Behind The Headlines

“Syria threatens Israel, says airstrikes near Damascus open door to ‘all options’” – Washington Post headline today.

“Israel enforces ‘red line’ with Syria airstrike on weapons bound for Hezbollah, officials say” – Washington Post, on the news that Israel had actually bombed Syria’s capital city.

So Syria “threatens” Israel, but Israel was only “enforcing a red line”. There’s a mindset here that is not exactly open to neutral reporting. The assumption that the US and Israel can do anything militarily with obvious justification, while our enemies are barred from even threatening to retaliate, can become a form of solipsistic blindness.

War is war. We should be as subject to its laws as anyone else. Or we become as lawless as Middle East states’ foreign policies (including Israel’s).