George W. Bush's position on Iran is "disturbing"
and "dangerous," reads a position paper written in late 2005 by American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). One year ago the Bush administration
accepted a Russian proposal to allow Iran to continue to develop nuclear energy
under Russian supervision. Needless to say, AIPAC wasn't the least bit happy
about the compromise.
In a letter to congressional allies, mostly Democrats, the pro-Israel organization
admitted it was "concerned that the decision not to go to the Security Council,
combined with the U.S. decision to support the 'Russian proposal,' indicates
a disturbing shift in the Administration's policy on Iran and poses a danger
to the U.S. and our allies."
Israel, however, continues to develop a substantial nuclear arsenal. In 2000,
the British Broadcasting Corporation reported that Israel has likely produced
enough plutonium to make up to 200 nuclear weapons. So it is safe to say that
Israel's bomb-building technologies are light years ahead of Iran's budding
nuclear program. Yet Israel still won't admit they have capacity to produce
such deadly weapons.
Meanwhile, as AIPAC and Israel pressure the U.S. government to force the Iran
issue to the UN Security Council, Israel itself stands in violation of numerous
UN resolutions dealing with the occupied territories of Palestine, including
UN Resolution 1402, which in part calls on Israel to withdraw its military from
all Palestinian cities at once.
AIPAC's hypocrisy is nauseating. The Goliath lobbying organization wants Iran
to cease to procure nukes while the crimes of Israel continue to be ignored.
So who is propping up AIPAC's hypocritical position? None other than Democratic
presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
As one of the top Democratic recipients of pro-Israel funds for the 2006 election
cycle, pocketing over $83,000, Clinton now has Iran in her cross hairs.
During a Hanukkah dinner speech delivered in December 2005, hosted by Yeshiva
University, Clinton prattled, "I held a series of meetings with Israeli officials
[last summer], including the prime minister and the foreign minister and the
head of the [Israel Defense Forces], to discuss such challenges we confront.
In each of these meetings, we talked at length about the dire threat posed by
the potential of a nuclear-armed Iran, not only to Israel, but also to Europe
and Russia. Just this week, the new president of Iran made further outrageous
comments that attacked Israel's right to exist that are simply beyond the pale
of international discourse and acceptability. During my meeting with Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, I was reminded vividly of the threats that Israel faces every
hour of every day. … It became even more clear how important it is for the United
States to stand with Israel…."
As Clinton embraces Israel's violence, as well as AIPAC's fraudulent posture
on Iran, she simultaneously ignores the hostilities inflicted upon Palestine,
as numerous Palestinians have been killed during the continued shelling of the
Gaza Strip over the past year.
Clinton's silence toward Israel's brutality implies the senator will continue
to support AIPAC's mission to occupy the whole of the occupied territories,
as well as a war on Iran. AIPAC is correct – even President Bush appears to
be a little sheepish when up against the warmongering of Hillary Clinton.
Hillary and her husband paid a visit to Israel in the fall of 2005. The former
president was a featured speaker at a mass rally that marked the 10th anniversary
of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. It was Hillary's second
visit to Israel since she was elected to office in 2000.
The senator did manage to take time out of her tour to meet with the then semi-conscious
Ariel Sharon to discuss "security matters." Hillary also made her way to the
great apartheid wall, which separates Palestine from Israel. As the barrier
is nearing completion, the monstrosity will ultimately stretch to over 400 miles
Palestinians rightly criticize the obtrusive wall on the grounds that it cuts
them off from occupied land in the West Bank. Thousands more will be cut off
from their jobs, schools, and essential farmland.
Hillary and her pro-Israel buds don't get it. When you put powerless Palestinians
behind a jail-like wall where life in any real economic sense is unattainable,
you wreak pain and anguish, which in turn leads to more anger and resentment
toward the Israeli government's brutal policies. Indeed, the wall will not prove
to be a deterrent to resistance, but an incitement to defiance.
"This is not against the Palestinian people," Clinton said as she gazed over
the massive wall. "This is against the terrorists. The Palestinian people have
to help to prevent terrorism. They have to change the attitudes about terrorism."
The senator's comments seem as if they were taken word-for-word from an AIPAC
position paper. They may well have been, as the lobby packs her coffers full
of cash. In May 2005, Clinton spoke at an AIPAC conference where she praised
the bonds between Israel and the United States:
"[O]ur future here in this country is intertwined with the future of Israel
and the Middle East. Now there is a lot that we could talk about, and obviously
much has been discussed. But in the short period that I have been given the
honor of addressing you, I want to start by focusing on our deep and lasting
bonds between the United States and Israel."
Clinton went on to address the importance of disarming Iran and Syria, as well
as keeping troops in Iraq for as long as "it" takes. It was textbook warmongering,
and surprise, surprise – Hillary got a standing ovation for her repertoire.
It is no matter that Iraq will never see true democracy. The U.S. won't allow
that. Our government will never allow a free Iraq to form that embodies even
the slightest disgust toward Israel or America. Democracy in Iraq, like democracy
in Israel, has clear limitations.
Similar to her husband and the current president, Hillary Clinton will never
alter the U.S.' Middle East policy that so blatantly favors Israeli interests.