The right-wingers in charge of the rogue state of Israel must miss former “President” George W. Bush. What a pal they had in him. They must feel like the leaders of Cuba did when the U.S.S.R. collapsed.
What the right-wing Israel and the unelected Bush regime have in common (besides a lot of unnecessary bloodshed in the Middle East) is their respect for the international community and its regulatory functions when doing so benefits them, but when not, suddenly the international community and its regulatory functions are irrelevant.
Unsuprisingly, Israel’s ambassador to the United States today stated, “We [the members of the Israeli government] are rejecting the idea of an international commission” to investigate Israel’s recent massacre of nine members of a pro-Palestinian flotilla that has enraged the international community.
We’re just supposed to take Israel’s word for it, you see. We’re supposed to accept Israel’s highly edited video- and audio-recorded versions of the events. And shut the fuck up.
Notes Glenn Greenwald* on the matter:
It was clear from the moment news of the flotilla attack emerged that Israel was taking extreme steps to suppress all evidence about what happened other than its own official version. They detained the flotilla passengers and barred the media from speaking with them, thus, as The New York Times put it, “refusing to permit journalists access to witnesses who might contradict Israel’s version of events.”
They detained the journalists who were on the ship for days and seized their film, video and cameras. And worst of all, the IDF — while still refusing to disclose the full, unedited, raw footage of the incident — quickly released an extremely edited video of their commandos landing on the ship, which failed even to address, let alone refute, the claim of the passengers: that the Israelis were shooting at the ship before the commandos were on board.
And Greenwald concludes, as I have concluded, that “whatever else is true, at least nine civilians were killed by the Israeli Navy, only the latest example of Israel (and the U.S.) using massive military force against civilians.”
That much is irfuckingrefutable.
But “truth” in the United States — including in its 51st state, Israel — isn’t decided upon the facts. As Charles P. Pierce notes in his great book Idiot America (on pages 33 through 35),
…“fact” is now defined as something believed by so many people that television notices their belief, and [“truth”] is measured by how fervently they believe it….
If something feels right, it must be treated with the same respect given something that actually is right. [Emphasis mine.] If something is felt deeply, it must carry the same weight as something that is true. If there are two sides to every argument — or, more to the point, if there are people willing to take up two sides to every argument — they both must be right or, at least, equally valid.
Dress it up and the [gut feeling] is “common sense,” which rarely is common and even more rarely makes sense. It often comes down to assessing what Everybody Knows, even though Everybody might be as false as blue money to the truth of things….
Yup. Everybody Knows that Perma-Victim Israel Can Do No Wrong, so there is nothing more to argue, and therefore it’s likely that Israel’s refusal to place itself under international scrutiny — the very definition of a rogue state — will simply slide right on by here in Idiot America.
Also behind Israel’s ability to get away with murder here in the United States is tribalism, as Glenn Greenwald also has written upon, and which I touched on when I stated that staunch Christians, Jews or Muslims cannot see the Palestinian-Israeli mess clearly and fairly because they are inherently tainted by their tribalism.
There is the term “Judeo-Christian,” you see, as in the assertion that the United States is a “Judeo-Christian nation,” but I never see the term “Islamo-Christian.”
Most Americans call themselves “Christians,” and most “Christians” are aligned with Judaism, considering it to be misguided because of its lack of belief in Jesus Christ, but considering it to be the forerunner of what passes as “Christianity” and thus worthy of some degree of respect nonetheless. Islam, however, gets no such regard among the vast majority of “Christians” in the United States.
Most Americans wear Judeo-Christian Goggles, and thus the Muslim Palestinians never have gotten a fair shake among Americans and they aren’t likely to any year soon, as President Barack Hussein Obama, already slammed by the wingnuts as a Muslim/terrorist sympathizer, isn’t likely to stand up for full fairness for Palestine any year soon.
Greenwald correctly notes that it would be uber-hypocritical for the U.S. government to slam Israel for the same war crimes and crimes against humanity that the U.S. government still routinely commits in the Middle East, but it’s never too late to rein Israel in nonetheless. After all, as Greenwald notes, “We’ve been arming Israel and feeding them billions of dollars in aid and protecting them diplomatically … for decades.”
The United States, it seems to me, should tell the rogue state and the welfare state of Israel what the fuck to do — and not the other way around.
A good first step would be for the United States government to demand an international inquiry into the flotilla massacre.
Until and unless that happens, neither the Israeli nor the U.S. government will have a fucking shred of credibility left within the international community.
*Greenwald states that this past week he has been “bombarded relentlessly” with the “self-hating [Jew]” epithet, which is “grounded in the premise that one should automatically defend one’s ‘own group’ rather than endeaveor to objectively assess facts and determine what is right and true.” He further correctly notes that this tribalism isn’t just a Jewish thing, but an American thing, too; thus Americans are expected to defend (or at least to ignore) all kinds of atrocities that their own government commits.