Bill Sykes' Newsletter
An ex-Brit gives his views-(without fear
or favor)---of the American Scene
What is currently happening in Israel:
I obviously short-changed the Israeli situation in the
October edition of the news letter and so to balance
the books I will report on four different aspects of
the middle east situation, three of which are known to
1) An Israeli bombing raid deep inside Syria.
2) Israeli expansion of the "West Bank Wall".
3) Israel's expanding nuclear
4) The mysterious killing of three Americans at a Gaza
The Israeli Bombing raids continue.
One day after a Palestinian suicide bomber exploded
a bomb killing 19 Israelis in Haifa, the Israeli Air
Force attacked and bombed an alleged terrorist camp in
This act received worldwide condemnation on the
basis that the attack was a violation of international
law, and would appear to have opened the door for Israel
to expand and renew its acts of aggression against its
President Bush defended the Israeli
bombing, and was said to have commented to reporters
that in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon, he, (Bush), apparently had said, "Israel's got
a right to defend herself, and Israel must not feel constrained
in terms of defending the homeland". (Or words to that
effect). President Bush's comments, especially the word
an obvious connection to the United States war on terrorism,
which on the surface makes it abundantly clear that the
Bush Administration firmly supports Israeli aggression
against Syria or any one else for that matter who is
alleged to be actively engaged in supporting terrorism.
I expect that Ariel Sharon will take this declaration
by the American President as a go-ahead to send in F-16/F-18
aircraft, (obviously supplied by America), and bomb the
Gaza Palestinians into submission.
For a President who
professes to support peaceful means of negotiation, Mr.
Bush and his administration do very little to stop Israeli
aggression against it's neighbours.
Comment: (In the form of a question), Why did Ariel
Sharon choose to carry out a bombing raid deep inside
Syrian territory, against what he said was a terrorist
training camp, (although Syria indicated that the site
was not being used for such purposes and had been abandoned
several years ago), instead of targeting members of the
Islamic Jihad group who claimed responsibility for the
Surely members of the Bush administration and
Prime Minister Sharon are not collaborating in covert
acts aimed at escalating a situation leading to a mini-war
spreading through Lebanon and Syria to Iran.
Iran of course has always been on America's hit list and a potential American
target, since the Ayatollah Khomeini incident, when a group of Iranian revolutionaries
stormed the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took 53 American Embassy staff
hostage. They were eventually released in January of 1981, the day of President
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