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On Loving Another Country


#1

On Loving Another Country

Andrew Bacevich

Say what you will about Israeli political leaders, you can always count on them for one thing: They will do whatever they believe necessary to ensure the security and wellbeing of the Jewish State.

Love is a sentiment at odds with cold calculation.

The same cannot be said of American political leaders, notably so when it comes to US-Israeli relations. There, the interests of the United States routinely take a back seat to other considerations. Chief among those considerations is domestic politics.


#2

Here is the entire quote from Washington's 1796 Farewell Address.

"So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation." - George Washington

The Israelis worked for decades to "get America into their fight" and have succeeded beyond their expectations - subverting US sovereignty, politics, electoral processes, Congress, and foreign policy - aided by the treasonous "Christian" right and other warmongers. American elected officials that put Israel's interests ahead of their own nation, holding first loyalty to Israel, is exactly the very evil reality and treason Washington warned against!

Israel does not deserve any consideration or respect as a democratic state - they are not; they have no conscience or moral compass - no commitment to truth in history or current events. They are an extremist quasi-theocracy dedicated to a self-proclaimed tribal mythology and racist exceptionalism that excludes integrity, human rights, and indeed respect for the humanity of all others, including other Jews that oppose extremist Israeli politics. religion used as ruse and cloak to mask ordinary theft of territory by force, expressly forbidden under International Law, UN resolutions, and decisions of the International Court of Justice!


#3

Oil and Israel have entangled our country in the Middle East. George W. Bush was the first American president to abandon any pretense that the USA was a fair arbiter of peace and a two-state solution. Obama, of course, continued most of Bush's foreign policies and did nothing to curb Israel's oppression of the Palestinians. Now Trump is bringing a lot of the Bush neocons back into leadership positions. Many of the worst have dual USA-Israeli citizenship https://www.facebook.com/notes/we-are-all-vittorio-arrigoni/list-of-politicians-with-israeli-dual-citizenship-/175479365845092/ The Dems have chosen Israeli apologist Chuck Schumer as Senate Minority Leader. The tail is wagging the dog. Russia, Iran and the Islamic State have taken advantage of the vacuum left when the USA stopped being a peace broker in the Middle East and fell into line behind the right wing Zionists. The only role of the USA in the Middle East is to wage war and supply Israel with weapons. During the recent elections Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein argued for a change in Policy toward Israel and they couldn't get air time on mainstream meadia.


#4

Israel is a destructive parasite that seeks to control its host.

The destruction to the US,, in terms of life and limb, treasure, and world-wide respect of the US as worthy of leadership is huge.

And for what?

Perhaps one day, self-respect will bring this repugnant, immoral folly to an end.


#6

On this subject, perhaps it might be time to watch this again.


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#7

Mr. Bacevich, as a historian you might be interested in the facts about Zionists' deceptive and vicious practices throughout their history, beginning before Israel was established. The following recent,excellent article summarizes key points from a new, deeply researched book on the subject.

These are definitely the sorts of facts that could make Americans feel so deceived they turn quickly against Israel.

More on the relevant historical background is in "War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror".
http://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com


#8

" Even so, both parties concurred on one point: American support for Israel was crucial for advancing the cause of peace. Or to state the matter more bluntly: Absent US backing for Israel, peace became impossible."

Peace became impossible. Ho hum.I suppose when you are one of 700 000-900 000 ethnically cleansed from your land and home, and forced to live in refugee camps, and are bombed and shot and generally brutalised as second class citizens in your own former land, then you might have a disinclination to be less than peaceful.

After all, our redcoats only shot 5 British north American colonists in Boston and look what THAT gave rise to a few years later.


#9

Ouch!


#10

Excellent article. We now know that Trump will be Putin's and Netanyahu's fool. Wonder what other world leaders are lined up to dupe the idiot.


#11

Wow. That is quite good. Lyrics by Pat Boone, of course! Well done.


#14

Netanyahu's reaction to the US abstention was like the "alien" bursting out of the chest of a spaceman in the movie of the same name. His words and tone were ugly and frightening. The smooth slick leader showed us what lies behind the mask and yet, our major party nominees, were both happy to pretend that the facade was reality. Perhaps because they have their own facades.


#15

Yeh, look at the Welsh.


#16

Dammit, didn't they learn from the Norman invaders of Merrie Englande? You mean we will have to invade them yet again?

At least Welsh has been accepted as a national language, the Tudors had their time ruling England as have had and still do the Stewarts via the Hannoverian connection, Lloyd George was once prime minister and Sir Clement Attlee's cabinet contained a very valuable Welshman, Scotland has its own Parliament, Northern Ireland seems to have gone reasonably quiet and Eire has its independence, and the English have stopped their fire, sword and rapine across the assorted former kingdoms (apart from fights between assorted football supporters).


#17

And these people are no fans of the Jewish religion. Think back to the Holocaust.


#18

If the U.S. embassy is moved to Jeruselem, expect Tehran and Moscow to sign a mutual protection pact and Trump era glasnost will be shattered. The die will be cast once Russia installs anywhere from two to six advanced nuclear reactors in Iran. For Israel to then attack Iran would result in massive intervention by Moscow.


#19

As Churchill once said of Atlee, "There but for the grace of God, goes god." Gore Vidal must surely have thought that about Billy Buckley.


#20

I was referring to the occupation of England, which once was, well Wales, Brythonic. Still, at least they have their own assembly and can talk amongst themselves in their unpronouncable language in the rocky bit on the west coast, so stealing the majority of the island, the most fertile bits, from them has been recompensed..


#21

Just say you love Russia more than the USA, which now makes sense to me. See what happens. The change in allegiance is flagrantly reasonable and rational at this point for Americans.


#22

NutAndYahoo is unstable. He said New Zealand's vote for the Resolution was "an act of war."

Fortunately, the Israeli police started at least three investigations on Bibi this week for corruption since they think he's off his rocker too. That ought to keep him busy for a while!


#23

Ah well, if we are going to go that far back, blame the Romans, the Germans and the Norsemen, all of whom oppressed and committed ethnocide and genocide from around 0BC to around 1400AD, or even later later if we are to lament the loss of our Brythonic mother tongue, Welsh/Irish/Scottish Gaelic.Those of us with apparent Cletic "blood" should sue at least six countries for compensation plus interest.

But perhaps Merrie Englande was occupied by an earlier bunch of soccer hooligans at the end of the British Ice Age around 7000BC, before the Celts migrated across the English Channel? Who were these shadowy people?