The Obliteration of Gaza

AIPAC and the MICC as Mechagodzilla

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Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

We are witnessing the obliteration of Gaza. The death toll has already surpassed 16,000 as Israel continues to pummel targets with American-made bombs and missiles. Even CNN is worried (from my email update this AM):

Top UN officials are warning of an “apocalyptic” situation in Gaza with “no place safe to go” for civilians as the deepening humanitarian crisis sparks international concern. Israel is expanding ground operations to the entire territory to “eliminate” Hamas and has told Palestinians to flee large swaths of southern Gaza, where many had previously sought refuge. But the war-torn region is in the midst of a near-total internet blackout as the last major telecommunications operator said services are completely cut off. This means many Palestinians are unable to communicate with one another or call for help while evacuating, and emergency workers can’t coordinate their responses.

Caitlin Johnstone has a telling article in which she states an important truth: Israel couldn’t be doing this without generous U.S. support. Israel is dropping the bombs, firing the missiles, and shooting the artillery rounds and bullets, but the U.S. is largely serving as the merchant of death for all this, though “merchant” is the wrong word. The U.S. is giving all this deadly weaponry to Israel as “aid,” even as there’s much rhetorical gnashing of teeth in Washington about Israel’s “indiscriminate” bombing and wanton killing of Palestinian innocents, including thousands of children. I say “rhetorical” because as Johnstone notes, the U.S. government could curtail Israeli military action by turning off the spigot of arms flowing from U.S. arsenals and warehouses to Israel.

But that’s not going to happen. AIPAC has a hammerlock on Congress; those few members of Congress who’ve called for a ceasefire in Gaza are already being targeted by the powerful pro-Israel lobby, with AIPAC promising to spend upwards of $100 million to unseat those politicians who aren’t consumed by bloodlust against Gaza. The power of AIPAC is reinforced here by the MICC, the military-industrial-congressional complex that Ike warned us about in 1961, which stands to profit immensely from more war in the Middle East as well as Ukraine. The combination of AIPAC with the MICC is akin to Mechagodzilla, an almost unstoppable monster of immense power.

They create a desert and call it “peace”:
Gaza turned to rubble

Godzilla in its various incarnations would be hard-pressed to duplicate the scenes of devastation we’re seeing in Gaza. Israel is practicing its own version of the infamous statement from America’s war against Vietnam: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

The Israeli version: We had to destroy Gaza to save it from Hamas.

It made no sense in Vietnam, and it makes no sense today in Gaza. But this is not about making sense: it’s about power and vengeance and profit.

William J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF). He taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools. He writes at Bracing Views.

12 thoughts on “The Obliteration of Gaza”

  1. I wish there would be someone much more powerful than AIPAC that would take them on and help politicians critical of Israel get in power and stay in power. AIPAC and the MICC have too much power over politicians and the Media.
    Israel is turning Gaza to rubble and will do the same thing to the West Bank and possibly other countries in the ME.

    1. Evangelicals worship Israel.

      We need an Indian influence group or a Chinese group. Maybe then we’d get war in Pakistan or Japan.

      I really expect Asians will displace the current elite in the US at some point. But they might not.

  2. Kennedy could be President if opposing this stuff. But he doesn’t, and he just admitted to flying on Epstein jet twice. And his wife was friends with Maxwell.

    Someone new needs to run. Stein is too left wing.

    1. Surely this ought to be beyond right and left? If not now, then when? The right wing in the form of mainstream conservatives (Mitch McConnel) absolutely are in lockstep with Biden on this issue. Trump will always claim he’d have prevented it, but his own ‘solution’ to the long-standing conflict while in office was to ignore Palestinians’ perspectives utterly and negotiate his ‘deal’ with the Israelis only. So much for the current Right.

      While the mainstream Left is just as bad on foreign policy in the current Administration (it could only be worse if it started bombing Gaza itself), those American progressives who would have preferred Bernie Sanders over Biden (people who watch The Majority Report or The Young Turks for example) also share the same ideals and common sense that tell us all that what’s happening in Gaza is horrific, unjustifiable, but ultimately made possible, and perhaps intentionally so, by decades of US foreign policy–which doesn’t mean Bernie would have been any better, of course.

      The point is, those of you who are “awake” to these issues need to make common cause with everyone regardless of personal ideology or views on domestic policy. There’s a reason foreign policy is hardly ever discussed at the national town halls an presidential debates.

      I don’t think it’s a question of finding someone to vote for at this stage. It’s a matter of banding together and making your voices heard. Protests. Marches. Sit-ins. 300 million strong, can’t some o’ y’all get along long enough one Saturday in D.C. to say enough is a enough? Do it on the 23rd, just before Xmas, it might get enough attention. Everyone carrying a candle standing before the Capitol building.

      Or, better yet, since it’s too much to expect everyone to travel, do it across the country locally. A protest at each state capitol and DC and maybe Puerto Rico and the other possessions. And maybe reach out to us here in the rest of the world. All on one day. It’s got to be worth a try.

      Stop the funding war, and maybe the war will stop.

      1. Protests don’t necessarily have an impact but can. Many of them are funded by either the government, or some other government, or by private money.

        Similarly, the mass media can choose to cover or not some things and not other things. Reality is partly created by what actually happens, but it’s also very significantly influenced by historians writing that history and, again, by the media.

        Huge numbers of people blindly follow some elite funded “group.” These groups create dichotomies. So, I might talk with some Democrat, and she might deeply care about partisanship, housing supplements, and higher taxes. She likely won’t care much about foreign policy, will just support the Dem talking point. What she wants is free housing; she trusts the Dems.

        Separately, Republicans often want lower taxes but want increased military adventures. You have all these groups, and they’re pressured into fuzzy dichotomies.

        If Republicans turn against foreign policy, then the issue might be ignored during some election or ignored by the media, with another issue raised.

        My point is just that it’s not so easy. I don’t really believe in democracy.

        A good strategy is probably to bankrupt the US with domestic spending, forcing a competition between domestic and foreign spending. The easiest way to break the empire is to bankrupt it.

      2. Short version of what I wrote: Bankrupt the US with increased domestic spending.

        That’s the easiest and most likely strategy. But it would create hardship.

  3. US tax dollars hard at work. I am getting damn sick and tired of this kind of BS. No more money for bloody Israel. Anybody out there listening?……..?

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