Ahead of most in his own Democratic party, the Mayor of Los Angeles will demonstrate his unflinching support for Israel's bombing and ground invasion of the Gaza strip today.
Marc Cooper, who has spent far more time abroad analyzing international issues than the Mayor, has another kind of opinion on the sustained military action: "As authentic experts in region argue (as opposed to cable TV chowder heads), the only long-time winner in this action can be the most extreme elements in the region: Syria, Hizbollah, Iran and on the Israeli side the unseemly likes of BeBe Netinyahu. How about, then, another 10-15 years of bloody brinksmanship in the region? That's the best case scenario. The worst is an Israeli follow-up attack on Iran as the possible starting gun for WWIII."