Writing in the New Republic, former National
Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski characterizes the Bush administration's
invasion and occupation of Iraq as "justified by falsehoods, pursued with unilateral
arrogance, blinded by self-delusion, and stained by sadistic excesses."
Brzezinski condemns Bush's failed Iraq policy for aiding and abetting terrorism
and for generating hardcore hatred of the US. Brzezinski points firmly to the
real problem: "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the single most combustible
and galvanizing issue in the Arab world."
If any headway is to be made against terror, Brzezinski says, the Bush administration
must cease supporting the Likud Party's goal of a greater Israel while ignoring
Palestinian rights. As the U.S. has learned in Iraq, mere force cannot
defeat terrorism. However, an equitable Israeli-Palestinian settlement
No progress can be made in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as long
as neoconservatives continue to control the Bush presidency. A number of top
military officers and foreign policy experts have called for the resignation
of the neoconservative contingent.
Gen. Anthony Zinni recently accused top Pentagon officials of "dereliction
of duty" and called for their heads to roll. Marine Gen. William Whitlow
wrote recently in the Washington Post that "it is time for the president
to ask those responsible for the flawed Iraqi policy to resign from public service."
Neoconservatives are opposed to any resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
on any terms other than Israel's terms. Until Bush cleans his own house of the
principal opponents to an Israeli-Palestinian solution, there is no prospect
of the U.S. making headway in the war against terror.
We know who the failed policymakers are: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
Pentagon officials Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith and their advisor Richard
Perle, Vice President Richard Cheney and his chief-of-staff "Scooter" Libby. There
are others, but cleaning out these notorious incompetents would permit Bush
to make the course correction that Brzezinski says is urgently needed.
Many Americans believe that a Middle East course correction is impossible,
because Israel controls U.S. Middle Eastern policy and Israelis are of one mind. Americans
mistakenly believe Israelis are of one mind because the U.S. media do not report
on the fierce Israeli opposition to the Likud Party's aggressive policy toward
Most thoughtful Israelis oppose the Likud Party's strategy, because they understand
that it is suicidal for 5 million Israelis to make themselves hated by hundreds
of millions of Muslims. Israelis have written that Ariel Sharon's mistreatment
of Palestinians means their country will not exist in 25 years and that their
children are already planning to emigrate. Prominent Israeli newspapers, writers,
politicians, and peace groups continuously lambaste the Likud Party for its
policy toward the Palestinians, comparing it to the treatment of Jews by German
Here is what Shulamit Aloni has to say about Israel in an interview on the
Web site of Israel's largest circulating daily, Yediot Aharonot. Shulamit
Aloni was a member of the Knesset during 1974-96. During this period she
held three cabinet posts and was a member of the National Security Council during
"We are the violent ones; we are the cheats. Our very foundations have been
undermined by our adulation of force, and all this is called a democracy. There
cannot be democracy when we rule over three million people who have no voice.
We do not even try to understand that what the Palestinians want is sovereignty
and human rights.
"There is an absolute moral thoughtlessness. … The moral disintegration
of our society is the direct consequence of what is happening in the [occupied]
Territories. … For the past 37 years, our Jewish paranoia has been stoked by
brainwashing. We get told that they want to exterminate us. Who are
'they'? We are at peace with Egypt and Jordan, and these two countries
do not threaten us anymore. So who is going to throw us into the sea –
the Palestinians? The present war is not a war of survival, but a colonial
Shulamit Aloni says that the Likud Party encourages Palestinian terrorism in
order to cement national consensus with Jewish blood.
"When terrorism is on the wane, then people feel free to ask questions,
critics can be heard and the spirit of defiance grows. … I cannot live with
the way we continually wail that we are the victim, and do not examine our own
morality. We are busy destroying the vital infrastructure of three million people,
and then pretend that we are the victims."
"It's time," Aloni says, "to tell the truth to the people, straight to their
Americans could use a lot more truth as well, not only about the deceit the
U.S. government used to justify invading Iraq but also about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. Policies based on lies, arrogance, delusion, and sadistic excesses
will bring ruin to the U.S. and to Israel.