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    An Israeli Primer for Muslim Rulers: How to Make America Love you February 10, 2003, 05:56 AM http://arabia.com/newsfeed/article/english/0,14183,369315,00.html
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2003
      An Israeli Primer for Muslim Rulers: How to Make
      America Love you
      February 10, 2003, 05:56 AM


      "The added injury came when U.S. airplanes dropped two
      500-pound bombs on a mosque/seminary in Pakistan and
      U.S. officials announced they will chase enemy
      fighters into Pakistani territory .."

      (Alas, poor Musharraf! No matter what the Pakistani
      general does to please President Bush, he cant get the
      U.S. administration to reciprocate his amorous

      A single phone call from General Powell and he turns
      his back on his Taliban allies. He surrenders his
      military bases to American forces. He allows FBI
      agents to roam the length of his country picking up
      Pakistani citizens at will. He arrests anyone with an
      Arabic accent and bundles him off to Guantanamo -- 440
      to date, and counting. He extradites his citizens
      bypassing Pakistani law and courts. He rigs elections
      so he can keep the rapidly growing anti-American
      political forces out of government.

      And what does he get for his troubles? America adds
      Pakistan to its list of nations whose citizens are
      being considered a security risk: Hundreds of
      Pakistanis living in the U.S. are imprisoned; all
      Pakistanis entering the U.S. are to be fingerprinted
      like criminal suspects.

      But thats only the insult -- the added injury came
      when U.S. airplanes dropped two 500-pound bombs on a
      mosque/seminary in Pakistan and U.S. officials
      announced they will chase enemy fighters into
      Pakistani territory. The latest: American ambassadors
      to both India and Pakistan have been accusing
      Pakistans Kashmir stance as "cross border" terrorism,
      attracting feeble murmurs of disapproval from the
      Foreign Office.

      "There is little [Musharraf] can do to counter the
      U.S. militarys capacity for making bad situations
      worse," says Londons the Guardian. "And Musharraf must
      realize that his support for Washington does not mean
      Washington will always support him…"

      That is the dilemma of the host of rulers in the
      Muslim world today. Saddam today, gone tomorrow! So
      how does a Muslim ruler in todays world ensure
      Washingtons continued love and support?

      Dale Carnegie, eat your heart out! Heres a didactic
      framework for autocrats galore -- the Musharaffs,
      Abdullas, and Assads of the Muslim world -- on how to
      make the worlds sole superpower "Keep on loving you"
      in return.

      Take your cue from Americas single sweetheart for
      thirty-five years -- the one and only (drum roll,
      please) -- Israel!

      Everyone knows that Americas power base -- presidents,
      senators, representatives, national security advisors,
      the press, networks, Hollywood and televangelists --
      loves to love Israel. This little Middle Eastern
      country, pariah state to most people in the world,
      seems to call the shots on Americas polity both at
      home and abroad.

      Heres a primer for Muslim leaders on how to follow
      Israels lead, thereby possibly making their way to
      Americas heart.

      Lesson One: "The course of love never did run smooth."

      Jilt (or publicly snub) the U.S. President. For
      example, when George Bush called on Sharon to pull out
      his armies from the West Bank, Sharon snubbed the U.S.
      President by non-compliance. He proceeded to scuttle
      Bushs push for a U.N. peace mission to Jenin. When
      Associated Press correspondent Fournier asked Bush
      what were the "consequences for those who thumb their
      nose at the President of the United States [meaning
      Mr. Sharon]," the President responded by blaming
      Chairman Arafat, whose performance, said Mr. Bush, had
      "just been disappointing ... hes let down the
      Palestinian people."

      In return, Bush ensured the Israeli Prime Minister
      continued access to the White House -- Sharon was the
      only ruler of a foreign state who visited the
      executive office more often than Tony Blair last year.

      Lesson Two: "Not that I love Caesar less, but that I
      love Congress more."

      In his trip to Congress in June last year, Sharon
      charmed the U.S. Congress with unsullied love. "Since
      my election as head of state," quoth he, " I have made
      it my duty to tighten the links with the two houses of
      Congress, where we have numerous friends, rather than
      rely only on the American President as many of my
      predecessors have done."

