FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

A Monstrous Insanity Blessed by the US

by WILLIAM A. COOK

Madeline Albright, this past Tuesday, offered the 9/11 Commission her recommendations for dealing with terrorism in the coming months and years. She made no mention of Israel and no Commissioner asked her about Israel. Yet the ink still ran on every front page around the world reporting on Sharon’s insanity at unleashing American missiles (more than one!) to savagely murder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, an unarmed, deaf, half-blind, crippled, 67 year old paraplegic being pushed in a wheelchair! Does it not strike any sane individual, Comissioners included, that this act by our blest “man of peace” does more to raise hatred against America than any failing by our benumbed President who sat immobile in a classroom while New York burned? Sharon, with this monstrous act, declared war on America on behalf of Hamas. Sharon unilaterally burned the “Road Map.” Sharon crucified America, sacrificing it for his own political interests.

This last in a series of “extra judicial executions,” a euphemistic way of avoiding the true word, “assassination,” buries justice beneath the mailed foot of the 21st century Medieval King who reigns by terror and brute force. We’ve created a new Dark Age! Rage determines behavior; rage becomes its own justification; rage liberates the beast to devour at will. But what is good for the beast is equally good for its intended victim; all kings become targets of fanatical rage justified as “extra judicial executions.” After all, one individual’s “good” is another’s “evil” and we have made acceptable the individual as judge, jury, and executioner.

The world community abhors this state of affairs, yet the world’s body, the UN, does nothing about it. Where is the condemnation of Israel for its illegal action? Where is the Security Council resolution citing Israel for flaunting the Geneva Accords and mocking human rights? Where is the United States Congress and Senate condemnation on behalf of its people of such a heinous act by a government that we support to the tune of 10 billion a year? Why do we cower before Sharon’s bluster as he unleashes our $300,000 dollar missiles from our F-16 aircraft to kill a helpless man and the innocent that become victims of his vengeance? Why do our leaders not address the most obvious and glaring reason America is targeted by terrorists: the aggressive use of massive force by the state of Israel, using American supplied ordinance against a defenseless people, while its leader, Ariel Sharon, deifies, mocks, and ridicules the President who is responsible for providing him the means to enforce his invasion and occupation of territory belonging to another people?

The entire world has stated its objection to Israel’s intrusive militaristic policies; the entire world has stated that Israel is the principal cause of terrorism in the world; the entire world has marched against Israel’s incarceration of these hapless people behind Sharon’s “Wall of Fear,” yet this nation stands aside, stuttering mealy mouthed platitudes that Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorists and, after all, Israel is our only friend in the mid-east. If Sharon’s action in hunting down a man in a wheelchair and hurling missiles of massive destructive capability at him, missiles larger than the intended victim, knowing that by this act he was sowing seeds of fanatical hatred in the community of the deprived and deranged, than I would suggest that Sharon is the enemy of America not its friend. How can our lawmakers listen to the chorus of countries that cry to us to stop Israel’s intentional rousing of terrorism, intentional unsettling of any moves toward negotiation, intentional belittling of America and the UN when they utter, submissa voce, that perhaps the Wall should not be built, and intentional defiance of the UN for over 50 years, and stand like deaf mutes before an oncoming train of destruction?

It takes no genius to understand what Sharon has created by his kingly decision to determine in his own mind that a particular individual is a murderer and terrorist and deserves to die. He has given license to those who see him as evil personified to kill the “elected” leader of the state of Israel, and, by extension, the right to execute the “elected” leader of the state that supports his terrorism, George W. Bush. More than this: Sharon’s witch hunt for the terrorist mind embedded in the frail frame of a 75 pound paraplegic who, would you believe, threatened the fourth largest military state in the world, opens the gates of Hell for those religious fanatics that believe right-wing Zionist zealots and American Christian Zionists like Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, John Hagee, and Jerry Falwell, have blasphemed against the Quran and deserve to die; and Sharon has shown them the avenue to pursue, hunt them down like animals and take them unexpectedly as they emerge from their respective citadels of worship.

Bush and Sharon have co-opted the right to preemptively kill anyone that does not agree with their determination of who is evil, who threatens their respective states, and who poses a potential threat to their capitalistic systems. It’s all in Bush’s “National Security Strategy Report” of September 2002. This is our new rule of law! This is the advance of civilizations into the 21st century.

Consider what might have been the civilized way to deal with Sheik Yassin. Israel had done this twice before. Arrest him. Why did Sharon not drive a “handicapped” van to the Mosque to pick him up, take him to a detention center, submit allegations of murder, inciting to riot, and unjustified creation of a militant organization, and let an international court sit in judgment to find him guilty or not guilty? Nothing prevented Israel from taking Yassin at will. Indeed, they have been on a new rampage of invasion of Gaza this very week; bringing Yassin to “justice” in the traditional western way would have been but a diversion. Such action would have forced the world to listen to the allegations and address Israel’s righteous outrage against Hamas. Should the allegations prove true, the world would have to accept, perhaps with reluctance, Israel’s on-going fight against fanatical terrorists. Such behavior would have created a positive atmosphere about Israel and America, in both the Arab world and around the world, that would go a long way to dissolve the bitterness and hatred that is fueling vengeance and retaliation.

