. Depending on how they're being used, that classification could well be accurate. In fact, there's something to be said for targeting an opposing army's sources of fuel and food.

But it's hypocritical for Obama to condemn Israel for doing the exact same thing in Gaza. And it's not the first time Obama has done it.

Let's go to the videotape. Make sure to check out Scott Shane around the five-minute mark. Obama was very unhappy when Israel claimed that all of the male casualties between the ages of 18 and 40 in Gaza were probably terrorists.


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At 9:14 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Even though they are not the kind of hipsters that Israel and the American Jewish population celebrate (and are obsessed with talking about), an alternative is available. Campaign for, donate to, and vote for Republican candidates who have a major track record of supporting Israel and the Jewish diaspora. Honestly, read (and write/post) about the people who ACTUALLY support Israel, so that Israelis don't show up in wouldwide polls as ADORING (70%) the Democrat politicians who are about to get Israel slaughtered. Like this one, whom Carl I. Jerusalem posted before, seems to be lost among the hip and cool.


At 11:59 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Keeping in mind that John Oliver, when he still worked for The Daily Show went on a TWO DAY tirade about evil zionist war crimes etc etc.


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