To whom does U.S. gov't owe duties first?
"We have exhausted our requests. President Clinton has answered all our needs. There has been no American President in history like President Clinton, in his support of Israel and the Jewish people."
- Shemon Peres.
"President Clinton behaves like an obedient child of Israel and does not know how to say 'No'." - Nakham Barnia, Israeli writer.
"Peres is Clinton's choice in the Israeli elections and Clinton is Peres's choice in the U.S. elections." - Shukri Nasrullah, Journalist.
These three quotes were compiled by Khaled Al-Qashteeny, a prominent Arab writer in his weekly column in Asharq Al-Awsat. These are authentic quotes and reflect the true sate of Israeli-U.S. relations.
They are also an eye-opener for all wishful thinking Arabs who believe peace with present-day Israel is possible. In yesterday's Asharq Al-Awsat an American general said that the United States is going to have an anti-missile protective umbrella to cover the Arab areas. He mentioned Iraq and Iran as possible threats.
At the same time the United States is helping Israel develop its arrow missiles. This, in addition to Israel's dangerous nuclear program which is continuing with benign American approval, is very ominous for the Arabs.
The United States scuttled the Egyptian peaceful nuclear program. Meant to provide cheap source of power for an overburdened Egypt, the program was hampered thus today costing the Egyptians millions of pounds in extra spending.
Actions speak louder than words. While the United Nations was blaming Israel for the death of over a 100 refugees at a U.N. base, the American propaganda machine spearheaded by no less than Clinton himself tried to neutralize international outcry by saying that these things happen in war.
He was only echoing what Israel's terrorist prime minister and his blood-thirsty generals were claiming - they had no idea that hundreds of refugees were sheltering in the base. Israeli gunners interviewed later said they were not sorry that Arabs had died. They used derogatory remarks about the Arabs.
Peres hardened his tone against the United Nations amid reports that the body's internal investigation would conclude that Israel had knowingly fired on the base. The United States and Israel have tried to prevent publication of the report drawn up by Lt. General Frank Van Kappen, military adviser to Boutros Ghali, the U.N. Secretary General.
Israel has been given many "explanations" to offer if the report is released. U.S. representative at the United Nations, Madeliene Albright (no friend of Arabs), has worked tirelessly to prevent any anti-Israeli report. Even Israel's contradictory accounts of the incident, which have aroused world suspicion have failed to convince the United States that something was amiss.
Israel's chief artillery officer Brigadier General Dan Harel, who was invited to fly to the United states to present Israel's case, insisted the shelling was "absolutely not deliberate".
What really strikes everyone is the solid commitment by the United States to Israel. This rogue country can do no wrong. When it murders people by the hundreds, American government spin doctors whitewash it as an "unintentional accident".
Whenever Israeli acts go outside the pale of the law and negates all forms of civilized behavior the United States comes up with all kinds of justifications.
While Clinton went to pay his homage and devotion to the Israeli government and his constituents, words of sympathy to the families of the Lebanese dead and the dying were hard to come by from his lips or those of other American officials.
However, one notes that many fair minded Americans and those who want peace not only for themselves and others have had enough. They are concerned that while the number of poor and unemployed raises daily, and while funds for social programs are cut and halved, the American government came up with lightning speed with a 100 million dollars for Israel.
The Arabs ask to whom does the American government owe its duties first - the American people or the state of Israel. Will America answer please.
Topics: Bill Clinton, Foreign Policy, Occupation, United States Of America