The old adage, "fool me once, shame on you;
fool me twice, shame on me" does not apply to Americans, who have shown
that they can be endlessly fooled.
Neoconservatives deceived Americans into an illegal attack and debilitating
war in Iraq. American neoconservatives are closely allied with Israel's Likud
Party. In the past, some neocons lost their security clearances because of "mishandling"
of classified information. According to Insight
"the Pentagon has banned security clearance to Americans with relatives
in Israel. Government sources and attorneys said the Pentagon has sought and
succeeded in removing security clearance from dozens of Americans, mostly Jews,
who either lived, worked, or have relatives in Israel."
Despite questions of dual loyalties, neocons hold high positions in the Bush
regime. Ten years ago these architects of American foreign and military policy
spelled out how they would use deception to achieve "important Israeli
strategic objectives" in the Middle East. First, they would focus "on
removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq." This would open the door for
Israel to provoke attacks from Hezbollah. The attacks would let Israel gain
American sympathy and permit Israel to seize the strategic initiative by "engaging
Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon."
Today, this neoconservative plan is unfolding before our eyes. Israel has used
the capture of two of its soldiers in Lebanon as an excuse for an all-out air
and naval bombardment against Lebanese civilian targets. However, a number of
commentators have pointed out that such a massive attack requires weeks if not
months of preparation that could not be done overnight in response to the capture
of the soldiers.
Regardless, in the first two days of the Israeli military attack on Lebanon
more than a hundred civilians, including Canadians, have been killed by Israeli
bombs (gifts from U.S. taxpayers). The Beirut International Airport has been
repeatedly bombed, as have residential neighborhoods, roads, bridges, ports,
and power stations.
Soldiers are a legitimate military target. Civilians, civilian neighborhoods,
tourists, and international airports are not. Under the Nuremberg standard used
to sentence Nazi war criminals to death, the Israeli government is clearly guilty
of war crimes.
Meanwhile, the Israelis are committing identical war crimes in Gaza. Again Israel's
excuse is the capture of an Israeli soldier. However, the distinguished Israeli
professor Ran HaCohen said
that the Israeli army "had been demanding a massive attack on Gaza long
before the Israeli soldier was kidnapped."
By blocking UN Security Council action against Israel for its massacre of civilians
in Gaza, the Bush regime has made itself complicit in these monstrous war crimes.
Just as Germans who supported Hitler were deemed to be complicit in his war
crimes, Americans who support Bush are complicit in Bush's war crimes.
Hezbollah is not the Lebanese government. It does not rule Lebanon. Hezbollah
is the militia organization founded in 1982 in response to Israel's invasion
of Lebanon. Hezbollah defeated the Israeli army and drove out the Israeli invaders
six years ago.
According to the BBC, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that the two Israeli
soldiers "were captured to pressure Israel to release the thousands of
Palestinian prisoners in its jails," especially the women and children.
The BBC also notes that although Hezbollah operates "from Lebanese territory
and the militant group has two ministers in the Lebanese government, the central
government is almost powerless to influence the militant group." (Note
that the BBC applies the loaded word "militant" to Hezbollah but not
to Israel.) Hezbollah, reports the BBC, "is also very popular in Lebanon
and highly respected for its political activities, social services, and its
military record against Israel."
The prime minister of Lebanon, who was installed with President Bush's approval
when Syria, under Bush's pressure, recently withdrew its troops from Lebanon,
has twice appealed to Bush to pressure Israel to stop its criminal attacks.
Our great moral, democratic, Christian leader has twice rebuffed the appeal
from the legal representative of the Lebanese people. Instead, Bush is willingly
going along with the 1996 neocon script. Bush is laying the blame on Syria and
Iran, exactly as the neocon script calls for him to do.
When Bush demands that Syria "stop Hezbollah attacks," he forgets
that he was the one who forced Syria out of Lebanon (to enable Israel to attack
Lebanon). If Americans were attentive, they would be ashamed to witness "their"
president acting as an Israeli propagandist.
