Paul Craig RobertsIsrael's Criminal AccompliceTue Jul 25, 2006 18:56
Participants in the Study Group on "A New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000:"
Richard Perle, American Enterprise Institute, Study Group Leader
James Colbert, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Johns Hopkins University/SAIS
Douglas Feith, Feith and Zell Associates
Robert Loewenberg, President, Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies
Jonathan Torop, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
David Wurmser, Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies
Meyrav Wurmser, Johns Hopkins University
Israel's Criminal Accomplice
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, COUNTERPOUNCH, 07/24/06
There never was any doubt of the Bush Regime's complicity in Israel's
naked aggression against the Lebanese civilian population. Bush has
protected Israel from world condemnation. Bush has blocked those who
attempted to bring a stop to Israel's bombing of residential neighborhoods
and civilian infrastructure, and now Bush rushes more bombs for Israel to
drop on Lebanon.
On July 22, the New York Times revealed the full extent of the Bush
Regime's participation in the heinous war crimes being inflicted on the
Lebanese people: "The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of
precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment
last week after beginning its air campaign. . . . The decision to quickly
ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within
the Bush administration, the officials said."
Obviously, Bush and his government do not think Israel has yet murdered
enough Lebanese. Bush denounces Syria and Iran for allegedly arming
Hezbollah, while he rushes more deadly weapons to Israel.
The entire world is appalled at the Bush Regime's support for Israel's
policy of expanding its borders through naked aggression.
Every Arab and Muslim now knows that the US is Israel's enabler. Arab
hopes are dead that the US will pressure Israel to behave more humanely
toward people not armed with American fighter planes, tanks, and high
America's complicity in Israel's war crimes is more than America's UK
lapdog can stand. According to the French news service, AFP, "The United
States is starting to look isolated in its refusal to rein in Israel's
attacks on Lebanon with key ally Britain criticizing the wholesale killing
of Lebanese civilians and widespread destruction."
AFP reports that Britain's deputy foreign minister Kim Howells "questioned
Israel's military tactics and slammed Israel's killing of 'so many
children and so many people. If Israel is chasing Hezbollah, then go for
Hezbollah. You don't go for the entire Lebanese nation.'"
But is Israel after Hezbollah or is Israel after the real estate that
comprises southern Lebanon?
Rightwing Israelis say Israel needs southern Lebanon as a buffer against
Hezbollah. If Israel were to succeed in driving Hezbollah out of southern
Lebanon, Israel would then want a buffer for southern Lebanon, where
Israeli settlements would quickly spring up, And after that buffer,
another, just as Israel has gobbled up Palestine.
The American people need to understand what everyone else in the world
understands: The Bush Regime is empowering the Israeli state to push out
its borders by stealing land from other people.
This Israeli policy is the source of the Middle East conflict.
It is ignorant and immoral to blame the conflict on Hamas and Hezbollah.
These organizations were created by Israeli aggression. Lacking American
jet fighters, tanks, ordinance, and resupply, these organizations resort
to terror, which is the only weapon that they have. Otherwise, the world
would pay no attention as Arabs are ground under by Israeli expansion.
The fault is America's more than Israel's. The American government and
the brainwashed American public are the source of the conflict. If
America did not enable Israeli aggression, Israel would have to behave
responsibly and endeavor to co-exist with its neighbors.
Israel is an artificial state created in Arab lands by European colonial
powers after World War II. Instead of working to win acceptance and
overcoming Arab hostility to Europe shipping off "the Jewish problem" to
the Middle East, Israel has antagonized its Middle East neighbors. Israel
can play the bully-boy role, because the US acts as Israel's big brother.
With its policy of fang and claw, Israel endangers its own right to exist.
Many distinguished Israelis came to this conclusion long before I did. I
am only repeating what can be read in more eloquent writings of
Israel's greatest friends are its own peace movement and those few in
America who dare to criticize Israel's self-destructive policies. It is
not anti-semitic to hold Israel to the same standards as other civilized
countries or to report facts instead of Israeli propaganda.
