The Israeli bombing of Gaza. The US Cannot Escape blame for Israeli War Crimes
by Playthell Benjamin
Thomas Jefferson, the brightest of the Founding Fathers, thoughtfully considered the widespread institution of African slavery in America and commented in his book “Notes on the State of Virginia:” “I shudder for my country when I reflect upon the fact that God is just.” If Barack Obama is the thoughtful, humane, Christian that he appears to be – and I believe that he is – then he must be having many such moments. For it is with full American support that the Israeli government conducts bombing raids over populated areas of Gaza – the giant concentration camp on the West Bank where the Palestinian people live under armed Israeli occupation –both by the Israeli military and Jewish civilian Settlers; which is a war crime.
The present genocidal bombing attacks on the largely unarmed, trapped, despised Palestinians was sparked by the killing of three Jewish youths at the hands of unidentified assailants. In retaliation for this crime the Israeli’s have decided to wreak collective punishment on the Palestinians. As I write this policy has resulted in over 516 Palestinian deaths – which includes 120 children and 80 women – as the entire world watches in horror.
Eyewitness reports by foreign sources, such as Danish doctors, tell horrifying stories about headless Palestinian children being brought into the hospitals….several of which have also been hit. And aside from the fatalities there are thousands of people with serious injuries that require hospital treatment. Thus far Israel has lost 18 soldiers; alas a single Palestinian family lost 18 members. Only the most intellectually depraved morally deformed minds can conclude that the Israeli government’s actions are justified, that this is a balanced equation, yet we hear many otherwise honorable people arguing just that.
Since everyone who understands how the world works know that America is Israel’s enabler, without whose support the Zionists would be unable to carry out these crimes against the Palestinian people, a shocked world wants to know why President Obama appears to be hiding out in the White House and has suddenly lost his voice. When compared to his vehement denunciations of Russia for their alleged support for Ukrainian rebels, his tepid calls for a “ceasefire” and pained public expressions of sympathy for the Palestinians that have fallen victims to Israeli bombs and bullets – which his government continues to supply – comes across as too little too late. And based upon any objecting reading of current events, this approach has been less than useless in restraining the murderous actions of Bibi Netanyahu – America’s main man in the Middle East.
President Obama’s mealy mouth mutterings regarding Israeli crimes in Gaza can only be understood in the context of the domestic political realities he faces – i.e. avoiding giving the radical Tea Party Republicans who control the House any grounds to impeach him, and preventing a Republican takeover of the Senate in the next elections. Then there is the omnipotent powers of the faceless forces that shape US policy in the Mid-East by controlling the Congress, forces most Americans know nothing about; let alone how to effectively oppose.
This ignorance is due to the negligence, or outright duplicity, of the major corporate media in the US that work overtime to obfuscate the fundamental issues at play in the protracted conflict between Israeli and Palestinian. This kind of widespread distortion of reality, which amounts to a massive disinformation campaign aimed at the US electorate, is no willy nilly affair or happenstance. It is orchestrated by the Israel Lobby, a confluence of organizations and powerful individuals that work to promote Israeli interests in the US. And it has reduced the US press – whose raison d’etre as envisioned by the drafters of the First Amendment is to watch over those in power – has been reduced to a cowardly toothless tiger.
Yet despite their enormous power – which has successfully promoted policies that has made the US the most hated nation in the Islamic world – Abraham Foxman, who heads the rabidly pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League, denies that any such pro-Zionist pressure group exists. Yet the League has been fingered as one of the major players in the Israel Lobby by Professors Mearshimer and Walt, two scholars who recently published a thoughtful and thoroughly researched scholarly book : “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.”
Upon reading it Fox freaked out, he has taken his denial to the extent of publishing a bogus book of propaganda and shameless special pleading – the text bears his name but might well have been written by a committee –which claims to be a rebuttal of the analysis provide by Mearshimer and Walt. As tenured professors of political science specializing in International Relations at Harvard and the University of Chicago, these scholars are at the top of the American academic pyramid, thus they are beyond the reach of the disciplinary machinery of the “nonexistent” Israel Lobby that seeks to punish them with slander.
Fortunately, we live in the marvelous age of video tape and the Internet; hence I am including a video clip of Professors Mearshimer and Walt’s discussion of their research, as well as the orchestrated attempts to intimidate them by forces in the Israel Lobby, who are attempting to slander them and impugn their integrity by labeling them “anti-Semites,” a standard tactic of the organized apologists for Israeli crimes. Here the reader can see for themselves that despite the well organized slander campaign of the Israel Lobby – which, as the professors demonstrate, commands wide support in the major corporate media that live on advertisement dollars – the professor’s make an unimpeachable case based on irrefutable evidence. By comparison, it will be easy to see that their critics are nothing more than “special pleaders” and shameless propagandists.
