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Op-Ed: Israel and its partners-in-crime

By Alexander Baron     Nov 19, 2012 in Politics
Ever wondered why America and Britain support Israel's murderous assault on Gaza? It's because in many ways, our leaders are no better than theirs.
While it is true there is a powerful Zionist lobby in the United States, and an influential one in the UK, there is another reason besides the hidden hand of Organised Jewry so beloved by Nick Griffin and co. Sorry, that was ten years ago, Islam is their enemy now).
Israel may be pounding Gaza at the moment but the US has been carrying out its own extrajudicial killings in Pakistan and other places for some considerable time. This has been documented by Clive Stafford Smith's Reprieve organisation (when it isn't churning out ludicrous polemics in support of convicted killers facing lawful execution), and by the Stop-the-War Coalition, among others.
Although Romney would undoubtedly have been worse, Obama is clearly the lesser of two evils where this matter is concerned. Here you will find some documentation and videos on the policy he is implementing. He and the US Government attempt to play down the number of civilian deaths - including children - in Pakistan and elsewhere, but the question is should any civilised government even consider using such a policy?
Spit at a Pakistani in the street here and you'll be dragged into court, fined and maybe even sent to gaol, but maim and kill Pakistani kids in one of these remote villages, and David Cameron doesn't bat an eyelid. Congressman Ron Paul had some incisive things to say about this policy. Leaving aside its immorality, it is efficacious in only one thing, breeding more terrorists.
We know there is a lunatic fringe - Islamism - attached to Islam; these people are marginal and don't have that much support, but when mainstream Moslems see the Great Satan murdering their kinfolk for no apparent reason, it doesn't take much to railroad some of them into suicide bombings and the like, which for them is a rational means of retaliation, because there is no way they can match the might of the West face to face. The big problem for us is that we are all vulnerable to this sort of blowback, as it has been called. The 9/11 attacks on America were extremely well organised and financed, but four years later, four Islamist terrorists wreaked havoc in here in London in an operation using homemade bombs in rucksacks for probably no more than a thousand pounds. The most disturbing thing about these men is that they were enemies domestic. Three of them, including the ringleader, were British born and bred; Mohammad Sidique Khan had a recognisable Yorkshire accent. Who knows when and where they will strike back next? Furthermore, this is completely avoidable, because instead of assassinating (murdering) suspected terrorists, a policy that is clearly illegal under both domestic and international law, there is a legal way to bring real terrorists to book.
Osama Bin Laden had a $25 million bounty on his head. If the US knows the names of his successors, acolytes and followers, and has tangible evidence that they have committed or are complicit in crimes of violence, there are plenty of people in Pakistan and elsewhere who would sell their own mothers for a smaller sum.
Meanwhile, in addition to the boycott of November 26, there will be another demonstration in Central London on November 24, organised by Stop-the-War. It will begin at Downing Street and march to the Israeli Embassy. Hopefully these lunatics won't have blown up Gaza, or even the world, by then.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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