Israel's greatest enemies are the American neoconservatives, who hold the
power in the Bush Regime. What we are witnessing in the Middle East is
the unfolding of the neocon plan to destroy all vestiges of Arab/Muslim
independence and to remove all opposition to Israel's agenda. Can five
million Israelis, even when backed by the United States, forever suppress
hundreds of millions of humiliated Muslims stewing in their humiliation?
This is a recipe for perpetual conflict and the eventual destruction of
Neocons believe that deception of the American public is a legitimate way
for them to achieve their plan. Bush's so-called "war on terror" is the
cloak for neocon deception.
Bush's war is not on terror. Bush's war is on Muslim states not ruled by
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be
reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Clean Break:
A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
Following is a report prepared by The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies’ "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000." The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated. The report, entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," is the framework for a series of follow-up reports on strategy.
Israel has a large problem. Labor Zionism, which for 70 years has dominated the Zionist movement, has generated a stalled and shackled economy. Efforts to salvage Israel’s socialist institutions—which include pursuing supranational over national sovereignty and pursuing a peace process that embraces the slogan, "New Middle East"—undermine the legitimacy of the nation and lead Israel into strategic paralysis and the previous government’s "peace process." That peace process obscured the evidence of eroding national critical mass— including a palpable sense of national exhaustion—and forfeited strategic initiative. The loss of national critical mass was illustrated best by Israel’s efforts to draw in the United States to sell unpopular policies domestically, to agree to negotiate sovereignty over its capital, and to respond with resignation to a spate of terror so intense and tragic that it deterred Israelis from engaging in normal daily functions, such as commuting to work in buses.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s government comes in with a new set of ideas. While there are those who will counsel continuity, Israel has the opportunity to make a clean break; it can forge a peace process and strategy based on an entirely new intellectual foundation, one that restores strategic initiative and provides the nation the room to engage every possible energy on rebuilding Zionism, the starting point of which must be economic reform. To secure the nation’s streets and borders in the immediate future, Israel can:
* Work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back some of its most dangerous threats. This implies clean break from the slogan, "comprehensive peace" to a traditional concept of strategy based on balance of power.
* Change the nature of its relations with the Palestinians, including upholding the right of hot pursuit for self defense into all Palestinian areas and nurturing alternatives to Arafat’s exclusive grip on Palestinian society.
* Forge a new basis for relations with the United States—stressing self-reliance, maturity, strategic cooperation on areas of mutual concern, and furthering values inherent to the West. This can only be done if Israel takes serious steps to terminate aid, which prevents economic reform.
This report is written with key passages of a possible speech marked TEXT, that highlight the clean break which the new government has an opportunity to make. The body of the report is the commentary explaining the purpose and laying out the strategic context of the passages.
A New Approach to Peace
Early adoption of a bold, new perspective on peace and security is imperative for the new prime minister. While the previous government, and many abroad, may emphasize "land for peace"— which placed Israel in the position of cultural, economic, political, diplomatic, and military retreat — the new government can promote Western values and traditions. Such an approach, which will be well received in the United States, includes "peace for peace," "peace through strength" and self reliance: the balance of power.
A new strategy to seize the initiative can be introduced:
We have for four years pursued peace based on a New Middle East. We in Israel cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent. Peace depends on the character and behavior of our foes. We live in a dangerous neighborhood, with fragile states and bitter rivalries. Displaying moral ambivalence between the effort to build a Jewish state and the desire to annihilate it by trading "land for peace" will not secure "peace now." Our claim to the land —to which we have clung for hope for 2000 years--is legitimate and noble. It is not within our own power, no matter how much we concede, to make peace unilaterally. Only the unconditional acceptance by Arabs of our rights, especially in their territorial dimension, "peace for peace," is a solid basis for the future.
Israel’s quest for peace emerges from, and does not replace, the pursuit of its ideals. The Jewish people’s hunger for human rights — burned into their identity by a 2000-year old dream to live free in their own land — informs the concept of peace and reflects continuity of values with Western and Jewish tradition. Israel can now embrace negotiations, but as means, not ends, to pursue those ideals and demonstrate national steadfastness. It can challenge police states; enforce compliance of agreements; and insist on minimal standards of accountability.
Securing the Northern Border
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