Sunday, July 23, 2006

NEWSBUSTERS: ATTACKING AMERICAN PATRIOTS

Well, the America haters over at NewsBastards are at it again, bashing the patriots at The New York Times while ignoring illegal government actions:

“New York Times Strikes Again, Reveals Information on Arms Shipment to Israel”

http://newsbusters.org/node/6534

This rant concerns a Times story reporting that the US was shipping bombs to Israel on a “rush” basis… These munitions, long since paid for - I mean, long since ripped off from the US taxpayer, since Israel pays for very little of the arms it receives - were to be requisitioned on an “as needed” basis.

No real news here…

What is news, news that is being ignored by the right-leaning MSM, including the Times, is that these weapons deliveries may be in violation of US law. Newsbastards typifies the party line, insisting “One of America’s allies purchased a variety of weapons last year, and now that it is being attacked by a shared enemy, has asked that the shipment of these arms be sped up to allow it to better defend itself.”

Damn. I didn’t know Lebanese kids were enemies of the US! And just how far have their armies penetrated into Israel?

Common Dreams puts the situation in perspective, noting that the weapons, which have been the proximate cause of the deaths of at least 200 innocent Lebanese citizens, are sold only for use in strictly defensive operations:

“Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast”

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0718-07.htm

“"Section 4 of the (U.S.) Arms Export Control Act requires that military items transferred to foreign governments by the United States be used solely for internal security and legitimate self-defense," says Stephen Zunes, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

"Since Israeli attacks against Lebanon's civilian infrastructure and population centers clearly go beyond legitimate self-defense, the United States is legally obliged to suspend arms transfers to Israel," Zunes told IPS.”

Sneer at the source if you like – it doesn’t change the facts. Neither do the facts change because nobody in the government will recognize them. The rest of the world recognizes them. What other Nation would receive such blindly preferential treatment?

Certainly the Arab world recognizes the facts. As the Times points out, “The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.”

They ought to be angry.

Here’s hoping that when the full consequences of this blind support becomes manifest, Americans get angry too.

Comments:
Here's the difference. Israel is defending its right to exist against Arab aggressors. They deserve to be helped.

Hezbollah and their benefactors in Iran are trying to wipe Israel off the map, and derail the peace process. They deserve to be bombed.

Hamas had control of Palestian politics, temporarily, but a successful peace process would have put them out of business. So Iran stepped in and used Hezbollah thugs to start a war. Israel bit and now Hamas and Hezbollah get to live to see another day.
 
In addition, Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government, and has distributed itself throughout the Lebanese infrastructure.

You cannot fight Hezbollah without also hitting Lebanon.

Self defense, pure and simple.

If MECHA had missles, and were firing them into San Diego and El Paso from the cities across the border, with the support of a sizable percentage of the population, and with MECHA politicians running the local governments, would we not do exactly the same thing?
 
Oh good lord - Right leaning MSM including the New York Times? Pray tell, when was the last time the Times endorsed a Republican presidential candidate over a Democrat?

Second - One can quite easily sneer at Zunes, because what he expresses is his interpretation of the Arms Export act. Its simply his opinion. Him saying it does not establish a fact of any kind.

Third - Of course Israel receives preferential treatment. Why? Because we prefer them. They don't seem to have the nasty habit of popping off every now and then and saying their goal is to exterminate a neighbor. And how about those neighbors? Well they seem to pop off a little too often for most peoples comfort. People recognize that, hence there is not a lot of momentum for us to change policy. Maybe its just a style thing but I gotta a feeling the genocide deal that Israel's neighbors have a hankering for doesn't play too well in Peoria. That's just my opinion though, not fact.
 
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