Glenn Greenwald has moved over to The Guardian. In this article he points out that taking the stance that the Israel Gaza thing is very bad and hoping it will all work out and why can't they stop fighting and make up overlooks the fact that the whole mess is the fault of the U.S. The U.S. press is not doing a good job of reporting on this frightening development of a possible all out war dragging in Egypt and Syria and Turkey but is instead focusing on internal politics, the budget and so on.
Greenwald also recommends this wonderful interview with Jeremy Scahill. I was just remembering that on the last Nation Cruise Scahill rescued someone from drowning and was very shook up about it. His emotions are always close to the surface.
The problem is that we Americans have accepted a liberal point of view that well, we have to have these wars and interventions and we can at least try to pinpoint the killings with drones and minimize "collateral damage." Scahill talks about this. An article in the NYT talks about poor tactics on the part of Israel rather than calling for an end to the hostilities. He has some chilling things to say about the way we have capitulated to the surveillance state, where there is no privacy, and "suspect" persons are always being spied on and interrogated. He also has some good recommendations for serious journalists.
I've started reading Oliver Stone's book, The Untold History of the United States. I read a couple of pages, digest it, read two more pages, and so on. It's a fine piece of work, a great reference and memory jogger for the periods it covers that I actually lived through. What this book provides is the comprehensive alternative history we need to understand the nature of American imperialism and the way the American public has bought into the idea of American exceptionalism and being the best hope of the world and so on. It's the companion book to a ten part series running now on Showtime, which I'll buy when it comes out on CD.
Greenwald adds this update:
According to Haaretz, Israel's Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, said this about Israel's attacks on Gaza: "The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages." Let me know if any of the US Sunday talk shows mention that tomorrow during their discussions of this "operation".