If America were blessed with a noninterventionist
foreign policy, we could all thank Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for giving
President-elect Barack Obama a thoroughgoing lesson in the absolute irrelevancy
of Israel and Palestine to the national interests of the United States. More
than a week into Israel's invasion of Gaza, America is still alive and kicking
and none of our citizens are dead, which is the way it should be, as this is
their religious war and not ours. If stubborn noninterventionism were our creed
– as the Founders intended – the Gaza war could continue for two more days
or two more months and we could simply shrug and mutter "Who cares?"
America could simply go on its way, rebuilding its economy and marveling over
the madness of two religions fighting to the death over a barren sandpit at
the eastern end of the Mediterranean.
Unfortunately, America today is run by a political and media elite that is
addicted to intervention. This would be bad enough if these men and women had
the brains to intervene and produce a result that benefits U.S. interests,
but they are not. They are instead – despite their Ivy League diplomas – uneducated
and naïve people who still live in the Cold War, foolishly believing that
America is the boss of a strong Western/NATO community (which is now in its
death throes on Afghanistan's plains); that other nations are eager to do America's
dirty work; and, most fatally of all, that the national security interests
of the United States and Israel are identical.
There should be no mistake among Americans about what is going on in Gaza.
Although Israel has billed its invasion as an attempt to destroy Hamas and
thereby protect Israelis, its main goal is to ensure that Obama is tied as
tight as Gulliver to the status quo of U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world.
In addition to hurting Hamas, Israel's invasion of Gaza was designed to and
has successfully underscored the salience of Osama bin Laden's now 12-plus-year-old
message to the Muslim world:
- First, that the United States – under Republicans or Democrats – will
allow Israel to do anything it pleases in regard to starving and bombing
the Palestinians. This has been underlined for Muslims by the words of President
George W. Bush, the silence of President-elect Obama, and, according to the
Jerusalem Post, by the blame-it-all-on-the-Palestinians visits of
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Congressman Gary Ackerman,
and leaders of major U.S. Jewish organizations.
- Second, that the ruling Muslim regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan,
and elsewhere are impotent "agents" of the Zionists and Crusaders
and will do nothing to protect Muslims when they are attacked by the U.S.-led
West, be those attacks in Palestine, Pakistan, Iraq, or Afghanistan. "[The]
failure of the Arab foreign ministers at their meeting in Cairo to take any
position to confront the continuing Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip,"
explains the independent and influential UK-based Arabic daily Al-Quds
al-Arabi, "confirms the theory that says the Israeli aggression
has come as a result of coordination and the blessing of influential Arab
states, especially Egypt and Saudi Arabia."
- Third, that Muslims are regarded by the West as subhumans, and their blood,
lives, and children are – for America, Israel, and Europe – worthless and
expendable. The Gaza score to date will indelibly make this point across
the Islamic world: to date, 500 dead and 2,300 wounded Palestinians and less
than 10 dead Israelis. As Pakistan's Frontier Post has said, the West
silently watches as "Israel is set to starve the Palestinian Muslims
into nonexistence. … No respect for Muslim life! Muslim blood is cheaper
After the Gaza invasion, Israel will have accomplished two vital goals. It
will have reenergized Hamas, which will in turn renew the suicide bombings
inside Israel that allow America's Israel-firsters – including Obama's IDF-veteran
chief of staff – to portray their country-of-first-allegiance as the poor,
put-upon innocent. It will also have produced the end of whatever slim hope
there was of an Arab-Israeli peace settlement over the course of Obama's term.
What is likely to become known across the Islamic world as the "Gaza slaughter"
will ensure the continued growth of the Sunni insurgency al-Qaeda leads and
inspires. All told, Israeli leaders at the conclusion of the Gaza invasion
will be able to more credibly quote President Bush and say that their "mission"
has been accomplished.
Now, there is no reason for Americans to be angry at Israel. Hamas is a nagging
military threat to Israel, and Israel's leaders can defend their citizens in
the manner they deem appropriate. Indeed, had various U.S. governments abstained
from continuously intervening in the Arab-Israeli conflict over the past 30
years, it may well have been long since settled and over – one way or another.
The American people should be livid, though, with their bipartisan political
elite and the Israel-firsters at Commentary, the New York Times,
National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Washington Post,
as well as that hive of anti-American U.S. citizens that fund and lead AIPAC,
for involving them in this barbarous mess. At some point down the road, every
U.S.-taxpayer-funded bomb, artillery shell, and bullet aimed at the Palestinians
will yield Americans killed at the hands of al-Qaeda, its allies, or those
it inspires in attacks launched in response to U.S. support for Israel. Those
Americans will be killed because their political and media leaders – corrupted
to the bone by AIPAC – have involved them in a religious war that threatens
nothing vital to their country's principles or national security, their personal
economic well-being, or their children's lives.
And worse is yet to come. Israel's Gaza invasion has produced an unusual number
of public anti-Israel demonstrations by American Muslims around the United
States. The 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war produced similar events, but the current,
Gaza-focused demonstrations are angrier and larger in number. How long, one
wonders, will it be before Israel's military actions lead to violent clashes
If this occurs, Israel and its American supporters will have the insurance
policy they desire above any other, one they are desperate to obtain before
Israel takes harsh action – by forced deportation or other means – against
its rapidly growing and radicalizing Arab population. Once the Arab-Israeli
religious war has been brought into the United States and is producing blood
in America's streets, the Israel-firsters will claim the carnage proves that
secular America and theocratic Israel are in the same boat and facing the same
enemies. Flogging this plausible but palpable lie, AIPAC-owned American leaders
will consign this country to an unending war against Islam, the same catastrophe
that is Israel's lot.