In Israel, a country stolen from the Palestinians, fanatics
control the government. One of the fanatics is the prime minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu. Last week Netanyahu called for �crippling sanctions� against
The kind of blockade that Netanyahu wants qualifies as an
act of war. Israel has long threatened to attack Iran on its own but prefers to
draw in the US and NATO.
Why does Israel want to initiate a war between the United
States and Iran?
Is Iran attacking other countries, bombing civilians and
destroying civilian infrastructure?
No. These are crimes committed by Israel and the US.
Is Iran evicting peoples from lands they have occupied for centuries
and herding them into ghettoes?
No, that�s what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians
for 60 years.
What is Iran doing?
Iran is developing nuclear energy, which is its right as a
signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran�s nuclear energy program is
subject to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which
consistently reports that its inspections find no diversion of enriched uranium
to a weapons program.
The position taken by Israel, and by Israel�s puppet in Washington,
is that Iran must not be allowed to have the rights as a signatory to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty that every other signatory has, because Iran might
divert enriched uranium to a weapons program.
In other words, Israel and the US claim the right to
abrogate Iran�s right to develop nuclear energy. The Israeli/US position has no
basis in international law or in anything other than the arrogance of Israel
and the United States.
The hypocrisy is extreme. Israel is not a signatory to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty and developed its nuclear weapons illegally on the
sly, with, as far as we know, US help.
As Israel is an illegal possessor of nuclear weapons and has
a fanatical government that is capable of using them, crippling sanctions
should be applied to Israel to force it to disarm.
Israel qualifies for crippling sanctions for another reason.
It is an apartheid state, as former US President Jimmy Carter demonstrated in his book,
Peace Not Apartheid.
The US led the imposition of sanctions against South Africa
because of South Africa�s apartheid practices. The sanctions forced the white
government to hand
over political power to the black population.
Israel practices a worse form of apartheid than did the white South African
government. Yet, Israel maintains that it is �anti-Semitic� to criticize Israel for a practice that the world
regards as abhorrent.
What remains of the Palestinian West Bank that has not been
stolen by Israel consists of isolated ghettoes. Palestinians are cut off from
hospitals, schools, their farms, and from one another. They cannot travel from
one ghetto to another without Israeli permission enforced at checkpoints.
The Israeli government�s explanation for its gross violation
of human rights comprises the greatest collection of lies in world history. No
one, with the exception of American �Christian
Zionists,� believes one word of it.
The United States also qualifies for crippling sanctions.
Indeed, the US is overqualified. On the basis of lies and intentional deception
of the US Congress, the US public, the UN and NATO, the US government invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and used the
�war on terror� that Washington
orchestrated to overturn US civil liberties enshrined in the US Constitution.
One million Iraqis have paid with their lives for America�s crimes and 4
million are displaced. Iraq and its infrastructure are in ruins, and Iraq�s
professional elites, necessary to a modern organized society, are dead or
dispersed. The US government has committed a war crime on a grand scale. If
Iran qualifies for sanctions, the US qualifies a thousand times over.
No one knows how many women, children, and village elders
have been murdered by the US in Afghanistan. However, the American war of
aggression against the Afghan people is now in its ninth year. According to the
US military, an American victory is still a long ways away. Admiral Michael
Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared in August that the
military situation in Afghanistan is �serious and deteriorating�.
Older Americans can look forward to the continuation of this
war for the rest of their lives, while their Social Security and Medicare
rights are reduced in order to free up funds for the US armaments industry.
Bush/Cheney and Obama/Biden have made munitions the only safe stock investment
in the United States.
What is the purpose of the war of aggression against
Afghanistan? Soon after his inauguration, President Obama promised to provide
an answer but did not. Instead, Obama quickly escalated the war in Afghanistan
and launched a new one in Pakistan that has already displaced 2 million
Pakistanis. Obama has sent 21,000 more US troops into Afghanistan and already
the US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, is requesting
Obama is escalating America�s war of aggression against the
Afghan people despite three high profile opinion polls that show that the
American public is firmly opposed to the continuation of the war against
Sadly, the ironclad agreement between Israel and Washington
to war against Muslim peoples is far stronger than the connection between the
American public and the American government. At a farewell dinner party last
Thursday for Israel�s military attach� in Washington, who is returning to
Israel to become deputy chief of staff of the Israeli military, Admiral Mike
Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Undersecretary of Defense
Michele Flournoy, and Dan Shapiro, who is in charge of Middle East affairs on
the National Security Council, were present to pay their respects. Admiral
Mullen declared that the US will always stand with Israel. No matter how many
war crimes Israel commits. No matter how many women and children Israel
murders. No many how many Palestinians Israel drives from their homes,
villages, and lands. If truth could be told, the true axis-of-evil is the
United States and Israel.
Millions of Americans are now homeless because of
foreclosures. Millions more have lost their jobs, and even more millions have
no access to health care. Yet, the US government continues to squander hundreds
of billions of dollars on wars that serve no US purpose. President Obama and
General McChrystal have taken the position that they know best, the American
public be damned.
It could not be made any clearer that the president of the
United States and the US military have no regard whatsoever for democracy,
human rights, and international law. This is yet another reason to apply
crippling sanctions against Washington, a government that has emerged under
Bush/Obama as a brownshirt state that deals in lies, torture, murder, war
crimes, and deception.
Many governments are complicit in America�s war crimes. With
Obama�s budget deep in the red, Washington�s wars of naked aggression are
dependent on financing by the Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Saudis, South
Koreans, Indians, Canadians and Europeans. The second this foreign financing of
American war crimes stops, America�s wars of aggression against Muslims stop.
The US is not a forever �superpower� that can indefinitely ignore its own laws and
international law. The US will eventually fall as a result of its hubris,
arrogance, and imperial overreach.
When the American Empire collapses, will its enablers also
be held accountable in the war crimes court?
Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President
Reagan�s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University,
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was
awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. 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 prosecutorial misconduct.