The Tail Don’t Wag the Dog: Israel and the United States

The tail don’t wag the dog, and the United States government was not somehow infiltrated and manipulated into supporting the capitalistic, ever-expansive, angry, and war-like successive governments in Israel, nor was it manipulated into supporting the right-wing Israeli settlers who undermined every attempt at peace any Israeli president ever made.  The United States government did these things of its own free will.  The tail don’t wag the dog.

Every UN vote of approval, every million dollars spent, every weapon sent, every congressional measure of praise for the Israeli image(devoid of Palestinian reality), starting from the first cheering vote of recognition in 1948, each one of these things the United States government does as though a proud father to its Israeli son. Some fathers raise their sons to be just like them, and simultaneously pass on a heavy karmic burden; others raise their children to grow far beyond them.

Many of the most racist and violent Israeli settlers in Palestine are from the United States, and are allowed to live lavishly on welfare/fundraised money, with no work other than attacking the Palestinians living next door to them.

Perhaps the United States government is somehow unaware of this situation, or perhaps they simply don’t tell the public and keep such things under the rug, far from public discussion.

American people living in Palestine who are literally funded to hate and attack, Americans, like Miriam Levinger of the Bronx, Baruch Marzel, and Baruch Goldsteinof Brooklyn, among others, live smack in the middle of Hebron, Palestine, a culturally-rich city and economic engine of the region.  These Americans live well on fundraised-welfare with no occupation other than attacking children, women, elderly people, ambulance drivers, men, fathers, activists, freedom-fighters who are daily protecting their homes, neighborhood, city, and society and who are praying for an end to the genocidal rage they face every day in a place once called paradise.  The Israeli soldiers who are stationed to protect the Israeli(American) settlers are also funded and armed by the United States government.  Which tail wags which dog here?  Is the United States government a hapless and innocent player in this that just can’t figure out how to make peace?

Many Palestinians support BDS, pressuring the Israeli government to cease its addiction to brutality and cruelty, to violence, greed, colonization, and occupation.  And what should the world’s response be to the United States government?

Certainly in the United States, our government has hid in plain site in the debacle of Israel and Palestine.  Fed to the American people were things like “Oh those people are just always fighting over there,” and “Palestinians have no reason to be unhappy and are just a bunch of irrational militants full of hate,” and “We U.S. government representatives hope to lead those pitiful people to peace,” and “They just can’t make peace over there” – while the reality was far, far different.

The tail don’t wag the dog, and proud influential fathers cannot act like they have nothing to do with the conditions that make up the genocide in Palestine.  The United States government nearly birthed Israel along with Britain, has staunchly supported it for its more than 70 years of existence, and yet acts like the catastrophe that has daily ensued is some sort of preordained certainty that no one can fix.

The United States government must surely be berated for its multi-layered and pervasive role in Palestine – and the sooner and most-effective way, the better.

More articles by:
July 15, 2020
Jennifer Loewenstein
Forging Greater Israel: Annexation by Any Other Name
John Davis
This is No Way to Live
Melvin Goodman
Bolton’s Book is Not the “Bomb” as Advertised
Kenneth Surin
Boris Johnson’s “Blundering Brilliance”…Now Only the Blundering Remains
Daniel Warner
Audacity and Hope in the Summer of Discontent
Thomas Klikauer – Nadine Campbell
Propaganda Beyond Trump
Omar Ramahi
Hagia Sophia and the Catastrophe of Symbolism
Binoy Kampmark
The Yeezy Effect: Kanye West Joins the Presidential Race
Robin Wonsley – Ty Moore
Minneapolis Ballot Measure to Dismantle the Police Will Test the Strength of Our Movement
Robert Jensen
‘Cancel Culture’ Cannot Erase a Strong Argument
Tom Clifford
Jack Charlton, Soccer and Ireland’s Working Class
Elliot Sperber
Mother Goose in the End Times
July 14, 2020
Anthony DiMaggio
Canceling the Cancel Culture: Enriching Discourse or Dumbing it Down?
Patrick Cockburn
Boris Johnson Should not be Making New Global Enemies When His Country is in a Shambles
Frank Joyce
Lift From the Bottom? Yes.
Richard C. Gross
The Crackdown on Foreign Students
Steven Salaita
Should We Cancel “Cancel Culture”?
Paul Street
Sorry, the Chicago Blackhawks Need to Change Their Name and Logo
Jonathan Cook
‘Cancel Culture’ Letter is About Stifling Free Speech, Not Protecting It
John Feffer
The Global Rushmore of Autocrats
C. Douglas Lummis
Pillar of Sand in Okinawa
B. Nimri Aziz
Soft Power: Americans in Its Grip at Home Must Face the Mischief It Wields by BNimri Aziz July 11/2020
Cesar Chelala
What was lost when Ringling Bros. Left the Circus
Dan Bacher
California Regulators Approve 12 New Permits for Chevron to Frack in Kern County
George Wuerthner
Shrinking Wilderness in the Gallatin Range
Lawrence Davidson
Woodrow Wilson’s Racism: the Basis For His Support of Zionism
Binoy Kampmark
Mosques, Museums and Politics: the Fate of Hagia Sophia
Dean Baker
Propaganda on Government Action and Inequality from David Leonhardt
July 13, 2020
Gerald Sussman
The Russiagate Spectacle: Season 2?
Ishmael Reed
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Perry Mason Moment
Jack Rasmus
Why the 3rd Quarter US Economic ‘Rebound’ Will Falter
W. T. Whitney
Oil Comes First in Peru, Not Coronavirus Danger, Not Indigenous Rights
Ralph Nader
The Enduring Case for Demanding Trump’s Resignation
Raghav Kaushik – Arun Gupta
On Coronavirus and the Anti-Police-Brutality Uprising
Deborah James
Digital Trade Rules: a Disastrous New Constitution for the Global Economy Written by and for Big Tech
Howard Lisnoff
Remembering the Nuclear Freeze Movement and Its Futility
Sam Pizzigati
Will the Biden-Sanders Economic Task Force Rattle the Rich?
Allen Baker
Trump’s Stance on Foreign College Students Digs US Economic Hole Even Deeper
Binoy Kampmark
The Coronavirus Seal: Victoria’s Borders Close
Evaggelos Vallianatos
Power, Knowledge and Virtue
Weekend Edition
July 10, 2020
Friday - Sunday
Lynnette Grey Bull
Trump’s Postcard to America From the Shrine of Hypocrisy
Anthony DiMaggio
Free Speech Fantasies: the Harper’s Letter and the Myth of American Liberalism
David Yearsley
Morricone: Maestro of Music and Image
Jeffrey St. Clair
“I Could Live With That”: How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade
Rob Urie
Democracy and the Illusion of Choice