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June 05, 2003

Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi

A report from today's [June 4, 2003] AP reads,

U.S. Military Pours Into Baathist Areas

HABANIYAH, Iraq (AP) - In a high-profile show of force, the U.S. military poured more than 1,500 combat troops into a swath of central Iraq on Wednesday, signaling that any violent resistance to American occupation would be met with harsh punishment.
"What is permitted to Jupiter, is not permitted to the Bull" (or as the Romans said, Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi). When Israel reacted in a similar way, in pursuit of murderous terrorists, Foggy Bottom repeatedly issued demands that Israel "show restraint", but when US troops act in that manner, it's apparently OK (which it indeed is). And the US administration is supposed to be Israel's friend, eh?