September 2, 2002, a year and a day after the 9/11 attack, Benjamin Netanyahu stood before our congress and said, “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and working and advancing toward the development of nuclear weapons --- no question whatsoever. Saddam is hell bent upon achieving atomic bomb capabilities as soon as he can. I believe that even free and unfettered inspections will not uncover these portable manufacturing sites of mass destruction “
Representative Dan Burton summarized, “Your statement boils down to one thing, that is, do we react to another attack on
Rachel Maddow says, “Which is what we did. We preempted. We invaded
and none of the things said about Saddam Hussein turned out to be true.”
In 2002 congress invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak as an expert witness, an expert on why the
had to start a preemptive war against Saddam Hussein and Iraq, or, as he explained, it would
be the end of the world. That was 2002.
Now, in 2015, house republicans invited him back to make a case again about the end of the world. This time though, he sees it coming from
Iran. “That deal will not prevent Iran from
developing nuclear weapons. It would almost guarantee that Iran gets those
could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far corners of the
earth including every part of the United States. The Middle East would soon be crisscrossed
by nuclear trip wires, a region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars, would
turn into a nuclear tinder box, would face a much more dangerous Iran. The Middle East
littered with nuclear bombs in a count down to a potential nuclear nightmare.”
While our congress pledges allegiance to the head of another state, those of us who are less intimidated by AIPAC wonder how he can keep a straight face. He screams bloody murder because
Iran could someday
get a nuclear weapon while all along knowing Israel
built nuclear bombs, has refused to become a party to the
Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and has never opened
its sites to inspectors. Netanyahu brags
that for the first time in history, Israel has the means of defending
itself. What he means is that for the
first time in history, Israel
has the power to annihilate other people.
John F. Kennedy said that
with a bomb would initiate a nuclear arms race in the Middle
East. So, Israel
lied to the whole world about it, including the United States,.
According to non-Israeli sources, simulated control rooms were built, the entrances to underground levels were bricked up, and pigeon droppings were scattered around some buildings in which the forbidden installations were housed to give the impression that they were not in use.
No wonder Netanyahu is panicked. For its whole life, modern
Israel has been
the bully of its neighborhood. But its
hegemony in the Middle East is coming to an
end and he knows it. Sooner or later, a hostile
nation will “get the bomb.” Then another.
Israel pressured our
Congress into destroying Iraq.
Now, twelve years later, wearing his paranoia like a badge of honor, Netanyahu
demands that the US go to
war with Iran. And our congress applauded.
With a straight face, Netanyahu said, “We need to stop the aggression in the
Middle East.” Then, he
referred to the goons in Gaza, the lackeys in Lebanon and the revolutionary guards on the
Golan Heights as, “clutching Israel
with tentacles of terror.” Does he
think that anyone with even the intelligence of congress would not recognize Gaza, Lebanon
and the Golan Heights as three lands Israel illegally invaded in its
program of expansion?
It is amazing that he would even mention
Gaza. Eight years of siege and three
bombardments in six years has left Gaza
destitute. Last summer, Israel
dropped 800 tons of explosives,
including phosphorous cluster bombs on 750 locations, killing 2,100 people, mostly
civilians including 500 children. Israel
destroyed 18,000 homes in Gaza,
leaving 24,000 displaced, deliberately targeted hospitals, schools, and old age
nursing homes. When winter came, Netanyahu cut off electricity and blockaded
fuel. As he spoke to our congress, children were still sick and without medical
care. Some have frozen to death. Yet, Netanyahu
as the victim, and he does it with a straight face. Israel
Palestinians are the occupied.
Israel is the
occupier. An occupier does not defend itself against an occupied population.
The occupier controls the power structure. The occupier is the dominant force
militarily and economically. The occupier determines what goes in and what
comes out of the territories it occupies.
Even under international law, an occupier must provide security for the
people it occupies. Yet, we consistently hear about Israel’s need to ensure its
Netanyahu said that we must, "stop
Iran’s conquest, subjugation and
terror." And he said it with a straight face. Then he adds, "if Iran wants to be treated like a
normal country, then let it act like a normal country." Was he looking in a mirror?
Under Netanyahu’s leadership, the Israeli government has ramped up illegal settlement buildings, increasing the population of Jewish settlers by over 23%, made the biggest land grab in a generation, committed countless human rights abuses and killed thousands of citizens in the West Bank and
and done everything possible to maintain the status quo of Israeli occupation
It’s time for those of us who yearn for a peaceful world to say with a straight face to Netanyahu and
Israel, “If Israel wants to be
treated like a normal country, then let it act like a normal country.”
March 6, 2015
 Both of these quotes, 2002 and 2015 are a matter of public record. I lifted them from the Rachel Maddow, Program March 3, 2015..
 Ari Shavit, My Promised Land, (Spiegel and
2013) p. 186 Grau, New York
 Deanna Othman, Sawyer Blunder indicative of Noxious Bias against Palestinians in American Journalism, Huffington Post. July 11, 2014
 Philip Weiss, State Dept says Netanyahu Speech is not inappropriate, disrespectful, humiliating or embarrassing., Mondoweiss, January 28, 2015