Palestinians need help with democracy, they elected the wrong people, so Bush stops more money flow.

Originally published 12/23/06:

I am very tired of the extremely frustrating situation of US actions toward Palestine.  Bush signed into law today a bill that blocks US aid to Hamas and bans contact with Hamas until it renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s existence.  The bill also gives 20 million dollars to promote democracy and human rights in Palestine.  Where do I start? 

So… there is no democracy in Palestine?  The people elect Hamas to power, probably in desparation over the situation with Israel, using their privilege as citizens of their land… in a blatant act of democracy in action… in opposition to all that the USA wanted… and yet, apparently they don’t have enough democracy according to the US.  Of course, the real issue the USA has with Palestine is that they have too much democracy.  They need to stop making irresponsible decisions in voting groups the US considers “terrorists” to power.  Democracy only works when the US can control the outcome to a US friendly outcome.  This is highlighted well by recent comments by Hillary Clinton who said:  “First, I don’t think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. If we were going to push for an election, we should have made sure we did something to determine who was going to win instead of signing off on an electoral system that advantaged Hamas.”

Do these people have no shame?  The hypocrisy of our nation’s leaders is transparently clear, but somehow, we still elect them to office.  Democracy is a clarion word for our leaders.  It is used to indicate foreign governments that are helpful to our US hegemony/imperial policy.  The term “undemocratic” as used when speaking of Chavez’s rule (though he has won free and transparent elections by a greater landslide margin than any US president since 1824) for example since he is someone detested by our leaders for his opposition to US hegemonic power.  Our leaders are carried away in their hypocritic state so much that they apparently begin to believe what they are saying, the ultimate in self-brainwashing behavior.

Of course Palestine must renounce violence as that is reserved for Israel and other US client states as a reward for their obedience to our dictates.  Palestine, which has suffered far more at the hands of Israeli violence than vice-versa, is not allowed to protest their occupation by taking up arms in defense.  They are supposed to lay down and get run over. 

As for recognizing Israel, I first ask… why should they be forced to recognize the country that is systematically destroying them?  There is plenty to indicate that Israel is safe if they seek after a just peace.

When asked by Newsweek-Washington Post correspondent Lally Weymouth on 26 February 2006 what agreements Hamas was prepared to honor, the new Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh answered, “the ones that will guarantee the establishment of a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital with 1967 borders.” Weymouth went on, “Will you recognize Israel?” to which Haniyeh responded, “If Israel declares that it will give the Palestinian people a state and give them back all their rights then we are ready to recognize them.”

In 1989, Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin (assassinated by Israel in March 2004) stated, “I do not want to destroy Israel. We want to negotiate with Israel so the Palestinian people inside and outside Palestine can live in Palestine. Then the problem will cease to exist.”

In a very recent article, Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, who is on an Israeli hit list and is currently taking asylum in Damascus under heavy security, was interviewed by a German journalist.  He first said the following:

“I think the Western world has understood by now that Hamas will never recognise Israel. How can I recognise the one who occupies my land? It is illogical that it is demanded of Hamas to recognise Israel. I am the victim. I am the man who is not free. I am the man living in the Diaspora away from my land. Israel has got a kind of a nation that was imposed as a “fait accompli” by the United Nations. We don’t have a nation. More than half of the Palestinian people are living in the Diaspora, mostly in camps and they can’t go home. Because of Israel they can’t go home and we should recognise Israel? Who is actually in the wrong, us or Israel?”

Then pressed further said:

“Killing Jews is not our aim. For centuries we have lived in Palestine peacefully with Jews and Christians of all kind. We are fighting Israel because it occupies our land and oppresses our people. We are fighting Israel to finish this occupation. We want to live freely on our land just as other nations. We want to have our own country just like other people. But the Zionist movement came from all over the world to occupy our land. And the real owner of the land has been kicked out. This is the root of the problem.”

“Because of many factors, we now accept to build a Palestinian state within the borders of 1967. But that doesn’t mean that we recognise Israel. But we are prepared to make a long term truce with Israel. Accepting the status of Israel without recognising it.”

He then explains why this should be a workable example with a citation of precedent:

“There are plenty of examples where no recognition does not mean war. China and Taiwan for example have not recognized each other but they trade and cooperate with each other. – By withholding a formal recognition we just don’t want to give Israel the legitimacy for having taken our land in the first place.”

Does anyone else see how hypocritical and murderous our leaders are?  My fear is to see how far-reaching this bill is.  How much aid will actually stop flowing into Palestine with this?  Of course the 20 million dollars will go to Abbas, the newest person in Palestine to be willing to sell out his people to the CIA etc. 

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2 Responses to “Palestinians need help with democracy, they elected the wrong people, so Bush stops more money flow.”


  1. 1 Jettboy September 28, 2007 at 4:39 am

    There is more to Democracy than the right to vote. If you don’t vote people in who respect Democratic principals, then it can’t really be called Democracy. At least, isn’t that the argument of Liberals towared Bush et al.? Not that I agree with you about the Bush hate, but at least liberals should be consistant. And, as you describe your argument, two wrongs do not make a right. If power and violence are wrong for the USA and others you detest, why is it right for others like Hamas that have NOT been peaceful flower children.

    What a hodge-podge of self righteous polemics you have written.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon September 28, 2007 at 5:37 am

    By democratic principles Bush would have never became President of the USA to begin with. For better or worse, we do not have a government based purely on democratic principles.

    I’m not so much a Bush-hater as I am a preacher against the powers that be in the USA, who rule this country in matters of true consequence, regardless of who is elected President. I suppose I’m not like the Liberals you have come to know. I was as opposed to Clinton’s war on Yugoslavia as I am against Bush’s war on Iraq. Democrats and Republicans are all the same to me with only minor differences on certain issues.

    As far as Hamas goes, you need to do a little homework on the Palestinian conflict. Hamas was born out of severe repression, in what some have called apartheid-like conditions in Palestine. They have their atrocities, but most of what they do is in the form of charitable work for the Palestinian people and in legitimate resistance to an illegal and brutal occupation. It is Israel that wield’s the sword of violence over Palestine, that terrorizes the Palestinian people on a scale that causes anything Hamas does to pale in comparison.

    The election of Hamas was a call by the Palestinian people for resistance to Israeli brutality… a stand against US imperialist foreign policy and against our paid employees in the Fatah government. If we were to recognize the democratic will of the Palestinian people, we would see the election of Hamas (which kept up a unilateral cease-fire in the face of frequent Israeli attacks for a year and a half incidentally) was a vote against the Israeli occupation and the support the US provides Israel in their atrocities.

    Study the situation more jetboy. In democracy, the voice of the people means something.


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