The United States government is totally enthralled by the anti-democratic zionist lobby and the greed of the oil companies. Just like the white supremacist regime of apartheid South Africa the rules of war, international law and the Geneva Convention appear not to apply to Israel, which has been expanding its borders and building illegal colonies since 1947.
Progressive political leaders are still going down in flames following "crowd politics" rather than engaging the multitudes in true democratic politics, in which the people are the leaders. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), was only the last one defeated by ruthless investor driven politics.
On August 9, about twenty activists from UNITE and Union Summer picketed outside the Gucci store in Copley Place mall, protesting union-busting and use of sweatshop labor by Gucci's parent company, PPR. Store managers responded by locking their doors, keeping out both activists and potential customers.