Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Alliances are trumped by National Interests

I was just reading a book about American history - the nation which I most admire, right after Israel - as I stumbled across a quote of America's greatest founding father, George Washington, on states' relations and mutual trust between allies:

"I am heartily disposed to entertain the most favourable sentiments of our [new] ally and to cherish them in others to a reasonable degree; but it is a maxim founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it."

There is no reason for Israel to trust even her strongest ally, the USA, farther now than her former chief ally France fourty years ago ... Ultimately each state will pursue its own interests, and whenever these interests begin to conflict with an alliance, that alliance will be first neglected and soon afterwards may be abused to blackmail the "ally", or finally be terminated wholesale. To understand this fully, one must bear in mind that any sort of alliances are forged in the first place to facilitate the pursuit of afore-mentioned states interests -- strategic objectives, hard and measurable goals make alliances, not sympathy, friendship or compassion.

As you can see from all the American cuddling with the world's main terror-lords Abu Ammar ( Yassir Arafat, may he rot in hell; no other foreign leader visited the White House as often as he did ) and Abu Mazen ( Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor ), which were both termed "men of peace" by US presidents Bill Clinton ( Arafat - you may recall the kitschy, staged picture of Rabin and Arafat shaking hands on the White House's lawn at the signing of the Oslo Accords, 1993 ) and George W. Bush ( Abbas ), America is weighing its material interests carefully in the Middle East ... contradicting its credo of world-wide democratization by ignoring the barbarically tyrannical nature of the Arab regimes surrounding Israel, and pressing Israel to make ever more, and more, "concessions" towards her declared enemies.

Realpolitik is alive and kicking still in American foreign policy, at least when it comes to dealing with Jews ... it seems as if the American administration had already forgotten the live-pictures broadcasted on CNN on September 11th, 2001, which showed jubilantly triumphant "palestinians" dancing on their streets, handing out sweets to taxi drivers and passers-by, and celebrating with gun-fire and huge smiles and loud cheers the crumbling of the twin towers of the WTC.

As long as Israel's allies fulfill their commitments and live up to their name, Israel will be the most gracious and reliable partner one can imagine, as history has shown abundantly: No other American ally repaid the USA's generous aid with the honest gratefulness shown by Israel, and of no other cooperation did the US profit as much: You would be surprised to know how much Israeli technology, transferred for free without any charge to her ally, there is in American high-tech products from Intel's processors to the US AirForce's latest developments. You would be stunned to learn how much the US secret services depend on Israeli intelligence about the Middle East, cause they lack the ressources and know-how to infiltrate this region with their own men. Firemen and cops from toughout the US are trained regularly by Israeli specialists in the handling of terror attacks, US physicians in the plastic surgery of bombing victims ...

If the US adinistration is unable to distinguish friend from foe, as seems to be increasingly the case in its relationship with Israel on the one hand and the Arab world, especially the PA, on the other, Israel should no longer feel bound by the false pretense of alliance on part of the US. If the US' support depends on Israel's giving in to the demands of her terrorist enemies, Israel would be better off to not let herself be blackmailed in such a way, and forsake the financial aid from Washington.

Israel is more than able to stand on her own feet, and, as experience has shown, her capability to defend herself has only been restricted by the latest developments in the US-Israeli alliance.

It would be time to commemorate the true meaning of independence once again, and cut these supposedly friendly bands tying down the hands of Israel's possibilities.

In the spirit of George Washington, it is time to break free !

Now -- or it will be too late all too soon ... at least for thousands of Israelis, who are about to lose their lives in a re-newed wave of terror, a third initfada fuelled by the US-supported deportation plan.


Needless to say, though, that Israel needed to get rid of the enemy within first - but that's another issue altogether.


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