pandering to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's right-wing government last
week, US president George W. Bush carried the Israeli/neoconservative
campaign against Iran to Arab countries. Sounding as authentic as the "Filipino
Monkey," Bush told the Arab countries that "Iran is the world's
leading state sponsor of terror," and that "Iran's actions threaten
the security of nations everywhere."
To no effect. Every country in the world, except America,
knows by now that the US is the world's leading state sponsor of terror and
that the neoconservative drive for US hegemony over the world threatens the
security of nations everywhere. But before we get into this, let's first see
what Bush means by "terrorist" and Iran's sponsorship of terrorism.
Bush considers Iran to be the leading state sponsor of
terror, because Iran is believed to fund Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the
Palestinian ghetto. Hezbollah and Hamas are two organizations that exist
because of Israeli aggression against Palestine and Lebanon. The two
organizations are branded "terrorist" because they resist Israel's
theft of Palestine and Israel's designs on southern Lebanon. Both organizations
are resistance organizations. They resist Israel's territorial expansion and
this makes them "terrorist."
They are terrorists because they don't receive billions in
US military aid and cannot put armies in the field with tanks, fighter jets and
helicopter gunships, backed up by US spy satellites and Israel's nuclear
weapons -- although Hezbollah, a small militia, has twice defeated the Israeli
army. However, Palestine is so thoroughly under the Israeli heel that Hamas can
resist only with suicide bombers and obsolete rockets. It is dishonest to damn
the terrorist response but not the policies that provoke the response.
The US is at war in Iraq, because the neoconservatives want
to rid Israel of the Muslim governments -- Iraq, Iran and Syria -- that are not
American surrogates and, therefore, are willing to fund Palestinian and
Lebanese resistance to Israeli aggression. Israel, protected by the US, has
disobeyed UN resolutions for four decades and has been methodically squeezing
Palestinians out of Palestine.
Americans do not think of themselves or of Israel as
terrorist states, but the evidence is complete and overwhelming. Thanks to the
power of the Israel Lobby, Americans only know the Israeli side of the story,
which is that evil anti-Semite Palestinians will not let blameless Israelis
live in peace and persist in their unjustified terror attacks on an innocent
The facts differ remarkably from Israel Lobby propaganda.
Israel illegally occupies Palestine. Israel sends bulldozers into Palestinian
villages and knocks down Palestinian houses, occasionally killing an American
protester in the process, and uproots Palestinian olive groves. Israel cuts
Palestinian villages off from water, hospitals, farmlands, employment and
schools. Israel builds special roads through Palestine on which only Israelis
can travel. Israel establishes checkpoints everywhere to hinder Palestinian
movement to hospitals, schools and from one enclave or ghetto to another. Many
Palestinians die from the inability to get through checkpoints to medical care.
Israel builds illegal settlements on Palestinian lands. Israeli Zionist
"settlers" take it upon themselves to evict Palestinians from their
villages and towns in order to convert them into Israeli settlements. A huge
wall has been built to wall off the stolen Palestinian lands from the remaining
isolated ghettos. Israeli soldiers shoot down Palestinian children in the
streets. So do Israeli Zionist "settlers."
All of this has been documented so many times by so many
organizations that it is pathetic that Americans are so ignorant. For example,
Israeli peace groups such as Gush Shalom or Jeff Halper's Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
provide abundant documentation of Israel's theft of Palestine and persecution
of Palestinians. Every time the UN passes a resolution condemning Israel for
its crimes, the US vetoes it.
The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees' film, "The Iron Wall," reveals the enormity
of Israel's crimes against Palestine.
President Jimmy Carter, Israel's friend, tried to bring
peace to the Middle East but was frustrated by Israel. Carter was demonized by
the Israel Lobby for calling, truthfully, the situation that Israel has created
Historians, including Israel's finest, such as Ilan Pappe,
have documented "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," the title of
Pappe's book published in 2006.