Fox "News," CNN, and the rest of the Bush propaganda ministry are
echoing the lie that innocent Israel is under attack from the "terrorist
states" of Syria and Iran through their surrogate, Hezbollah. Americans,
who are sick of the Iraq occupation and want the troops home, are being fooled
again and set up for wider war in the Middle East.
Evangelical "Christians" are part of the propaganda show. Three thousand
of them, under the lead of the Rev. John C. Hagee, are heading to Washington
for a "Washington/Israel summit" to demand, needlessly, that the neocon
Bush regime show "stronger support for Israel."
It is difficult to see how Bush could show any stronger support without using
the U.S. military to assist Israel in its attacks, which is, of course, what
the "Christian" Rev. Hagee intends when he declares: "There's
a new Hitler in the Middle East [he doesn't mean Bush or Olmert]. The only way
he will be stopped will be by a preemptive military strike in Iran."
Present at Rev. Hagee's "Washington/Israel Summit" will be Israel's
former Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, Israeli Ambassador Daniel
Ayalon, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, Republican Senators
Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and Gary Bauer.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful lobby in Washington,
expressed its thanks to Rev. Hagee for demonstrating "the depth and breadth
of American support" for Israel. Recently, AIPAC has been under investigation
as a suspected nest for Israeli spies.
David Brog, former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, has gone
to work for Rev. Hagee. Brog, who is Jewish, says he works for Hagee's evangelical
enterprise because "we're bringing into a pro-Israel camp millions of Christians
who love Israel and giving them a political voice. Israel's enemies are our
enemies, and this group instinctively understands that." Brog goes on to
say that Hagee's evangelicals understand that they are not supposed to talk
about Jesus, only about saving Israel: "Christians who work with Jews in
supporting Israel realize how sensitive we are in talking about Jesus. They
realize it will interfere with what they are trying to do."
Gentle reader, is this an admission that evangelicals have set aside Jesus for
war? Do these bloody-minded evangelicals really believe they will be wafted
to Heaven for helping Israel involve the U.S. in more war? Have evangelicals
forgotten that "an eye for an eye" is Old Testament? "Turn the
other cheek" is New Testament.
On July 14, Reuters reported that alone among Christians, the "Vatican
condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon."
Whose delusion is the greatest – the evangelical "rapture" delusion,
the neocon delusion about American power, or the Zionist delusion? The three
together mean disaster for America, Israel, and the world.
One of the great evangelical/Zionist/neocon myths is that "tiny Israel"
armed with 200
nuclear weapons is threatened by Muslim Middle Eastern countries. In actual
fact, Egypt and Pakistan, which have the bulk of the Middle Eastern Muslim population,
are ruled by American puppets. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the oil emirates are
totally dependent on U.S. protection and, thereby, are also under the American
thumb. Iran is Persian, not Arab, and has no common borders with Israel. Hezbollah
was created when Israel tried to seize Lebanon in 1982. Hamas is a Palestinian
response to the atrocities Palestinians have suffered for a half century at
Israel's land-stealing policy is the source of Middle Eastern instability.
America is hated because American money and weapons are what enable Israel to
steal Palestine from Palestinians.
As numerous Middle East experts have pointed out, what is decried as "Arab
terrorism against Israel" is, in fact, the only tactic Muslims have for
calling the world's attention to the plight of the Palestinians, about which
Americans are generally ignorant.
It is absurd for Bush to condemn Syria for not behaving as an American puppet
and for not fighting Israel's battles by taking on Hezbollah. Syria and Iran
(and Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion) are the only Middle Eastern countries
independent of American control. It is far beyond the boundaries of reason and
morality to expect these two remaining independent countries to give up their
independence in order to enable Israel to steal Palestine and southern Lebanon.
It is the refusal of Syria and Iran (and Saddam Hussein's Iraq) to stand with
Israel against Palestine that has made them targets for American attack. Neocons
have total control of U.S. foreign policy in the Bush regime, and they have
morphed our strategic interests into Israel's.
As the neoconservative architects of Bush's wars revealed
in 1996, their concern lies with Israeli strategic objectives.