The Limits of Hegemony

Posted on January 14, 2009

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Those who think that the US and Israel can get away with murder indefinitely may be interested in this price both countries are currently paying for Operation Cast Lead:

US cancels Israel arms shipment over Greek objections

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US military has to had to cancel a planned shipment of munitions from a Greek port to a US warehouse in Israel due to objections from Athens, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

“I think the Greek government had some issue with the offloading of some of that shipment in their country and so we are finding alternative means of getting that entire shipment to its proper destination in Israel,” spokesman Geoff Morrell told a news conference.

“I don’t think we’ve come to a final resolution on how or when that will take place.”

The shipment had been agreed last summer before the current Israeli offensive in Gaza, he said.

He said the United States had operated the munitions stockpile for nearly 20 years and that Israel “can ask for permission to access” the munitions.

He said he did not know the nature of Greece’s objection and whether it was related to security or political concerns.

Apparently, Greek organizations still plan to protest over Greece’s relationship with Israel. This is a significant event, in that the Greek government has very warm relations with Israel, as this article, which notes that Israel not only loaned Greece tear-gas last month, for its anti-police riots, but has also proffered fire fighters for some wildfires last year.  The support of Israel is highly unpopular  with the public at large, however, and the Greek government apparently did not want to risk more upheaval after its own domestic turmoil in recent months.

This event really highlights the costs of such inhuman attacks, both for US and Israeli foreign relations.

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