Exploiting the Current Anti-Muslim sentiment in US and Europe, Netanyahu Tries to Link Palestinians to Islamist Terrorism to Garner Support for Its Policy of Extermination
After years of virtual silence about the continued Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian land and their non-stop home demolitions, harassment, beatings, extrajudicial killings, home raids, arrests, incarceration and torture of Palestinians, including children, that has intensified since last September, accelerating the long running genocide and extermination, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, finally broke his silence in his address to the Security Council meeting last Tuesday and criticized Israel for continuing to build settlements on occupied Palestinian land and its violent crackdown on Palestinians who resist, adding that “it’s human nature to resist occupation”, although, he did also say that both sides should refrain from acts of terror. In response, “Prime Minister” of the Zionist entity occupying Palestine, Benyamin Netanyahu, said that the UN chief was encouraging terrorism, instead of condemning and trying to root it out.
Calling Palestinians’ legitimate and natural resistance to the bloody and cruel occupation, ethnic cleansing and all the atrocities and oppression that they’ve been subjected to for almost 70 years, terrorism, is nothing new and is to be expected from the occupiers. What is noteworthy, however, is that since the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, which gave the US its pretext for endless imperialist wars in the name of “war on terror” and for categorizing the two strongest nations in the Middle East that Israel considered a threat, namely, Iraq and Iran, as part of an “axis of evil”, Israel grabbed and used the opportunity to link Palestinian resistance to Islamist terrorism, using the fact that the majority, though not all, Palestinians happen to be Muslim. The US “war on terror” gave them the excuse to group Palestinians fighting for their freedom and dignity against a most powerful occupation force, with Islamist Wahhabi terrorists exported, financed and armed by Saudi Arabia, which ironically is allied with US and Israel, terrorists who are supported and used by the US and its allies, including the Saudis, Israelis and Turks to help overthrow governments that they deem unfriendly and uncooperative towards the empire’s plans for world domination.
A colonial settler and apartheid state founded on terror and mass murder, a state which perpetrates terror in the true sense of the word against the occupied people of Palestine in an effort to drive them out of their ancestral land, on a daily basis, a state which allies itself with Saudi Kings who fund and export Islamist terrorists, calls Palestinians terrorists and accuses Iran of supporting terrorism.
Netanyahu tries to exploit the sentiment in US and Europe against terrorism, which is the blowback from US policy of using terrorists towards their geopolitical ends, to invoke hatred of Palestinian resistance fighters and criticizes the UN chief for encouraging terrorists by criticizing Israel. For Israel, however, fighting terrorism means killing and displacing Palestinians and pushing for war against Iran, as they did against Iraq and Syria. In a way, they try to justify their real terror against a defenseless occupied people by accusing their victims of committing acts of terror. It couldn’t have gotten any stranger or more outrageous.
There was a time when speaking of the Holocaust and the ways and means of the Nazis and their genocide against European Jews seemed to help the Zionist cause by invoking sympathy and guilt. Now, however, reminding people of the Naxis’ attempt at exterminating the Jewish people seems to work against Israel, as it reminds people of the strange and uncanny similarity between Zionists and Nazis and that’s something Israelis would rather not mention. A chief Israeli rabbi recently did however remind us of that similarity by saying that Israel must not leave a single Palestinian alive. And, he’s not the only Israeli who says that. Israeli government officials, including members of the ruling Likud Party and ministers have expressed similar wishes.
Israel’s terrorism being committed in the name of fighting terrorism is also not unlike invaders, occupiers and mass murderers of the past, including the Nazis. Nor is Israel alone in that. The US blows up entire wedding parties and funerals using unmanned drones in the name of fighting terror. It bombs hospitals and kills doctors and nurses in the name of fighting terrorism. The truth is that terrorism is invariably committed by the occupiers, not the occupied. The occupied can only resist the terror of the occupier. The terror that must be stopped is that of the occupiers, usurpers and mass murderers.
Occupiers often find it “necessary” to exterminate the occupied. They would rather kill every single subject of their occupation than end their occupation that gives rise to resistance. Exterminating an occupied people who won’t stop resisting is the logical and natural end result of occupation and that’s exactly where the situation in occupied Palestine is headed. But, we’re not completely helpless. The BDS movement is slowly but surely making an impact. That’s why Hillary Clinton promises to fight it if elected as president with everything that a US president can muster. Our goal should also be clear. Support the BDS movement to the best of our ability, not only for the sake of Palestinians, but all of humanity.
I feel bad for Sarah Palin. During her endorsement speech for Donald Trump, she angrily and with a frustrated and exacerbated voice screamed that Trump would “kick ISIS’ ass”. She, like so many other uninformed and misled Americans who get their news from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC (when they’re not watching reality TV about the Kardashians) are totally clueless about US foreign policy. Most reporters, who are given the “news” to read on TV, aren’t very different from the likes of Sarah Palin in their grasp of real US policies. But, their bosses are. The CEO’s of the large corporations that own the networks or newspapers do understand the real US goals and objectives in the world and know what to tell and not to tell people.
