For so long Israeli politicians and media magnates, as well as their cohort lobbyists in the West, have succeeded in deeming anti-Zionism as anti-Semitic – but that time is over. I am a Semite. The Arab people are Semites. We too, like the Jews claim, descend from Abraham through Ishmael. Our cries against your crimes are for social justice – meanwhile, Israelis and zionists spread their dogmatic message to justify the onslaught of Palestinians and Israeli expansionism. Enough is enough damnit. As individuals global struggle to secure their human rights, we mustn’t forget our brothers in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Brazil, in Turkey, in Chechnya, in Kashmir, in South Africa, Nigera, Vietnam, and such. The era of self righteousness is being confronted by a new, truer voice. Be it heard or not I am not naive. I don’t believe in a two state solution. I do not recognize a Jewish state because like every American I believe in the separation of church and state. I disapprove of the existence of Israel regardless of the reality of the holocaust because two wrongs don’t make a right. I am a Semite. I am a Jew. I am a Muslim. I am a believer. I am a child of God as all of you are and I refuse to sit passively. Palestine will be heard damnit. Syria will be saved. Fundamentalism will be squashed, from the Rush Limbaughs to the Netanyahus, dogma will be done.
Apparently, President Obama is no longer tolerable; he must be impeached.
I thought Glenn Beck always wanted Obama impeached.
Okay so Obama is arming rebels in Syria. As the story goes, these guys are struggling for freedom against a tyrannical regime – meanwhile forces are trying to infiltrate; namely the al qaedas, the al nusras, and other terrorist buddies.
The less sensationalist narrative goes like this: the rebels – ALTOGETHER – are immoral in their struggle against the ‘only secular and stable force in the middle east in the last 50 years’ known as the Ba’athist government led by President Assad. In this narrative, the secularism in Syria is being threatened by a force of fundamentalism from within encouraged, incited and largely supported by forces from without.
Starkly contrary to the previous narrative, is it not?
The question is which is true? Who is doing what and why, and for what reason? Obama is awfully sympathetic to the Saudis; but then again – his sympathy for the Israelis is seemingly rocky. The Middle East is a hotbed for violence and social injustice but there is a finite root – a definite cause to all this which supersedes the conventional Hollywood narrative that portrays Arabs as uncivilized tribal creatures that cause their own misery. This perception is largely propagated by the Right-wingers in most countries – coupled with their Islamo-phobia – to justify military escapades abroad in these countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Egypt & Bahrain where the people seem helpless in the face of internationally sustained tyrants.
Arabs are among the world’s cases of colonialism (not to downplay any others) – but the reality is quite true. The establishment of a religious, theocratic state called Israel in 1948, and the funding of various cults, groups and individuals like Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, create the backdrop for instability, tension and illusory conflict, pinning arabs against each other instead of uniting them in a nationalist initiative.
The Middle East is clouded. Mixed perceptions and propaganda do not help to clear the air, but at the end of the day, it looks to me like the Saudis, the Israelis, the Jordanian Kingdom, the Gulf altogether and all these political entities’ various fundamentalistic satellites in Lebanon, Afghanistan, North Africa, are altogether the cause of social injustice in the Middle East, using dogma to rule, religion to dominate, and money to silence. Their legitimacy? Wahhabiism, imperialism, zionism, conservatism, vanity, etc.
Yet they have the audacity to point at leftist governments such as that of Iran or Syria as the cause of instability in the region. They point at Russia and China as being the leftist-menaces of society – but what about western expansionism? Why the double-standard?
Obama is struggling to initiate even the lightest of leftist reforms in America to address the plight of the poor, the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, the victims of crime, etc. He is still a champion of individual rights, as many leftists are, and while he does support the leftist cause, is still a stern centrist a mon avis, which is in fact exactly why he has been so successful – a great lawyer.
I believe he’s doing his best to uphold the more beautiful tenets of capitalism while brushing off the fundamentalism while he simultaneously works to realign america with the side of justice internationally – as odd and clouded that assertion might be, given recent altercations with Putin in the Ukraine. But overall, I believe Obama is for capitalism and against the anarchy of right-wing pseudo-capitalists. Once the lobbying of these guys is stymied or defeated competitively, if possible, we might see more positive change in this country and abroad. With the Supreme Court ruling against limits on campaign funding, it looks like its going to be a bitter competition till the end. Is that fair? I guess it’s part of the endless struggle for justice in this world. Keep pushing.
America is not owned by Americans.
The honeymoon between Israel and America is being crashed.
Or so it seems.
This past Wednesday, Israeli intelligence services, also known as the Mossad, assassinated an Iranian nuclear scientist, prompting a critical response from U.S. government officials who, according to Foreign Policy Magazine, would rather uphold their current and less stringest strategy of placing sanctions on Iran.
According to an an article from the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is working towards easing tensions with Iran.
Iran has agreed to host a delegation of United Nations nuclear inspectors this month. The U.S., meanwhile, has twice this month rescued Iranian sailors in the region’s seas.
But on the other end of the Middle East, a shady history is beginning to surface. That history involves Israel.
According to an article in The Washington Post titled ‘Israel Spies Wooing U.S. Muslims’, by Jeff Stein, Israel has for a while now been carrying out assassinations and financing Islamic extremist groups in the region.
The following statements are from that article:
One of Israel’s major interests, of course, is keeping track of Muslims who might be allied with Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, or Iran-backed Hezbollah, based in Lebanon.
As tensions with Iran escalate, according to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, “Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics.”
“There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as ‘U.S. intelligence,’ ” Giraldi wrote recently in American Conservative magazine.
If Israel indeed supports groups like this, what’s to say about other Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda? Aren’t many of their cells located in Pakistan, where Jundallah operates?
These new developments don’t come as a surprise to the Arab world however. In the Middle East, Israel’s actions have become the norm. But in the U.S., these sort of actions are completely unacceptable and come under tough scrutiny.
What does the future hold for U.S.-Israeli relations? It is well known that Israel has a strong hold on the U.S. government, with powerful lobbyists and corporations swaying politicians to their side. But how long can this last?
If Israel continues down its current track, I don’t think it will last much longer.
If Obama gets reelected in 2012, Netanyahu has all the reason to worry.