Playing With Fire, Both Israel and Ukraine Say, “No Truce for You”

The empire is in a particularly testy and truculent mood. Two of its appendages have, virtually simultaneously, eschewed ceasefires in their respective campaigns of aggression. Both have bombarded civilian centers with airstrikes, and Ukraine has been rolling in armored vehicles, while Israel is preparing to do the same. As Jason Ditz reports:

Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich today ruled out any ceasefire negotiations with Hamas, as the Israeli military continues to escalate airstrikes against the tiny Gaza Strip, and is building up for a ground invasion.


Having taken Slovyansk earlier this week, Ukrainian officials are increasingly bellicose about their ongoing civil war, demand unconditional, unilateral disarmament by the rebels before any future discussions. “There will be no more unilateral ceasefires” by Ukrainian troops, announced Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, while other officials promised a “nasty surprise” for any of the eastern rebels that continue to resist their takeover. (…) “…the Ukrainian military is increasingly using not only airstrikes, but armored vehicles in its offensives.”

With Ukraine, as it always does with Israel, the U.S. government, which funds and arms both, defends its actions as “defending itself.” Propping up such merciless savagery is unbelievably reckless on the part of U.S. policymakers. It is precisely this kind of mass brutalization of Arabs that has resulted in incidents of blowback like 9/11. And now, even as the empire doubles down on this treatment of Arabs, it is so suicidally stupid as to actually extend it to Russian-speaking people, right on the border of nuclear Russia.

Demonize Putin all you want, but never forget that control over Russia’s mountain of H-bombs is, in the final analysis, in the hands of the Russian people. And it is far from impossible that the “blowback” rage and hatred to come from grinding Russian-speakers under the imperial boot will not be dissimilar from the blowback of doing the same to Arabs; only this time with potentially thermonuclear consequences. How, after all, do you think it makes Russians feel to see pictures like this, which is from a Ukrainian airstrike on Russian-speakers in early June?


And no, you hubris-addled neocons, not even regime-change against Putin would solve the problem. If anything his popularity is putting a lid on the outrage, because the Russians trust him to stand up for them, and therefore give him leeway for compromise.

Stop the madness now.

26 thoughts on “Playing With Fire, Both Israel and Ukraine Say, “No Truce for You””

    1. Does the photo of dead humans and their blood splattered on the ground bother you? Do you feel neutral towards the photo? Does the photo bring you happiness?

  1. Until you are faced with the threat of Islamic collectivism, you have absolutely no idea what Israelis are facing. Because the Islamic brand of collectivism takes the cake in sheer medieval cruelty.
    By the way, it's 8 AM in Tel Aviv and the air raid sirens just went off.
    Off to the shelter again.
    Good morning world, but not to you, dear writer.

    1. We do because the unconditional American support for Israel and Saudi Arabia has brought the war here and destroyed American society as it hovers over bankruptcy.

    2. Thanks to The Imperial City on the Potomac we are well aware of what's going on. And it isn't Islam that's the real problem for us. It's the imperialists in The Imperial City that made 9/11 inevitable that is the problem. Now our freedoms are disappearing, the NSA spying on Americans, the TSA molesting even little kids at the airport and we're bankrupt.

      And frankly I don't care what Israelis are facing. I care about what Americans are facing. Being New Israel here in what was once America is NOT what I want. The US needs to take a few lessons from Switzerland not militaristic Israel.

    3. As of Sunday morning; 7/13/14; the body count is 150 to ZERO. Who has the most to fear? Sorry, Gaza; no air raid sirens here. We can't afford them.

    4. What Islamic collectivism?
      Israel, just like Zionist colonized America has done a very good job of pissing Muslims off since 1948.
      Islamic Medieval cruelty?
      What about those Israeli Nazis who holocausted (burned) a Palestinian child to death after the Netanyahu government incited them into an anti Muslim frenzy?
      You have air raid sirens and bomb shelters?
      How nice for you.
      Why don't you tell us how many air raid sirens and bomb shelters Gaza has?
      Hell, I'll do it for you – NONE!
      How many Israelis have died as a result of Gazan rocket attacks? NONE.
      How many Gazans have died as a result of Israeli attacks? 700.
      How many criminal holocaustian wars of aggression has the Netanyahu government waged against Gaza? Three.

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