Reading mainstream media, it is hard not to marvel at the fact that over 70 years after WW II merged seamlessly into WW III, most media doesn’t provide relevant analysis of the main threats to democracy, free speech, or world peace. How little we learned from WW II, and how sad that, if we persist in our refusal to learn, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. As pointed out by Gilad Atzmon, the same forces that bombed Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Korea and Vietnam are now bombing Afghanistan and Iraq, among others. This is why I say that WW II merged seamlessly into WW III. The USA is currently considered the only official “super power” in the world. Since the late 1890s, however, the Zionist movement has operated to establish itself on the world arena, through the mechanism of initially courting, later threatening, politicians of empires (or “super-powers”) and other strong nations, to pursue Zionist goals.
In that context, the question arises of how powerful the United States really is, and whether it is even a sovereign nation. Although the USA is a nominal democracy, its politics are not the outcome of a mandate given its government by US voters. Instead, a strong conglomerate of unrepresentative power is governing the USA, operating behind closed doors, out of sight of the voters that put the government in power to ostensibly represent the public. Therefore, it is about time we have some relevant analysis of US policies; US affiliations; and whom US politicians represent. This takes us to the topic of Israel, which is purportedly the United States’ closest “ally,” and also the main force behind the current push for attacking yet another country in the “Middle East” – Iran.
I am proposing that we demand answers to some pressing questions (see below) that mainstream, and even most “alternative,” media veer away from. I am looking for ways in which I and other regular people in the US can work towards convincing the US government to cease further escalation of the world conflict we are in. I have concluded that we can all contribute by insisting on answers to questions that we frame based on our own perceptions, rather than based on sound-bites rammed down our throats with flag poles, at the top of which fly US and Israeli flags in mindless concert.
The supposed “alliance” between the USA and Israel has me asking in naked wonder: Are there examples of Israeli conduct that indicates that it respects that USA? Has Israel ever conducted policies that could potentially have led to peaceful coexistence with its neighbors in general, and Palestine in particular? Does Israeli national ideology make peaceful co-existence possible?
As for the USA, I believe that the sooner people realize that the USA has more in common with Palestine than with Israel, the sooner we could all be on a path to peaceful coexistence. As Gilad Atzmon and others have pointed out, “we are all Palestinians.” In the USA, it is more a question of occupied minds than of occupied territory, but the USA is on a slippery slope there. Could it be that one reason the USA has such trouble recovering from its long struggle with yellow fever and subservience to Israel/Zionism is the shame of dealing with the fact that, unlike Palestine, the USA is under occupation as a result of its failure to resist? Is it too painful to face the fact that perhaps the land of the free and the home of the brave is neither? For while we can blame Zionism for trying to corrupt the USA, there is only the USA to blame for the success of the mission.
With mainstream media as a weapon of mass deception, and the integrity of mainstream journalism at vanishing point, it is hardly surprising that media reports we receive on the state of the world are mendacious enough to threaten to sway the US public into supporting another illegal war, this time on Iran. All is not lost, however, for there is the heart warming trend that more and more people, not least the young, are starting to see that something simply does not add up in the “information” we receive from our media. Also phenomenally encouraging is the spiritual awakening of cross-national solidarity movements throughout the world. Therefore, things can and will change, not only in the USA.
By popular demand of The People – person by person, country by country, we need to peacefully dismantle oppression, and institute democracy. I suggest we all start by speaking up. To that end, I direct the following 44 questions to press and other media; government representatives; community groups, and so on:
- Does Iran have nuclear weapons?
- Does Israel have nuclear weapons?
- What does Israel intend to use its nuclear weapons for (here, I am assuming it is not going to nuke its own back yard)?
- What foreign nation/s does Iran threaten?
- What foreign nation/s does Israel threaten?
- Has Iran ever attacked, or threatened to attack, the USA?
- Has Israel ever attacked the USA with military force?
- What happened to the USS Liberty?
