Hypocrisy Of Slaughter – Israel Orwellian Lies About Gaza
Israelâs assault on Gaza raises doubts that it has any interest in finding the lasting peace settlement it proclaims to want. Does the campaign have an alternative objective as part of a strategy to engineer a strike on Iran?
Itâs probably the worldâs most tragic never-ending story.For almost 65 years now, Israel has been bombing, maiming and humiliating the Palestinians, bulldozing their homes and placing Gaza in lock-down mode turning it into the worldâs largest concentration camp.
In the latest outbreak of violence this week both sides are accusing the other,Â âYou started it!âWho knows? At this stage, does it really matter anymore who started the violence?
On Wednesday 14th, an Israeli helicopter attack killed Hamas military wing leader Ahmed Jabari, triggering a violent reaction from Hamas which rained little rockets over southern Israeli towns, which in turn brought in more Israeli air attacks killing 19, injuring 100 and leaving six children dead.
DejĂĄ-vĂš: itâs January 2009âs âOperation Cast Leadâ revisited; this time theyâre dubbing it âOperation Pillar of Defense.â
Clearly, Israelâs right-wing leaders do not want a peaceful agreement with the Palestinians.Thatâs why theyâve systematically sabotaged all possibility of reaching a two-state solution.
The last honest Israeli who tried to bring peace was Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, until he was gunned down in the streets of Tel-Aviv in November 1995; not by an Islamic fanatic, not by some mad Neo-Nazi, but by one Ygal Amir: an ultra-right-wing Zionist fanatic linked to both the fundamentalist Settlersâ Movement and Israelâs security agency Shin-Beth.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin speaking before a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on October 24, 1995 (AFP Photo / Bob Strong)
Since then, Israelâs extreme right-wing Apartheidists have called the shots and will continue doing so even more now that Benjamin Netanyahuâs Likud party has merged with Avigdor Liebermanâs Yisrael Beitenu.Maybe this latest bout of Palestine-bashing is their way of celebrating their new Gross ParteiâŚ
âDonât worry about AmericaâŚâ
Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon is infamously quoted as yelling to his colleagues during a heated debate in Israelâs Knesset in October 2001, that they need not worry about American reaction to Israelâs Palestine-bashing because âwe the Jewish people control America!”
Watching how US politicians file through powerful Pro-Israel lobbies, think tanks and organizations like AIPAC â American Israeli Public Affairs Committee -, the ADL and others, competing to give their most impassioned and dramatic pro-Israel speeches, one is tempted to believe Mr. Sharonâs candid words.
During the recent US presidential campaign both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each tried to give their most convincing Joe Biden-like âI-am-a-Zionistâ speeches, to win over not just the Jewish vote and money in America, but also the Zionist vote which is represented by many non-Jewish born-again Christians.
So, when earlier this week US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice openly supported Israel and condemned Hamasâ retaliatory attacks describing them as âviolence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel“, one can hardly be surprised.
It doesnât really matter who sits in the Oval office; whether Democrat or Republican, the US will always unthinkingly and unreservedly support Israel every time it decides to play a new round of Palestine-bashing.
A smoke trail of a Palestinian rocket launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel is seen on December 29, 2008 from the Israeli-Gaza border (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)
Naturally, US and global mainstream media willingly oblige, having succeeded in drilling deep into the collective psyche the conclusion that âTerrorismâ is always linked to âIslamic Fundamentalistsâ.
So, Hamas is made illegitimate before we even start discussions about a two-state solution.No matter that Hamas won the democratically held 2006 elections in Palestine; no matter that Israel itself was founded by violent terrorist groups like Irgun Zvai Leumi, Stern and Hagganah which later merged to become Israelâs â oh, so democratic!Â â Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Those Zionist terror groups were led by Israeli founding fathers later to become prime ministers (and even a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate!) like Menahem Beguin and Isaac Shamir, who in their âfreedom-fighterâ days blew up hotels with dozens of people inside them, assassinated UN envoys, carried out hundreds of targeted assassinations, and imposed policies of genocide by killing and maiming hundreds of thousands, and then driving off millions of Palestinian men, women and children from their homes and land using the most barbarous terror tactics.
Israelâs logic in Palestine seems to run like this: if Israel steals lands and homes and livelihoods from the Palestinians, they have no right whatsoever to complain; and if they dare fight back, then they automatically become âterroristsâ.America, the UK and most of the EU seem to agreeâŚ
Palestinian firemen extinguish fire from a building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on December 29, 2008 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
Good if I do it; bad if you doâŚ
Thatâs why those countries have branded Hamas and Hezbollah âterrorist organizationsâ.
Basic political common sense, however, tells us that a nationâs armed forces â whether in the US, Russia, China, Brazil or Israel â must report to the civilian leaders of its Nation-State.But what happens if, like the Palestinians, you are not allowed to have a Nation-State?How can Palestinians defend themselves against Israelâs systematic terrorist tactics if they canât have their own Nation-State and therefore no armed forces?Thatâs why Hamas and Hezbollah came into the picture to offer the prospect of some self-defense.
Sure, itâs easy to disqualify them as âterrorist organizationsâ butÂ â using that same criteriaÂ â would the Western Powers today reclassify the French Resistance during world war two, for example, as a âterror organizationâ, simply because they refused to passively accept the German military invasion of their country?Should the Resistance have given up so as to avoid the Oberkommando in Berlin branding them as âterroristsâ?
And what about the terror groups that assassinated Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last year or the ones wreaking havoc in Syria right now?âFreedom fightersâ, I presume, because they violently oppose non-US friendly regimes?
The West must understand that you canât have it both ways: either the French Resistance, and Irgun and Stern, and Hamas and Hezbollah, the Syrian and Libyan uprisings are all âfreedom fightersâ or, they should all be branded âterrorist organizationsâ.You canât have your cake and eat it too.
Syrian opposition fighters celebrating on the strategic Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, on November 15, 2012 (AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)
All options on the tableâŚ
Going into full Baby-Bush-warmonger-mode, recently an IDF spokesman threatened not just the Palestinians but the entire world saying that for Israel, âall options are on the tableâŚâ
Powerful words coming from the only nation in the Middle East that has an arsenal of nuclear weapons, and the behavioral track record that gives credibility to their willingness to use them.
So, Palestinians must brace themselves for ever increasing levels of violence in the days and weeks to come.Will this latest flare-up be used by Israel as an excuse to attack southern Lebanon where Hezbollah has its strong hold (and where Israel was routed when they last invaded Lebanon for the nth time in mid-2006)?
Are we seeing a crescendo of violence leading to armed attack on Syria in conjunction with Turkey/NATO and with the âSyrian Free Armyâ (aka, Al-Qaeda, CIA, Mossad, MI6)?
Is this all part of an Israeli strategy to âSecure the Realmâ that has a unilateral military attack against Iran as Israelâs real and final goal?
More generalized violence in the Middle East will help to convince Obama (and the US military) to stop dragging their feet on Iran and to come on strong again in the region.
Israel is calling this latest shock and awe attack âOperation Pillar of Defense.â A Good Orwellian euphemism for Palestine-Bashing.