Bush is showing his true colours
By Linda S. Heard
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jun 2, 2008, 00:13
For anyone with any
notion of fair play, the double standard the US president applies to the
various players in the Middle East is nauseating.
But even more
nauseating is the way that countries which bear the brunt of his tongue-lashing
and suffer because of Washington's biased treatment hang on to George W. Bush's
When is it going to
finally sink in? The US is no friend to the Arab world. What does it take for
Arab leaders to get that message and quit kowtowing?
Anyone who heard
Bush's speech before the Israeli Knesset marking Israel's 60th anniversary
knows what I mean. It wasn't so much that there was anything new in it. It held
no real surprises but, this time, the message was pure and unadulterated.
Bush is a committed
Zionist who believes God has promised Israel to the Jewish people and is
personally dedicated to ensuring they keep it no matter what.
No wonder he received
serial standing ovations from gob-smacked Israeli lawmakers! Even they wouldn't
have dared come up with such treacly verbiage to describe their flawed and
"You have forged
a free and modern society based on the love of liberty, a passion for justice, and
a respect for human dignity," Bush told them. "You have worked
tirelessly for peace." I'd like to know how he managed to keep a straight
The Israelis have
been too busy bombing their neighbours, expanding colonies on Palestinian land,
constructing an apartheid wall, demolishing homes, tearing down 100-year-old
olive trees and keeping the people of Gaza imprisoned and in the dark to work
Acknowledging Jews as
the biblical "Chosen people" Bush regretted that the "joy of
independence was tempered by the outbreak of battle, a struggle that has
continued for six decades.
"Yet in spite of
the violence, in defiance of the threats, Israel has built a thriving democracy
in the heart of the Holy Land. You have welcomed immigrants from the four
corners of the Earth," he said.
This statement not
only ignores the displaced Palestinian people's past and present suffering it
condemns their legitimate resistance.
In Bush's reverse
universe the Palestinians should no doubt have stocked up their larders and
handed over the keys to their homes before obligingly committing suicide en
masse so that Jewish "immigrants from the four corners of the Earth"
wouldn't be inconvenienced.
He used his speech as
an opportunity to discredit the United Nations for routinely passing "more
human rights resolutions against the freest democracy in the Middle East than
any other nation in the world." He condemned Israel's Arab foes, in
particular, Hamas and Hezbollah.
He heaped scorn on
"appeasers" prepared to dialogue with people he refers to as
"terrorists" and "extremists," a statement that Democratic
presidential hopeful Barack Obama has interpreted as having been directed at
of liberty" (read forcible expansion of American hegemony) is "the path
to a peaceful future," he said ominously before laying out his vision of
the Middle East 60 years hence.
And just in case
there remained an Israeli who still doubted America's loyalties, he promised:
"Israel's population may be just over 7 million but when you confront
terror and evil, you are 307 million strong because the United States of
America stands with you."
Wait a minute,
though. In the president's mind who are the perpetrators of this so-called
"terror and evil" if not Arabs?
To add insult to
injury he didn't even bother travelling to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas. Instead, he had the chutzpah to fly to Saudi Arabia
with his hand out, demanding increased oil production with the aim of bringing
Bush told the
Israelis that their talent and determination was more "valuable than
oil" but during his visit to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm Al
Shaikh -- where he did briefly meet with Abbas -- he warned Arabs that their
oil will run out one day and lectured them on women's rights, democracy and the
plight of political prisoners.
Finally, the essence
of Bush's message has got through to one Arab leader. Mahmoud Abbas, now says
he is ready to quit if there is no sign of a peace deal within six months.
the Bush speech at the Knesset angered us, and we are not happy with it,"
he said. "We do not want the Americans to negotiate on our behalf. All
that we want from them is to maintain a minimum of neutrality."
Abbas might as well
walk away now. As long as there's a Bush White House there will be no
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The establishment of
Israel was "the redemption of an ancient promise to Abraham and Moses and
David -- a homeland for the chosen people, Eretz Israel," said Bush for
once unafraid to wear his Zionist beliefs emblazoned on his sleeve.
So let's quit kidding
around. Bush has shown his true colours and those Arabs who insist on giving
the US president a red carpet welcome must be either terminally sycophantic,
chronically masochistic or dangerously colour blind.
S. Heard is a British specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She welcomes
feedback and can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
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