After pandering to Israeli prime minister Ehud
Olmert's right-wing government last week, US president George W. Bush carried
the Israeli/neoconservative campaign against Iran to Arab countries. Sounding
as authentic as the "Filipino
Monkey," Bush told the Arab countries that "Iran is the world's
leading state sponsor of terror," and that "Iran's actions threaten
the security of nations everywhere."
To no effect. Every country in the world, except America, knows by now that
the US is the world's leading state sponsor of terror and that the neoconservative
drive for US hegemony over the world threatens the security of nations everywhere.
But before we get into this, let's first see what Bush means by "terrorist"
and Iran's sponsorship of terrorism.
Bush considers Iran to be the leading state sponsor of terror, because Iran
is believed to fund Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian ghetto.
Hezbollah and Hamas are two organizations that exist because of Israeli aggression
against Palestine and Lebanon. The two organizations are branded "terrorist"
because they resist Israel's theft of Palestine and Israel's designs
on southern Lebanon. Both organizations are resistance organizations. They resist
Israel's territorial expansion and this makes them "terrorist."
They are terrorists because they don't receive billions in US military
aid and cannot put armies in the field with tanks, fighter jets and helicopter
gunships, backed up by US spy satellites and Israel's nuclear weapons although
Hezbollah, a small militia, has twice defeated the Israeli army. However, Palestine
is so thoroughly under the Israeli heel that Hamas can resist only with suicide
bombers and obsolete rockets. It is dishonest to damn the terrorist response
but not the policies that provoke the response.
The US is at war in Iraq, because the neoconservatives want to rid Israel of
the Muslim governments Iraq, Iran and Syria that are not American surrogates
and, therefore, are willing to fund Palestinian and Lebanese resistance to Israeli
aggression. Israel, protected by the US, has disobeyed UN resolutions for four
decades and has been methodically squeezing Palestinians out of Palestine.
Americans do not think of themselves or of Israel as terrorist states, but
the evidence is complete and overwhelming. Thanks to the power of the Israel
Lobby, Americans only know the Israeli side of the story, which is that evil
anti-semite Palestinians will not let blameless Israelis live in peace and persist
in their unjustified terror attacks on an innocent Israeli state.
The facts differ remarkably from Israel Lobby propaganda. Israel illegally
occupies Palestine. Israel sends bulldozers into Palestinian villages and knocks
down Palestinian houses, occasionally killing
an American protester in the process, and uproots Palestinian olive groves.
Israel cuts Palestinian villages off from water, hospitals, farmlands, employment
and schools. Israel builds special roads through Palestine on which only Israelis
can travel. Israel establishes checkpoints everywhere to hinder Palestinian
movement to hospitals, schools and from one enclave or ghetto to another. Many
Palestinians die from the inability to get through checkpoints to medical care.
Israel builds illegal settlements on Palestinian lands. Israeli Zionist "settlers"
take it upon themselves to evict Palestinians from their villages and towns
in order to convert them into Israeli settlements. A huge wall has been built
to wall off the stolen Palestinian lands from the remaining isolated ghettoes.
Israeli soldiers shoot down Palestinian children in the streets. So do Israeli
All of this has been documented so many times by so many organizations that
it is pathetic that Americans are so ignorant. For example, Israeli peace groups
such as Gush Shalom or Jeff Halper's Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
abundant documentation of Israel's theft of Palestine and persecution of
Palestinians. Every time the UN passes a resolution condemning Israel for its
crimes, the US vetoes it.
The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees' film, The
Iron Wall, reveals the enormity of Israel's crimes against Palestine.
President Jimmy Carter, Israel's friend, tried to bring peace to the Middle
East but was frustrated by Israel. Carter was demonized by the Israel Lobby
for calling, truthfully, the situation that Israel has created "apartheid."
