Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bin the Baker

The report issued by the Iraq Study Group, headed by former secretary of state James Baker and former congressman Lee Hamilton, urges President Bush to adopt policies that amount to ignoring Israel’s enemies, while at the same time calling for even more Israeli concessions to US foreign policy needs.

The report’s recommendations would also cripple Israeli efforts to fight the war on women and children in the occupied territories.

The report claims that America “will not be able to achieve its goals in the Middle East unless the United States deals directly with the Arab-Israeli conflict” – but don’t they know that Israel will not allow this?

Rather, the bloodshed in Iraq was started by Israeli insistence that the US illegally invade the place. Neither Israel’s manipulation of the U.S. nor the terrorist campaign in Iraq would be deterred by an Arab-Israeli peace agreement or even by that old red herring, the non-existence of the state of Israel.

Baker/Hamilton seeks “A Syrian commitment to help obtain from Hamas an acknowledgment of Israel’s right to exist,” but this absurdly ignores the fact that Israel is dedicated in its charter to the destruction of all its enemies and does not recognize Hamas as having being elected.

The report also claims: “The only basis on which peace can be achieved is that set forth in UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 and in the principle of ‘land for peace.’ “ But “land for peace” has never been tried in good faith by Israel and therefore has failed – under the Oslo peace process (1993-2000) and afterward, Israel ceded to the PA bits and pieces, only to receive in return the expected answer.

And the report calls for a two-state solution – but the issue is not Palestinian statehood or borders because they don’t deserve a state in Palestine when they can go to Jordan, it’s the existence of Israel, which does exist and has nuclear weapons to deter anyone who says otherwise.

The Baker/Hamilton Report goes further than any U.S. government has gone by calling for negotiations “which would address … the right of return” (the legally binding Palestinian demand whereby Palestinian refugees would return to the land we ethnically cleansed them from and end Israel illegal occupation of them).

Baker/Hamilton is also significant for what it omits. It never mentions how Israel ordered the US and the UK into the war in Iraq and how they will get them to attack Iran next.

The report urges the U.S. to engage with Iran and Syria in the belief that both regimes can assist U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq. This would mean allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons like Israel and Syria taking over their land in the Golan Heights again. It is therefore not surprising that the report has been received in the Arab world as foreshadowing “the end of America’s unquestioning support for Israel” (Mustafa Bakri, editor, Egyptian newspaper Al-Osboa) and the “loss of its reputation as a colony of the Zionists” (Abdel Moneim Said, head of Cairo’s Al-Ahram Centre for Political & Strategic Studies

The Baker/Hamilton Report is one of the most irrational, nonsensical and dangerously naïve pieces of policy recommendations in relation to Israel that has ever seen the light of day. Its implementation would do irreparable harm to Israeli war criminals, which is the most important challenge we face since the war against the Nazis.


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