Could US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Be Worse? Thanks Democrats.
by MainStreet, Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 03:58:24 PM EST
Is it wrong to say that major elements of the US Congress, namely Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives, have appropriated an AIPAC view of the Middle East conflict, and that, as a consequence, Democrats are now formally supporting an extreme right wing Likud party perspective on Palestine? And is it safe to say that as Democrats, we support the funding of Israel’s quest for a Greater Israel that would nullifying a Palestine state? Are we Democrats abetting the creation of a new Apartheid nation in the world, Israel as the host of Palestinian bantustans?
Well, yes we are.
Stephen Zune, professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern studies at the University of San Francisco, makes the case. He published this article on Friday 31 December 2010.
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other hawkish Democratic leaders have left their mark on the Middle East during their four years of leadership in Congress, namely support for militarism and repression, and punishment for moderation.
Most notably, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders refused calls from a variety of peace and human rights organizations for conditioning US military aid to Israel, Egypt, and other countries in the region on their adherence to internationally recognized human rights standards. In addition, in reaction to the United Nations Human Rights Council raising concerns about human rights abuses by Israel and other US allies in the region, Pelosi's continuing resolution on the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill bars the use of any US funds to be appropriated as part of the annual contribution of UN member states to support the council's work.
Also problematic is that - while Congressional Democrats formally dropped their longstanding opposition to Palestinian statehood in the 1990s - the Democratic-sponsored Foreign Operations Appropriations Act contains a series of measures which appear to be designed to prevent the emergence of a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel. http://www.truth-out.org/could-us-foreign-policy-middle-east-be-worse-yes66443
Reading on through the subheadings (copyright prevents further quotation), it is evident that the US Congress has appropriated a right wing Likud perspective in support of Israel and has taken a whatever-it-wants stance.
Fueling the Arms Race
Sabotaging a Palestinian Unity Government
Other Anti-Palestinian Provisions
Roadblocks for Palestinian Statehood
It is not just Netanyahu and his right wing government that is preventing peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, but the US Congress and Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer.
While we are used to blaming the Republican party for its failure to support peace in the Middle East, it is really the Democratic leadership that is proactively following the Likud line of no Palestinian state, which is to say, many more years of conflict.
Please read the full article. Stephen Zune’s piece is truly an indictment of our Democratic leaders when it comes to the Middle East.
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