Monday, January 23, 2006

Double Standards Re Israel: Many Leftists Blind

During a recent regurgitation of the tired debate on who's to blame for Palestinian suffering (debated, admittedly, while stoned), it was remarkable to find the usual leftist double standards against Israel entirely alive and kicking. Presumably many leftists understand who Cheney and the Bush family represent, at least after sitting through Fahrenheit 9/11 if not before, but still don’t fully get the point.

They are so quick (and right) to blame American capitalist oligarchs for virtually all other evils around the world. But they rarely seem to wonder why the combined powers of wealthy elites in six Arab nations, along with those in Europe and the U.S., have spent half a century letting a tiny band of corrupt Palestinian thugs continue to rule over their impoverished subjects, who themselves are brainwashed by tiny thug-controlled media operations and schools.

Do these leftists really think – with oil prices* [see * at bottom of 1st comment] and weapons prices at stake – that the former Great Powers and the superpowers, and now the unipower, allow the Palestinian-Israeli farce to go on merely because they don’t care about Palestinians?! Certainly they don’t care. But they let the conflict go on, and even support those (behind the scenes) who help stoke it, for other reasons. Normally leftists would know these reasons. But when it comes to Israel, they impose double standards.

With regard to most of the Third World conflicts that occurred between World War I and the end of the Cold War, leftists have been content and right to place blame squarely on European, American and Soviet imperialism and its leftover messiness. Not so, however, when disempowered refugees, thrust into conflict with their neighbors, happen to be Jewish. Just as the socialists and communists of yore were anti-semitic in part because Jews were associated with European commerce and banking; so now knee-jerk leftists in America and Europe are anti-Israeli.

The visible facts that can lead gullible leftists to simplistic conclusions about Palestinians and Israelis. To name a few:

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To name a few: A lot of African Americans have found strength in political Islam, along with its anti-Jewish-European-American precepts. The oppressed minorities of Europe are Muslim. Meanwhile, American Jews have become well-off doctors and lawyers and bankers. (Ignore that they arrived as impoverished immigrants.) And the Israeli population has built and benefited from a strong economy. (Ignore that great wealth resides in Arab countries but simply is extremely concentrated.)

Thus, the villains behind Palestinian oppression must be captalist Israeli colonialists. This is the easy conclusion for leftists unable to see victimization on more than one side. To them it seems that to be pro-Palestinian, one cannot be pro-Israeli.

You can’t be pro-environment and pro-jobs. You can’t be pro-growth and pro-poor. You can’t be pro-security and pro-freedom. You can’t be pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli.

Yes you can, and should.

So often in the haggling among Americans, Jews like to take one side and leftists the other (alas leaving some Jewish leftists confused and split). The foolish haggling is over the history of ancient claims to land, modern immigration flows, little squabbles between poor Jews and poor Arabs in the first decades of the 20th century, the details of the wars in ’48, ’67 and ’73.

These things had force back then, but now, they have little bearing on the unexplained failure to resolve them. Reference back to them is a smokescreen, just as the ancient, nearly dormant antipathies among Serbs, Croats and Muslims, revived by small-time thugs (not unlike Arafat and 1990’s Sharon), were used as a smokescreen to explain German, French, British and Russian paralysis re the Balkans. In truth, the former Great Powers’ paralysis was due to their conflicting economic interests in the region.

The past is quickly overcome when major powers, united, want it to be. And peace quickly reigns as soon as it is in the interests of united oligarchs. (Peace would reign in Iraq if Iranian, Syrian and local Islamist oligarchs were united with U.S. and Saudi ones.)

It was always oil and geopolitical jockeying that led the British to side first with poor Arabs against poor Jews, and later to play both sides. The same motives later led (and still lead) the U.S. to help prop up and arm Israel, while simultaneously propping up and arming the Arab dictatorships.

Through this day, Palestinians continue to suffer because and only because it is in the interest of Arab dictatorships, and their U.S. sponsors, to use the "Palestinian cause" to distract the oppressed Arab underclasses, just as Bush uses 9/11. It is U.S. oil interests that cause the U.S. government to sponsor Arab dictatorships. Arab oil would be far less secure and far, far more expensive if there were Arab democracies in control. (Don’t think Cheney has any fear that actual democracy will take root in Iraq. Notwithstanding the idealistic neocon fantasies of Wolfowitz and Bush the Retard, the goal of those truly in power has always been a U.S. puppet regime in Iraq.)

With corrupt Palestinian thugs across the border from Israel, brainwashing and deceiving their own people (Arafat stole a huge proportion of international aid to the Palestinians, totaling in the billions of dollars), it is foolish and ridiculous to point to excesses by the Israeli military, or to Israeli politicians and officials who cater to Israeli zealot settlers, as forces determining the sweep of history in the region. The Israeli militants and zealot settlers do indeed perpetrate evil, but they have power in their own society (though they are in the minority) only because Arab dictators in neighboring countries, blessed behind the scenes by the U.S., allow and condone the thuggery and brainwashing perpetrated by Palestinian “leaders” on their own people.

With mini-9/11’s perpetrated against Israel every week, OF COURSE Israel will be unable to obtain peace, though it is entirely in its interest; and OF COURSE some parts of the Israeli electorate, albeit in the minority, will support Israeli militants and religious zealot settlers. The U.S. electoral parallels are obvious. Our own militant, religious zealots would no longer control the White House if it weren’t for 9/11.

The true pro-Palestinian will also be pro-Israel. The true, leftist, underdog-championing pro-Palestinian will recognize that the people causing the mideast conflict are not the not-long-ago-low-income Jews, or the currently-low-income Palestinians. The real culprits are the usual American suspects and their Arab dictator stooges.
SUBTOPIC: How would Arab dictatorships and their U.S. sponsors end the so-called "mideast conflict" if they felt like it?

A paltry ten billion dollars in annual economic development aid for the Palestinian Territories, each year for three years, would do it easily. That would provide so many jobs, schools and clinics that Hamas would lose its power. It would include financial support for genuinely free news media and libraries with fair textbooks. And it would include support for arming and training a large, professional, Palestinian police force.

Where there's a will and enough money, there's easily a way to confiscate other militias' weapons, as was done for example in Rwanda (eventually) and in Albania. A highly effective method is to pay people large sums when they turn in their guns.

With police security in place and a democratic, empowered Palestinian government, political negotiations with Israel could finally be rational. It would not be hard for the international community to ensure good-faith negotiations by Israel as part of a plan like this one. From the beginning, the Palestinian aid scheme could be contingent on U.N.-Israeli treaties ensuring good-faith negotiations by Israel. U.N. peacekeepers recruited from Arab countries would be in place in the Territories as well, giving teeth to international pressure on Israel to deal fairly (possibly requiring popular referenda among Israeli voters on key issues, thus diminishing the power of the right-wing zealot parties that currently have Knesset influence disportionate to their small-minority status.)

* The mideast conflict keeps the weapons trade in good health and, by helping Arab dictatorships maintain power over their subjects, keeps oil cheap. Though oil prices do rise slightly when the conflict flares, they would soar much further if the conflict were ever resolved, letting Arab populations focus more on their own domestic oppression and the need to overthrow their rulers. Note the spike in oil prices when U.S. oil interests lost control of the White House and Carter and Sadat brought the conflict closer to resolution. [End of * note.]

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