Lessons Not Learned

It is a classic no-brainer. If one party decides to give your homestead to another party and that party then violently forces you and your family out, then by all means you are likely to resist and fight to regain what was rightfully your place of abode.

Palestine is a land that was promised by Britain to Zionist Jews, who proceeded to usurp the land for themselves and ruthlessly drive the Indigenous Palestinians out. It is little wonder then that the original inhabitants were not happy. Very few people would have been happy if it had happened to them.

Now when Saddam Hussein drove out the Kuwaiti royalty and annexed Kuwait, the US was quite perturbed and stated that this was unacceptable and it would take action against this territorial expansion; and it did. The hypocrisy was strikingly manifest when compared to the contradictory stand taken vis-a-vis East Timor years earlier. Official documents show that the US "offered full and direct approval to Indonesia's 1975 invasion of East Timor." (1)

The US reversed itself on East Timor and the Indonesian facts-on-the-ground were effaced. So it is galling that President George Bush saw fit to, in defiance of international law, approve the ethnic cleansing and annexation of territory seized in the war of 1967. UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 call on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories and in return receive guarantees of security from Arab nations.

Bush's move flies completely in the face of his strident challenge to the UN prior to aggressing Iraq. Bush said then, "All the world now faces a test ... and the United Nations a difficult and defining moment. Are Security Council resolutions to be honored and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?"

But Bush's fondness for Israel is not an aberration in the US. In Washington the Israeli land theft was congressionally approved by a vote of 407 to 9. The measure was understandably lauded in the Israeli government. (2)

The Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer in an ebullient flash of intellectuality chimed, "The president believes that this plan will make a real contribution toward peace and so do I."

One can surmise that as long as the root causes that filliped the terrorism continue to fester that another backlash is in the offing. 

So a vision of the way to peace is laid out: invade, ethnically cleanse, occupy, and annex another's territory and one will be contributing to peace. The anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon sought to demonstrate through a series of ten propositions the axiom that property (i.e., ownership of territory) is impossible. Among the propositions were property as homicide, the devouring of society, the mother of tyranny, and the negation of equality. Property in Proudhon's thesis was summed up as theft. (3) Little did Proudhon realize that through theft comes peace.

Al Qaeda considers otherwise. US support for Israel is identified as a major issue triggering terrorist attacks against the US and its allies. (4) If Whitehouse officials were to give serious consideration to what fuels Osama bin Laden's anger at the US other than Bush's feeble proffering that the enemy hates freedoms enjoyed by American citizens (which Bush apparently does also as evinced by the Patriot Act) then the security sought by Americans as well as Israelis and Arabs might be addressed. Territorial theft can only exacerbate the justifiable outrage felt by those dispossessed.

The outrage culminated in a terrorist attack on US soil on 9-11. One can surmise that as long as the root causes that filliped the terrorism continue to fester that another backlash is in the offing. Violent theft is likely to be reciprocated with violence. For the violence to end the violence of the usurpers must stop and the theft must be undone. Bush doesn't seem to have taken the wisdom of his favorite philosopher to heart. When Jesus was about to be arrested an apostle drew a sword and attacked a guard. Jesus reproved, "Put your sword back in its place, for all those who take up the sword perish by the sword." By logical extension those who live by violent theft will also suffer violent theft. Israel and the US are the architects of their own insecurity.



(1) Agence France Presse, "US Endorsed Indonesia's East Timor Invasion: Secret Documents," Common Dreams, 6 December 2001.


(2) Haaretz Service and news agencies, "Israel hails House vote on Bush Mideast stance," Haaretz, 24 June 2004.


(3) Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What Is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government p 3, 5.


(4) James Bamford, A Pretext For War (Doubleday, 2004) p 96, 138-139, 144, 210-211, 237, 239, 248.

Kim Petersen is a writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. He can be reached at: [email protected].

Source: Dissident Voice

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but i am stil wondering, what has this to doe whit al the savering for the Iraqi people.


These very same people send their kids to kindergartens and the care-givers teaches them to respect property, share their toys and never snatch from other kids what does not belong to them. The parents then become very proud that their kids have been taught some civilised behaviour, thus they share their newfound pride with the rest of their neighbourhood.

Then those very same parents become neocons and Zionist sympathisers. They then become part of Bush's team and realise that there is a big thug on the block - the name is Zionists - and they realise very soon that it is a political suicide to ignore the bullies and if they wish to make a career out of anything in US life, they had better tow the Zionist line. Thus they succumb and all that was taught to them thro the kindergarten is trampled upon and forgotten for the sake of power and possesion.

Yet deep in their souls they realise that their kid is right when they are told to respect property, share their stuff and not to take that which does not belong to them.

The Lord has warned us about power and possesion. They truly are the demons that control their souls, for what else can justify inflicting so much pain on innocent people and denying them their God-given rights - the very same rights that the neocons supposedly hold so dear to their hearts? and are prepared to bomb others in their cause.

For some justification of their intentions, you can do a lot of reading here:


An excellent analysis. The author is one of the few courageous enough to speak truth to power.

I am still inclined to imagine that 9/11 has considerably less to do with The Levant than with other portions of Arabia. Were the average American to more fully appreciate America's half century old (and complicated) relationship with the Ikhwan ul Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) then perhaps Americans would be confronted with fewer surprises on the order of magnitude of 9/11 (God willing).