American-Israeli hegemony: The real ‘axis of evil’
The present Israeli aggression in Gaza and Lebanon is said to have begun following the capture of three Israeli soldiers from occupied territories. Around 12,000 Palestinians are languishing in Israeli dungeons with little prospects of their release. Hizbullah demands the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in exchange for the soldiers’ freedom.
But, many questions remain unanswered in the current media coverage of Israel’s conduct in the region. It is an irony of the 21st century media that despite the unprecedented level of news and information circulation, truth is often harder to attain. The US-Israeli hegemony and their conduct is one such area where lies, half-truths and deceit prevail.
Israel claims to be fighting Hizbullah’s “terrorism”, with full American blessing, for capturing her soldiers. But is terrorism completely alien to Israel?
In fact, the early Zionist terrorists perfected this practice during their barbaric terrorist campaigns against the British/Arabs in Palestine in 1945-48 in their bid to create Israel. Amongst the Zionist terrorist groups, Stern Gang was one such organisation, notorious for its assassination of the British Colonial Secretary, Lord Moyne in 1944. But even fiercer was the Irgun Zvei Leumi (National Military Organisation), renowned for its major terrorist offences in the 1940s.
Irgun, led by Menachem Begin who later became Israel’s PM, blew-up in Jerusalem the King David Hotel (1946) and the Officers’ Club (1947). It often took British soldiers as hostages to exchange for Zionist terrorists in British captivity. In 1947, Irgun hung 2 British military personnel from a tree because the British refused to release 3 Irgun terrorists. However, Britain was eventually forced to bequeath Palestine to the Zionists, partly because she could no longer fight Zionist terrorism, thus giving birth to Israel.
Indeed, the Zionist state was born through terrorism, a practice she embraced in later years against Arabs and employs it to this day. Israel’s contemporary fanatical ethos was spelt out by Major-General Udi Adam: “once [Israeli troops are] inside Lebanon, everything is legitimate – not just southern Lebanon, not just the line of Hezbollah posts”. And that of course includes civilians. This is what peace campaigners and many commentators describe as state terrorism disguised as self-defence.
Moreover, many Western media outlets and politicians maintain that Hizbullah is “backed” by Iran and Syria. Whilst we are yet to see concrete proof of such claims, what is beyond question is the fact that America supplies weapons to Israel, which enable Israeli atrocities in the region.
The New York Times reported that the US is “rushing-in” arms to aid the current Israeli incursions, which is part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package that include precision-guided bombs (21/07/2006). The natural question in people’s mind was spelt out by the NY Times, “the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s efforts to arm and re-supply Hezbollah” [sic]. America’s arms-sale to Israel, in Bush’s own phrase, is tantamount to “harbouring terrorism”.
In this context, when Condoleezza Rice was asked about the prospects of ceasefire, she unapologetically called upon Israel to ignore such calls. And what appeared as typical of US foreign-policy, she described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”.
Through the deaths and destructions in Lebanon and Gaza, America envisages “a new Middle East”, thus facilitating her geo-political hegemony. Rice’s sadistic remarks only echo her predecessor, Madeline Albright’s infamous comments about the death of half a million Iraqi children as a consequence of US sanctions on Iraq. Albright had declared that such a high death toll was a “price worth paying” if it meant Iraq could be crippled. The truth is, whilst Hizbullah seeks to defend its people from Israeli atrocities; the US-Israeli axis seeks total geo-political domination of the region.
In this context of US-Israeli belligerence in the Middle East, and Bush’s track record on bungled-up public speeches, one is only left to wonder whether Bush mistakenly declared Iran and Syria as part of the “Axis of Evil” instead of “US” and “Israel”. But in any case, the latter indeed form the proper Axis of Evil.