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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Americans Avoid Discussions of Israel Out of
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 10, 2013
How do most Americans react to criticism of Israel? Those who
know little about the history avoid discussion.
Zionists and their
followers, believing that Israel can do no wrong, support anything that
Why do Americans avoid arguments or discussions of
Israel? Both guilt and fear play key roles.
Germany has "an
everlasting responsibility" for the crimes committed by the Nazis,
Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently.
President Bill Clinton
expressed the sense of guilt felt by many Americans about U.S. inaction
during the Holocaust when he said that "far too little was done" to save the
six million Jews from annihilation.
If one accepts the vocalizing of
Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Americans, like Germans,
should feel constant guilt for anti-Semitism.
Writer Ian P.
McKinney notes that countries like Canada, Germany, and France have actually
prosecuted individuals just for questioning the conventional version of the
McKinney adds, "Even here in America, where it is not
yet illegal to publicly ask the wrong questions, any public figure that does
so is subjected to smears, intimidation, and the attempted destruction of
his career and reputation...."
At times the guilt felt by Americans
is not so much associated with what they have done or failed to do, but with
guilt for anti-Semitism.
I suspect there's more Jew-hating in
America than even the Jewish population credits the less-than-open Aryans.
Why would US government officials cover-up an Israeli terrorist attack on
In 1967 Israel treacherously attacked the USS Liberty.
Israel knew it was a U.S. naval vessel in international waters.
Comments McKinney, "The greatest outrage that day was not the perfidy of
Israel, however, but the treasonous compliance of the politicians in
Washington, who refused to take any action against Israel and hushed-up the
Israel attacks America and gets away with it. Could
Israel do that without American guilt?
Adds McKinney, "Another
example of Israel’s callous disregard for its supposed 'ally' America was
the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, which killed
over 200 U.S. servicemen.
"According to former Israeli Mossad agent,
Victor Ostrovsky, Israeli intelligence knew of the plan by Arab terrorists
to bomb the building in plenty of time to warn the innocent men, but
cynically refused to say anything."
In addition to guilt as a root
cause for avoiding any honest discussion of Israel, even when it attacks
America, Abe Foxman refers to fear.
Foxman says, "America is now
questioning where the balance is between security and freedom of expression:
Should we follow the ethnic communities? Should we be monitoring mosques?
This isn’t Muslim-baiting — it’s driven by fear, by a desire for safety and
Of course Foxman and the ADL have been constant reminders
of how fear plays a major role in Jewish thought.
From the Israeli
propaganda arm that supports every imaginable use of defence as a rationale
for murdering Americans to creating defence shields.
scholars, Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, had the courage to
expose truths that many believed but everyone was afraid to expose: the
effective control of the country by AIPAC.
In their book, The Israel
Lobby, Mearsheimer and Walt argue that "No lobby has managed to divert U.S.
foreign policy as far from what the American national interest would
The aftermath of the book’s publication has been
hundreds of papers and essays both attacking and defending it.
anomaly has been the attraction of commentators who clearly express
anti-Semitism. This elicits both fear in Jewish lobbyists and guilt in their