In light of your contribution to the Nader/Obama debate, please note the bolded phrase in the overly hopeful article below.
PUBLICATIONS OF THIS ARTICLE:
October 2, 2001 -- Jordan Times (Amman)
October 5 -- Jerusalem Times
October 7 -- Al-Quds (Jerusalem)
October 7 -- Sunday Mail (Nicosia)
October 11 -- Daily Star (Beirut)
October 14 -- Arab News (Jeddah)
October 25 -- Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo)
November 2001 -- Le Dossier Euro-Arabe (Paris)
December 2001 -- Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
FEAR COULD BE THE KEY TO MIDDLE EAST PEACE
By John V. Whitbeck
The hijacked aircraft which crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11 may well have had the U.S. Capitol, seat of the U.S. Congress, as its target. While we may never know for certain, if members of Congress suspect this to be true, their natural human response may provide the best hope in decades for actually achieving peace with some measure of justice in the Middle East.
It is widely believed that the same terrorist organization responsible for bringing down the World Trade Center was also behind the earlier bomb attack on it. It seems that the twin towers were "unfinished business". If the U.S. Congress views itself as "unfinished business" for terrorists who are filled with anti-American rage, determined, highly competent and suicidal (and who, if and when they try again, will almost certainly use a method not tried before and perhaps not even imagined yet), what is a rational member of Congress to do? Finally doing the right and decent thing in terms of U.S. Middle East policy should no longer be ruled out.
Foreign affairs experts outside the United States have long pounded their heads against walls trying to discern the American national interest served by the U.S. government's unconditional support for Israel's defiance of international law and UN resolutions through its continuing occupation of Arab lands conquered in 1967. This fruitless search for an explanation has been based on two false premises -- that the United States has "national interests" (as opposed to simply the particular interests of particular special interest groups) and that American politicians genuinely care about "American national interests". Prior to September 11, when diminishing the risk of further massive terrorist attacks on American targets became a clear "national interest", there was little evidence to support either premise. America's Middle East policies have been based purely on the calculations of American politicians as to their personal self-interest.
American politicians are (with a few honorable exceptions) among the most selfish and self-interested people in one of the world's most selfish and self-interested countries. When it comes to Israel and Palestine, they are motivated overwhelmingly by fear -- knee-knocking, sweaty-palmed, incontinent fear that the Israel-First Lobby will destroy their careers if they manifest anything less than total and abject subservience.