- What is Israel’s relation to India, which is also a nuclear power, within which strong forces have an interest in joining its Hindutva movement to the Zionist goal of war on Islam and the Arab world?
- Why has Zionism been so successful in exploiting Jewish fears for purposes other than achieving safety for those whom it purports to represent, when Jews who are true to Judaism, such as the Torah Jews, offer a message of love, respect, coexistence, and dignity for all? (The Rabbinical Torah Jews consider the occupation of Palestine contrary to the will of The Almighty, while the official position of the state of Israel has always been to ignore Rabbinical interpretations of the Bible, and instead interpret passages about killing and looting as carte blanche to ravage the land for the sole benefit of “the Jews.”)
- Judaism is a religion, right?
- Why do so many people who identify as Jewish still believe that Zionism represents them, and helps them achieve security (or that Zionist ideology has the potential of securing peace)?
- Is Zionism anybody’s friend? Or does Zionism constitute the most all-encompassing form of anti-Semitism, in that it is in fact double-barreled anti-Semitism, for the following reasons: 1/ It seeks to eliminate an entire Semitic population, the Palestinians. 2/ Even assuming one accepts the semantic ploy that refers to Jews as Semites (which most Jews are not,) aren’t Zionist politics the biggest danger to the safety of Jews anywhere? In other words, is it not imperative to stop Zionism in its tracks, for the purpose of everybody’s chance of freedom?
- Is there an ideological difference between Aryan National Socialism and Jewistic National Socialism? By “Jewistic” I mean ideologies that base political entitlement on Jewish identity.
- Why is it that, when talking about the 20th century – which was riddled with holocausts – we refer to the German holocaust as The Holocaust?
- When we analyze the Crusades, the Roman, Ottoman, British, German, US Empires, or any other forces that have committed wide-scale atrocities, we are permitted, in fact expected, to look into the cultures that fostered them. Yet, when analyzing Israeli/Zionist atrocities, we are expected to self-censor, if and when we have any impulse to look into the Jewishness that Israel/Zionism purports to protect. Even when, in the words of the eloquent Gilad Atzmon, the tanks and planes that commit the war crimes are decorated with Jewish symbols. Why?
- Has any Israeli government wanted Peace (as opposed to a bigger Piece)?
- Do a majority of Israeli voters want peace? If so, what type of peace would they have in mind (here, we should remember that only about 6% of the Jewish population in Israel did not support “Operation Cast Lead”)?
- What borders, if any, does Israel/Zionism have in mind for “the Jewish state”?
- What position does Israel/Zionism feel it would be appropriate to settle for (no pun intended) outside any formal borders of Israel?
- Is it possible for Israel/Zionism to feel “secure” in a world where other countries have equal power and rights? Stated differently, is Zionism compatible with peaceful coexistence between equals?
- If a nation occupies another nation, should the occupied people have voting rights in the occupying country?
- What does democracy mean? (Here, one should discuss a span that starts with, on the one hand: A lynch mob, which is certainly a democracy in the sense of numbers. On the other hand: A nation in which the people who are governed have power to form the system that governs them. In other words, a show of casting a “vote” for one of few candidates, none of who represent the interests of the voter, would not qualify as a democracy. This is especially true in the USA, in which candidates are effectively permitted by the Supreme Court (although this could be challenged on constitutional grounds) to sell their mandate to a higher bidder (be it a “corporate person” or a foreign nation.) Moreover, the “two party system” is an insult to any serious proponent of choice. Not least because the “two parties” are inching so close to each other that, for all practical purposes, they constitute nuances of a one-party system, leaving voters the “choice” of checking “yes” or “no” to very narrowly framed questions. A further blatant humiliation to US voters is the “choice” of pledging allegiance to Israel either for “Democratic” or “Republican” reasons. The only current exception is Republican candidate Ron Paul, whom the press is largely ignoring.
- Is it possible to have a “Jewish democracy”?
- Is it possible to have a “White democracy”?
- Does the US government want Peace?
- For every Jewistic Zionist in the USA, how many Christianic Zionists are there? By “Christianic” I mean ideologies that base political entitlement on Christian identity.
