Our tax dollars are hard at work killing innocent Palestinian women and children, and UN aid workers: U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell recently introduced a non-binding resolution that passed in the U.S. Senate calling for a cease-fire in Gaza while voicing support for Israel in its fight against Hamas, which comes as no surprise when you consider how the U.S. Congress — who is receiving a nice little raise this year — has treated Americans the past eight years and the fact that the Israeli Lobby owns Congress.
The resolution was promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and it effectively endorses Israel’s war on Gaza. The Israeli lobby has also been busy creating more propaganda. A new ‘commercial’ that tries to make you think Israel is the victim is pathetically laughable. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about the Gaza debacle in the near future.
As the Israeli slaughter of Gazans continues running rampant, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this travesty may be serving three purposes: taking attention away from the Fraudulent Financial Bailout committed by the U.S. Government against its citizens, starting a war with Iran, and taking all the natural gas that is in Gaza.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a similar measure. The Senate resolutions reaffirms “strong U.S. support” for Israel in its ongoing battle with Hamas and recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks launched from Gaza.
In typical fashion, the resolution lists a series of provocations by Hamas dating back to 2006, which includes the launching of rockets at Isreal, refers to Hamas’ record of locating in civilian population centers and using civilians as human shields — which Israel is also guilty of. There is no mention of the right of the Palestinian people to defend themselves or the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
Hamas is criticized in the resolution for refusing “to comply with the requirements of the Quartet,” which include recognizing Israel’s right to exist and renouncing violence. No mention is made of Israel’s settlement expansion in or illegal occupation of the West Bank — which is also in violation of the Quartet requirements — and there is no mention of the fact that Israel has held Gaza under seige for three years and it doesn’t call upon Israel to recognize the “right to exist” of a Palestinian state or to renounce violence.
The Acute Humanitarian Situation
The resolution points to what they call the acute humanitarian situation — shortages of food, water, electricity and adequate medical care — in Gaza and urges continuing U.S. efforts to support a durable, enforceable and sustainable cease-fire that prevents Hamas from retaining or rebuilding its capability of launching attacks against Israel and it reiterates strong support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict which is impossible as long as Palestinians live under occupation and threat from Israel.
The resolution fails to point out that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is a direct result of Israel’s policy of blockading Gaza and has been greatly exacerbated by Israel’s aerial bombardment and invasion of Gaza but it does praise the humanitarian aid that Israel has allegedly allowed into the territory. There is no mention of the UN aid worker that was killed by the IDF after being “allowed’ in.
The almost identical resolution from the U.S. House of Representatives calls on nations to “lay blame both for the breaking of the calm and subsequent civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where it belongs – on Hamas,” yet no mention is made of the fact that Hamas observed the cease-fire until Israel violated it on November 4 by launching an airstrike into Gaza that killed 5 people and injured several others. Much of the blame is attributable to the U.S. and their corrupted politics as usual in Washington.
An article from The Intelligence Daily details some of the remarks from members of our illustrious Congress, which amounts to nothing more than the usual dog and pony show conducted for the AIPAC since they do own the vast majority of Congress. Two Senators spoke up for Palestinians: Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich. Senator Ron Paul’s response can be found here.
This was Senator Kucinich’s response:
“Wake up America. We have trillions for a war machine and the banks while our government stands by and sniffs at the slaughter of innocents in Gaza, where Israel is blocking aid for wounded Palestinians. Here’s today’s Washington Post. It says, ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that it found at least 15 bodies and several children emaciated but alive in a row of shattered houses in the Gaza Strip and accused the Israeli military of preventing ambulances from reaching the site for 4 days. 12 corpses lying on mattresses in one home, along with 4 young children lying next to their dead mothers.’ That’s a quote. Today, US tax dollars, US jets, and US helicopters provided to Israel are enabling the slaughter in Gaza. The administration enables Israel to press forward with the attack against defenseless civilians, blocks efforts at promoting a cease-fire at the UN, and refuses to make Israel compliant with conditions that arms shipments will not be used for aggression. Israel is going to receive $30 billion in a ten year period for military assistance, without having to abide by any humanitarian principles, international laws, or standards of basic human decency. Wake up America.”
The U.S. Put Hamas In Power
Another one of President Bush’s failed foreign policies backfired. A long, detailed April 2008 article by David Rose from Vanity Fair reported on The Gaza Bombshell:
After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.
It appears that Israel has been intent on slaughtering innocent victims from the start. Unlike the crude Hamas rockets that cause more fear than death, Israel is using American-supplied F-16s and Apache helicopters to attack civilian targets it claims are linked to Hamas. New US-supplied smart bombs are being used by Israel to kill innocent Palestinian women and children. There is a stark contrast between weapons used by Hamas and weapons used by Israel. Israel’s crimes against humanity continue growing.
As noted by Avi Shlaim in The Guardian UK, “A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practices terrorism. Israel fulfulls all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it.”
It also appears that the 111th U.S. Congress may end up being just as disgraceful as their predecessors in the 110th Congress. ‘We The People’ need to remove our corrupted politicians — which unfortunately includes the vast majority of them. It’s time for the American ‘News’ media to quit spreading the pack of lies and propaganda and it’s time for the enablers in Washington to be held accountable for their participation in the crimes against humanity. The world needs to be made aware of the truth and the bloodbath in Gaza needs to cease.