Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Israel: A “One and Only” Democracy in the Middle East

We are repeatedly told by our national news media that the state of Israel is a one and only democracy in the region, where the Jews are such generous, peace-loving and civilized people to offer “the great opportunity” of nation-building to their neighbors, the Palestinians, and in return they’ve got a series of slam-dunk suicide bombings despite of their good will.

Therefore, the Israeli government has no option but to fight against Palestinian terrorism in order to keep their democracy intact and their people safe.

People have a tendency to believe that a democracy provides a guarantee of fairness, decency, and justice, when they have a democratic way to choose their own government.

Quite a contrary to this view, as in the slave history of the U.S., a democracy could be taken over by a majority of people with the racial prejudice and become an unfair, unjust, and ugly force suppressing and tyrannizing over others in perpetuity.

Therefore, a democracy is not necessarily a fair, decent and just ideology, but only a mean to achieve these goals.

No nation around the globe would like to be called an undemocratic country by others, especially by the one and only super power nation, the United States of America, because the name-calling renders the nation a pariah status in the world community that brings forth a severe economic strangulation by the international loan sharks, the World Bank and the IMF.

On the other hand, there is a huge gap in the international community over the view whether a nation is a democratic or not: Uncle Sam views a nation democratic when the country genuflects upon what it is told to do so, that is, a democracy on the US terms, not on people’s terms who select their own democracy.

We always hear about what is required to become democratic by our expert, the mainstream media, that obsequiously kowtows to the institutional powers with abandon.

The following article is written by Charlie Reese in 1998 in the Orlando Sentinel, a Floridan newspaper, which would give some perspectives to the readers on the issue of whether the Jewish State of Israel is a democratic country or not: You decide how democratic the state of Israel is.

If the following questions are somewhat the news to you, please do not scratch your head because it is not your fault but the fruit of political engineering by the news media that have been promoting Israel is a one and only democracy in the region.

Pop Quiz on the Middle East

Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
A: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
A: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
A: Israel.

Q: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
A: Israel.

Q: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East created 762,000 refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
A: Israel.

Q: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
A: Israel.

Q: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking UN diplomat become prime minister?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship in international waters, killing 33 and wounding 177 American sailors?
A: Israel.

Q: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
A: Israel.

Q: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?A: Israel.

Q: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States, according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
A: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
A: Israel.

Q: What country is the United States threatening to bomb because “UN Security Council resolutions must be obeyed?”
A: Iraq.

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