With Israel on the brink of war with its neighbors, with rhetoric reaching new levels accompanied by ever increasing violence, the silence from Washington is disturbing and deafening.
This is Bush’s war to avoid – if he wants to.
No one besides the US has the ability to pull back the escalating violence. Pressure needs to be put on Israel to reduce its disproportionate military retaliation. Behind the scenes pressure on Lebanon to finally reign-in Hezbollah is required. If the US can’t be instrumental in doing this, who will?