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Pinching the baby and rocking the cradle

The United States’ game plan is on one hand sending ‘warnings’ to Netanyahu and on the other making sure the munitions and fighter jets reaches on time.

US President Joe Biden and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu / Official Photo

The conflict in Gaza is six months old. Aside from painfully remembering the goings on in that small strip of land that was started by the terror attack of the Hamas on October 7, no sane person can possibly look for any serious milestones.

The war’s only achievement thus far has been in the movement from one level of ruthlessness  to another. How else does one look at the attack on the convoy of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) killing seven workers when the organisation’s sole purpose was only to assist in alleviating the hunger and miseries of more than two million Gazans going without essentials, and for a very long period of time.

It does not require a Nobel Laureate to figure out what is happening in Gaza in the name of a response to a terror attack. By the same token, the comity of nations does not need the International Court of Justice to say what Crimes Against Humanity are all about.

If terrorism is one on the list, laying waste to a small strip of land that houses hundreds of thousands of people and depriving them of food, water, electricity and medical facilities certainly adds up another form of behavior to be classified in the same category. And worse senior officials of WCK are alleging that its convoy was targeted “car by car”, rubbishing any weak proposition that Israeli jets went after wrong cognates.

The Biden administration is most certainly skating on thin ice. Washington “allowed” the latest United Nations Security Council Resolution on a ceasefire get through on abstention does not qualify it for any applause.

The United States’ gameplan is for all to see: on the one hand making all the right noises on the plight of the Gazans and sending ‘warnings’ to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And on the other hand making sure the munitions and fighter jets reaches its ally on time. And all that rhetoric about aid not reaching Tel Aviv on account of so-called extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives is also falling flat.

The White House, Pentagon and American Intelligence Agencies are all experts in circumventing Congressional approval, legally ofcourse! And this is not the first time they would be indulging in such an exercise. So all that hand wringing and crocodile tears about the inability to help an ally in time of need could be to whip up a hysteria that also comes valuable in an election year.

In the hallways of Washington for five decades, President Joe Biden ought to know better: that pinching the baby and rocking the cradle does not work all the time. The White House foreign policy in Gaza is so pathetic that it is not an exaggeration to say that the Democratic left, center, progressives together with Independents are seriously re-thinking their vote.

Add to this the segment of Democrats who do not wish to see Biden in 2024, then the problem gets worse. Politicians might want to remember something attributed to Abraham Lincoln: You can fool all of the people some of time; you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time.”

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