Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Shame !!!!

THE SHAME OF BEING AN AMERICAN
by Paul Craig Roberts

*** Dr. Roberts is John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy
and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is a former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal and a former assistant secretary of the U.S.
Treasury. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions ***

Gentle reader, do you know that Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing in
southern Lebanon? Israel has ordered all the villagers to clear out. Israel
then destroys their homes and murders the fleeing villagers. That way there is
no one to come back and nothing to which to return, making it easier for
Israel to grab the territory, just as Israel has been stealing Palestine from
the Palestinians.

Do you know that one-third of the Lebanese civilians murdered by Israel's
attacks on civilian residential districts are children?.... (inserted by
Romira... http://www.fromisraeltolebanon.info/)... That is the report from Jan
Egeland, the emergency relief coordinator for the UN. He says it is impossible
for help to reach the wounded and those buried in rubble, because Israeli air
strikes have blown up all the bridges and roads.

Considering how often (almost always) Israel misses Hezbollah targets and hits
civilian ones, one might think that Israeli fire is being guided by US
satellites and US military GPS. Don't be surprised at US complicity. Why would
the puppet be any less evil than the puppet master?

Of course, you don't know these things, because the US print and TV media do
not report them.Because Bush is so proud of himself, you do know that he has
blocked every effort to stop the Israeli slaughter of Lebanese civilians. Bush
has told the UN "NO." Bush has told the European Union "NO." Bush has told the
pro-American Lebanese prime minister "NO." Twice.

Bush is very proud of his firmness. He is enjoying Israel's rampage and wishes
he could do the same thing in Iraq.

Does it make you a Proud American that "your" president gave Israel the green
light to drop bombs on convoys of villagers fleeing from Israeli shelling, on
residential neighborhoods in the capital of Beirut and throughout Lebanon, on
hospitals, on power plants, on food production and storage, on ports, on
civilian airports, on bridges, on roads, on every piece of infrastructure on
which civilized life depends?

Are you a Proud American? Or are you an Israeli puppet?

On July 20, "your" House of Representatives voted 410-8 in favor of Israel's
massive war crimes in Lebanon. Not content with making every American
complicit in war crimes, "your" House of Representatives, according to the
Associated Press, also "condemns enemies of the Jewish state."

Who are the "enemies of the Jewish state"?They are the Palestinians whose land
has been stolen by the Jewish state, whose homes and olive groves have been
destroyed by the Jewish state, whose children have been shot down in the
streets by the Jewish state, whose women have been abused by the Jewish state.
They are Palestinians who have been walled off into ghettos, who cannot reach
their farm lands or medical care or schools, who cannot drive on roads through
Palestine that have been constructed for Israelis only. They are Palestinians
whose ancient towns have been invaded by militant Zionist "settlers" under the
protection of the Israeli army who beat and persecute the Palestinians and
drive them out of their towns. They are Palestinians who cannot allow their
children outside their homes because they will be murdered by Israeli
"settlers."

The Palestinians who confront Israeli evil are called "terrorists." When Bush
forced free elections on Palestine, the people voted for Hamas. Hamas is the
organization that has stood up to Israel. This means, of course, that Hamas is
evil, anti-Semitic, un-American and terrorist.

The US and Israel responded by cutting off all funds to the new government.
Democracy is permitted only if it produces the results Bush and Israel want.

Israelis never practice terror. Only those who are in Israel's way are
terrorists.

Another enemy of the Jewish state is Hezbollah. Hezbollah is a militia of
Shi'ite Muslims created in 1982 when Israel first invaded Lebanon. During this
invasion the great moral Jewish state arranged for the murder of refugees in
refugee camps. The result of Israel's atrocities was Hezbollah, which fought
the Israeli Army, defeated it, and drove it out of Lebanon.

Today Hezbollah not only defends southern Lebanon but also provides social
services such as orphanages and medical care. To cut to the chase, the enemies
of the Jewish state are any Muslim country not ruled by an American puppet
friendly to Israel.

Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the oil emirates have sided with Israel
against their own kind, because they are dependent either on American money or
on American protection from their own people. Sooner or later these totally
corrupt governments that do not represent the people they rule will be
overthrown. It is only a matter of time.

