Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cluster-Bomb Hillary, Bill Nelson & Senator Mel

Here’s one reason, out of numerous, that we need to get Bill Nelson out of the Senate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is Jewish by the way, and Sen. Patrick Leahy recently offered an amendment banning the export of cluster bombs manufactured by our Satanic military industrial complex to countries that have used them in civilian areas. These bombs are packed with scores of mini bombs that indiscriminately explode out in all directions for hundreds of feet to kill and maim. A no brainer, right? Wrong. Even Reagan banned the sale of cluster bombs to Israel for six years in the 1980s after it was proven that the Israeli Defense Forces used them in civilian areas during its 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the U.S. has always required that the bombs not be used in civilian areas as a condition of export. The amendment was trashed 70-30 and effin’ BILL NELSON AND HILLARY CLINTON and SENATOR MEL voted to kill it. (Note that there are consistently 25-30 true Progressives on Senate votes. What are Bill and Hillary doing voting with Martinez on a litmus test issue?).
In the last three days of Likud-Kadima’s invasion of Lebanon last summer the IDF fired over one million cluster bombs into southern Lebanon where 650,000 people live. The purpose was to “saturate the area” as part of Likud-Kadima’s well documented strategy of “collective punishment” of the people of Lebanon as a barbaric means to bring pressure on the Lebanese government to impose Likud-Kadima policy in Lebanon and to destroy Hezbollah military capabilites. Over the 34 day assault the IDF is estimated to have dropped 4 million cluster bomblets with UN officials estimating that one million remained unexploded and can be easily triggered. Researchers from Human Rights Watch reported that the density of cluster bombs in southern Lebanon was higher than in any place they had ever seen. One Israeli solider who helped “flood” the area with the bombs was quoted saying, “What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs.” The UN’s under-secretary for humanitarian affairs labeled Kadima-Likud’s actions “completely immoral.”
By the end of the ‘war’, Israel had killed about 750 Lebanese civilians in addition to Hezbollah fighters and damaged or destroyed about 16,000 Lebanese buildings. Hezbollah forces killed 43 Israeli civilians and damaged or destroyed about 300 buildings through indiscriminant rocket and missile attacks (but not cluster bombs) into Israeli towns. I find it interesting, however, that Israel’s barbarism was not as bad as our own U.S. of A’s Truman’s carpet bombing of Dresden and atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaskai. So unless you condemn those actions you cannot condemn Israel’s here.
Almost all of the above well-documented facts are from an essential new book that every Florida Progressive needs to buy ($20 hardcover), highlight and carry around with them to refute any Florida activist or politician or reporter who would ignore this and other unjust policies of the Likud-Kadima government: The Israel Lobby by John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Pofessor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and academic dean of the Kennedy School from 2002-2006.
Is anyone out there actually thinking of supporting Cluster Bomb Hillary for President? And I don’t want anyone slamming me or critiquing me on the countless other issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This post was solely about cluster bombs. Day 21. Wow, we’re startin’ to draw some Progressive lines in the sand here.

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