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The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok

The latest Israeli bombardment of its internally – and seemingly eternally – occupied open air prison of Gaza followed a familiar pattern. First, there was the disturbingly drastic casualty disparity: a 21-to-one overall, and 33-to-one for children, Palestinian-to-Israeli death ratio (in the three previous Gaza bombings since 2008, the overall statistic was 35-to-one). Next, there was the Biden administration’s simultaneous approval of a US arms sale of $735 million worth of precision-guided munitions to Israel.

True, this time around there was slightly stronger reporting on the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) violations of the discrimination and proportionality principles of the laws of war, and bit louder congressional outcry against the arms sale and Israeli actions. Still, as expected there’s been scant discussion – at least in mainstream American and allied media – of not just the scale and scope of US support, but the extent of Israel’s internal and external militarism. Moreover, far less is known about Western-complicity in creating – and ever-enabling – an IDF state-within-a-state, and the powerful local military-industrial complex (MIC), that both fuel Israel’s unique brand of politico-economic and cultural militarism.

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