Recently, the United States Department of State completed a preliminary report on whether Israel "misused" U.S.-made cluster bombs in civilian areas of Lebanon. The report will be forwarded to Congress.
First, we need to understand that in the areas Israel bombed in Lebanon, all the civilians were given 24-48 hours notice. Anyone left was aiding and abetting the enemy and, therefore, were no longer civilians; rather they had become willing participants with the Hizb'Allah terrorists.
Second, Israel is in the midst of several large Arab nations who have openly announced their intentions of seeing Israel wiped off the face of the earth. This includes Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, as well as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and others. Israel's war with Lebanon (and it was with Lebanon as the Lebanese government just let Hizb'Allah fight their battle for them) was in defense of its own country and its citizens, as a sovereign nation.
The United States has, in contrast, declared war on an invisible enemy. In the process, the George W. Bush administration is responsible for the deaths of over 3,000+ U.S. soldiers and 500,000+ civilians. It has destroyed the entire nation of Iraq, and has unleased a terrorist force the likes of which the world has never seen. It has been proven time and again there never were weapons of mass destruction, nor did Saddam Hussein sponsor the 9-11 terrorist, nor was he ever a threat to the U.S. (It was the elder Bush and Ronald Reagan who, in fact, armed Saddam a few years earlier.) And yet, Bush's State Department has the insolence to go after Israel for "misusing" weapons that it encouraged Israel to use when it was thought that Israel was going to defeat Hizb'Allah.
The Bush administration is losing its war in Iraq and has become embroiled in a battle that is almost impossible to withdraw from without causing thousands of more deaths. Its reasons for starting the war have changed many times over the years. It has used patriotism in a sick and perverse manner. And yet, it has the audacity to point the finger at Israel for defending itself from sworn enemies. This has been the real pattern of treatment that the Bush's have given Israel, despite whatever spin they put on for their constituents.
And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. (Genesis 12:3)