- Do Christianic Zionists want Peace? If so, do they wish to achieve it with or without stepping up WW III first? Stated differently, do they think it is necessary to “redeem Israel” for “the Jews” as a prerequisite to the second coming of The Lord?
- Do a majority of US voters want peace?
- Do a majority of World voters want peace?
- What are the fastest growing industries in the USA?
- What corporations and other entities have the largest stakes in the for profit prison industry of the USA? Here, I refer to detention centers on US territory, as well as throughout the world.
- What corporations and other entities have the largest stakes in the for profit “security” industry in the USA? I am referring here to extensive background and credit history checks for the purpose of conducting the simplest transactions; fingerprinting to be allowed entry into amusement parks or renting cars, etc.; cameras covering most public spaces and places of business, and so on.
- What is the “Department of Homeland Security” in the USA fashioned upon?
- Does International Law – from which nation states derive their legitimacy – permit one country to send its drones or live agents into another country to murder people?
- Is the term “targeted killing” meant to imply that murder is legitimate if it is intentional and directed at a specific person?
- Why has the word “sayanim” been deleted from Wikipedia? And why does my spell-check indicate that the word doesn’t exist?
- Why does mainstream media refer to incitement to genocide as “lobbying,” when done by Israel and its networks? (Here I am assuming that “lobbying” does not refer to collective national lobotomy.) The Genocide Convention of 1951 defines “genocide” as “acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” The Convention also declares that there shall be no immunity. Persons committing this crime shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals. It is a sad irony that the USA and Israel are both parties to the Genocide Convention…
- Is incitement to genocide an expression of free speech? In the same vein, does the “freedom of movement” include the right to move a bullet or a kitchen knife into another person?
- Why the separate standard for Israel and its networks, when others are criminalized for “Holocaust Denial” if they delve into analysis of the German holocaust?
- Assuming, as I do, that nobody wants to see a repeat of how the Weimar republic ended, is it not in everybody’s interest to look very closely at all the causes and dynamics that led to the German holocaust? We need people like Gilad Atzmon, and we need him now. Lest history repeat itself. Again.
- Why do we repeatedly hear that the US and its “ally,” Israel, are both afraid that diplomacy with Iran won’t work, when it couldn’t be clearer to a random passer-by that the real Terror lies in the knowledge (as opposed to the mere fear) that diplomacy with Iran – who has never attacked another country – has worked and will continue to work. In fact, Iran’s self-restraint towards foreign nations (unfortunately not towards its own people) is quite remarkable.
- What Terror Group or Nation is the strongest, most long term, and most immediate threat to the USA, as well as to democracy and free speech anywhere?
- Is it time to divorce Israel?
If more proof was needed (some of us think it isn’t) that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu lives in a fantasy world that exists only in his own deluded mind, his latest verbal assault on the UN Human Rights Council for its decision to appoint and despatch an independent international fact-finding mission “to investigate the implications of the (illegal) Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” is it.
The Council, Netanyahu said in his fury, has “an automatic majority against Israel”, is “hypocritical” and “out of touch with reality”. He added that “It should be ashamed of itself.”
There is, in fact, some substance to the charge that the UN Human Rights Council is hypocritical. There are many abuses of human rights in many countries which it does not investigate because the African, Asian and Latin American majority on the 47-member Council say “No”. So there is most certainly a case for saying that this particular UN body is hypocritical, even out of touch with some realities and, in that context, appears to be obsessed with Israel-Palestine.
But does that mean the decision of the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent investigation of the implications of Israel’s on-going colonization of the West Bank including East Jerusalem should be treated with contempt and not taken seriously?
Netanyahu claims that it does.
In my opinion that Netanyahu claim deserves the judgement delivered about a different matter in a recent article by economist Paul Krugman for the New York Times. He was commenting on the claim by the Republican leadership in general and frontrunner Mitt Romney in particular that the high and rising price of gasoline in America is “thanks to an Obama administration plot.” Krugman wrote:
This claim isn’t just nuts; it’s a sort of craziness triple play – a lie wrapped in an absurdity swaddled in paranoia.”
