An Israeli Primer for Muslim Rulers: How to Make America Love you - Arabia.com
- 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
"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 himâ¦"
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"
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
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
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
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
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
â¦ 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 peopleâ¦"
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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