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July, 2003

Passionate Attachments
By Edward W. Miller

   The massive invasion of Washington's political arena by supporters of Israel, both outright Zionists Jews as well as our Christian Right, have helped produce the very situation which our first president, George Washington, felt so strongly about preventing that he dedicated much of his farewell address to the issue:
    "The passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of a common interest where no common interest exists... It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation , of privileges denied others... unnecessarily parting with what ought to be retained... exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld."  
   "It gives to ambitious, corrupted or deluded citizens who devote themselves to the favorite nation, facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity, gilding with the appearance of a virtuous sense of obligation... the base for foolish compliance's of ambition, corruption or infatuation. How many opportunities they afford to tamper with opinion, to influence or awe the public councils? ...Since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baleful foes of a republican government.... real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious... The great rule of conduct for us , in regard to foreign nations, in extending our commercial relations, is to have with them as little political connection as possible."
President George Washington 1796
   Washington's tendency to favor the State of Israel since the formation of this artificial entity by the United Nations in 1947, has inflicted upon the American people most, if not all, of the ills and evils described by our First President. The blowbacks continue to this day. Throughout the fifty-five years of the State of Israel's existence, our government has treated the original inhabitants of Palestine with a mixture of total disregard, disdain and objective repression. Washington initially turned its back on the fate of some 750,000 Palestinians who were violently expelled from their homes and properties by the Israeli military in 1948, and, ever since, has been most niggardly in contributing to those United Nations funds which still provide life support to those who half a century later still survive in refugee camps. The same disdain has been visited upon those Palestinians violently dispossessed by Israel in her 1967 war of aggression against Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank. 
   When President Reagan chose to militarily support Sharon's brutal invasion of Lebanon in 1982, shelling the unprotected population of Beirut offshore from our USS New Jersey, we paid with the loss of over 400 US Marine lives. When the Israeli military, during the 1967 War intent on seizing the Golan Heights from Syria, wanted to hide this invasion from Washington, Israeli pilots bombed, strafed, wounded and killed nearly half the crew of our intelligence ship the USS LIBERTY which was sailing in international waters just off the coast of Lebanon. Jewish pressure has since kept Congress from ever investigating this horrendous crime. The killing of our Marines in Saudi Arabia in 1993, the more recent loss of our embassies in Kenya and Tasmania, the bombing of the USS Cole, and finally, the Twin Towers and Pentagon destructions are all related to Washington's political obeisance to Jewish money and the Zionists in our capital.
   Throughout the 55 years of Israel's existence, the daily repressions of the Palestinian population, Israels' land seizures, the destruction of olive orchards, the stealing of water rights, targeted killings, home demolitions, and savage expropriation of farmland by hundreds of illegal Jewish settlements and their interconnected highways have taken place with scarcely a mention by Washington. Whenever, under pressure from other nations, the United Nations has voted for Resolutions against Israel's egregious behavior, Washington has rushed to defend the Jewish State, and in these nefarious interferences, has either abstained, lobbied against or vetoed over 80 attempts by the international community to support Palestinian human, economic and political rights and confront Israel's failure to meet in any fashion those rules set by the Geneva Conventions regarding the rights of an occupied people to social and medical and economic services and freedom from land expropriation and curfew. In this disgusting campaign designed to protect our "parasite," Washington has both materially weakened the prestige of the United Nations, and shamed us all before the world. 
   When, in Afghanistan, in the spring of 1998, Osama Ben Laden spoke with John Miller of the Associated Press, this Muslim leader threw down the gauntlet to the US and Israel. Ben Laden said clearly that the Muslim World of over 1.2 billion peoples across the globe would no longer tolerate our ongoing genocide in Iraq, a daily killing fostered by a savage embargo, by sewage-contaminated water, a near-starvation diet, lethal radiation from depleted-uranium shells, and those thousands of "cluster-bomblets" left for Iraqi children to explode, Ben Laden added: nor would his Muslim brethren any longer tolerate our support for Israel's land theft and human rights abuses in the Occupied Territories. Ben Laden's promises of Muslim reprisal were not long in coming.
   After September 11th we had choices: We might have restrained Israel's Sharon, closed down Israel's illegal settlements, and removed Israel from our payroll. We also might have discontinued the deadly embargo on the Iraqis, allowing Saddam's people to rebuild their country. Instead, driven by Bush's Zionist friends, and our Vice President's oil interests, we first sought revenge in Afghanistan, further ravaged a just-recovering people, and left the place again a shambles. Next, still under pressure from Israel's supporters in Washington, which include the Bush Jewish advisors, Elliot Abrhams, and Douglas Feith, plus Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, (both of the latter two had long been working for the overthrow of Saddam's regime) Washington lied to the American people about Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction," while secretary of state Colin Powell both mislead and pressured the United Nations Security Council in order to militarily carry out the further devastation of Iraq and its impoverished people. Vice president Dick Cheney and his Halburton Associates, for their own reasons, quietly encouraged this assault on Saddam's country.  
   It has not only in the moral costs, or the loss of American lives that feeding this Zionist parasite damages this Country, but from an economic point of view, support for Israel continues to be a tragedy.  Thomas R. Stauffer's : THE COST TO THE US TAXPAYERS OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT (See Washington Report, June 2003 vol XXII no.5) details the total burden born by the US taxpayer since the inception of the State of Israel. Stauffer's carefully documented study shows that paying for both the instability and conflicts in the Middle East totals out to be "close to $3 trillion in 2002 dollars." Yearly interest-free "loans" to Israel, annual stipends, military advances, millions spent in military support during the 1982 Lebanon invasion and the 1973 War, plus the billions paid for oil during the resulting OPEC embargo are but the tip of American's iceberg of debt. A further drain on Washington's present deficit-ridden budget in 2003 is a $9 billion stipend to Israel, plus a $10 billion loan which Sharon will use to kill Palestinians and extend illegal settlements. The interest on in this loan will also be paid by the US taxpayer, thus reducing those social and educational services we Americans so desperately need.
   Meanwhile In Israel, as columnist Charlie Reese put it, (webnet. 20 june) Bush supports a "road to nowhere." Fearful of pressuring Sharon to end Israel's daily terrorism against the Palestinians, our president and his Zionist advisors have successfully isolated the Palestinian leader Arafat, to support Washington's quisling, Abbas, a man who has little popular trust. The Bush road map is meeting that impassable obstruction that throughout history, has eventually overthrown most colonial regimes: the willingness of an occupied people to sacrifice themselves for freedom, Britain's King Geroge III received his first lesson from our patriot ancestors at Lexington and Concord.
   Though the controlled American media daily demonizes Palestinian's "suicide bombers" the intelligent world understands Sharon, his military, and the illegal settlers are the real terrorists, and that until UN Resolutions 244 and 383 are fully implemented, there will be no peace. In reality, many of the more than 80 UN Resolutions supported by both the UN General Assembly and Security Council, and often vetoed by Washington, have been resolutions against Israel's many acts of terrorism. 
   Oona King, Jewish MP from Britain's Labor Party, recently made this comment in Parliament: "The original founders of the Jewish State could surely not imagine the irony facing Israel today: In escaping the ashes of the Holocaust, they have incarcerated another people in a hell similar in its the Warsaw Ghetto. "



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