Israelis, such as Uri Avnery, a former member of Israel's
Knesset, are stronger critics of Israel's policies toward Palestine than can be
found in America. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is more outspoken in its
criticism of Israeli policies than any newspaper would dare to be in North
America or Europe.
But it is all to no avail in brainwashed America where
Israelis wear white hats and Arabs wear black hats.
The ignorance of Americans commits US foreign policy to the
service of Israel. As Uri Avnery wrote in CounterPunch(January
14, 2008), a visitor from another planet, attending the recent press conference
in Jerusalem, would conclude that Olmert is the leader of the superpower and
that Bush is his vassal.
Americans don't know what terror is. To know terror, you
have to be a Palestinian, an Iraqi, or an Afghan.
Layla Anwar, an Iraqi Internet blogger, describes what
terror is like. Terror is families attending a wedding being blown to pieces by
an American missile or bomb and the survivors being blown to pieces at the
funeral of the newlyweds. Terror is troops breaking down your door in the middle
of the night, putting guns to your heads, and carrying off brothers, sons, and
husbands with bags over their heads and returning to rape the unprotected
women. Terror is being waterboarded in one of America's torture dungeons.
Terror is "when you run from hospital ward to hospital ward, from prison
to prison, from militia to militia looking for your loved one only to recognize
them from their teeth fillings in some morgue." [Stress . . . by Layla Anwar, January 14, 2008]
For people targeted by American hegemony, terror is
realizing that Americans have no moral conscience. Terror is the lack of
medicines from American embargoes that led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi
children. When asked by Lesley Stahl if the American policy was worth the
children's deaths, Madeleine Albright, President Bill Clinton's secretary of
state, said, "We think the price is worth it."
In the feeble minds of the White House Moron and his immoral
supporters, the massive deaths for which America is responsible, including
those inflicted by Israel, have nothing to do with Muslim enmity toward
America. Instead, Muslims hate us for our "freedom and democracy,"
the real threat to which comes from Bush's police state measures and stolen
There is dispute over the number of Iraqis killed or
murdered by Bush's illegal invasion, a war crime under the Nuremberg standard,
but everyone agrees the number is very large. Many deaths result from American
bombing of civilian populations as the Israelis did in Lebanon and do in Gaza.
There is nothing new about these bombings. President Clinton bombed civilians
in Serbia in order to dictate policy to Serbia. But when Americans and Israelis
bomb other peoples, it is not terror. It is only terror when the US or Israel
is attacked in retaliation.
The Israeli assault from the air on Beirut apartment houses
is not terror. But when a Palestinian puts on a suicide belt and blows himself
up in an Israeli cafe, that's terror. When Clinton bombs a Serbian passenger
train, that's not terror, but when a buried explosive takes out an American
tank somewhere in Iraq, that's terror.
Aggressors always have excuses for their aggression. Hitler
was an expert at this. So are the US and Israel.
Unfortunately for the world, there's little chance for
change in America or Israel. The presidential candidates (Ron Paul and Dennis
Kucinich) who would bring change in Washington, without which there will be no
change in Israel, are not in the running for their party's nomination. As John
J. Mearsheimer noted on January 12 , the candidates in the running are as much
under the thumb of the Israel Lobby as Bush. The candidates are Bush clones as
strongly committed as Bush to hegemony, war, Israel and executive power.
The possible exception is Obama. If he is an exception, that
makes him a threat to the powers that be, and, as we might have witnessed in
the NH primary, the Republican- supplied, Republican-programmed Diebold
electronic voting machines can easily be rigged to deny him the Democratic
nomination. Hillary will not resist Israel's wishes, and her husband's
presidency bombed at will his demonized victims.
There is no essential difference between the candidates or
between the candidates and George W. Bush. Alabama Governor George Wallace, a
surprisingly successful third party candidate for the presidency, said as long
ago as 1968, "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the
Democrat and Republican Parties." Today, four decades later, there's not a
penny's worth of difference, not an ounce of difference. Both parties have
revealed themselves to be warmonger police state parties. The US Constitution
has few friends in the capital city.
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of