Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US?


In Israel, a country stolen from
the Palestinians, fanatics control the government. 
One of the fanatics is the prime minister,
Benjamin Netanyahu. 
Last week Netanyahu called for


“crippling sanctions”
against Iran. 

The kind of blockade that Netanyahu
wants qualifies as an act of war. 
Israel has long threatened to attack Iran on its
own but prefers to draw in the US and NATO. 

Why does Israel want to initiate a
war between the United States and Iran?

Is Iran attacking other countries,
bombing civilians and destroying civilian
infrastructure?

No. 
These are crimes committed by Israel and the US.

Is Iran evicting peoples from lands
they have occupied for centuries and herding them into
ghettoes? 

No, that`s what Israel has been
doing to the Palestinians for 60 years.

What is Iran doing?

Iran is developing nuclear energy,
which is its right as a signatory to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty. 
Iran`s nuclear energy program is subject to
inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), which consistently reports that its inspections
find no diversion of enriched uranium to a weapons
program.

The position taken by Israel, and
by Israel`s puppet in Washington, is that Iran must not
be allowed to have the rights as a signatory to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty that every other signatory has,
because Iran might divert enriched uranium to a weapons
program.

In other words, Israel and the US
claim the right to abrogate Iran`s right to develop
nuclear energy. The Israeli/US position has no basis in
international law or in anything other than the
arrogance of Israel and the United States.

The hypocrisy is extreme. 
Israel is not a signatory to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty and developed its nuclear
weapons illegally on the sly, with, as far as we know,
US help.

As Israel is an illegal possessor
of nuclear weapons and has a fanatical government that
is capable of using them, crippling sanctions should be
applied to Israel to force it to disarm. 

Israel qualifies for crippling
sanctions for another reason. 
It is an apartheid state, as former US President
Jimmy Carter

demonstrated
in his book,
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

The US led the imposition of
sanctions against South Africa because of South Africa`s
apartheid practices. The sanctions forced the white
government to

hand over political power
to the

black population
. 
Israel practices a worse form of apartheid than
did the white South African government. 
Yet, Israel maintains that it is
“anti-Semitic”
to criticize Israel for a practice
that the world regards as abhorrent.

What remains of the Palestinian
West Bank that has not been stolen by Israel consists of
isolated ghettoes. 
Palestinians are cut off from hospitals, schools,
their farms, and from one another. 
They cannot travel from one ghetto to another
without Israeli permission enforced at checkpoints.

The Israeli government`s
explanation for its gross violation of human rights
comprises the greatest collection of lies in world
history.  No
one, with the exception of American “Christian
Zionists,”
believes one word of it.

The United States also qualifies
for crippling sanctions. Indeed, the US is
over-qualified. On the basis of lies and intentional
deception of the US Congress, the US public, the UN and
NATO, the US government invaded
Afghanistan
and Iraq and used the “war on terror” that
Washington orchestrated to overturn US civil liberties
enshrined in the US Constitution. 
One million Iraqis have paid with their lives for
America`s crimes and four million are displaced. 
Iraq and its infrastructure are in ruins, and
Iraq`s professional elites, necessary to a modern
organized society, are dead or dispersed. 
The US government has committed a war crime on a
grand scale. 
If Iran qualifies for sanctions, the US qualifies a
thousand times over.

No one knows how many women,
children, and village elders have been murdered by the
US in Afghanistan. 
However, the American war of aggression against
the Afghan people is now in its ninth year. According to
the US military, an American victory is still a long
ways away. 
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs
of Staff, declared in August that the military situation
in Afghanistan is

“serious and deteriorating”
.

Older Americans can look forward to
the continuation of this war for the rest of their
lives, while their Social Security and Medicare rights
are reduced in order to free up funds for the US
armaments industry. 
Bush/Cheney and Obama/Biden have made munitions
the only safe stock investment in the United States.

What is the purpose of the war of
aggression against Afghanistan? 
Soon after his inauguration, President Obama
promised to provide an answer but did not. Instead,
Obama quickly escalated the war in Afghanistan and
launched a new one in Pakistan that has already
displaced 2 million Pakistanis. 
Obama has sent 21,000 more US troops into
Afghanistan and already the US commander in Afghanistan,
General Stanley McChrystal, is requesting 20,000 more. 

Obama is escalating America`s war
of aggression against the Afghanistan people despite
three high profile opinion polls that show that the
American public is firmly opposed to the continuation of
the war against Afghanistan. 

Sadly, the ironclad agreement
between Israel and Washington to war against Muslim
peoples is far stronger than the connection between the
American public and the American government. 
At a farewell dinner party last Thursday for
Israel`s military attaché in Washington, who is
returning to Israel to become deputy chief of staff of
the Israeli military, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of
the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Undersecretary of Defense
Michele Flournoy, and Dan Shapiro, who is in charge of
Middle East affairs on the National Security Council,
were present to pay their respects. 
Admiral Mullen declared that the US will always
stand with Israel. 
No matter how many war crimes Israel commits. 
No matter how many women and children Israel
murders. No many how many Palestinians Israel drives
from their homes, villages, and lands. 
If truth could be told, the true axis-of-evil is
the United States and Israel.

Millions of Americans are now
homeless because of foreclosures. 
Millions more have lost their jobs, and even more
millions have no access to health care. 
Yet, the US government continues to squander
hundreds of billions of dollars on wars that serve no US
purpose. 
President Obama and General McChrystal have taken the
position that they know best, the American public be
damned. 

It could not be made any clearer
that the President of the United States and the US
military have no regard whatsoever for democracy, human
rights, and international law. 
This is yet another reason to apply crippling
sanctions against Washington, a government that has
emerged under Bush/Obama as a brownshirt state that
deals in lies, torture, murder, war crimes, and
deception.

Many governments are complicit in
America`s war crimes. 
With Obama`s budget deep in the red, Washington`s
wars of naked aggression are dependent on financing by
the Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Saudis, South Koreans,
Indians, Canadians and Europeans. 
The second this foreign financing of American war
crimes stops, America`s wars of aggression against
Muslims stop.

The US is not a forever
“superpower”
that can indefinitely ignore its own
laws and international law. The US will eventually fall
as a result of its hubris, arrogance, and imperial
overreach.

When the American Empire collapses,
will its enablers also be held accountable in the war
crimes court?

Paul Craig Roberts [email
him
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Wall
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of


Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
;
 Alienation
and the Soviet Economy
and

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
,
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of


The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

here
for Peter
Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.