Pirates of the Mediterranean

On June 30, the
government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the
Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded
the "Spirit of
kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11
countries, including former US Congresswoman

Cynthia McKinney
and Nobel Laureate

Mairead MaGuire
, and confiscated the cargo of
medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials,
and children`s toys that were on the way to the
Mediterranean coast of Gaza. The
"Spirit of
along with the kidnapped 21 persons is
being towed to Israel as I write.

Gaza has been
described as the
"world`s largest concentration camp."
  It is
home to 1.5 million Palestinians who were driven by
force of American-supplied Israeli arms out of their
homes, off their farms, and out of their villages so
that Israel could steal their land and make the
Palestinian land available to Israeli settlers. 

What we have
been witnessing for 60 years is a replay in modern
times, despite the United Nations and laws strictly
preventing Israel`s theft of Palestine, of the 17th,
18th, and 19th century theft of American Indian lands by
US settlers.  An Israeli government spokesman
recently rebuked the President of the United States, a
country, the Israeli said, who stole all of its land
from Indians, for complaining about Israel`s theft of

I knew the
"Spirit of Humanity" would fall to Israeli piracy the minute I
received on June 25 from an official of an Israeli peace
organization a
"public advisory"
that the government of Cyprus had
withheld permission for the
"Spirit of Humanity" to leave for Gaza.  The US State
Department had advised that
"The Israeli
Foreign Ministry informed U.S. officials at the American
Embassy in Tel Aviv that Israel still considers Gaza an
area of conflict and that any boats attempting to sail
to Gaza will not be permitted to reach its destination."

The "Spirit of
obtained permission to leave Cyprus when
all aboard signed a waiver absolving Cyprus of all
responsibility for the crew`s safety at the hands of the

As President
Obama has called for humanitarian aid to be sent to
Gaza, and as the International Red Cross has damned the
inhumanity of Israel`s blockade of Gaza, the question
that immediately comes to mind is why did not the United
States send sufficient US Navy escort to see the
"Spirit of
safely through international waters to
Gaza?  We send ships against Somalian pirates, why
not against Israeli ones?

We all know the
answer.  The US talks a good
"human rights"
game, but never delivers–especially if the human rights
abuser is Israel.  After all, Israel owns the US
Congress and President Obama.  Israel even has an
Israeli citizen and former member of the Israeli Defense
Forces as the Chief-of-Staff in Obama`s White House. 
Israel owns millions of American
"rapture evangelicals."
When it comes to Israel, the
American government is a puppet state. It does what it
is told.

Macho Americans
might stand tall, but not when Israel snaps its fingers.

Israel, of
course, will get away with a mere act of piracy. 
After all, Israel has been getting away with its war
crimes and violations of international law for 60 years. 
If the UN tries to do anything, the US will veto it, as
the US has done for decades.

What will happen
to the kidnapped foreign nationals?  Most likely
they will be released and sent back to their respective
countries.  Israel, of course, will keep the stolen
"Spirit of
to foreclose any further attempts by human
rights activists to run Israel`s inhumane blockade of

On the other
hand, Israel might declare its captives to be terrorists
on the ground that the Gazans elected in a free election
Hamas as their government.  Hamas, unlike Israel,
is declared to be a terrorist organization by the puppet
American State Department in Washington.  Thus the
human rights activists onboard the
"Spirit of
are aiding and abetting terrorists by
delivering goods to them.  The US Department of
Justice (sic) prosecutes American citizens and charities
for sending aid to Palestinians on the grounds that
Palestinians, if not everyone a terrorist, are governed
by terrorists.

I wouldn`t be
surprised if a Nobel Laureate and a former member of the
US House of Representatives, along with the rest of the
crew, are handed over to the Americans for indefinite
detention and for torturing and waterboarding in the
American torture facility at Bagram.  I am certain
that "Homeland
and the US Government are desperate to be
rid of all of critics, and knocking off a Nobel Laureate
and a member of the House sets a precedent for getting
rid of the rest of us.

California, which has become a failed state, has been
denied bailout money from Washington.  Israel,
which has been a failed state for 60 years, can, unlike
the American state of California, always count of
Washington to deliver the money and the weapons to keep
Israel going.  

The same week
that "our" government in Washington told the Governor of California
"not one red
President Barak Obama handed over $2.775
billion to Israel. 

Online Journal
(June 29) reported that the handover to Israel of the
unemployed Americans` tax dollars took place in a
"tiny Capitol
to which members of the press were denied
access.  I mean, really, who wants the media
writing about US taxpayer dollars for Israel`s nuclear
weapons while Americans are being kicked out of their
homes.  Not that, of course, the
supporters of Israel would mind.  

Unlike every
other recipient of US military largesse, Israel is
permitted to bypass the Pentagon and to deal directly
with US  suppliers.  Consequently, the Israel
Lobby`s influence multiplies, because military suppliers
fight for Israel in congressional committees in order to
get Israel`s business. This lets Israel turn the screws
on Iran.  According to Grant F. Smith writing in

Online Journal,
Republican US Representative Mark
Steven from Illinois has received $221,000 in campaign
contributions from Israel political action committees
(PACs).  Therefore, it was a sure thing that he
would introduce legislation preventing the Import-Export
bank from providing loan guarantees to countries doing
business with Iran.  

Americans think
that they are a superpower, but in fact they are a
stupor-power.  A puppet state if truth be known.

There is a great
deal of evidence, even in
Time magazine
that Israel is a child abuser. 
"God`s Chosen
  routinely abuses captured Palestinian
children.  The Israelis also abuse Palestinian
children by shooting them down in the streets.

Don`t take my
word for it.  The Geneva-based Defense for Children
International says,

according to Time
ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian child prisoners
appears to be widespread, systematic and
institutionalized, suggesting complicity at all levels
of the political and military chain of command."

According to
Time Magazine, "Often,
children suffer lasting traumas from jail.  Says
Saleh Nazzal from the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoner
Affairs, `When soldiers burst into a house and drag away
a child, he loses his feeling of being protected by his
family.  He comes back from prison alienated from
his family, his friends. They don`t like going back to
school or even leaving the house. They start wetting
their beds.` Says Mona Zaghrout, a YMCA counselor who
helps kids returning from prison: `They come out of
prison thinking and acting like they are men. Their
childhood is gone.` And they often turn to another
father figure–the armed militant groups fighting the
Israeli occupation.`"

And so it goes. 
There`s no money for California, or for Americans`
health care, or for the several million Americans who
have lost their homes and are homeless, because Israel
needs it.  Israel need the Americans` taxpayers
money to that it can create even more enemies, and,
therefore, need more American money to spend with the
American armament industries to oppress more
Palestinians and to make more enemies, requiring more
American money to protect Israel from its folly and its

And the
brainwashed American public goes along year after year.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
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
and the Soviet Economy

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

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.