The U.S. Is Now Morally Bankrupt

Well I think it is now official.

In the eye’s of the world the United States is morally bankrupt.

Unfortunately it has been for some time.

Today, more than 800 Palestinians are dead in Gaza and the attacks by one of the world’s best professional armies against a people without an army continue. Attacks by one of the world’s best air forces against a people without a warplane and without any air defense continue.

We provide $3 billion a year to the attacker; our illustrious Senate voted 100 – 0 in support of the attacks. The beneficiary of our largess thumbs it’s nose at our request for a cease fire; ignores our leaders whenever it suits. After all, it can afford to ignore us for it has no  fear of consequences.

Why is that? AIPAC – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as well as other hard-line members of the Israeli lobby.

There is ample evidence that this recent assault on Gaza was carefully managed, beginning with the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen.

According to an article in the Jewish daily Forward, Israeli authorities knew early on that the three teens were dead but hid the information from the public, even from the parents, for weeks in order to whip up a frenzy against Palestinians. Israel blamed Hamas without any proof and used the kidnappings as the pre-text for an assault which had already been planned.  Israel just needed an excuse.

Read the article here: http://forward.com/articles/201764/how-politics-and-lies-triggered-an-unintended-war/?p=all

The supine behavior of the American Congress, including some of it’s most “progressive” members is nothing less than shameful and can only be explained by fear of an AIPAC funded primary opponent.

I can hear it now – “I mean, it was going to pass anyway. Why vote against Israel?”.

Meanwhile Secretary Kerry (What ever happened to the John Kerry of 40 years ago?) runs around the Middle-East like a chicken without a head practically begging – “Oh please! Let’s have a cease fire!” He is a perfect reflection of the shallow hypocrisy of the Administration. Our foreign policy is in shambles.  Hillary got out just in time in order to avoid any of the blame.

Why did Netanyahu assault Gaza? Not to “defend Israel”; rockets were virtually non-existent over the two years before the death of the teenagers and were ineffectual anyway.

The real reasons were to undermine the recent rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah and what should be obvious now to anyone who is not a complete dunderhead – the two state solution is dead. Netanyahu has no intention of ever giving up the West Bank. He wants to colonize it – so the settlements go on.  Unfortunately for him he can’t make the Palestinians go away and he can’t annex it without changing the demographics of the State of Israel.  A united Hamas-Fatah leadership however could pose problems if they began to press for real movement toward a two state solution.

It seems like no one learned anything about peace from Northern Ireland. “Not talking to terrorists” led to 30 years of conflict and 35,000 dead. No one would talk to the IRA; not America, not Britain, not the Ulstermen. And the IRA wouldn’t talk to them either. It took years. The IRA would set off a bomb now and then even during the peace negotiations. So would the Ulstermen, each trying to break up the talks.  Keeping everyone talking was the key.  Keeping Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley in the same room wasn’t easy.

There can be no peace unless all the parties are at the table – without pre-conditions.  No one said it will be easy.

We can force that – through the power of the purse. If we had any spine and a bit of humanity.

 

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photo:www.presstv.ir

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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7 Responses to The U.S. Is Now Morally Bankrupt

  1. Ed Rudy says:

    TOTAL BS, TORITTO! ISRAEL always agreed but HAMAS refuses to commit to Arab League, Egyptian and UN endorsed and/or proposed truce, cease fire and peace talk proposals and uses women and Palestinian children as shields to protect terrorist bases and missile launch sites.
    HAMAS HAS COST THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS!

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    • toritto says:

      Ed – please don’t parrot propaganda BS here. Gaza is a ghetto and the whole world knows it. It was yesterday that Netanyahu turned down Kerry’s truce proposal.

      Drawing a comment like yours indicates to me the post is on point.

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  2. Ed Rudy says:

    HAMAS, not Israel, has always been the aggressor. HAMAS sent literally thousands of long-range Iranian supplied explosive scud missiles at civilian targets deep into Israel.
    THE ENTIRE WORLD AGREES THAT ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT AND OBLIGATION TO AGGRESSIVELY DEFEND THE JEWISH HOMELAND AGAINST RELENTLESS AND UNPROVOKED HAMAS SPONSORED ATTACKS.
    ISRAEL always agreed but HAMAS refuses to commit to Arab League, Egyptian and UN endorsed and/or proposed truce, cease fire and peace talk proposals and uses women and Palestinian children as shields to protect terrorist bases and missile launch sites.
    HAMAS HAS COST THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS!

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  3. The US also cast the sole no vote on a UN resolution to investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza: http://mashable.com/2014/07/23/un-war-crimes-gaza/

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