In recent months, much has been written and discussed in the US mainstream media about the possibility of all-our war between Israel and its adversaries in the region. In reality, Israel has been ratcheting up tensions in the region for years, conducting largely one-sided acts of aggression against Syria, Lebanon and Iran in the name of "deterrence."Israeli Merkava tanks are deployed near the Israeli-Syrian border on May 10, 2018, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.
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UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters fly over armored vehicles that have been loaded onto trucks for transport on February 9, 2018, at the Kuwait Naval Base. (Photo: The US Army)
Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)
A Syrian government soldier flashes the sign for victory as people walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018. (Photo: LOUAI BESHARA / AFP / Getty Images)
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The illegal airstrikes on Syria last Friday provoked a widespread but largely muted opposition from Democrats, which is not surprising since the Democratic Party also subscribes to the same belief in American exceptionalism and profits from a state of endless war. It's time the left forced the Democrats to embrace a humane foreign policy based on justice, not oppression.Syrian boys walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018, during an organized media tour.