But Sharon knows that America is in the midst of a 9/11 inquisition that fills front pages and TV screens; he knows that Europe is consumed, and rightly so, with the bombings in Spain; he realizes that the people of the United States are more concerned with the rising death toll and continued waves of destruction taking place in liberated Iraq than with events in Israel. Knowing these realities, he is free to act undisturbed by a beleaguered George Bush. And Sharon does not want peace or a Palestinian state; he wants all of Palestine for his Jewish state and he wants the Palestinians out of Palestine. If this action does not show the Bush administration that Sharon is a liar, nothing will.

Consider this. If Sharon acted unilaterally, without US knowledge, to murder the Sheik knowing that he was placing America in the midst of a religious war, then he is a traitor to the country that supports him because he has put America in jeopardy; if he contacted our President before he decided to murder the Sheik and received no objection then our President willingly acceded to an act that would enflame the mid-east and raise America’s fear of terrorism to a level unforeseen heretofore.

If it is not the responsibility of the 9/11 Commission to investigate why America became a target of fanatical zealots in 2001, it should be because Sharon’s execution of the Sheik endangers America and begs for a meaningful understanding of why fanatics hate us. Fanatics find fault with America because it supports a regime that occupies Arab land, a regime that knowingly defies the United Nations and has done so over a fifty-year span of time, a regime that refuses to return that land to its indigenous people. These fanatics watch America over the years control puppet governments in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan while we control the natural energy resources of their states and they remain in poverty. Fanatics understand that America needs Israel as its military weight in the mid-east, a state that condemns their religion and considers their race inferior. This Commission needs to ask why Madeline Albright made no mention of Israel, indeed, they must ask themselves why they do not raise the specter of Israel as a possible cause for terrorism against America. Sharon’s monstrous insane act demands it.

William Cook is a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California. His new book, Psalms for the 21st Century, was just published by Mellen Press. He can be reached at: cookb@ULV.EDU

 

William A. Cook’s latest book is Decade of Deceit.

More articles by:

CounterPunch Magazine

minimag-edit

bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550

zen economics

Weekend Edition
April 28, 2017
Friday - Sunday
Paul Street
Slandering Populism: a Chilling Media Habit
Andrew Levine
Why I Fear and Loathe Trump Even More Now Than On Election Day
Jeffrey St. Clair
Mountain of Tears: the Vanishing Glaciers of the Pacific Northwest
Philippe Marlière
The Neoliberal or the Fascist? What Should French Progressives Do?
Conn Hallinan
America’s New Nuclear Missile Endangers the World
Peter Linebaugh
Omnia Sunt Communia: May Day 2017
Vijay Prashad
Reckless in the White House
Brian Cloughley
Who Benefits From Prolonged Warfare?
Kathy Kelly
The Shame of Killing Innocent People
Ron Jacobs
Hate Speech as Free Speech: How Does That Work, Exactly?
Andre Vltchek
Middle Eastern Surgeon Speaks About “Ecology of War”
Matt Rubenstein
Which Witch Hunt? Liberal Disanalogies
Sami Awad - Yoav Litvin - Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Never Give Up: Nonviolent Civilian Resistance, Healing and Active Hope in the Holyland
Pete Dolack
Tribunal Finds Monsanto an Abuser of Human Rights and Environment
Christopher Ketcham
The Coyote Hunt
Mike Whitney
Putin’s New World Order
Ramzy Baroud
Palestinian, Jewish Voices Must Jointly Challenge Israel’s Past
Ralph Nader
Trump’s 100 Days of Rage and Rapacity
Harvey Wasserman
Marine Le Pen Is a Fascist—Not a ‘Right-Wing Populist,’ Which Is a Contradiction in Terms
William Hawes
World War Whatever
John Stanton
War With North Korea: No Joke
Jim Goodman
NAFTA Needs to be Replaced, Not Renegotiated
Murray Dobbin
What is the Antidote to Trumpism?
Louis Proyect
Left Power in an Age of Capitalist Decay
Medea Benjamin
Women Beware: Saudi Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women’s Equality
Rev. William Alberts
Selling Spiritual Care
Peter Lee
Invasion of the Pretty People, Kamala Harris Edition
Cal Winslow
A Special Obscenity: “Guernica” Today
Binoy Kampmark
Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda
Guillermo R. Gil
The Senator Visits Río Piedras
Jeff Mackler
Mumia Abu-Jamal Fights for a New Trial and Freedom 
Cesar Chelala
The Responsibility of Rich Countries in Yemen’s Crisis
Leslie Watson Malachi
Women’s Health is on the Chopping Block, Again
Basav Sen
The Coal Industry is a Job Killer
Judith Bello
Rojava, a Popular Imperial Project
Robert Koehler
A Public Plan for Peace
Sam Pizzigati
The Insider Who Blew the Whistle on Corporate Greed
Nyla Ali Khan
There Has to be a Way Out of the Labyrinth
Michael J. Sainato
Trump Scales Back Antiquities Act, Which Helped to Create National Parks
Stu Harrison
Under Duterte, Filipino Youth Struggle for Real Change
Martin Billheimer
Balm for Goat’s Milk
Stephen Martin
Spooky Cookies and Algorithmic Steps Dystopian
Michael Doliner
Thank You Note
Charles R. Larson
Review: Gregor Hens’ “Nicotine”
David Yearsley
Handel’s Executioner
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail