Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
A Must-Do Menu for America Before It's Too Late
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 22, 2011
I'm writing this for
people who will never read it without prompting: members of working families
who relax by watching TV after a long work day and after they put the
children to bed.
People without spouses and children, including
students, don't often read articles like this either. Just this week,
randomly chosen people interviewed by a TV host were asked questions that
any informed person could answer. They didn't even know basic historical
facts about their own country, much less any other.
What does this
say about members of a public who choose to remain ignorant about important
events that eventually affect them? While they may take responsibility
for their jobs, families or studies, they fail to assume responsibility for
their communities or country.
U S Senator Paul Wellstone said it
well: “As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility
to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it
at the local or the global level.”
Not even politicians appear
informed these days. American candidates for the presidency have been acting
Herman Cain didn't even know that China was a world power with nuclear
weapons. Governor Rick
Perry, republican from Texas, couldn't even remember what three liberal
agencies he would get rid of as president.
The newest movement in
America has been inspired by disdain for the 1% of Americans who have great
wealth, against the remaining 99% who are struggling to survive
As long as they can't find work, they might as well
march against Wall Street and learn a little about what's going on.
The informed who read this may feel inclined to groan that they already know
what's commented on here. However, the knowledge of injustice, bigotry or
disinformation that continues unabated is still unshared by enough to make
Here are some of the things that need to be done:
The prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba is
'arguably the most expensive prison on earth,' according to a report from
Attorney Michael Ratner complains that “Guantanamo
remains open 21 months after the date President Obama promised it would be
closed. One hundred seventy-one men remain imprisoned, of which 89 have been
cleared for release, but with no release in sight.
Bush granted himself and which Obama continued may even now be expanded and
given a congressional imprimatur....All of us have the obligation to hold
Obama to his promise and fight a shocking and inhuman descent into
Get out of Afghanistan
A number of writers
have made it clear that “we have seen enough to understand that the costs of
continuing the war far outstrip any conceivable benefits.”
congressman Ron Paul has pointed out that Americans are tired of fighting a
war that serves no purpose. “What are we there for? What is the purpose?
Does it serve our national interests?” asks Paul.
An issue like
troop presence in Afghanistan, with great costs economically and in loss of
lives and brutal injuries, needs more attention than the sparse attention
12,002 viewers have given since June to Ron Paul’s
Prosecute Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty
response to the investigation of the attacks on the USS Liberty is long
overdue. The real effect has been the near-complete failure of America to
ever be critical of Israel, no matter what they do.
How many people
today know that during the Six Day War, Israel attacked a US Navy ship, the
USS Liberty, killing and injuring over 200 American servicemen? When is
Israel going to be held accountable for its misdeeds?
In 2004 a
chaired by Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, found this attack to be “an act of war against the United States,” a
fact few mainstream news media have reported.
End Israeli domination
Largely due to special-interest lobbying, U.S. taxpayers
give Israel an average of $7 million per day, and since its creation have
given more U.S. funds to Israel than to any other nation.
Americans learn about how Israel is using American tax dollars, many are
calling for an end to this expenditure. With millions of Americans homeless
and out of work, Israelis bask in the Mediterranean sun to the tune of $7
million a day.
Insist that Israel sign and abide by the Nuclear
Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that
Israel would not be pressured into signing the nuclear Non-Proliferation
President Obama has said he will not press Israel when it
comes to nuclear issues. “The United States will never ask Israel to take
any steps that would undermine its security interests,” Obama said after
meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
reports that a
meeting scheduled by the IAEA for the 20th and 21st of November to
“start a dialogue, even though no concrete outcome is expected.”Israel is
scheduled to attend but won’t entertain joining the states signing the
protestors for various reasons gather in cities around America and in other
parts of the world. One newscaster referred to an “Arab spring followed by
an American autumn.” One can’t help wondering why he didn’t say
“...followed by an American fall.”
While the demonstrators are
referred to as Occupy Wall Street Protestors, they are said to symbolize the
increasing economic inequality in America. Ideally, they would devote some
of their time to learning about and demonstrating against other equally
Musician / activist Wynton Marsalis offered his
advice, saying “We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major
responsibility of it is participation.”
Motivational speaker /
author Denis Waitley had it right when he reminded us, “There are two
primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the
responsibility for changing them.”
The time is past due to use
protest movements and social networks to educate the public. If you have a
different “must-do menu” do it! Start now!