Thursday, January 22, 2009

If you want to know the truth, follow the money: United States Foreign Aid is Genocidal
Spin is the name of the game, so if you want to know the truth, follow the money: United States Foreign Aid is Genocidal

"People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it." Basically, "if you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed", so stated Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.

This is where Brian Springer's Spin comes in:

Governments around the world are collapsing, economies are failing , and where we are heading in 2009 looks very dark. So we can expect the spin doctors to be working overtime to try and "persuade public opinion in favor or against a certain organization or public figure."

It will be extremely difficult in the coming months and years to filter out the noise from the mainstream media, but there is one sure fire way to do just that, and that's to follow the money.

Let's take the Gaza Strip as an example. The current Israeli offensive that began in Gaza on 27 December 2008 has again put the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the for front of global politics, which is fitting, since every single war that the United States is involved in, in the Muslim world, is directly related to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

What does following the money reveal about Gaza?

The Gaza Strip borders Egypt on the south-west and Israel on the north and east. They are its neighbors and gatekeepers, which means that very little can enter or leave Gaza without the approval of Egypt or Israel.

click map to enlarge - source

One thing we know for sure, is that Israel, which is considered an apartheid system by some, and Egypt, which is essentially a dictatorship, together receive approximately one-third of the total United States Foreign aid, the majority of which pays for armaments.

So the Gaza Strip, where some have to forage for grass just to keep their families alive, is sandwiched between an apartheid state and a brutal dictatorship, both funded and sustained by the United States taxpayer to the tune of approximately $2.5 billion for Israel and $1.7 billion for Egypt per year. That's what's declared on paper, what the price tag is off the books is anyone's guess.

The only real truth in our present global economic system is the truth of numbers. So to understand a situation on the geopolitical landscape, all we have to do is follow the money, and understand the art of spin.

Regarding the Gaza crisis, which is just a small part of the Israeli-Palestinian question, which in turn is the main excuse for the clash of our corporations, I happen to agree with Tariq Ali, "in the face of Israel's latest onslaught, the only option for Palestinian nationalism is to embrace a one-state solution."

Hamas' programmatic heritage remains mortgaged to the most fatal weakness of Palestinian nationalism: the belief that the political choices before it are either rejection of the existence of Israel altogether or acceptance of the dismembered remnants of a fifth of the country. From the fantasy maximalism of the first to the pathetic minimalism of the second, the path is all too short, as the history of Fatah has shown.

The test for Hamas is not whether it can be house-trained to the satisfaction of western opinion, but whether it can break with this crippling tradition. Soon after the Hamas election victory in Gaza, I was asked in public by a Palestinian what I would do in their place. 'Dissolve the Palestinian Authority' was my response and end the make-believe. To do so would situate the Palestinian national cause on its proper basis, with the demand that the country and its resources be divided equitably, in proportion to two populations that are equal in size – not 80% to one and 20% to the other, a dispossession of such iniquity that no self-respecting people will ever submit to it in the long run. The only acceptable alternative is a single state for Jews and Palestinians alike, in which the exactions of Zionism are repaired. There is no other way.

A one-state solution is, after all, what David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, implied in the first part of the following quote:

"I don't understand your optimism. Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been antisemitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance. So, it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipe us out."

Unfortunately, the second part of Ben-Gurion's quote, of course, implies that the current Israeli government must commit genocide to prevail.
From the 2002 Massacre in Jenin, Palestine - The Horrible Genocide by Israeli Zionists

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