Israeli Electorate Rebukes Bush


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Subject: Israeli Electorate Rebukes Bush and Votes for Peace
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 06:22:39 -0500

Israeli Electorate Rebukes Bush and Votes for Peace
by Paul Craig Roberts

Israeli elections this week swept the right-wing Likud Party
from power and installed a center-left government committed
to peaceful co-existence with Palestine. Ehud Olmert, the
leader of the new Israeli government, told the new
Palestinian government that "we are ready to compromise and
evacuate, under great pain, Jews living there [the West Bank
of Palestine] in order to create the conditions that will
enable you to fulfill your dream and live alongside us."

Olmert declared that "the time has come to act" and to agree
on borders for Israel and Palestine, establishing two
mutually recognized states and bringing to an end
Palestinian terrorism and Israeli oppression.

Israeli voters have thus done what they can to bring peace
to the Middle East before the Bush regime can further fan
the flames of war by attacking Iran.

If the Israelis can change their government in the direction
of peace, perhaps there is some hope that Americans can do

Of course, Olmert might be assassinated by the Israeli
rightwing, as was Yitzhak Rabin, the last Israeli leader who
was prepared to negotiate a fair settlement with the
Palestinians. But the greatest threat to Olmert's peace
efforts will be the American neoconservatives who control
the Bush regime.

American neoconservatives have close, long-standing
alliances with Israel's rightwing Likud Party. Like the
neocons, Likudniks believe in military solutions. In their
policy papers, neocons set out a strategy for US-Israeli
hegemony in the Middle East. Many experts are of the opinion
that Bush's invasion of Iraq was the opening gun of
implementing this strategy.

The failure of this strategy in Iraq is obvious to the
Israeli electorate, but American neoconservatives, believing
that not enough force has been applied, cling to their
agenda. Bush and the neocons disguised their goal of Middle
Eastern hegemony by hiding their agenda under various ruses,
such as "the war on terror" and creating democracy in Iraq.
These ruses deceived the American people, but the ruses do
not permit the scale of violence against Muslim states that
the neoconservatives are willing to unleash.

According to news reports, the Pentagon has drafted a
revised war doctrine that permits US use of nuclear weapons
in preemptive attack. Under the new doctrine, all that is
required in order for the US to nuke a country is a
presidential determination that the targeted country intends
to use WMD against the US.

In other words, the same false charges that were made
against Iraq can be made against Iran, only this time Bush
could avoid defeat by unleashing nuclear weapons against

As Olmert's agenda of peaceful settlement with Palestine
would undermine the neocon agenda in the Middle East, the
neocons will do what they can to derail it. They have many
ways of doing so, including spreading the conflagration in
Iraq and orchestrating an incident with Iran.

Despite Bush's talk about "bringing democracy to Iraq," the
only Iraqi democracy the Bush regime wants is a puppet
government. The Bush administration is creating frictions
with the Iraqi Shia majority, which has tolerated the
American occupation. Bush is trying to overturn the Iraqi
government's choice of prime minister. US troops slaughtered
worshippers in a Shia mosque in Baghdad, prompting the Iraqi
governor of Baghdad to declare cooperation with Americans at
an end. Outraged at the Americans for entering a mosque and
gunning down worshipers, Shia leaders are demanding that
control be turned over to Iraqis.

Neocons are fanatics. They would certainly risk US troops to
achieve their agenda. If neocons can provoke the Shia
militias into joining the attacks on US troops, the
situation would quickly spin out of control. To avoid a
crushing defeat, Bush could resort to extreme means.

Neocon propaganda has convinced ever-gullible Americans that
Iran is now America's most dangerous enemy. Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld and Rice continue to make unsupported accusations
against Iran, threatening military action. General John
Abizaid, commander of US Middle East forces, is helping to
spread the rumor that Iran is operating inside Iraq,
supplying explosives to the resistance. Gareth Porter and
Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to secretary of state
Colin Powell, report that neoconservative zealots, who
advocate destabilization and regime change in the Middle
East, were able to block diplomatic engagement with Iran in
order to keep open the military option. Instead of welcoming
the opportunity to work things out, the Bush regime rebuked
the ambassador who brought the peace offer.

Neoconservatives don't want "no stinking talks." They want
war. War is their only hope.

Neoconservatives are ruthless. They have control of the US
government and military. Little stands between them and
their fanatical determination to widen war in the Middle

March 30, 2006

Dr. Roberts is Chairman of the Institute for Political
Economy and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He
is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal,
former contributing editor for National Review, and was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good

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