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The U.S. corporate media was noticeably muted yesterday about the Israeli terrorist raid on a Turkish humanitarian aid-carrying flotilla late Sunday. A raid in which Israeli soldiers murdered at least 9 unarmed passengers (at least one American) after having commandeered the flotilla, illegally, while it was in international waters.
Nothing unusual about any of it.
However, as Paul Craig Roberts over at Counterpunch writes, what might seem odd to many non-far-right American conservatives, is the fact that far-right American conservatives actually think the U.S.A. should follow Israel's "we'll do whatever we want" example.
Many Christian 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 nuthin.”
Conservative Americans 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 was opposing American forces in Iraq. Conservatives are incensed that America had to “win” 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.
And so is this....
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 exist. 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.
I'm not sure why this is, really. Jewish money in American elections? Too much Jewish lobbying inside America? A Judeo-Christian religious hybridization that considers Israel and the U.S. divinely linked in God's plan? Lingering guilt from the Holocaust?
What I am sure about is that Israel can spy on American national security secrets......Israel can unilaterally attack and kill American armed forces....Israel can possess dozens of nuclear weapons without any American acknowledgment....Israel can attack a caged group of Gazans, killing some 600 women and children.....Israel can attack and commandeer an unarmed humanitarian vessel in international waters, murdering an AMERICAN passenger.........
...and not one word of condemnation or threat to Israel will be uttered by any American leader of substance.
Is not this dynamic the very definition of dysfunctional?