It seems that the many governments of the world have been afflicted with a bout of myopia, and in keeping with the current trend of Middle Eastern dictators, have bowed their heads in subservience to the American will. Of course, America has not only stood faithfully beside her Israeli brethren, but has enjoined in punishing the innocent people of Gaza for the democratic choices they made in 2006. American weaponry with Israeli handlers have attempted to break the will of Hamas, but Hamas has fought its own battle refusing to bow to silent death and oppression. But where, in this malaise of Zionist Nazi tyranny is the voice of justice? Maybe, they say, it caught a cold with all that American funding.
It is indeed the sickness of American funding that has caused this epidemic of myopia, firstly begun by Israel, then caught by America, and then through their funding spread to the rest of the Middle East. “US Middle East policy and Israeli policy are now indistinguishable and Gordon Brown is following the same dog-like devotion to the Bush administration as his predecessor.”1 Similarly, Mr Blair, who as a Middle East envoy to the quartet of the United Nations, has clearly demonstrated his lack of care for the job his relationship with Bush afforded him. Instead of addresses his role, it seems he is gallivanting the world accruing millions from speeches to guest appearances, and to top it all off, “Blair is expected to be awarded the presidential medal of freedom by George W Bush at the White House on Tuesday.”2 Of course, his somewhat blaze attitude is no doubt encouraged by Bush who has clearly expressed his support for Israeli atrocities.
Israel, as she has done since her formation more than 60 years ago, continues to lie, misrepresent the facts and scheme into inciting others to come to her aid. She has been quite successful in doing so, primarily by forcing her people to connive others into fabricated racist ideology, namely Zionism. “Ever since 1948, we’ve been hearing this balderdash from the Israelis…that the Zionist “death wagon” will be overthrown, that all Jerusalem will be “liberated”. And always Mr Bush Snr or Mr Clinton or Mr Bush Jnr or Mr Blair or Mr Brown have called upon both sides to exercise “restraint” – as if the Palestinians and the Israelis both have F-18s and Merkava tanks and field artillery.”3 It is quite apparent that rather than Israel conforming to the will of the US, it actually works the other way round with America offering her support to whatever gross act Israel commits herself to.
The latest form of lies and misrepresentation that Israel has attempted to spread is the claim that the current bombardment of Gaza is in retaliation for missile rockets fired by Hamas into Israel, acts by the terrorist organization that seeks to destroy the Jewish state of Israel. In keeping with Israel’s perpetual lies, the Zionists would have the world believe that the rockets in question were fired into Israel for no apparent reason, or even more ridiculously, in an attempt to destroy the Zionist state (as if anyone believes a Hamas’ rockets have that capability). As one commentator stated “you’d think that history began yesterday, that a bunch of bearded anti-Semitic Islamist lunatics suddenly popped up in the slums of Gaza — a rubbish dump of destitute people of no origin — and began firing missiles into peace-loving, democratic Israel, only to meet with the righteous vengeance of the Israeli air force.”4
However, as Robert Fisk states in the same article, “HOW EASY it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which — in any other conflict — journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza. That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it — Askalaan in Arabic — were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza. They — or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren — are among the one and a half million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80pc of whose families once lived in what is now Israel. This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don’t come from Gaza.”5
Although the Gazans have a God given right to be at war with the Israeli’s merely over the above mentioned fact, this was not, and is not, the reason behind Hamas’ missile attacks. The actual fact is that “the Gaza Strip has been – and continues to be – illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. Despite the withdrawal of troops and settlements three years ago, Israel maintains complete control of the territory by sea, air and land. And since Hamas won the Palestinian elections in 2006, Israel has punished its 1.5 million people with an inhuman blockade of essential supplies, backed by the US and the European Union.”6 It was this continued occupation of Gaza that actually led to missiles being sent into Israel, an occupation that still continues although Hamas agreed to a six month ceasefire. It was during this period that Israeli occupation continued, and despite the ceasefire, Palestinians were still being arrested or assassinated. To claim that Hamas is a violent terrorist outfit that means to achieve its objectives through violence and terror is not only false, but outright lies, if nothing but Hamas’ agreement to the ceasefire proving it. However, Israel’s tactics have in actuality only been that of violence and terror, and even with agreeing to ceasefire, continued their reign of oppression and colonial expansionism. It is within this reality that Israel’s myopia becomes apparent, their arguments stemming from the events of a mere two weeks ago as opposed to facts that go decades back.
Evidently, such myopia is deceivingly mentioned only in Israel’s speech, although its evil intentions have been proved by the leak of information that the Israeli’s have been planning to re-invade Gaza for six months (the plan being made sometime during the beginning of the ceasefire) ultimately proving that never have they intended peace, but instead, only to destroy Gaza. “Israeli media reports, by usually well-informed correspondents and analysts, alluded yesterday to six months of intelligence-gathering to pinpoint Hamas targets including bases, weapon silos, training camps and the homes of senior officials. The cabinet spent five hours discussing the plan in detail on December 19 and left the timing up to Ehud Olmert, the caretaker prime minister, and his defence minister Ehud Barak. Preparations involved disinformation and deception which kept Israel’s media in the dark.” Gaza has for a long time been a thorn in the side of the Israeli’s, to the extent that “Both Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres said back in the 1990s that they wished Gaza would just go away, drop into the sea”7, a fact, it seems, Israel is attempting to make reality.