Sarah Palin and millions of Americans did believe Obama’s lie about wanting to annihilate ISIS (or ISIL, as Obama calls it). So, they can only conclude that he’s not able to. They forget that it’s not Obama himself who directs US pilots or special operations forces in Syria, but the US military whose leaders and generals and even rank and file don’t change from one president to the next. Obama’s incompetence, even if we believe is true, would play no role and would have no effect on the outcome of US operations. If US policy were to destroy ISIS, it’d make no difference if the president were Romney, Trump, McCain, Obama or Clinton or even Sarah Palin, herself. The degree to which they are successful hardly depends on who tells them to do it from the White House.
The problem is: that’s not what the US policy is. The US and its allies have armed and funded the ISIS to help them overthrow the Syrian government. Even if we ignore or deny the fact that the CIA was involved in arming Syrian “rebels” at the Turkish-Syrian border, which even New York Times reported on (June 14, 2014), US allies, such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, would not arm ISIS terrorists without the US approval. when I write that such governments like Turkey or Israel or Saudi Arabia would not engage in acts that affect or impact and are consequential to US policies and objectives without US green light, someone always asks me how I know that and if I have any proof for it. That question itself speaks volumes of how much Americans have been in the dark about US politics and policies. That’s like asking how I know and if I have any proof that US police departments are racist.
When Russia finally intervened in Syria, after naively waiting (for far too long) to see if the US does indeed fight the ISIS and after it was convinced that the answer is negative, the US began complaining about their attacks on ISIS, instead of welcoming them. They complained that Russians are bombing the “moderate opposition” forces, even though their own Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), among others, concluded that “there are no moderates among the opposition in Syria”. Faced with that criticism, Russians told the US, okay, you give us the coordinates of ISIS forces as you know them and their location and we’ll bomb them to avoid bombing your “moderates”, to which the US replied “no”, with a tortuous explanation that sounded like coming from someone on the other end of a phone line with a very bad connection. At the end of that broken speech, we could only hear this revealing piece and I quote: “Russia’s objectives in Syria are different from ours”! Aha! I see!
Russians approached the US and said let’s agree on protocol not to engage each other’s bombers and after some contemplating, the US said okay. But, what they didn’t say is that their allies weren’t part of that agreement. When Russia’s bombers began dismantling ISIS oil facilities and operations, which was their source of income, which they earned by selling the stolen oil to Turkey for half its market value, Turkey, with the approval from Washington, shot down a Russian plane over Syria. For the US, that was meant as a warning to Russia. Nevertheless, Russia did not bow out and only months after its intervention, ISIS lost significant ground and was forced to largely flee Syria and look for hiding places in neighboring countries.
Sarah Palin should be angry at Obama, but not because he somehow couldn’t “destroy” ISIS, as he promised to do. She should be angry at him for not wanting to destroy them. Actually, she shouldn’t be angry at him for that, either, because it wasn’t really his call. It was and is that of the empire, the military industrial complex that continues to implement its long term imperial plans, regardless of who wins the presidency. And after she’s done being angry, she should thank the Russians.
We’d be remiss and miss an important opportunity not to ask what led up to the Donald Trump phenomenon and the fact that he is now the most likely nominee of the Republican Party for this year’s elections.
Decades of racist, pro-imperialist, pro-war and nationalistic fear mongering and propaganda by corporate media has created an uninformed and misled population, who readily buy into corporate lies, give their support to policies of endless wars, are easily incited with hatred for immigrants and other nationalities and races and vote against their own interests. Such brainwashing is needed to keep the population ignorant, compliant and hating those whom the state identifies as the enemy, in order to secure their acquiescence for wars and interventions that only benefit the tiny minority of super rich and go against the interests of the vast majority. Only through such misinformation and brainwashing can a state make people go against reason and logic and vote against their own interests.
At the same time, decades of stagnating wages and intensifying economic hardship for the working class, coupled with widespread racism and state induced nationalism, has led a significant portion of the white working class to place the blame for their deteriorating living conditions on immigrants and minorities. Racist and anti-immigrant sentiments among the white working class always go up at times of economic hardship and this period is no exception.
On the other hand, the war mongering by the politicians and corporate media who have a vested interest in imperialist wars, coupled with the instability and terrorism such war policies cause or contribute to, have instilled an additional element of fear and resentment against Muslims in the population, which has also put fuel on the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiments of the populace. Instead of blaming the real culprits, the misinformed tend to blame those who happen to be the most affected victims of the government policies. Instead of uniting with the most affected and victimized, they rally against them, letting greedy corporations and their war makers and profiteers off the hook.
Racist, nationalistic and anti-immigrant movements of the white working class who rally behind an opportunist and racist individual who spews out hate is what ultimately leads to fascism. The ruling class may not want this and may not think this is in their best interest, at this particular time , but this is the monster they created, and the liberals and Democrsts aided and abetted and paved the way, every step of the way. Democrats and liberals who are now alarmed by and indignant at Trump’s hate speech and fear the possibility of his victory in general elections, have all been participants in building the foundation for this treacherous situation with their consistent betrayal of the working class and doing the bidding of corporations, their empire and their wars. What is needed is an anti-racist, anti-war and anti-imperialist/anti-capitalist people’s movement to turn the tide and defeat the tyranny of corporate rule and its fascistic tendencies, not another Democrat presented as the lesser evil.