Indeed Bush and Israel may be hastening the process in their frantic effort to
overthrow the governments of Syria and Iran. Both governments have more
popular support than Bush has, but the White House Moron doesn't know this.
The Moron thinks Syria and Iran will be "cakewalks" like Iraq, where ten proud
divisions of the US military are tied down by a few lightly armed insurgents.

If you are still a Proud American, consider that your pride is doing nothing
good for Israel or for America.

On July 20 when "your" House of Representatives, following "your" US Senate,
passed the resolution in support of Israel's war crimes, the most powerful
lobby in Washington, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),
quickly got out a press release proclaiming "The American people overwhelming
support Israel's war on terrorism and understand that we must stand by our
closest ally in this time of crisis."

The truth is that Israel created the crisis by invading a country with a
pro-American government.

The truth is that the American people do not support Israel's war crimes, as
the CNN quick poll results make clear and as was made clear by callers into
C-Span.

Despite the Israeli spin on news provided by US "reporting," a majority of
Americans do not approve of Israeli atrocities against Lebanese civilians.

Hezbollah is located in southern Lebanon. If Israel is targeting Hezbollah,
why are Israeli bombs falling on northern Lebanon? Why are they falling on
Beirut? Why are they falling on civilian airports? On schools and hospitals?

Now we arrive at the main point. When the US Senate and House of
Representatives pass resolutions in support of Israeli war crimes and condemn
those who resist Israeli aggression, the Senate and House confirm Osama bin
Laden's propaganda that America stands with Israel against the Arab and Muslim
world. Indeed, Israel, which has one of the world's largest per capita
incomes, is the largest recipient of US foreign aid.

Many believe that much of this "aid" comes back to AIPAC, which uses it to
elect "our" representatives in Congress.This perception is no favor to Israel,
whose population is declining, as the smart ones have seen the writing on the
wall and have been leaving.


Israel is surrounded by hundreds of millions of Muslims who are being turned
into enemies of Israel by Israel's actions and inhumane policies. The hope in
the Muslim world has always been that the United States would intervene in
behalf of compromise and make Israel realize that Israel cannot steal
Palestine and turn every Palestinian into a refugee. This has been the hope of
the Arab world. This is the reason our puppets have not been overthrown. This
hope is the reason America still had some prestige in the Arab world.

The House of Representatives resolution, bought and paid for by AIPAC money,
is the final nail in the coffin of American prestige in the Middle East. It
shows that America is, indeed, Israel's puppet, just as Osama bin Laden says,
and as a majority of Muslims believe.

With hope and diplomacy dead, henceforth America and Israel have only tooth
and claw.

The vaunted Israeli army could not defeat a rag tag militia in southern
Lebanon. The vaunted US military cannot defeat a rag tag, lightly armed
insurgency drawn from a minority of the population in Iraq, insurgents,
moreover, who are mainly engaged in civil war against the Shi'ite majority.


What will the US and its puppet master do? Both are too full of hubris and
paranoia to admit their terrible mistakes. Israel and the US will either
destroy from the air the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon, Palestine, Syria,
and Iran so that civilized life becomes impossible for Muslims, or the US and
Israel will use nuclear weapons to intimidate Muslims into acquiescence to
Israel's desires. Muslim genocide in one form or another is the professed goal
of the neoconservatives who have total control over the Bush administration.

Neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz has called for World War IV (in neocon
thinking WW III was the Cold War) to overthrow Islam in the Middle East,
deracinate the Islamic religion and turn it into a formalized, secular ritual.

Rumsfeld's neocon Pentagon has drafted new US war doctrine that permits
pre-emptive nuclear attack on non-nuclear states.

Neocon David Horowitz says that by slaughtering Palestinian and Lebanese
civilians, "Israel is doing the work of the rest of the civilized world," thus
equating war criminals with civilized men.

Neocon Larry Kudlow says that "Israel is doing the Lord's work" by murdering
Lebanese, a claim that should give pause to Israel's Christian evangelical
supporters.

Where does the Lord Jesus say, "go forth and murder your neighbors so that you
may steal their lands"?

The complicity of the American public in these heinous crimes will damn
America for all time in history.

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