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The Occupying Guests


Last month when Dana Perino was fielding questions about the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush she made the statement, "No, we’re not [occupiers]. We are absolutely a guest."

 

Fast forward to a New York Times story from this past weekend:

[T]he Bush administration was particularly alarmed by an Israeli request to fly over Iraq to reach Iran‘s major nuclear complex at Natanz, where the country’s only known uranium enrichment plant is located.

 

The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily.

Numerous things lie impregnated in this story.

 

One, the U.S. exerts control over Israel. This has important implications for Israel‘s actions towards Lebanon and Palestinians. Much like the apartheid regime in South Africa or the Indonesian genocide in East Timor, the scope of our involvement and the amount of control and influence we have is enough to stop the crime.

 

But that is another issue all together.

 

What also lies silent in the story is a refutation of what Perino said last month.

True, the US handed over "sovereignty" a few years ago in a carefully staged event.

 

But notice that Israel asked Washington to fly through Iraqi air space (to carry out aggression), not Baghdad.

 

I hope a brave journalist brings this up in the next press conference. This is an important item to question, especially in regards to Iraqi sovereignty and our control over Israel‘s behavior in the Occupied Territories. Also, we can ask these vital questions without any need to throw shoes.

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