      In return, Congress overwhelmingly expressed its
      unstinting support for Israel in its conflict with the
      Palestinians, standing "in solidarity with Israel" as
      a frontline state in the war against terrorism. Bush,
      trying his hardest not to be outdone, declared that
      Israel has a right to "defend" itself and declared
      that conditions were not ripe for a Middle East peace

      Lesson Three: "Bury the heart and wound the knee."

      "Most members of Congress chose to pony up [to
      Israel]," says Pat Buchanan, "rather than face the
      retribution of an Israeli lobby that has in its trophy
      case the scalps of two chairmen of the Senate Foreign
      Relations Committee, J. William Fulbright and Chuck

      Add to that the scalps of a long list of Congressmen
      who "dared to speak out" against Israel, including
      Paul Findley, Earl Hilliard and Cynthia McKinney. In
      the case of the latter, writes Alexander Cockburn,
      "Torrents of American Jewish money showered her
      opponent. Buckets of sewage were poured over McKinneys
      head in the Washington Post and the Atlanta

      Lesson Four: "Love is whatever you can still betray."
      (John le Carre)

      Israel has a history of selling out U.S. interests for
      its national gain. Sophisticated U.S. technology,
      reserved exclusively for U.S. and Israeli use, has
      been sold by Israel to China. A long list of this
      classified information with a "For Sale by Israel"
      sign has included the Phoenix missile, the Falcon
      fighter plane, and a near sale of AWACS.

      "The United States has made very clear the strategic
      implications for U.S. security interests of Israels
      defense trade and transfer of U.S.-made equipment and
      advanced defense technologies to China," said State
      Department spokesman Richard Boucher in Washington
      this week. The Israeli response: As clear as mud.

      Lesson Five: "Spies like us."

      Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst,
      passed classified material to Israel. Pollard was
      sentenced to life imprisonment, and his wife, Anne,
      who assisted her husband, got five years in jail.
      Israel has refused to return the material Pollard had
      turned over to it, and Israel has petitioned the U.S.
      President to release Jonathan Pollard, a national hero
      in Israel.

      The list of Israeli spies in America does not end
      there: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg sold the U.S. atomic
      secrets to the Soviets, aided by David Greenglass who
      milked the Los Alamos secret base; master spy Klaus
      Fuchs -- the "Atom bomb spy," and most recently
      uninvestigated Israeli "art students" who reveal an
      ubiquitous presence around the 9/11 hijackers. Read
      ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovskys By Way of Deception
      to see how Israel keeps tabs on its best friend, the
      United States.

      Lesson Six: "Milk the land of honey."

      Every time the U.S. tries to form a coalition against
      an enemy, Israel upsets the boat. "In Desert Storm,"
      writes Buchanan, "Bush had to bribe Yitzhak Shamir
      with $5 billion in aid, $400 million in loan
      guarantees, and Patriot missiles to stay out of the
      fighting, lest Israeli intervention dynamite our
      coalition." As the second Gulf War threatens its ugly
      head, a deputation of Israeli loan seekers is
      currently in Washington demanding a $12 billion
      special aid package.

      Lesson Seven: "Love means never having to say youre
      sorry." (Love Story)

      Thirty-five years ago this June, the U.S.S. Liberty,
      plying in international waters off the Gaza strip and
      flying U.S. colors, was attacked by Israeli aircraft.
      When two aircraft carriers in the region responded by
      launching fighter aircraft, they were recalled on
      orders from the White House. Worse was to follow -- an
      attack by an Israeli motor torpedo boat. Five
      torpedoes were fired at the Liberty, killing
      thirty-four and injuring 172 American sailors.

      President Johnson reported the incident to the
      American people as a "six minute accidental" attack.
      Admiral Moorer, Joint Chiefs of Staff, denies that the
      attack was an accident, but there has never been a
      congressional investigation. The U.S.S. Liberty story
      has been silenced and Israel has never tendered an
      apology for the attack that resulted in the loss of
      American life and property.

      Lesson Eight: "Poor Anti-me."

