Friday, August 1, 2014

The Alliance Unhinged

It is no secret that the unconditional backing of the United States—in providing funds, weapons, and vetoes at the United Nations—is one of the primary factors behind the impunity with which Israel and its colonial policy violate international law.  That backing is also a considerable obstacle to serious negotiations between the Israeli regime and the colonial functionaries like Hamas who it loves to hate, but whose presence are also essential to its continued hegemony in Gaza.

It is a sign of the poisonous nature of the “alliance” between the United States and Israel that when the United States protested the bombing by the Israeli military of a United Nations shelter and suggested a ceasefire, the Israeli government develops the kind of diplomatic tic you would in other circumstances associate with a demented, knife-waving lunatic.
The tic, in the case of the ceasefire proposal, took the form of Israel accusing the United States of mounting a “strategic terrorist attack”, a curious turn of phrase to describe both a cessation of violence and the one country sufficiently morally blinkered and strategically inept to be 99% supportive of Israeli colonialism. 
U.S. officials, whose necks are perpetually extended in defence of Israel’s extrajudicial killings in its colonies, were said to be “fuming” at Israel for biting the hand that feeds the rogue government so liberally with arms, funds, and diplomatic cover.  I personally hope that the U.S. government does a bit more than “fume”.
Instead of backing a sociopathic regime and its colonial enterprise, we should cut off the flow of money and weapons to Israel and work at the United Nations towards the common good of Palestinians and Israelis alike.  If we declined to serve as the blunt international instrument of the colonial power, negotiations would be more likely to occur along the lines of what would benefit the people living in both Israel and its colonies—the people in which surely have the right to determine their futures—and less likely to resemble an exercise in immoral geopolitics.
So far, between 1,000 and 1,500 Gazan civilians have been killed by Israel’s current colonial campaign.  The Israeli civilian dead number two.
The United States is culpable in Israel’s illegal colonialism and its mass murder of civilians.  I could understand, if not condone, the logic of U.S. support if it gained good will and some measure of reciprocity—perhaps support for our own murderous imperial wars?—from Israel.  But the very government we claim as our strongest ally and whom we pledge to back to the hilt is accusing the U.S. government of “terrorism”, suggesting a measure of definitional as well as diplomatic illiteracy.

If U.S. officials want to be roundly and routinely humiliated in their dealings with the Israeli regime—settlement expansions during a Vice-Presidential visit, a ceasefire defined as “terrorism”—that’s their prerogative.  But I utterly fail to understand how we can justify standing by a regime that is so threatened by the prospect of peace, so savagely committed to the kind of colonialism the U.S. won its independence fighting against, and so paranoid that it is unable to see that the conditions its constant assaults on Gaza are creating are unacceptable.

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