LaRouche: 'Not a Nickel' To Sharon


Washington, D.C. - Asked by an American Muslim newspaper journalist how he, as President, would "right the wrongs" of United States Mideast policy, Democratic candidate Lyndon LaRouche told his live and webcast audience, "As President, I'll have no problem in dealing with this. I will deal with it. I will sit on it, and I will get the support of enough people in the world that we'll stop it." LaRouche pointed to the current Geneva non-governmental peace meetings of Israelis and Palestinians as important for governments to support, but stressed that he would be an American President capable of stopping Ariel Sharon's Likud faction from destroying the Mideast and Israel in the process. 

LaRouche's Oct. 22 event was attended by 300 people in Washington and hundreds more at satellite videoconferences in the United States, as well as broadcast on the Internet. In Washington, Abdulla el-Amin of Detroit's (Muslim Observer), asked the candidate, "Mr. LaRouche ... how do you propose to deal with what obviously is an extremely powerful lobby in the United States, in order to be fair in the treatment of the Palestinian people?"

LaRouche's forceful and comprehensive answer follows: "First of all, there is a meeting in Geneva, which is an attempt--with [Yossi] Beilin and others involved whom I've had some cooperation with indirectly in the past on this question--which is an attempt to revive the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. This is important. I think that governments and others around the world should support it. Not that it by itself is going to succeed, but an effort in that direction opens up the question of what is required to succeed. If you can establish that the intent exists, then I think it can succeed.

"Now, the other side is that Israel has no future under the present policies of Sharon. You have really a Masada complex in action. Sharon is more of a clever thief than a fanatic. He knows how to act like a fanatic, in order to get people to give him things... But the danger is among the fanatics, especially the religious fanatics, who are always dangerous because they're not in the real world. The point is, if Israel were to pursue this course, which has been assigned to it by the friends of Dick Cheney, the neo-conservatives in the United States principally--it's a part of Cheney's policy, it's a part of the preventive war policy. Sharon is a patsy for Cheney, or for whoever takes Cheney's place in playing that role.

"In reality, as every sane Israeli knows--and every concerned Jew around the world who's well-informed knows--if Israel goes this road, Israel will cease to exist. Maybe other people, too, will cease to exist, but Israel cannot live with the present policy. I know this. I don't think that George Bush the president knows this. I think there are many things he doesn't know.

"But as President, I'll have no problem in dealing with this. I will deal with it. I will sit on it, and I will get the support of enough people in the world that we'll stop it..."

- 'Not a Nickel' To Sharon -

"It is in the interest of the United States that the Middle East war end! It is in the interest of the United States that there be peace among the peoples of the Middle East. It is in the interest of the United States that there be justice for the Palestinians. Therefore, the United States President must express that interest; and he must express that interest with a certain deference to realities; he must look for others to join him in this, and not be dictatorial about it any more than is necessary; but he's got to be firm.

"He would have to say, as I would say, 'Hey, Sharon, I've got news for you. Your water is shut off. You don't get a nickel from the United States from this moment on, until you stop this nonsense. You're not getting anything from us.'

"We are on the side of the Palestinians, because they're the victims in this process. Oh sure, they kill back; but everyone who understands this process, understands that. When you push a people to the brink, you will get irregular warfare. You set the fire: Don't complain about the flames. When you abuse people, you deny them justice for two generations, you treat them as inhuman for two generations, they give up hope and they're willing to commit suicide to fight you, then you are wrong, wrong. You don't do that to the human race. And the United States has to take a clear position on that."

"We have the case of the ship, (U.S.S. Liberty), which is coming up for discussion now. When the Israelis defied the United States by sinking a naval ship, the {Liberty}--that issue should be discussed again. On the other hand, we have people like Beilin and others who may not be so nice among the Israelis, but at least are rational, who know that peace is essential.... And the policy of the United States, for its own part, should be, 'We will tolerate nothing but peace, we do not buy your cheap excuses, Sharon. We know what kind of a thug you are. Now cut it out, because the full power of the United States will be applied in appropriate ways, to make you wish you had!' And that's the only way to deal with it.

"We could get support from other nations for such a policy. But what we're not doing, on the Israeli side, is we are not putting our support to those people whose interests and whose actions do correspond to our interest. Beilin typifies those who correspond to U.S. interests. Therefore, we should be supporting the Geneva process, not because it's a guaranteed success, but because it's keeping alive the only thing that will get the Middle East out of this mess. At the same time, we have to defend the rights of the Palestinians, in the way the United States should defend the rights of the Palestinians, not like a bull in a china shop, but consistently. And if we were serious about it, it would help.

- Fire Ashcroft -

"The first thing we should do is, we probably should ask Mr. Ashcroft to resign too. He set up this myth about Arab terrorists being the cause of 9/11, and so forth. A bunch of lies. There's no truth to it whatsoever! There are many people who are in al-Qaeda and other organizations called the Muslim Brotherhood. They were recruited by the United States, as a part of Iran-Contra--together with the British--for the occasion of the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. They were turned loose at the end of these events, and they're around as people who have worked for the U.S., worked for the British, worked for other intelligence services, sometimes because they think they're working for those services, sometimes because they think those services are working for them. Sometimes agents get confused in this way.

