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US Independence Day Reflections
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 11, 2011
I'm writing this on the 4th
of July, the American Independence Day. In America and on US military
bases and embassies around the world, it’s a day for celebration of a
memorable day in 1776.
It's a day for outdoor barbecues--hotdogs,
beer and beans--and fireworks, like independence days everywhere.
Revellers often use the holiday to toast the country's founding fathers who,
like Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin were revolutionary signers
of the Declaration of Independence.
Their names and those of Adams,
Jay and Hamilton to a lesser degree, have been memorialized in the names of
cities, streets and institutions everywhere in America.
of the history of American independence is unknown by many, a few notable
remnants from the declaration have become widely known, the most popular
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
The slogan that permeated the air during the revolution,
like all chants of revolutionaries, has been equally famous: "No taxation
without representation" they repeated.
The British parliament under
King James II had insisted on collecting taxes from the British colonists in
America who had no representatives in the British parliament.
as the Declaration says, "all men are created equal," why do Americans act
as if that fundamental principle applies only to citizens of the USA?
Why should the UNALIENABLE rights — among them life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness, proudly celebrated by Americans on the 4th of July, not be
extended to humans everywhere?
As former US intelligence analyst Ray
McGovern observes, "The Declaration of Independence was meant to be a
statement expressing the 'self-evident' rights of all mankind. Those
principles had a universality that was a beacon to the world."
points out that many Americans think of the "Declaration of Independence as
applying to Americans, but not to many others — like the 1.6 million people
locked in the narrow confines of Gaza."
No matter what Biblical
right has been claimed by Israel for six decades of the subjugation of
Palestinians and the theft of their land, America violates its own most
basic principles by failing to support Palestinian statehood.
America has no compunction against infringing on others’ independence. The
US occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has robbed those countries of their
The same thing can be said of the victims of all of
Israeli and American occupations. After the celebrations of this
Independence Day, Americans should take a sober look at the independence
they are depriving others of in the Middle East.
justification for the occupation of Afghanistan ceased to exist once Osama
bin Laden was assassinated by an American Seal unit.
The excuse for
continuing occupation of Afghanistan has been “nation building”. America has
no legitimate business building any other nation but its own.
rationale given for the destruction, invasion and occupation of Iraq was a
complete fabrication designed only to destroy that country’s independence.
There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the criminal
supporters of Israel in the American government engineered the travesty in
Iraq for one reason only: to prevent Iraq from EVER threatening Israel with
To achieve this, America will have to keep troops in Iraq,
continuing its prevention of Iraq’s independence. US troops have no
legitimate business in Iraq or Afghanistan or Pakistan or anywhere else.
Finally, now that the July 4th celebrations are over, America
desperately needs to declare its independence from Israel.