Thursday, January 1, 2009
Happy New Year!
Every year, the United States pays Israel 5 billion dollars each year in “aid” to rummage through our military junkyard and grab anything they think they can use – old tanks, jets, nukes, land mines, and so on.
That’s why this year, my first New Year’s resolution is to not pay attention to whom Israel is bombing this week. Not only is it a colossal waste of taxpayer money, but it is ridiculous to believe that the people of this country affect foreign policy without the longarm of AIPAC to do their own bidding (never mind what’s best for the American people.)
As timing would have it, the incredible investigative journalist and illustrator extraordinaire, Elaine Meinel Supkis, had the same thing on her mind today also, as she writes in her excellent blog post DAILY KOS COMMUNITY WAR SCHIZOPHRENIA which details the gross inconsistencies between the way Israelis and Palestinians are treated and regarded. (You will also note that I shamelessly borrowed Elaine’s apropos illustration above.)
My second New Year’s resolution, indirectly related, is to not pay attention to the stock market in 2009.
Both of these resolutions follow the precept of don’t worry about what you can’t change; the U.S. government has always supported Israel regardless of who it was attacking any given week – Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt’s Seven Days War, and any other Middle East or Gulf State countries I’ve left out.
Didn’t they bomb a nuclear plant in Iran, too?
OK! So this is why I’m not going to pay attention to whom Israel is attacking today in 2009.
There are people who say cut Israel loose for 5 billion in annual U.S. military aid and duke it out with the muslims on their own. If they are truly God’s people, God will protect them. (I seem to remember having read that in a book somewhere…)
The Bread & Circus effect of U.S. citizens rooting for the Home Team, Israel, against the bad guys, Hamas, is just like a football game. The amount of emotion invested in rallying around the “home team” of Israel is way over the top. How does handing over 5 billion in U.S. tax dollars to Israel possibly help the people of this country?
As I’ve said, one of the best New Year’s resolutions of all is that I am not going to pay attention to whom Israel is attacking today in 2009.