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American Con Job: The Middle East "Peace Process"

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I hate to put it bluntly, but the Middle East peace process is just that -- a "process." Like politics in Washington D.C., it is designed to go on endlessly with those involved talking, talking, talking, while at the same time behind the curtain, doing what Israel wants. Finally, Israel, Palestine, U.S. leaders -- and the media -- give up in sheer exhaustion, with nothing being done.

Then, the "process" starts all over again.

This is no accident. It is part of a con job set up primarily by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his facetiously labeled "shuttle diplomacy," which was no more than kabuki theater -- a distraction to lull both Arab and American publics into inaction. Sadly, President Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are continuing this process with soaring rhetoric and pseudo action which has led to false faith in America, and more disappointment than one can imagine throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds. It has led, and will continue to lead to more Muslims taking up arms, bombs and other ways of retaliating against Israel and its American allies as well as Arab and Muslim leaders who concede to Israel and American demands.

This peace process, or con job, was interrupted only once, by the brave and Christian President Jimmy Carter when he got the real Camp David Accords set up and signed in 1979. But even then, Carter was betrayed by Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin when he tried to hold Begin to his word. This process contributed to Carter's defeat, as well as attacks from the AIPAC-led Zionist groups in America, the ridiculous challenge by the egotistical Ted Kennedy and the blathering night after night count-down by Ted Koppel's "America held hostage, day..." regarding Iran's taking more than 60 Americans hostage from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

However, Carter was smart enough to realize that going to war over 60 people would have cost tens of thousands -- perhaps millions -- of both American and Iranian lives. But the "macho" American public, fed by Koppel, Kissinger (his most frequent guest) and other early war hawks refused to face the truth that Carter saw with the uselessness of a war against Iran. Some friends of mine in the military said that the attack that went wrong in the desert was designed by the military to fail, and that they used the wrong equipment on purpose to defeat Carter -- to humiliate him and help lead to his presidential loss to Ronald Reagan.

So here we are, mired yet again in a Middle East peace "process." Unfortunately, unless Obama -- or someone -- reins Israel in, we are in for bloodbaths all over the world. America and Israel are the guilty parties because they refuse to work for a real and just peace in the Middle East.

If you have any doubts about our duplicity, see the previous work of mine as well as my friend, Robert Fisk, about the FACT that America has never worked for peace or democracy in the Middle East, especially in Palestine. We do not recognize Hamas, the legally elected government of Palestine, but continue clinging to the fallen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who will continue in this charade, or con job, until the whole house, including the American house, falls down.

What I say is sad, but so true.

 

Sam Hamod, Ph.D. is a graduate professor; he has taught courses in creative writing, politics, religion, mass media and intercultural relations. He has one of the very few PhDs awarded by The Writers Workshop of The Univ. of Iowa, has published 12 (more...)
 
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