Albert Einstein pointed out that it is insanity to do the same things over and over again, expecting different results. So after a half century of failed wars and covert activities, it would be insane to attack Iran over nuclear weapons that it doesn’t have, may not being seeking, and couldn’t use even if it possessed them, since Israel and the U.S. would wipe out Iran in an eye-blink if it ever used nukes for offensive purposes.
But the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which just passed the House of Representatives by the astounding vote of 411 to 2, seems to be the precursor to war with Iran. Since the war would be highly unpopular with the American public, the bill in effect passes the buck (and billions of bucks) to Israel, the American equivalent of King George’s Hessian mercenaries.
Many Americans (including this one) question who’s really running the show. Is Israel controlling American foreign policy in the Middle East by paying bribes (euphemistically called “campaign contributions”) to American politicians, who then support the Israeli Injustice Machine, even when it practices apartheid and ethnic cleansing against millions of completely innocent Palestinian women and children, resulting in 9/11 and trillion-dollar wars that resolve nothing, as more and more dead bodies pile up on both sides? In what way is any of this in the best interest of Americans who believe in equal rights and justice for everyone, not just the people with the most firepower and political influence?
Did Americans free themselves from the reign of Mad King George only to end up bowing down to another insane tyrant, Bibi Netanyahu? Even the former heads of the Mossad (the Israeli CIA) and the Shin Bet (the Israeli FBI) have recently opined that the leaders of Iran are rational, but Israel’s aren’t. The chief of staff of the Israeli military also called Iran a rational actor, so that’s three votes of confidence for Iran and two of no confidence from Israel’s intelligence services.
Yuval Diskin, the retired head of the Shin Bet, succinctly explained the depth of Bibi’s madness, saying, “I have no faith in the prime minister” because of his “messianic feelings.” Hitler had messianic feelings, but he didn’t control U.S. foreign policy and receive our most advanced weapons, with a blank check from Congress to wage war at our expense.
Quite obviously, we should not be giving billions of dollars and advanced weapons to a madman who wants to attack others, especially when the madman has hundreds of nukes and the other don’t.
One of the two sane members of Congress spoke in opposition to this latest piece of legislative insanity. Please allow me to quote Rep. Ron Paul:
"Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to HR 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which unfortunately is another piece of one-sided and counter-productive foreign policy legislation. …
"The bill calls for the United States to significantly increase our provision of sophisticated weaponry to Israel, and states that it is to be U.S. policy to 'help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge' in the region.
"While I absolutely believe that Israel — and any other nation — should be free to determine for itself what is necessary for its national security, I do not believe that those decisions should be underwritten by U.S. taxpayers and backed up by the U.S. military.
"This bill states that it is the policy of the United States to 'reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.' However, according to our Constitution the policy of the United States government should be to protect the security of the United States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic or cultural composition of a foreign country. In fact, our own Constitution prohibits the establishment of any particular religion in the U.S.
"This bill will not help the United States, it will not help Israel, and it will not help the Middle East. It will implicitly authorize much more U.S. interventionism in the region at a time when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have. It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran or both. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill."
Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.