Shoks Mnisi Mzolo – Cii News | 15 September 2014/20 Dhul Qa’dah 1435
As Palestinian children, in Gaza, resumed schooling – after more two months of interruption thanks to the Israeli military’s shelling that took scores of lives (including 500 children) and destroyed property in this blockaded region – Tel Aviv regime’s Number 1 supporter, Washington, has enlisted some Middle Eastern nations to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Both the US and the Arab states are conveniently ignoring Israel’s impunity and slaughter of more than 2,100 Palestinians, a Semitic group.
It’s worth asking whether this alliance, like Israel, sees Palestinians as sub-human. To paraphrase George Orwell, are some humans (or, in this case, the people of Palestinians) less human than others? History will judge the United States – the regime that created Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram and caused much havoc in Vietnam and elsewhere – and its groupies harshly. Sadly, as Palestinians repeatedly argue, Arab states largely support US and Zionist terror.
Many of these countries, March for Justice chairman Prof Nidal Sakr told Sabahul Khair, are fragile dictatorships that submit to the Western agenda and betray their people. This is why they, but two or so, continue to consort with Nazist Israel despite its decades of atrocities and occupation or colonisation of Palestine yet jump when the question of isil comes up. There is more to the anti-Isis alliance than meets the eye. Do, like the US and Zionists, the Middle Eastern governments appreciate the real agenda and long-term ramifications?
In the long term the countries huddling with the US could facilitate their “collapse” but their short-term desperate need to survive and need to stall or stymie the march to justice for all, by the masses, will cloud the region’s vision. Put differently, the embattled dictatorships – threatened by popular movement that started in 2011 – are accelerating their own demise.
“These Arab regimes have been looking outwards for somebody to give them constituency, to give them support, to keep them in power, to keep them in office. Their allegiance or their submission and succumbing to the US desire of waging war against the people of the region, once again, is another sign of collaboration, another sign of betrayal, another sign of these regimes being mercenaries to the enemies of the Umma,” Sakr said.
This human rights and pro-democracy activist’s statement can be dismissed by some, notably the Zionists and other supremacists or anti-equality proponents in that league, as loaded or “outdated” rhetoric. In truth, it is countries in the Middle East, and North Africa, that are helping the US-Israel agenda to mow people of this region. Egypt, whose democratically-elected government under Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, is an example. In collaboration with Tel Aviv, Cairo, whose Abdel Fattah El-Sisi administration was propped by external forces via a coup d’état and sham elections, has ensured that the Palestinians in Gaza remain under siege.
“We’ve seen that the US (move) does not only particularly target ISIL alone. Whether it’s the coup in Egypt, whether it’s the pressures that have been put on Qatar and Turkey and so forth, in fact, the Muslim Brotherhood and the so-called moderate Islamic movements are all targeted and subject to this war,” Sakr told Cii listeners.
From this perspective, he asserted, the anti-Isis alliance is a ploy by Washington to enable the US to spread its tentacles to the Middle East region, divide it, and rule it as the only superpower. Further, while it is unclear whether ISIL is the creation of the US, this country, added Sakr, has successfully exploited the emerging group’s violation of human rights for its own benefit and to silently stoke Islamophobia.
The Arab nations who offered to attack ISIL, under the auspices of the US – the superpower that enabled Zionist rulers to displace millions and subjugate and massacre millions more indigenous Palestinians – will be part of a military campaign that spans air strikes and ground attacks. Whatever the outcome, Washington would not be seen as an aggressor but, as it prefers to project itself amid the countless atrocities, as a responsible citizen of the world.
Looking at the bigger picture, Sakr noted that this could well pave the way for a new US-driven world “arrangement”. Indeed another example of Washington’s desire for imperialism. “The US has gone into the Middle East and is already occupying the Middle East and is creating a whole new arrangement for the Middle East,” explained this academic and activist. “In the short term (the US) will use those Arab dictators to get in and to exercise its influence and control and allow it to withdraw the law of the region.
