How To End the Tragedy in Gaza
by Ron Paul: 5
Greatest Dangers to a Free Society
As of late
Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively.
While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily
on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy
it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again.
It feels like
2009 all over again, which is the last time this kind of violence
broke out inGaza. At that time over 1,400 Palestinians were killed,
of which just 235 were combatants. The Israelis lost 13 of which
10 were combatants. At that time I said of then-President Bushs
role in the conflict:
our money and our weapons. But I think we encouraged it. Certainly,
the president has said nothing to diminish it. As a matter of
fact, he justifies it on moral grounds, saying, oh, they have
a right to do this, without ever mentioning the tragedy of Gaza
To me, I look at it like a concentration camp.
The US role
has not changed under the Obama administration. The same mistakes
continue. As journalist Glen Greenwald wrote
years now, US financial, military and diplomatic support of Israel
has been the central enabling force driving this endless conflict.
The bombs Israel drops on Gazans, and the planes they use to drop
them, and the weapons they use to occupy the West Bank and protect
settlements are paid for, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer
as the fighting raged, President Obama raced to express US support
for the Israeli side, in a statement that perfectly exemplifies
the tragic-comedy of US foreign policy. The US supported the Israeli
side because, he said, "No country on Earth would tolerate
missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.
Considering that this president rains down missiles on Yemen, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and numerous other countries on a daily basis, the statement
was so hypocritical that it didnt pass the laugh test. But
it wasnt funny.
of State Hilary Clinton traveled to Tel Aviv to meet with Israeli
prime minister Netanyahu, but she refused to meet with elected Palestinian
leaders. Clintonsaid upon arrival in Israel, America's commitment
to Israels security is rock-solid and unwavering. Does
this sound like an honest broker?
At the same
time Congress acted with similar ignobility when an unannounced
resolution was brought to the House floor after the business of
the week had been finished; and in less than 30 seconds the resolution
was passed by unanimous consent, without debate and without most
Representatives even having heard of it. The resolution, H Res 813,
was so one-sided it is not surprising they didnt want anyone
to have the chance to read and vote on it. Surely at least a handful
of my colleagues would have objected to language like, The
House of Representatives expresses unwavering commitment to the
security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state
with secure borders...
foreign policy being so one-sided actually results in more loss
of life and of security on both sides. Surely Israelis do not enjoy
the threat of missiles from Gaza nor do the Palestinians enjoy their
Israel-imposed inhuman conditions in Gaza. But as long asIsrael
can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the
US taxpayer it can continue to engage in reckless behavior. And
as long as the Palestinians feel the one-sided US presence lined
up against them they will continue to resort to more and more deadly
and desperate measures.
to rain down missiles on so many increasingly resentful nations,
the US is undermining rather than furthering its security. We are
on a collision course with much of the rest of the world if we do
not right our foreign policy. Ending interventionism in the Middle
East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would
be a welcome first step.
the Ron Paul File
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
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