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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Mike Huckabee, the Pseudo-Moralist
By Khalid Amayreh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 13, 2010
The bottom-line: you can't be a man or woman of honesty and
true morality and at the same time support Israeli terror and genocidal
policies. The two are simply an obscene oxymoron
Former Governor of Arkansas and Fox News host Mike Huckabee serves as
a classical example of an American politician who is willing to sacrifice
conscience, honesty and moral integrity in order to receive a certificate of
good conduct from Israel and its powerful lobby in Washington.
claims, or would want us to believe, that he is an ethical man who follows
true Christian values. However, a closer scrutiny of the former presidential
hopeful would reveal a confused man who really evades and ignores the hard
and harsh issues that expose the utter depravity and brutal ugliness
of the Jewish state.
This is evident from his enthusiastic embrace
of Israel's markedly criminal policies in Occupied Palestine, policies that
stand in stark contradiction to everything and anything that Jesus Christ
preached and taught.
In the final analysis, we are talking about a
man who combines false religious zeal with willful ignorance,
fanaticism and not a small amount of vindictiveness in forming his positions
and views with regard to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Huckabee is often carried away by the atmospherics of the moment, saying
things that are plainly mendacious in order to please and appease his
fanatical fans and bank-rollers.
However, in doing so, he betrays,
knowingly or unknowingly, every moral value he claims to espouse and hold
In a recent speech he gave in New York City, Huckabee
sought to curry favor with fanatical Zionist supremacists who were holding a
Huckabee reception in order to raise funds for stealing more
Palestinian lands and homes and terrorizing and dispossessing more innocent
people in the West Bank.
His very attendance and participation in
this most immoral event caricatured a politician who just goes with the
flow, regardless of the oppression, suffering and pain America's immoral
policies are inflicting on innocent victims several thousand miles away.
"This evening is about the lights," said Huckabee. "The lights that I
hope will burn brightly, because they are not just about the Jewish people,
but about all people who love freedom and who believe that every single
human life matters and has worth and value and should be never devalued by
the hate of other government, religion or madman and denigrated into
Needless to say, and given the ideology and mindset of
his audience, Huckabee should have condemned outright the systematic
and unrelenting oppression meted out by Israel to millions of
Palestinian Muslims and Christians whose only "crime" is their being not
part of the "holy tribe."
It is never sufficient for a
true Christian to pay lib service to freedom. He or she should also denounce
in the strongest terms relentless efforts by the Israeli
government to deny Palestinians their God-given freedom and narrow
their horizons in order to force them to emigrate so that others would take
over their homes and property.
Huckabee should have told his
fanatical audience that the crimes Israel is committing in Occupied
Palestine on a daily basis were totally incompatible with the
universal values of justice and equity.
Christians, of all people, should not flinch from calling a spade a spade,
even if doing so would make many people upset. A true Christian,
and Huckabee claims to be one, must not seek to please and appease power at
the expense of morality.
After all, Jesus would have
never sided with the oppressors against the oppressed, the rich
against the poor and the strong against the weak. Similarly, Jesus would
have never condoned the acts of savagery, hate, and persecution
with which Israel is tormenting the Palestinian people.
If so, why
do those who claim to be followers of Christ play deaf and dumb and look the
other way whenever Israel is criticized for its manifestly evil behavior,
which happen to be antithetical to every imaginable Christian ideal and
In the final analysis, it is a sign of hypocrisy and
moral duplicity to invoke higher moral principles about freedom and
equality of men while constantly helping effect and expedite policies
that seriously undermine both.
Huckabee and similar hypocrites
ought to realize that all the standing ovations in the world don't warrant
harming a child, who is made to suffer because Israeli bulldozers, driven by
nefarious young soldiers, came and destroyed his home while he was at
On the Day of Judgment, this child and the tens of thousands
of other victims of Israeli oppression will point an accusing finger toward
the likes of Huckabee who helped Israel carry out her evil acts against
helpless Palestinians. Then there will be no Fox News to spin the facts and
turn the big lie into a "truth" glorified by the ignorant rabbles.
Unfortunately, conscience and the American political discourse don't usually
go hand in hand.
Huckabee readily condemns the Palestinians'
refusal to recognize Israel (this is a mendacious observation because the
Palestinian Authority recognized Israel as part of the Oslo Agreement).
But he says nothing and remains silent about Israel's refusal to recognize
Palestine. So where is the moral consistency, Mr. Huckabee?
Grass root work
If Huckabee is truly serious about justice and
morality, he should first challenge and denounce the manifestly fascist and
criminal policies and practices of the Israel government.
He should declare that Israel should immediately stop all the persecution
and oppression meted out to the Palestinian people. He should say "No" to
the unmitigated ethnic cleansing of Christians and Muslims in East
Jerusalem, including the banishing of citizens because of their
He should at the very least denounce recent
Jewish edicts that non-Jews, including Christians, are
infra-humans, or de facto animals, whose lives have no sanctity.
He should strongly condemn the racist views of many rabbis in Israel
who openly teach that God created Gentiles to be merely water carriers
and wood hewers for the master race.
He should condemn the acts of
savagery and criminality meted out to Christians and Muslims in occupied
Palestine at the hands of murderous settlers who think of themselves
as God's representatives on earth.
I am sure that Huckabee would
unhesitatingly condemn any discriminatory acts against Jews in any American
But why does he not utter even a word in protest
against discriminatory acts against Muslims and Christians in Israel like
the recent edict by dozens of rabbis who ruled that it is forbidden to rent
property to Palestinian students or Arabs in general.
of freedom and justice are universal and ought to apply to all men and
women regardless of race and faith.
However, approaching these
values selectively by ignoring the immense oppression inflicted on the
Palestinian people at the hands of Huckabee's darling state several thousand
miles away does represent the apex of hypocrisy.
This is what
Huckabee obviously doesn't understand.