Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Stop US-Israeli Pre-Emptive Strikes Around
the Muslim World, Before Hell Breaks Loose
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 17, 2012
If you want peace, prepare for war.
The original Latin
of the expression "if you want peace, prepare for war" comes from "Epitoma
Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus). The Latin
is: "Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum."
One could make
the case that in any language the “Cold War” fit the belief that peace may
be heralded as preparation for war.
Leader Vladimir Lenin stated
that the Soviet Union was surrounded by a "hostile capitalist encirclement".
Lenin was correct. Capitalist U.S. and NATO rejected Soviet socialism.
While developing nuclear arsenals, both repeatedly engaged in
indirect confrontations through proxy wars. The cycles of relative calm
would be followed by high tension which could have led to war.
Pre-emptive strikes were something unheard of prior to Israel's employment
of them to cripple any power in the Middle East that might eventually be
used against Israel.
This was certainly the case in Israel's
bombing of a nuclear reactor in Iraq. Operation Opera (sometimes call
Operation Babylon) was carried out on June 7, 1981.
that sanctioned such a strike went like this: Iraq, under the leadership of
Saddam Hussein, is an Israeli antagonist. Iraq would therefore destroy
Israel if it had an opportunity to do so. The acquisition of nuclear power
would ultimately give Iraq the opportunity to destroy Israel.
Cold War had operated on the same premise, both the Soviet socialists and
the Western capitalists would now be reduced to ashes.
Israelis called a pre-emptive strike was no less than an attack as vicious
to Iraq as the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor was to America. Iraq, unlike
America however, was in no position to respond to that attack.
Israel ignored the reasons for Iraq's antagonism toward Israel, and that was
Israel's treatment of the Palestinians in the lands occupied by the
Israel and now America lead the world in making
pre-emptive strikes against other countries. Both continue to spend fortunes
of American taxpayer money on huge defence budgets.
Now, the same
kind of reasoning has taken hold of the US government. Accordingly, the best
defence is sometimes a good offense. Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia have all harboured victims of U.S. secret drone
"Defending the U.S. requires prevention, self-defence
and sometimes pre-emption," explained Donald Rumsfeld on January 31, 2002.
"Defending against terrorism and other emerging 21st-century threats may
well require that we take the war to the enemy. The best, and in some cases,
the only defence is a good offense."
What has the US been planning
to defend against with pre-emptive strikes? Would pre-emptive strikes defend
against terrorist attacks? Have terrorists represented the countries that
they originated from, or have they been sponsored by organizations whose
members and leadership have held grudges against others?
pre-emptive strikes against any country eliminate terrorism? Such action
inevitably kills and wounds a multitude of innocent civilians and fosters
more terrorists sympathetic to the victims.
According to U.S. State
Department legal advisor Harold Koh, the US is involved in an armed conflict
with al-Qaida, the Taliban, and their affiliates and therefore may use force
consistent with self-defense under international law.
Strike statistic based on research by a team of journalists of the Bureau of
(As of October 24, 2012)
Total reported killed: 2,586 – 3,375
killed: 472 – 885
Children reported killed: 176
injured: 1,252 – 1,401
Strikes under the Bush Administration: 52
Strikes under the Obama Administration: 298
Stop these prologues to
war before Hell breaks loose.