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2 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I October 2009
the Passion - By Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
Why not sanctions for Israel?
In Israel, a country stolen from the The US led the imposition of However, the American war of
Palestinians, fanatics control the sanctions against South Africa because aggression against the Afghan people
government. One of the fanatics is the of South Africa’s apartheid practices. The is now in its ninth year. According to the
prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. sanctions forced the white government US military, an American victory is still a
Last week Netanyahu called for “crippling to hand over political power to the black long ways away. Admiral Michael Mullen,
sanctions” against Iran. population. Israel practices a worse form Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff,
The kind of blockade that Netanyahu of apartheid than did the white South declared in August that the military
wants qualifies as an act of war. Israel African government. Yet, Israel maintains situation in Afghanistan is “serious and
has long threatened to attack Iran on its that it is “anti-semitic” to criticize Israel deteriorating.”
own but prefers to draw in the US and for a practice that the world regards as Older Americans can look forward to
NATO. abhorrent. the continuation of this war for the rest
Why does Israel want to initiate a war What remains of the Palestinian West of their lives, while their Social Security
between the United States and Iran? Bank that has not been stolen by Israel and Medicare rights are reduced in order
Is Iran attacking other countries, consists of isolated ghettoes. Palestinians to free up funds for the US armaments
bombing civilians and destroying civilian are cut off from hospitals, schools, their industry. Bush/Cheney and Obama/
infrastructure? farms, and from one another. They Biden have made munitions the only safe
No. These are crimes committed by cannot travel from one ghetto to another stock investment in the United States.
Israel and the US. without Israeli permission enforced at What is the purpose of the war of
Is Iran evicting peoples from lands checkpoints. aggression against Afghanistan? Soon
they have occupied for centuries and The Israeli government’s explanation after his inauguration, President Obama
herding them into ghettoes? for its gross violation of human rights promised to provide an answer but did
No, that’s what Israel has been doing not. Instead, Obama quickly escalated
to the Palestinians for 60 years. the war in Afghanistan and launched a
What is Iran doing? new one in Pakistan that has already
Iran is developing nuclear energy, displaced 2 million Pakistanis. Obama
which is its right as a signatory to the Non- has sent 21,000 more US troops
Proliferation Treaty. Iran’s nuclear energy into Afghanistan and already the US
program is subject to inspections by the commander in Afghanistan, General
International Atomic Energy Agency Stanley McChrystal, is requesting 20,000
(IAEA), which consistently reports that its more.
inspections find no diversion of enriched Obama is escalating America’s war
uranium to a weapons program of aggression against the Afghanistan
The position taken by Israel, and by people despite three high profile opinion
Israel’s puppet in Washington, is that Iran polls that show that the American public
must not be allowed to have the rights comprises one of the greatest collection is firmly opposed to the continuation of
as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation of lies in world history. No one, with the war against Afghanistan.
Treaty that every other signatory has, the exception of American “christian Sadly, the ironclad agreement
because Iran might divert enriched zionists,” believes one word of it. between Israel and Washington to
uranium to a weapons program. The United States also qualifies war against Muslim peoples is far
In other words, Israel and the US for crippling sanctions. Indeed, the US stronger than the connection between
claim the right to abrogate Iran’s right to is over-qualified. On the basis of lies the American public and the American
develop nuclear energy. The Israeli/US and intentional deception of the US government.
position has no basis in international law Congress, the US public, the UN and Many governments are complicit in
or in anything other than the arrogance NATO, the US government invaded America’s war crimes. With Obama’s
of Israel and the United States. Afghanistan and Iraq and used the “war budget deep in the red, Washington’s
The hypocrisy is extreme. Israel is on terror” that Washington orchestrated wars of naked aggression are dependent
not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation to overturn US civil liberties enshrined in on financing by the Chinese, Japanese,
Treaty and developed its nuclear the US Constitution. One million Iraqis Russians, Saudis, South Koreans,
weapons illegally on the sly, with, as far have paid with their lives for America’s Indians, Canadians and Europeans. The
as we know, US help. crimes and four million are displaced. second this foreign financing of American
As Israel is an illegal possessor of Iraq and its infrastructure are in ruins, war crimes stops, America’s wars of
nuclear weapons and has a fanatical and Iraq’s professional elites, necessary aggression against Muslims stop.
government that is capable of using to a modern organized society, are dead The US is not a forever “superpower”
them, crippling sanctions should be or dispersed. The US government has that can indefinitely ignore its own
applied to Israel to force it to disarm. committed a war crime on a grand scale. laws and international law. The US will
Israel qualifies for crippling sanctions If Iran qualifies for sanctions, the US eventually fall as a result of its hubris,
for another reason. It is an apartheid qualifies a thousand times over. arrogance, and imperial overreach.
state, as former US President Jimmy No one knows how many women, When the American Empire collapses,
Carter demonstrated in his book, children, and village elders have been will its enablers also be held accountable
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. murdered by the US in Afghanistan. in the war crimes court?
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