presstv.com/US using Foley beading as casus belli to reoccupy Iraq: Michael Burns

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-The United Sates is using the beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIL militants as a “casus belli” to reoccupy Iraq, a political and military analyst in New York says.

“This is used as a casus belli, a casus belli for us to get back into Iraq with full force and full feet,” Michael Burns told Press TV on Thursday, a day after the White House confirmed the authenticity of a gruesome online video showing Foley’s decapitation by ISIL militants.

The video shows a black-masked ISIL militant beheading Foley in retaliation for US airstrikes against the group in Iraq. It also warns that the group would slay another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, if the US president did not halt the airstrikes.

“And sadly enough while we ignore and deny and turn our heads against the Israeli pounding of these innocent Palestinians which has outraged half the world, the American policy makers… simply ignore and do nothing, but pass a supplement arms bill to resupply arms to Israel before they go on vacation,” Burns said, referring to members of Congress who started a five-week summer recess on August 1.

On August 10, US President Barack Obama also started his annual vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Burns said that the United States “caused disarray” in Iraq by invading the Arab country in 2003 which is now causing the incidents like the beheading of Foley.

“I think a good part of America is disgusted at our policy makers, playing golf, having a nice vacation, [and] now getting upset over this beheading, macabre and deplorable though it be, and at the same time have nothing to say over Israel and its brutal savagery towards those innocent Palestinians who fight back with sticks and stones,” he added.

“So, I think, sure, it [the US] uses it as a casus belli to try and inflame American people so that we don’t have to interrupt their golf games while they send more weaponry… and more troops back into the Middle East again. So we are back in it,” Burns concluded.

Israeli warplanes and tanks have been pounding the blockaded Gaza Strip since early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Palestinian people.

Some 2,050 people, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and more than 10,200 have been injured despite pressure from the international community on the Tel Aviv regime to end aggression against Palestinians.

Nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of the Israeli war, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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