      Say a single word against Israeli policy -- against
      the attacks on Palestinian children, mention Israeli
      spies, or even the Israeli election scandal, and you
      are immediately labeled as anti-Semitic. This label
      applies even to those Jews who criticize Israel and
      Arabs -- the original Semites -- all are branded with
      the sizzle of the anti-Semitic iron.

      The Zionist Golden rule applies here: The holocaust
      guilt must overshadow every Israeli policy discussion,
      particularly when it is in relation to Israels racist
      and segregationist treatment of Palestinians.

      If anyone recognizes racism, it is Nelson Mandela.
      Writing in context to Israel, he defines apartheid as
      "a crime against humanity." He laments the fact that
      "Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their
      liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of
      gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has
      systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of
      Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international
      law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a
      civilian population, in particular, children."

      Israel is the only surviving apartheid-based regime in
      the world. Currently, it has barred one of the few
      Arab political parties from taking part in the
      scheduled elections. Its policies make Strom Thurmonds
      Dixiecrats of the 40s look like the Salvation Army.

      Lesson Nine: "Extra! Extra! Read all about it!"

      Here are the famous "last" words of a U.S. Vice
      President: "The people who own and manage national
      impact media are Jewish and, with other influential
      Jews, helped create a disastrous U.S. Mideast policy
      … By national impact media, I am referring to the
      major news wire services, pollsters, Time and Newsweek
      Magazines, the New York Times, Washington Post, and
      the International Herald Tribune. For example, CBS Mr.
      [William] Paleys Jewish. Mr. Julian Goodman, who rNBC,
      and theres a Leonard Goldenson at ABC. Mrs. Katherine
      Graham owns the Washington Post and Mr. Sulzberger the
      New York Times. They are all Jews!"

      "I see no reason why nearly half the foreign aid this
      nation has to give goes to Israel, except for the
      influence of this Zionist lobby. I think the power of
      the news media is in the hands of a few people…"

      Thus spoke Vice President Spiro Agnew. Needless to
      say, the press he attacked literally made a Mickey
      Mouse out of him.

      Finally, Lesson Ten: "Please, sir, may I have some
      more?" (Oliver Twist)

      Since 1967, the U.S. has given Israel over $130
      billion dollars (inclusive of interest costs), which
      amounts to $23,240 per Israeli citizen. According to
      the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, this
      makes Israel one of the richest countries in the
      world, with a per capita gross domestic product
      greater than three European Union Member States --
      Greece, Portugal or Spain.

      At this moment, an Israeli delegation is in Washington
      to secure an emergency aid package worth $12 billion.
      Of this, a third is for military spending to help
      further suppress Palestinians, and to support Sharons
      recent budget proposal to enhance Jewish settlements
      in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The rest is in loan
      guarantees. This is in addition to the $3.2 billion
      Israel receives from the U.S. in aid every year.

      The U.S. is expected to partake in this philanthropy
      in a year when its own economy is in an unofficial
      depression; unemployment is at a staggering 6 percent;
      and funding for the unemployed is running out. Our
      largest state governments are facing mammoth budget
      shortfalls; pension funds have been ravaged by
      corporate invaders; airline, financial institutions
      and technology companies continue to go bankrupt; and
      domestic holiday spending has been at a thirty year

      Yet, the American citizen will have to pay his pound
      of flesh for foreign aid to Israel come April 15. "Nux
      sico quit sit amor," says Virgil: Now I know what love
      is. Or as a rocking bard put it, "The more you deceive
      em, the more they like your technique!"

      Now that the Muslim states understand the nature of
      the masochistic relationship between the U.S. and its
      most favored nation, they should take a cue from
      Israel and treat the U.S. the way Sharon and his
      predecessors have been doing for the last fifty years.

      Maybe then they will stop being collectively treated
      as the Rodney Dangerfields of U.S. foreign policy!

      [Yusuf Agha is a historian who also dabbles in
      Information Technology. He reads extensively and has
      an interest in the visual and performing arts. He has
      resided in the United States for over two decades,
      loves its people and the land, but is still trying to
      figure out whom the government represents. Yusuf Agha
      encourages your comments: yagha@...

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