"The United States always has access to creating a number of dead bodies, to display on the sidewalks, to say, 'Look, the Arabs did it!' How do you know the Arabs did it? Because we've got Arab dead bodies all over the place here. Well, that probably tells you it wasn't the Arabs. If the dead bodies are Arabs, it wasn't the Arabs who did it, because the intelligence service that did it would have left somebody else there. Japanese or Africans, or people from Mexico. They might do that next, you know? So, the point is, what we've done is we're made this issue worse, by tolerating this absolutely unconscionable, immoral, disgusting attack on Arab-Americans and Arabs generally. This kind of racism. We have created a lynch mob spirit against anyone who's supposed to be Arab or pro-Arab.

"And in this circumstance, when you come around in the United States and say, we want some justice for the Palestinians, and present the case about the suffering of the Palestinians, they say, 'No, no, that's the enemy, that's the enemy! We've got to kill them. That's the terrorists!' And that's our first problem."


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  7 Comments   Comment

  1. Gus Shihab from USA

    This istruly refreshing to know that there is a presidential candidate who truly supports the Palestinian cause. It is too sad that LaRouche is not in the forefront. I never saw him in any of the many Democrartic Debates on T.V. I do not think he has any chance.

  2. K.Abdullah from New Zealand

    For once an American political leader has spoken with his mind; the truth and not simply trying to please the Israeli regime. I agree holeheartedly, Mr LaRouche's analysis and how a sane person should approach the Mid-East conflict. President Bushe's propoganda machine has worked on the American public. It's a great pity coming from a great country. War is NOT the solution !

  3. SMOOVY from australia

    A great article from what looks to be a sincere man in regards to his comments. So many ppl have turned the victim into an agressor in this situation namely the palestinians when anyone with a brain can see this is not the case. The jewsish lobby is too powerful at this time for anyone but a supporter of them and their cause being in power. The only way out of this situation is for arab/muslim unity, until this happens nothing will change. A few million palestininians throwing rocks have easily brought the israeli govt/state to its knees imagine what unity against their policy and actions would do. All i can say to the ppl of the USA is be prepared to pay thru the nose in ur govts support of israel and the myth wars of afganistan, iraq and soon to be syria.....

  4. j from USA

    We must first acknowledge that we are not dealing with a just government. The foriegn policy of the American government does not reflect the better of interest of any Arab. Simply because they are only interested in Globalism-Novus Ordo Seclorum (inscribed on the $1 bill), and the expansion of capitalism. The more they expand, the more their economy grows. I would have to say that we should turn to ALLAH and not world leaders for they can do nothing to help or hurt us. Instead, we should turn to ALLAH. For what ALLAH makes difficult for us, no one can ease. We should practice praying for our brothers and sisters in need. We should practice turning to GOD when the satans attack - with money, materials, equality and any temptation. Only GOD can help us fight off desiring worldly things. Only when we put complete trust in him will we see a difference. If you think that you have an opportunity to work with this government, or if you think that they will be just to you my Arab brothers and sisters. Then I would encourage you to look at the situation of the people that currently depend on the U.S. gov for help. Those people are the assimilated "Americans" of African descent. Look at how they trusted in the US gov to better their situations, yet they were enslaved, there sovereignty removed, miseducated and assimilated into American society. Many Americans of European descent base their arguments against reparations on: I shouldnt be held responsible for my ancestors crimes. Neither should I, I had no say in any world wars, & in esp Iraq. Yet, my tax $'s go toward reconstruction. The enemy tempts us with offers of worldly things which distracts us from GODS message. In my opinion, if you are not for GOD then you are against GOD. I challenge current Islamic leaders to, not turn to men and try to decide whats best, but, to approach the enemy in hostile array and turn first to ALLAH. Then we must hold on with every atom of our existence to our faith in GOD.

  5. j from USA

    We must first acknowledge that we are not dealing with a just government. The foriegn policy of the American government does not reflect the better of interest of any Arab. Simply because they are only interested in Globalism-Novus Ordo Seclorum (inscribed on the $1 bill), and the expansion of capitalism. The more they expand, the more their economy grows. I would have to say that we should turn to ALLAH and not world leaders for they can do nothing to help or hurt us. Instead, we should turn to ALLAH. For what ALLAH makes difficult for us, no one can ease. We should practice praying for our brothers and sisters in need. We should practice turning to GOD when the satans attack - with money, materials, equality and any temptation. Only GOD can help us fight off desiring worldly things. Only when we put complete trust in him will we see a difference. If you think that you have an opportunity to work with this government, or if you think that they will be just to you my Arab brothers and sisters. Then I would encourage you to look at the situation of the people that currently depend on the U.S. gov for help. Those people are the assimilated "Americans" of African descent. Look at how they trusted in the US gov to better their situations, yet they were enslaved, there sovereignty removed, miseducated and assimilated into American society. Many Americans of European descent base their arguments against reparations on: I shouldnt be held responsible for my ancestors crimes. Neither should I, I had no say in any world wars, & in esp Iraq. Yet, my tax $'s go toward reconstruction. The enemy tempts us with offers of worldly things which distracts us from GODS message. In my opinion, if you are not for GOD then you are against GOD. I challenge current Islamic leaders to, not turn to men and try to decide whats best, but, to approach the enemy in hostile array and turn first to ALLAH. Then we must hold on with every atom of our existence to our faith in GOD.

  6. Glynn Webb from Wales(Cymru)

    LaRouche is so obviously a moral and intellectual giant compared to Bush. It is unthinkable that any American with a conscience and a brain would not vote LaRouche.

  7. Marlene from USA

    Times must be really tough when you have to post an article like this to fan the flames. What a waste of such a perfect vehicle to do some good.