Nation Of Cowards
By John Chuckman
15 September, 2014
What else can you fairly call a people who attack a population of refugees confined to a small space surrounded on every side by fences and machine-gun towers, a population with nowhere to run? No, that is not put strongly enough. Not just attack, but use the latest and most ferocious weapons from the American arsenal to slaughter more than 2100 people, including more than 500 children, destroying along the way a major portion of the housing, businesses, and institutions of a poor people.
The definition of a coward is not the traditional military one of a soldier who won’t fight. No, that’s far too simplistic and self-serving. The genuine meaning of the word, the meaning that warrants our full sense of revulsion and contempt, is someone who attacks someone far weaker than themselves. A large man who beats a woman or a child with his fists or a policeman who clubs a handcuffed prisoner – that is the accurate and meaningful definition of the word. And the people of Israel responsible for Operation Protective Edge are as sadly perfect examples of genuine cowards as you can find in the world.
What remarkable courage it takes – outfitted as the IDF is with Kevlar armor, the latest intelligence gadgets, satellites, radios, support of every imaginable kind, and immensely powerful weapons (they even get hot pizzas delivered as they pause in their gruesome work) – to shoot people who cannot run away, are often poorly fed and clothed, and who mostly have no weapons. And the courage of the Israeli pilots who make bombing runs over homes, schools, apartments, and stores from the safety of their supersonic fighters is surely remarkable. They remind me of the American pilots who shot and incinerated countless retreating Iraqi soldiers in the (engineered) First Gulf War while the television broadcasts caught their gleeful shouts of “Wow, it’s just like shooting fish in a barrel!”
Yes, Americans are the only comparable example of Israel’s cowardice, the Americans who literally enable Israel’s savagery but also themselves have given the world the best part of half a century of savagery abroad, the deaths of literally millions of civilians in half a dozen countries – deaths by carpet bombing, napalm, missiles, white phosphorus, various poisons, and the razor-like shards of cluster bombs.
The United States, like Israel, is never called to account for the worst record on the planet of mass killing and destruction. You simply cannot name a contemporary criminal enterprise or a so-called terrorist organization which has a record so steeped in horrors as those two.
Wholesale death inflicted with utter disregard for international law and custom has become standard policy for both countries. Yes, there are always excuses for mass murder, the weasel words such as communists or terrorists or dictators and weapons of mass destruction (Americans ironically being the only people on earth who actually used them, twice, on civilians) – all of them having no more real meaning than Stalin’s chilling wreckers, a word he used to signal his creatures that it was time for a new bloody purge. In some cases those purged were simply people Stalin did not like or of whom he felt jealous, but in most cases of the millions smashed or consigned to hell on earth, the only motive was to terrify a population into submission, and that is exactly what Israel’s motive is for its periodic massacres of Palestinians and Lebanese.
Anyone of moderate intelligence who reads and thinks must know Israel is in no danger from anyone, least of all the Palestinians who have no organized army, no navy, and no air force, not to mention very little of anything else. Israel is armed to the teeth with conventional and non-conventional weapons, it leans back arrogantly into the arms of super-power America and plays the victim in a land it victimizes, and it functions as a garrison state whose major purpose is to hold down and make miserable millions of people who happen not to be Jewish, all the while hoping they will one day pick up and leave. It is absurd to say Israel’s security is endangered by anyone, and especially by the hopeless, lifetime prisoners of Palestine.
Turning a blind eye to the Holocaust three-quarters of a century ago was an unforgivable thing, but in at least one very real sense, it is now even more culpable the way the West turns a blind eye to Israel’s horrors. The Holocaust was perpetrated in great secrecy, and there was no Internet or international media equipped with satellites to tell the world what was happening. There was no United Nations or other international organizations watching. Today, what Israel does is everywhere to be seen. People in America eat their suppers watching Israeli jets bombing homes. Without much effort you can find images of Palestinian children with portions of their heads missing. And we all saw the Israelis from Sderot sit in lawn chairs on a bluff in the evening breeze laughing and applauding as women and children writhed in agony far below much like ants being stepped on.
John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they happened to embrace the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.” He has been translated into at least ten languages and is regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. His first book was published, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, by Constable and Robinson, Lo