The Politics of Genocide

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Some Benign Bloodbaths

1. ISRAEL: SABRA AND SHATILA

As the leading U.S. client and recipient of foreign aid, and with extraordinary power over U.S. Middle East policy, sometimes referred to as the “tail that wags the dog,” Israel enjoys great freedom in international affairs, including the privilege of threatening and even invading foreign territories, without derogatory reference, indignation, or policy constraints coming from its patron (the dog). In fact, Israel’s aggressions, law violations, and bloodbaths are almost always partially funded and diplomatically protected by major sectors of the U.S. establishment, from the executive and congressional branches through its news media. Like its patron, this exempts Israel from international law and the constraints of the UN Charter and “international community,” and emboldens Israel to commit aggression and war crimes. It also renders Israel’s actions relatively free from designation by invidious words such as “genocide,” “war crimes,” “ethnic cleansing” or “crimes against humanity.”

Thus Israel could invade and occupy Lebanon in 1982, killing an estimated fifteen to twenty thousand Lebanese citizens and Palestinian refugees in the process, and suffer no UN Security

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Reflections on the Politics of Genocide vii
  • Notes xix
  • Foreword 7
  • Introduction 13
  • Constructive Genocides 29
  • Nefarious Genocides 39
  • Some Benign Bloodbaths 69
  • Mythical Bloodbaths 95
  • Concluding Note 103
  • Notes 113
  • Index 151
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