How to End the Gaza Violence
by Rep. Ron Paul, November 27, 2012
As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in U.S. foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again.
It feels like 2009 all over again, which is the last time this kind of violence broke out in Gaza. At that time, over 1,400 Palestinians were killed, of which just 235 were combatants. The Israelis lost 13, of which 10 were combatants. At that time, I said of then-President Bush’s role in the conflict: “It’s our money and our weapons. But I think we encouraged it. Certainly, the president has said nothing to diminish it. As a matter of fact, he justifies it on moral grounds, saying, oh, they have a right to do this, without ever mentioning the tragedy of Gaza…. To me, I look at it like a concentration camp.”
The U.S. role has not changed under the Obama administration. The same mistakes continue. As journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week: “For years now, U.S. financial, military, and diplomatic support of Israel has been the central enabling force driving this endless conflict. The bombs Israel drops on Gazans, and the planes they use to drop them, and the weapons they use to occupy the West Bank and protect settlements are paid for, in substantial part, by the U.S. taxpayer….”
Last week, as the fighting raged, President Obama raced to express U.S. support for the Israeli side, in a statement that perfectly exemplifies the tragicomedy of U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. supported the Israeli side because, he said, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” Considering that this president rains down missiles on Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and numerous other countries on a daily basis, the statement was so hypocritical that it didn’t pass the laugh test. But it wasn’t funny.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Tel Aviv to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, but she refused to meet with elected Palestinian leaders. Clinton said upon arrival in Israel, “America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering.” Does this sound like an honest broker?
At the same time, Congress acted with similar ignobility when an unannounced resolution was brought to the House floor after the business of the week had been finished; and in less than 30 seconds the resolution was passed by unanimous consent, without debate and without most representatives even having heard of it. The resolution, H. Res. 813, was so one-sided it is not surprising they didn’t want anyone to have the chance to read and vote on it. Surely at least a handful of my colleagues would have objected to language such as “The House of Representatives expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders.”
U.S. foreign policy being so one-sided actually results in more loss of life and security on both sides. Surely Israelis do not enjoy the threat of missiles from Gaza, nor do the Palestinians enjoy their Israel-imposed inhuman conditions in Gaza. But as long as Israel can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the U.S. taxpayer it can continue to engage in reckless behavior. And as long as the Palestinians feel the one-sided U.S. presence lined up against them, they will continue to resort to more and more deadly and desperate measures.
Continuing to rain down missiles on so many increasingly resentful nations, the U.S. is undermining rather than furthering its security. We are on a collision course with much of the rest of the world if we do not right our foreign policy. Ending interventionism in the Middle East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would be a welcome first step.
Thanks for posting this Jim! I'm still unable to start threads on Care2
Hi David! Hope you had a great thanksgiving. I've been listening to a audio of Albert J Nock's "Our Enemy the State". Chilling how he forsaw what has happened back in 1934. Are you familiar?
I'm not famiar, Jim. Is it an online audio I can access?
I wish we'd just cut Israel off from it's multiple-billion dollar annual welfare check.
If you haven't seen Roger Water's speech to the UN on Palestine you really missed something big, as the whole world is turning against Israel's occupation of Palestine.
The USA are on the wrong side of this.
Israel needs to withdraw for there to be peace.
He sure shamed Israel about Palestine.... very good speech indeed which makes America shamed too.
No wonder that vote passed.
The U.N. has not served it's function for a long time.
Now Palestine can go to the international criminal court.
Israel should answer for this.
Blockades & sanctions
Collective punishment of the population (forbidden by the Geneva Convention)
Indiscriminate killing of civilians ongoing
Constantly restarting the clock to distort history of ongoing conflict since the 1967 occupation
Using white phosphorous is a war crime
They ran over Rachel Corrie like a dog with a bulldozer intentionally (That was a slap to our face)
Bulldozing their houses, cutting down their orchards, destroying their wells, taking their land without them willing to sell it (what is wrong with America to support this?)
And yet Netanbombyou wants 1000's more of houses in Gaza in spite of this U.N. slap down - so they are putting the U.S. into a corner by supporting them.
It's time to cut them loose.
He is CRAZY.
Instead of backing down he's doubling down.
read more and view video:
Katii..... Google "youtube our enemy the state" It should show up there. Or Mises. Do the more updated version where a lady is reading Nock.
Thank you, Jim!
On a slightly different note, I was watching Prophets of Science Fiction on TV the other day where they showed how much certain writers, like Philip K. Dick, foreshadowed the police state that we're in today.