It is a supreme Irony that the very people who deny the existence of the Israel Lobby are deploying their shills in the media to suppress and discredit this honest and excellent scholarly study, which leaves no stone unturned in their explanation of how our foreign policy in the Middle East is shaped by this special interest Lobby that operates on behalf of a foreign country whose ambitions often conflict with, and even injures, the national security interests of the USA. How is it possible that the US, which spends billions of dollars buying Arab Oil, is the most despised nation in the Arab world?
The answer lies in America’s myriad duplicities in dealing with the Muslim world. Along with support for tyrannical corrupt Arab governments ala Saudi Arabia; the equally inept and corrupt newly installed American backed regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq; militarily induced “regime change” in Iraq during 2001 and the 1953 CIA overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran, America’s uncritical support for Israeli oppression of the Palestinians and aggression against other Islamic states, over the last 60 years, has been the most important source of anti-American rage in the Muslim world. As I write millions of Muslims view the US as “The Great Satan,” i.e. the apex of evil.
This is far too great a price to pay for an alliance with a foreign country in which we have no vital national interests. It is a source of puzzlement to thoughtful people who study American foreign policy in and out of the US government. Yet only a brave few few dare say the obvious: We need to quickly abolish our “Special Relationship” with Israel because aside from the towering moral questions raised by this partnership in crime, it is leading us into constant wars that produce new Jihadist who dream of pulling off a bigger terrorist strike than 9/11. One former high ranking CIA expert on the region, Dr. Michael Scheuer, is openly calling for our government to scrap this disastrous relationship in no uncertain terms, and he openly points to the Israel Lobby as the main obstacle to ending it. He has even publicly charged that the “Israel owns the US Congress.” ( see video clips at bottom of this essay)
The discourse around Israeli/American relations has become so debased that even the right wing pundit/policy wonk Pat Buchannan now sounds like a wise man. In a recent television interview Pat gave a brilliant analysis of the fundamental folly of US Middle East Policy, from which President Obama would have greatly benefited. ( See: the video clip at the bottom of essay) Alas, such is the state of the nation in summer of 2014, a time when wars and rumors of was rage like wildfire. It is no wonder that millions of clueless religious zealots believe we are living in the last days in time…the End Time.
Since I have already written extensively about this match hatched by misguided or cowardly politicians on this blog – just put “Israel and America” in the search Engine – I shall not re-litigate my case here. Suffice it to say that if Barack Obama was King he would not allow a foreign power to dictate our policy in matters of war and peace where American blood and treasure is at stake.
But as I pointed out in an essay published before his first election, when everybody was talking as if once Barack took office he would wave his hand and make all their dreams come true: his power, like that of all presidents, is checked by the Congress – which has been paralyzed by a reactionary right/wing rejectionist Republican majority in the House – and restrained by the Federal Courts, which was largely appointed by Republicans and has proven hostile to his objectives, even setting the stage for a transition from popular democracy to a plutocracy with the “Citizens United” decision. A cynical observer might well conclude that the court ruled this way, in a split decision along partisan lines, in order to make sure the “wrong” kind of person never rises to the Oval office again!
Hence it comes as no surprise that many things President Obama has attempted to achieve on behalf of the American people has been throttled by these countervailing forces in our divided government. As I write a voice message coming over my computer calling for the impeachment of President Obama, largely based on his reluctance to bomb everywhere there is a development not to their liking, which dramatizes the dimensions of the pitfalls he faces. To put the matter succinctly: We should write the president and our representatives in the House and Senate protesting the crimes spawned by Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza.
If you pay taxes there is blood on your hands… and unless you take action that will empower the president to stand up to the demands of the Israel Lobby, which threatens to wreck his legacy and obscure his myriad accomplishments on behalf of the American people, the blood on our hands will become an indelible stain on the soul of the nation which no detergent can wash away. Since I consider Barack Obama the most gifted, humane and enlightened president to ever occupy the Oval Office – see: “The GOAT,” and “The Real Barack Obama vs. the Reagan Myth” on this blog – I am convinced that if we are to steer this nation away from constant foreign wars and ultimate disaster the time is now. It may well prove now or never!
Benjamin is a veteran political journalist out of Harlem NY. His essays can be read on his blog site Commentaries on the Times.