We should all write the General and thank him for his stand and courage.
Retired Brigadier General James J. David has made a factual
comparison between what the Palestinian "suicide bombers" have done
and what is being done to all Palestinians in the name of disarming
them. In so doing he opens the lid a crack to the question of
whether these human bombs are acts of terrorism, or if they are
resistance to illegal occupation as several international leaders
suggested. This question needs to be examined.
U.S. BIAS AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE
By Brigadier General (retired) James J. David
Defying a U.S. request, Egypt declined to condemn a suicide bombing that
killed eight Israelis and instead said Palestinian resistance to Israeli
occupation was justified.
I'll bet the Bush Administration nearly fell over backwards when they
heard this reply. As a matter of fact, I almost did myself, considering
Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. aid. But you know what?
I was delighted with Egypt's response. Don't get me wrong. In no way
do I condone suicide bombings. I don't condone them anymore than I
condone missile strikes in Palestinian villages and refugee camps that
kill innocent men, women, and children. I don't condone them anymore
than I condone Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes that leave
thousands of innocent children homeless. I don't condone them anymore
than I condone the hundreds of human rights violations committed by the
Israeli government in their brutal occupation of the Palestinian people.
When Palestinian suicide bombers strike, it seems that the United States
is the first to condemn these acts and demands all other countries to do
the same. Yet when the Israeli government commits over 100 political
suicides killing numerous women and children in the process, the United
States makes no response. When Israeli troops kill 3 teenage boys with
a tank shell only because they "looked suspicious," the United States
says nothing. But just let one suicide bomber kill innocent Israelis
and George Bush, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice, are in a foot race
to be the first one at the microphone on the White House lawn to condemn
these "inexcusable acts."
What about the 3 Palestinian teenage boys killed while walking to a
friend's house only because they looked suspicious? Or what about the
pregnant mother and her unborn child who never survived the trip to the
hospital because of unending roadblocks and checkpoints? Do you call
these "excusable" acts? Just last week in this latest Israeli incursion
into Palestinian villages and refugee camps a group of Palestinian
policemen were captured by Israeli soldiers, disarmed, made to kneel in
a hallway, and then shot to death. These men were not terrorists; they
were Palestinian policemen who were rounded up by Ariel Sharon's
soldiers and murdered in cold blood. Why haven't we heard President
Bush demand an explanation from the Israelis? Why haven't we heard
Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice condemn these bloody acts. Do they not
consider them "inexcusable?" Why is it that only Israelis who are
killed by Palestinian suicide bombers get responses from the White
And what about our Congressmen and women? Seems that they can't wait to
condemn the Palestinan Authority and Yasser Arafat anytime a suicide
bomber strikes but, God forbid, if they would consider condemning Ariel
Sharon. Representative Tom Lantos of California, ranking Democrat on
the House International Relations Committee, was pushing for a vote on a
resolution expressing support for Israel, and Senators Dianne Feinstein,
a California Democrat, and Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, had a
bill to designate the Palestine Liberation Organization a terrorist
group. These are the same senators who have accused the Palestinian
Authority and Yasser Arafat for initiating and encouraging Palestinians
in this 19 month old intifada. Maybe someone should send them a copy of
Amnesty International's 1999 Report on Israel and the Occuppied
Territories. This report was written months before the intifada and
months before the suicide attacks.
It wasn't Yasser Arafat or the Palestinian Authority that sparked the
intifada; it was the oppressive humiliation and brutal occupation of the
Israeli government. According to Amnesty International, "the Israeli
authorities have demolished at least 2,650 Palestinian homes in the West
Bank, including East Jerusalem. As a result 16,700 Palestinians
(including 7,300 children) have lost their homes." Did we ever hear
Tom Lantos or Dianne Feinstein ever condemn these brutal acts. Can you
imagine what they would have done if Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian
Authority demolished just one Jewish home, let alone 2650? Maybe
someone should remind these Israeli parrots that Yasser Arafat is a
former recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Ariel Sharon is about to
go on trial in the Belgium Courts for "war crimes."
Even before this latest military incursion by the Israeli military that
has left more than 500 Palestinians dead, some 400 Israeli army
reservists had begun to question the relentlessness of the military
tactics against a largely impoverished civilian population. It's time
for the United States to do the same. History has proven that a
continued blind eye to Israeli violence has led to nothing more than
cloaking the continuing oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian
people in new robes. The ongoing bloodshed on both sides is more than a
far away tragedy. Our tax dollars have financed Israel's continued
violation of human rights and the violence will continue until
Washington's stranglehold by Jewish interest groups is finally lifted.
A just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict can only be achieved if
U.S. policy is based upon American moral principles and a strict
adherence to international law, which run counter to the continued
Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and the denial of basic rights of
freedom to Palestinians under Israeli military rule.
Address comments to General Davis to email@example.com , we will forward.
James J. David is a retired Brigadier General and a graduate of the U.S.
Army's Command and General Staff College, and the National Security
Course, National Defense University, Washington DC. He served as a
Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of
Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and also served nearly 3 years of Army active
duty in and around the Middle East from 1967-1969.
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