“Like any occupied people, the Palestinians have the right to resist, whether they choose to exercise it or not. But there is no right of defence for an illegal occupation – there is an obligation to withdraw comprehensively. During the last seven years, 14 Israelis have been killed by mostly homemade rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, while more than 5,000 Palestinians were killed by Israel with some of the most advanced US-supplied armaments in the world. And while no rockets are fired from the West Bank, 45 Palestinians have died there at Israel’s hands this year alone. The issue is of course not just the vast disparity in weapons and power, but that one side is the occupier, the other the occupied.”8 Israel and America have continually claimed Hamas to be a terrorist organisation, yet the fact that they were democratically elected by the Palestinians seemed to have been sidetracked. Of course, democracy that isn’t in favour of the west is no democracy, and thus, the west has highlighted not only the flaw in its own ideology but also its myopia by collectively punishing the Palestinians for choices the west themselves previously claimed they (the Gazans) should have.
However, to be fair, this murderous campaign is not merely being waged by Israel and America, but the puppets of the US also play their part. Egypt, a country that receives the most US aid after Israel, was first and foremost in offering the Israelis assistance by refusing to open the Rafah crossing for fleeing civilians, and more recently, offering the Israeli’s assistance in destroying underground tunnels that serve as a life line for the needs of ordinary Gazans. Egypt playing the ever woe-is-me tune first sought to blame Hamas claiming that in fact it was they who wouldn’t let the civilians through thereafter claiming that the crossing is politically controlled by others. “To admit that Egypt can’t even open its sovereign border without permission from Washington tells you all you need to know about the powerlessness of the satraps that run the Middle East for us. Open the Rafah gate – or break off relations with Israel – and Egypt’s economic foundations crumble. Any Arab leader who took that kind of step will find that the West’s economic and military support is withdrawn. Without subventions, Egypt is bankrupt.”9 As such, Egypt has been dancing to the Israeli (and US) tune for quite a while, to the extent that it is ever-willing to imprison, torture, and rape any of its citizens who even shake their heads in disagreement. However, in a turn of myopia, the world has been waiting on Egypt to broker a peace deal between Israel and Hamas as if they’re familiar in relieving the oppression of a people.
In collusion with the tyrannical regime, Mahmoud Abbas stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Husni Mubarak denouncing Hamas’ rockets, and by implication legitimising Israel’s response. In doing so, the actions of Abbas only served to legitimise allegations made against him wherein he colluded with the Israelis. “Mr Barhoum alleged that Fatah had formed a cell with the purpose of “contacting various Fatah followers in Gaza to collect information on secret Hamas locations and on the whereabouts of the leadership” that is hiding from the Israeli military. The cell was under the leadership of a senior Abbas adviser, Tayeb Abdul-Rahim, and information gathered would be passed on “through the channels of security co-operation with the enemy,” Mr Barhoum added.”10 But such collusions are nothing new, and it is from the myopic tendencies of those who call Hamas to unite with Abbas and his group Fatah that seemingly forget that a couple of years ago the west armed Fatah without orders to kill-off Hamas.11 Of course, this is what the Israelis and Americans have wanted all along, a Palestinian state with Abbas at the helm, a leader who they can once again control.
In general, “the Arab satraps – largely paid and armed by the West – are silent, preposterously calling for an Arab summit on the crisis which will (if it even takes place), appoint an “action committee” to draw up a report which will never be written.”12 It is, once again, myopia that has led these leaders to even think of a summit, as previous ones on Iraq and Afghanistan made not even the bit of difference. It does seem to be the current trend that whenever there is a massacre of Muslims, the Arab leaders tend to congregate at the UN and agree to do absolutely nothing.
The UN being the right hand of the US has also resolved to take as little action as possible. But only myopia would have made us assume it would have been all so different. The pathetic resolution (calling for an immediate ceasefire) that has been passed is non-binding, just as the US would have it be. Consequently, “Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, rejected the resolution as “unworkable” and said that Israel had “never agreed to let an external body decide its right to protect the security of its citizens.””13 As the past has bore witness many a time, the UN has continually proved ineffective in protecting Muslims casually standing by as they are massacred. The Bosnians, Iraqis, Afghans, and many others have felt the result of the UN’s inability to act, causing us to question the very purpose of its existence.
Fortunately, this current bout of contagious myopia, although having infected many governments, seems to have been unable to affect the masses all over the world, both Muslim and otherwise, and it is these seekers of justice that must prevail. In light of the actions of many of the governments across the world, we must question their existence, and whether they actually are representational of the people.
For how long will we allow a small band of corrupt individuals in governments’ dictate that which is in their best interest? How can we, as a people who claim justice, sit aside and allow the oppression of innocent people? The Israeli’s have, just as the US in the recent past, formed media mantras continuously rehearsed in the public domain, the most recent being “no country in the world would allow its citizens to be made the target of rocket attacks without taking vigorous steps to defend them”. Quite so, so how can we expect Hamas, the democratically elected government of the Palestinian people, to react to Israeli siege, starvation, bombing, kidnaps, assassinations, and imprisonment (through closed borders) in any other way?
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