As I write at 5pm on
Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning reports of the
Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying humanitarian
Gaza, and there has been no response from President Obama except to say that he
needed to learn "all the facts about this morning's tragic events" and that
Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had canceled his plans to meet with him at the
Thus has Obama made
America complicit once again in Israel's barbaric war crimes.
as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone's report on Israel's war
crimes committed in Israel's January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed
Israel's latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn't know what has
No one in the world will
believe that Israel attacked ships in international waters carrying Israeli
citizens, a Nobel Laureate, elected politicians, and noted humanitarians
bringing medicines and building materials to Palestinians in Gaza, who have been
living in the rubble of their homes without repairs or medicines since January
2009, without first clearing the crime with its American protector. Without
America's protection, Israel, a totally artificial state, could not
No one in the world will
believe that America's spy apparatus did not detect the movement of the Israeli
attack force toward the aid ships in international waters in an act of piracy,
killing 20, wounding 50, and kidnapping the rest.
Obama's pretense at
ignorance confirms his complicity.
Once again the US
government has permitted the Israeli state to murder good people known for their
moral conscience. The Israeli state has declared that anyone with a moral
conscience is an enemy of Israel, and every American president except Eisenhower
and Carter has agreed.
Obama's 12-hour silence in
the face of extreme barbarity is his signal to the controlled corporate media to
remain on the sidelines until Israeli propaganda sets the
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The Israeli story,
preposterous as always, is that the humanitarians on one of the ships
two pistols from Israeli commandos, highly trained troops armed with automatic
weapons, and fired on the attack force. The Israeli government claims that the
commandos' response (70 casualties at last reporting) was justified
self-defense. Israel was innocent. Israel did not do anything except drop
commandos aboard from helicopters in order to intercept an arms shipment to
Gazans being brought in by ships manned by terrorists.
evangelicals, brainwashed by their pastors that it is God's will for Americans
to protect Israel, will believe the Israeli story, especially when it is
unlikely they will ever hear any other. Conservative Americans, especially on
Memorial Day when they are celebrating feats of American arms, will admire
Israel for its toughness.Here in north Georgia where I am at the moment, I have heard
several say, admiringly, "Them, Israelis, they don't put up with
want the US to be like Israel. They do not understand why the US doesn't stop
pissing around after nine years and just go ahead and defeat the Taliban in
Afghanistan. They don't understand why the US didn't defeat whoever
opposing American forces
in Iraq. Conservatives are incensed that America had to
the war by buying off the
Iraqis and putting them on the US payroll.
Israel murders people and
then blames its victims. This appeals to American conservatives, who want the US
to do the same.
It is likely that
Americans will accept Israeli propagandist Mark Regev's story that Israelis were
met by deadly fire when they tried to intercept an arms shipment to Palestinian
terrorists from IHH, a radical Turkish Islamist organization hiding under the
cover of humanitarian aid. This explanation is crafted to allow Americans to
sink back into their stupor.
Americans will never hear
from the US media that Turkey's prime minister Erdogan declared that the aid
ships were carefully inspected before departure from Turkey and that there were
no terrorists or arms aboard:
"I want to say to the world, to the
heads of state and the governments, that these boats that left from Turkey and
other countries were checked in a strict way under the framework of the rules of
international navigation and were only loaded with humanitarian
Turkey is a US ally, a
member of NATO. Turkey's cooperation is important to American's plan for world
hegemony. Turkey now realizes that the Israeli state is comprised of total evil.
Erdogan must wonder about the morality of Israel's American protector. According
to a report in antiwar.com, the Turkish government
declared that "future aid ships will be dispatched with a military escort so as
to prevent future Israeli attacks."
Will the CIA assassinate
Erdogan or pay the Turkish military to overthrow him?
Murat Mercan, head of Turkey's foreign
relations committee, said that Israel's claim that there were terrorists aboard
the aid ships was Israel's way of covering up its crime. Mercan
allegation that the members of this ship is attached to al-Qaeda is a big lie
because there are Israeli civilians, Israeli authorities, Israeli
parliamentarians on board the ship."
The criminal Israeli state
does not deny its act of piracy. Israeli military spokeswoman, Avital Leibovich,
confirmed that the attack took place in international waters: "This happened in
waters outside of Israeli territory, but we have the right to defend
Americans, and their
Western European puppet states and the puppet state in Canada, will be persuaded
by the servile media to buy the story fabricated by Israeli propaganda that the
humanitarian aid ships were manned by terrorists bringing weapons to the
Palestinians in Gaza, and that the terrorists posing as humanitarians attacked
the force of Israeli commandos with two pistols, clubs, and
The ignorant Americans
will swallow this story without a hiccup.
Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His books, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available (more...)