For two days this week, Israeli jets have been bombing Lebanon again. These are acts of war, by any definition.
And the U.S. government should denounce them in the strongest terms, and should cut off aid to Israel until it ceases its abuses in Lebanon.
Israel is the leading recipient of U.S. aid, and it uses much of that aid to engage in actions that should be anathema to us.
For twenty-two years, Israel has occupied a section of Lebanon in contravention of international law and U.N. resolutions.
Now it has pledged to withdraw from Lebanon by this summer, but it is not going gently.
Instead, it is reasserting its power in the most flagrant ways.
Last month, it bombed Hezbollah guerrilla camps and destroyed three electrical generators. It did this with missiles fired from F-16s that were made in America by Lockheed Martin.
The Israeli attacks were in response to Hezbollah's killing of seven Israeli soldiers in. Violence begets violence; neither side is blameless.
But so long as Israel occupies southern Lebanon, it can expect resistance.
This week, the Israeli attacks appeared unprovoked, as Israel sent its warplanes on more than 20 bombing raids at multiple targets.
The New York Times suggested that the bombs were designed to send a message both to the Arab League, which is meeting in Beirut this weekend, and to Syria, which wants all of the Golan Heights back.
But bombing is not e-mail. It actually kills innocent people.
Israel's message-sending leaves a lot to be desired.
Foreign Minister David Levy has warned that Israel will "burn the soil" of Lebanon" and respond "blood for blood" and "child for child" if the Hezbollah dares to attack.
Such rhetoric does nothing to facilitate peace in Lebanon.
Nor do the bombings of Lebanon.
Nor do reports of Lebanese prisoners being raped and tortured by Israeli captors.
It is against the law for the United States to fund human rights abusers. That is what Israel has become in Lebanon.
The American public should not be party to such actions.
© 2000 by The Progressive