Historians, including Israel's finest, such as Ilan Pappe, have documented
Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, the title of Pappe's book published in
Israelis, such as Uri Avnery, a former member of Israel's Knesset, are stronger
critics of Israel's policies toward Palestine than can be found in America.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is more outspoken in its criticism of Israeli
policies than any newspaper would dare to be in North America or Europe.
But it is all to no avail in brainwashed America where Israelis wear white
hats and Arabs wear black hats.
The ignorance of Americans commits US foreign policy to the service of Israel.
As Uri Avnery wrote
recently, a visitor from another planet, attending the recent press conference
in Jerusalem, would conclude that Olmert is the leader of the superpower and
that Bush is his vassal.
Americans don't know what terror is. To know terror, you have to be a
Palestinian, an Iraqi, or an Afghan.
Layla Anwar, an Iraqi Internet blogger, describes
what terror is like. Terror is families attending a wedding being blown
to pieces by an American missile or bomb and the survivors being blown to pieces
at the funeral of the newlyweds. Terror is troops breaking down your door in
the middle of the night, putting guns to your heads, and carrying off brothers,
sons, and husbands with bags over their heads and returning to rape the unprotected
women. Terror is being waterboarded in one of America's torture dungeons. Terror
is "when you run from hospital ward to hospital ward, from prison to prison,
from militia to militia looking for your loved one only to recognize them from
their teeth fillings in some morgue."
For people targeted by American hegemony, terror is realizing that Americans
have no moral conscience. Terror is the lack of medicines from American embargoes
that led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children. When asked by Lesley Stahl
if the American policy was worth the children's deaths, Madeleine Albright,
President Bill Clinton's secretary of state, said "we think the price is
In the feeble minds of the White House Moron and his immoral supporters, the
massive deaths for which America is responsible, including those inflicted by
Israel, have nothing to do with Muslim enmity toward America. Instead, Muslims
hate us for our "freedom and democracy," the real threat to which
comes from Bush's police state measures and stolen elections.
There is dispute over the number of Iraqis killed or murdered by Bush's
illegal invasion, a war crime under the Nuremberg standard, but everyone agrees
the number is very large. Many deaths result from American bombing of civilian
populations as the Israelis did in Lebanon and do in Gaza. There is nothing
new about these bombings. President Clinton bombed civilians in Serbia in order
to dictate policy to Serbia. But when Americans and Israelis bomb other peoples,
it is not terror. It is only terror when the US or Israel is attacked in retaliation.
The Israeli assault from the air on Beirut apartment houses is not terror.
But when a Palestinian puts on a suicide belt and blows himself up in an Israeli
cafe, that's terror. When Clinton bombs a Serbian passenger train, that's
not terror, but when a buried explosive takes out an American tank somewhere
in Iraq, that's terror.
Aggressors always have excuses for their aggression. Hitler was an expert at
this. So are the US and Israel.
Unfortunately for the world, there's little chance for change in America or
Israel. The presidential candidates (Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich) who would
bring change in Washington, without which there will be no change in Israel,
are not in the running for their party's nomination. As John
J. Mearsheimer noted on January 12, the candidates in the running are as
much under the thumb of the Israel Lobby as Bush. The candidates are Bush clones
as strongly committed as Bush to hegemony, war, Israel and executive power.
The possible exception is Obama. If he is an exception, that makes him a threat
to the powers that be, and, as we might have witnessed in the NH primary, the
Republican-supplied, Republican-programmed Diebold electronic voting machines
can easily be rigged to deny him the Democratic nomination. Hillary will not
resist Israel's wishes, and her husband's presidency bombed at will his demonized
There is no essential difference between the candidates or between the candidates
and George W. Bush. Alabama Governor George Wallace, a surprisingly successful
third party candidate for the presidency, said as long ago as 1968, "There's
not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties."
Today, four decades later, there's not a penny's worth of difference, not an
ounce of difference. Both parties have revealed themselves to be warmonger police
state parties. The US Constitution has few friends in the capital city.