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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Silence of America Over Israeli Crimes
By Paul J. Balles
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, June 7, 2010
Paul J. Balles answers some poignant questions regarding the United
States’ double standards on Israel and its failure to condemn Israel’s
murder of peace activists aboard the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla.
The Gulf Daily News (2 June 2010) headlined a front-page article "The
silence of America". Questions were submitted to the American embassy, the
White House, US State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The article concluded: THE RESPONSE WAS SILENCE. The questions posed in
that article deserve a response, but not the twists provided by Israeli
apologists or Zionist controlled Washington.
“The US has not and never will condemn Israel for being what ex-Israeli
Gilad Atzmon described as ‘an inhuman murderous collective fuelled by a
psychosis and driven by paranoia’.”
Why, after all the years of total blind US support for Israel, would
anyone expect anything different? Here are the questions and my answers:
1. What will it take before the US even condemns Israel's behaviour?
Answer: A provable catastrophe committed by Israel resulting in the
deaths of thousands of Americans. Israel's behaviour has no judge other than
Israel. Their behaviour will remain unchecked until a significant number of
Americans suffer from the reality and become enraged.
2. How many
people must die at the hands of Israelis before the US will take action
against their behaviour? Ten people? 1,000? 10,000?
how many Palestinian (6,348 between 2000 and 2009) and Lebanese (1,401 in
two unprovoked raids) civilians have died unnoticed by America. Remember the
provocation by Israel and the execution by America in Iraq; add another
1,366,350 innocents. To the Israelis, what's another 10 murders in a
humanitarian flotilla to Gaza?
3. Why is the US so against an
independent inquiry into the flotilla incident?
Answer: The facts of
such an inquiry, like the Goldstone inquiry into the carnage of Operation
Cast Lead, would be ignored and the truth of its conclusions denied. Israel
says “no independent inquiry”. America follows.
4. Any armed attack
on any vessel in international waters would be deemed an act of piracy or
war by most countries. Is the US definition of piracy and war different from
the rest of the world?
Answer: If the pirates are Somalis, no.
Pirates are pirates. If the pirates are Israelis, yes. Pirates become
transformed into defence forces.
"If the American position was honest, we would say, 'We're not at war
with Islam; we're only at war with Muslims.' When is the Muslim world going
to waken to the American double talk that's convenient only for Israel and
5. How would the US expect the crew or passengers of a civilian US ship
to react if it was boarded by a foreign force in international waters? Would
it expect them to defend themselves?
Answer: Bow, submit and genuflect if the foreign force is Israeli naval
pirates. The victims of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty – an American
military ship – were silenced even though the combined air and sea attack
killed 34 (naval officers, seamen, two Marines and a civilian), wounded 171
and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international
6. The US says it does not consider itself to be at war with
Islam, but how can it possibly hope for trust from the Muslim world and
elsewhere when it tacitly backs such acts?
Answer: If the American
position was honest, we would say, "We're not at war with Islam; we're only
at war with Muslims." When is the Muslim world going to waken to the
American double talk that's convenient only for Israel and America?
7. Does the US condemn the detention of four Bahraini civilians and others
onboard the flotilla in international waters?
the Bahraini humanitarians have been released and returned home. The US has
not and never will condemn Israel for being what ex-Israeli Gilad Atzmon
described as "an inhuman murderous collective fuelled by a psychosis and
driven by paranoia".
The US response? President Obama expressed "deep
regret at the loss of life". Ultimately, Obama will follow Netanyahu's
attempt to justify the actions of the Israeli soldiers, saying they were
"defending themselves" after being attacked. The same old political scam.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university
professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many
years. For more information, see