Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Dennis Kucinich Versus the Israel Lobby
By R.W. Bliss
CNI, January 25, 2009
The following was just sent out by the CNI ( that Paul Findley helped
establish in an attempt to counter the tremendous influence of AIPAC on
US Middle East policy):
KUCINICH VERSUS THE LOBBY
Friday, January 23, 2009 12:46 PM
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While the AIPAC resolution was moving through the Congress and
was overwhelmingly approved, a counter resolution was introduced by
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D) Ohio . The Lobby resolution was passed
in the Senate by simple voice vote and in the House by an overwhelming
margin. But the resolution from the Lobby, HR Con.Res 34, was totally
our of step with the incoming Obama administration that wanted a
permanent cease fire as a basis for Senator Mitchell's mission to the
Surprisingly, nine representatives spoke strongly
against the AIPAC resolution on the floor of the House. Five eventually
voted against it, and 22 abstained. That was a record for a resolution
of this kind backed by the full-power of the lobby. Congressman
Kucinich's resolution did not come up for a vote before the
inauguration. He did acquire seven sponsors in the twenty-four hours
after he appeared at a CNI Sponsored public hearing. That also was a new
On January 9, the US House of Representatives passed by
a vote of 397 to 5, H. Res. 34, basically endorsing Israel's massive and
brutal attack on Gaza that was in full bloom. The resolution states that
Israel has a right to defend itself, and blames Hamas launched rockets
(in reality not much more that enhanced fireworks) for the Israeli
attack. Fifty-eight House members gave floor speeches on the measure.
Most obediently and obsequiously gushed in favor of America 's "strong
ally" Israel , and blamed evil "Islamic-radicals", as well as Hamas for
the plight of the starving and imprisoned, yet stubborn (because they
just won't evaporate), Palestinians.
While the rest of the world
witnessed unbelievable horrors unfolding, the US Congress was
spontaneously endorsing the horror. The Senate had passed the same
resolution on January 8, by a voice vote.
There was one positive
factor that emerged from House consideration of the resolution: five
members voted against it, and 22 abstained. That means that 27 members
of the House (all except one are Democrats), have a conscience and may
be looking at the true national interests of the US , as opposed to
those of a foreign country. Some may have been influenced by the
immorality of allowing Israel to use US supplied weapons to kill at
will, without justification, and in violation of US law.
nine representatives gave floor statements expressing opposition to the
resolution, or stating that they would abstain. Most called attention to
the defects in the measure related to its failure to call for an
immediate cease- fire and immediate humanitarian relief to Gaza .
Please note that such pro-Israel measures are never subject to the
normal full and objective committee hearing process. When there are
hearings on matters pertaining to Israel , they are orchestrated as
"cheerleading" sessions, led by pro-Israel "think-tankers". Real
hearings would clearly debunk the numerous myths that glorify all things
pro-Israeli and vilify all things other.
The timing of Israel 's
attack and the ensuing H. Res. 34 were intended to take advantage of the
fact that Bush was on his way out, and Obama was not quite in. This was
a congressionally endorsed message to the US public, the Palestinians
and the world, that while "change" may be in the air, AIPAC is still in
charge, and "change: will not apply to this matter. And with the Israeli
elections coming up in February it was a perfect opportunity to use US
supplied weapons and ammo to trade Palestinian lives for votes.
Few in the House bothered to mention the fact that the Israelis have
kept the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza in a virtual prison for years,
and have deprived them of food, fuel, medicine and even water for many
months. Much was made of the designation of Hamas as a "terrorist"
organization, notwithstanding the fact that Israel originally helped
create Hamas, and that it was democratically elected in Gaza in a
process essentially forced by the US in 2006.
The ratio of
Palestinians to Israelis killed in the brutal onslaught (80 to one) was
less than a footnote in the measure's consideration. Ditto the number of
woman and children killed (hundreds).
Members who voted against
or abstained should be congratulated and thanked for their courage and
America's War Crimes in Gaza by Paul Findley:
Be sure to
watch the three youtubes that are daisychained via the following link
Israel & Gaza, calling in to Alastair Crooke on the Liberty Hour
Here is a tiny URL for the above one:
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