“The Arabs are right when they paint America as a great Zionist conspiracy.”
— Professor Doughlas Rushkoff, N.Y.U. “Wrestling with Zion” (Grove Press, 2003).
For two centuries the colonial west, first Europe then the United States, have longed to “re-order” the MidEast to serve their interests. As is common of colonial policies, Britain during World War I gave three contradictory promises to the Arabs, French, and European secular Jews that haunts the region till today. The British promised the Arabs independence, including Palestine, if they joined the British to fight the Ottomans (McMahon-Hussein Agreement 1915). They promised the Jews (Balfour Declaration 1917) “a” national homeland in Palestine if they would enlist America’s entry into W.W. I, and financially support England’s losing effort against Germany. Thus doubly promising Palestine to both Arabs and Jews. They agreed with the French (Sykes-Picot 1916) to divide the newly created Arab nations into spheres of influence. Britain controlled Palestine.
The writer, Arthur Koestler, described Britain’s double promise of Palestine to both Arabs and Jews as: “One Nation (Britain) Promising Another Nation (Jews) the Land of a Third Nation (Palestinians).”
Up until World War II the United States’ pursued an isolationist foreign policy following the guidance of the British, and after World War II, American obsession with Communism and foreign policy naivetÃ© followed Israel’s lead whose official policy necessarily meant the dispossession of 750,000 Palestinians and total destruction of over 400 Christian and Muslim villages.
There would be no Israel without America’s total support of its establishment in 1948 in the United Nations. Within eleven minutes Truman recognized Israel in defiance of his Cabinet led by Secretary of State George Marshall to enlist as he said Jewish support and votes during a losing campaign, especially in New York (akin to Hilary Clinton’s necessary pandering to New York Jews today).
In 1949, U.N. Resolution 273 conditioned Israel’s admission into the U.N. upon her acceptance of U.N. Resolution 181 (Partition Plan of Palestine) and U.N. Resolution 194 (Return/Compensation of Palestinian Refugees), Israel refused as it has ignored hundreds of U.N. Resolutions since then. Yet hypocritically both the U.S. and Israel demand the implementation of U.N. Resolution 1559 dealing with Lebanon, Syria, and indirectly Hezbollah’s disarmament. America’s illegal, unjustified, and failed quagmire war in Iraq was allegedly to enforce U.N. Resolutions. America characterizes the U.N. as irrelevant or relevant depending on the fulfillment of its policy.
In 1949, Truman outraged at Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and destruction of hundreds of Christian and Muslim villages convened the Lausanne Conference to demand Israel comply with U.N. Resolutions and return the refugees. Israel refused.
Truman’s envoy to the Lausanne Conference was his friend Ambassador Mark Etheridge. After months of failed negotiations he wrote Truman saying: “Since we gave Israel birth we are blamed for her belligerence and her arrogance and for the cold-bloodedness of her attitude toward refugees…Israel must accept responsibility….her attitude toward refugees is morally reprehensible….Her position as conqueror demanding more does not make for peace.”
In 1953 Secretary of State John Foster Dulles gave this assessment on Israel. “The United States should seek to allay the deep resentment against it that has resulted from the creation of Israel. In the past we had good relations with the Arab peoples…..there was mutual confidence to mutual advantage….Today the Arab peoples are afraid that the United States will back the new state of Israel in aggressive expansion….expansionist Zionism”.
Only once in Israel’s 58 year history did a U.S. President, Dwight Eisenhower, in 1956’s deliberate attack on Egypt by Britain, France, and Israel succeed in forcing Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Sinai. Contrary to Israel’s myth that Arabs initiated all wars upon Israel, the truth is that out of seven wars only ONE, 1973, was initiated by Arabs.
Since the terrorism of 9/11, Bush has adopted the Pro-Israel Neocons strategies of attacking Israel’s enemies (first articulated in 1996 “A Clean Break” written by Richard Perle, Douglas Feith,, and Wurmser)from Iraq, followed by Syria, Iran, as well as the legitimate resistance movements against Israeli occupation in Lebanon and Palestinian territories, Hezbollah and Hamas. Forgotten is that the P.L.O. was formed in 1965 to oppose Israel’s occupation, that Israel helped established Hamas in the early 1970’s, that Hezbollah was formed in 1982 to resist Israel’s invasion of Lebanon that killed 20,000 civilians, plus the massacre of Sabra and Chatila camps killing over 1,700 Palestinians under Sharon’s protection.
Why do Muslims hate us? Despite the illogical monolithism of “they” and “us”; Muslims ONLY hate our foreign policy that blindly supports Israel.
The Pentagon’s Defense Science Board (Christian Science Monitor; 11/29/04) answers the “hate” question: “Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the long-standing, even increasing, support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Gulf states. Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.’
Americans have only heard the one sided Israeli historical narrative that is emotionally moving, beginning with the Holocaust, movies (Exodus, the Swords of the Desert), and the powerful public relations and media onslaught that protects Israel at every turn, right or wrong, portraying it’s “defensive” attacks to protect its survival despite its fourth most powerful army, with nuclear weapons, worldwide.
If our media portrayal of the Israeli Palestinian conflict was truly balanced, both peoples would enjoy independence and peace today.
"Right and wrong are the same in Palestine as anywhere else. What is peculiar about the Palestine conflict is that the world has listened to the party that committed the offence and has turned a deaf ear to the victims.”
— British History Professor Arnold Toynbee
Bush, Blair, and Ehud Olmert in their obstinate obsession to destroy all vestiges of resistance to their hegemony have alienated the entire world against America and put our nation and its interests at severe risk of “blowback.” Their bombs replace peaceful negotiations, their suppression of all opposition as unpatriotic or anti-Semitic ensures the silence of the many while the Litani, Jordan, Tigris and Euphrates rivers become reservoirs for innocent blood.
In their famous paper “The Israel Lobby” which no American media dared publish, two eminent American Professors, Walt and Mearsheimer wrote: "The United States has become the de facto enabler of Israeli expansion in the occupied territories, making it complicit in the crimes perpetrated against the Palestinians."
World demographics, politics, and opinion are inflamed against America and its Pro-Israel policy, especially after Israel’s month long devastation of Lebanon. Time is not on the side of this injustice and America’s relations with the Muslim world will harden unless Americans demand a policy change by their government that is fair and just on the Palestinian issue.
America’s worldwide Achilles Hell is our addiction and blind support of Israel, especially by Congress. Israel has never sought peace while the Arabs in 2001 agreed to establish normal relations with Israel in exchange for its withdrawal from all Arab land according to dozens of U.N. Resolutions. Israel said no; naturally the U.S. followed.
Enough killing, enough lies, enough sound bytes, enough Pro-Israel domination of our foreign policy and our Congress. Time for peace, time for freedom from fear.