Netanyahu’s purpose was, of course, to encourage other powers led by America to use their influence to kill the UN Human Rights Council’s initiative before it takes on real life. And the early signs are in his favour. The U.S. ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Betty King, said the Council’s decision “harmed efforts to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”
That has to be a joke given that there is no prospect of re-starting real and serious negotiations as long as Israel continues to consolidate its occupation of the West Bank, and as long as Netanyahu’s position is, in effect, that negotiations must end with the Palestinians surrendering on Israel’s terms.
I think it’s reasonable to imagine that when Ambassador King made her statement, she was aware that the Obama administration would be required by the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress to bully and intimidate the Human Rights Council into aborting its investigation.
While Netanyahu waits to see if the Obama administration will do his dirty work on this occasion, his government has cut all contact with the UN Human Rights Council and announced that it will prevent the Council’s team of independent investigators entering Israel or the occupied West Bank from Jordan.
Whichever way you look at it, the signs are that this particular mission of the UN Human Rights Council will be more than D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival). It will most likely be D.B.A (Dead Before Arrival)
In that event one of the questions in my mind will be this.
Will any mainstream Western media institution have the balls to offend Zionism by giving space or airtime to voices expressing outrage at Israel’s continuing immunity from what honest investigation would describe as crimes against humanity?
Contrary to what Netanyahu seems to think, the Palestinians are human and do have rights. And they, not Jews, are the victims in the true story of the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel. (As I have written previously, Israeli and many other Jews need to feel they are the victims because victimhood is, it seems, what gives them meaning).
As for the answer to my headline question… Nobody is more out of touch with reality on the ground in the occupied West Bank than Netanyahu.
Of the 47 rotating member states of the UN Human Rights Commission, 36 voted in favour of the decision to investigate Israel’s illegal settlement activities, and 10 including the Czech Republic Romania, Hungary, Poland, Costa Rica, Italy and Spain abstained. The United States was the only country to vote against it.
Thirty-six states voted in favor of the decision, while ten states abstained, including the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Costa Rica, Italy and Spain. The United States was the only country to vote against it.
Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon, one of Europe’s finest jazz musicians, was in Washington, DC in mid-March for the first time at the end of a multi-city North American grassroots tour to discuss his recently published and highly controversial book, The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics.
As Atzmon was speaking on the East Coast at the end of his tour, Israel ended several months of calm in Gaza by assassinating Zuhair al-Qaisi, head of the Popular Resistance Committee, on March 9. The Israeli assassination provoked rocket attacks from Gaza militants. Subsequent Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed 27 Palestinians, including two children, and destroyed 32 homes, a school, a playground and an office of the Red Crescent. Two days after a March 12 truce was declared Israeli missiles struck again….
Regrettably, instead of uniting to criticize Israel for launching its lethal attacks on Gaza, 23 respected Palestinian writers and activists used their talents and energy to gather signatures on a statement calling for “The Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon,” published on March 13.
Atzmon wrote a response the following day—the very day the Washington Report sponsored a hard-hitting interview with Atzmon by Prof. Norton Mezvinsky, Connecticut State University Professor of History Emeritus, in Washington, DC. Many activists told friends on our staff they were afraid to come to the discussion after reading the anti-Atzmon statement by the Palestinian activists.
We hope you’ll watch the video of Atzmon addressing the charges frequently levied against him in his March 14 interview with Prof. Mezvinsky. Decide for yourself—should Atzmon continue his frank discussion of Jewish identity, or should his voice be silenced?
Large numbers of activists have already made up their minds, and have written letters and articles in support of Atzmon. In fact, people who had never heard of him have now flocked to Atzmon’s Web site, www.gilad.co.uk, to discover for themselves what he has to say.
The video of the entire event is now posted, in four segments, on the Washington Report’s Web site www.wrmea.com.