Israel Considers America as Her Errand Boy
12 March, 2012
By Saeed Qureshi
Israel is soundly protected and does not need any superfluous protection. If Israel's security is inviolable for Israel leaders so is it for the Iranian leaders for Iran. If Israel arrogates to herself the right to launch pre-emptive strike on Iran to destroy the latter's nascent nuclear capability, Iran as a sovereign state, has a right to shield and safeguard her existence with befitting response.
Israel has been maintaining her supremacy in the Middle East by dint of force and unremitting belligerency. Its voice would sound more credible, convincing and potent, if Israel changes her track of threatening the neighboring states with her military might and takes to a diplomatic option. If Israel agrees to the creation of a state for the uprooted Palestinians, her sovereignty and survival would be definitely guaranteed.
Israel cannot kill all the Palestinians and thus remove them from the scene nor can it defeat all the Middle Eastern states and keep them under her mighty control. It will have to acknowledge the rights of others to exist and also the reality of the Palestinian state bestowed upon them by the UN resolutions 181 and 242.
Israel is not being pragmatic or realistic to infer that remaining in a perpetual state of war is the only way-out to thwart an existentialist threat to her from the Arab neighbors and Palestinians. It should ponder that if today United States takes off her guardian angel role, Israel would not be in a position to keep at bay the hostile neighbors by saber-rattling and even by possession of nuclear arsenal. Nuclear warheads are like double edged sword. These, if used can harm both the victim and the launcher.
A time might come that the American people wake up to the belated harsh reality that they have been undermining their national interests for the sake of Israel. In this entirely blind partisan tilt towards Israel; America has antagonized the entire Muslim world from the Middle East and across the globe. Its impression and image as an honest arbiter or broker has been severely slighted. The war in Iraq was ostensibly not to dig out weapons of mass destructions or to embrace that bedeviled country with blessings of the democratic culture. It was essentially aimed at debilitating the powerful military setup of Iraq that posed a grave danger to Israel.
I am stunned to hear the raucous and unstinting commitments of America to the security of Israel. Why the United States does not make such commitment for other states in the same area? Israel has been rather bullying all the states and frightening them with the specter of her military invincibility. The amicability towards the Saudi Arabia and other small littoral states is for cheaper and unhindered flow of oil and therefore they are spared from the fury of the sole super power and also of her protégé Israel. Moreover these states are militarily spineless so they do not pose any threat to the varied interests of either United States or Israel.
Additionally, the Arab states that support Israel against Palestinians and Iran namely Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE and till recently Yemen are all surrogates of the United States. The Arab League is a phony and ineffectual body of the Arab states whose leaders simply sit, talk and disperse.
It is only United State that can facilitate and bring about peace and understanding between the marooned Israel and her neighbors. The first momentous step towards that milestone would be to prevail upon Israel to concede to the inevitability of the establishment of the stalled Palestinian state in compliance with the above mentioned United Nations resolutions.
Now if Israel is pressuring United State to jointly attack the nuclear faculties of Iran, it is taking recourse to the least rational or justified approach towards resolving that prolonged tangle. United States is convinced and has repeatedly claimed that Iran's nuclear program was far from producing a nuclear weapon. Then why Israel is forcing America to attack Iran and if United States dithers, insists to go solo to strike a sovereign country?
It is foregone that if Israel commits the fatal blunder of unilaterally attacking Iran, it should be ready to face an unprecedented matching retaliation. Iran with huge disciplined and organized military paraphernalia would not be an easy target to be obliterated. It will have to come up with an astounding military response. One can only conjecture as to how the Middle East would look like thereafter. If at that stage, America jumps into the hellish fray in support of Israel, then apart from the colossal loss of lives on both sides, the peace would indefinitely become elusive.
One should recall that when Iraq preemptively attacked Iran in September 1980, the Iranian stumbled initially but later launched ferocious counterattacks and held back the brutal onslaughts by Iraqi army and air force and survived even the use of chemical weapons by Saddam Hussain. After overcoming the initial jolting it sent waves after waves of the regular army soldiers and volunteers to effectively check the advance of the intruding Iraqi army.
Iran now is a veritable regional military power as compared to a militarily weaker and unstable clerical regime of 80s. It has the potential to brace and face the combined forces of all the hostile Arab countries and Israel as well. Iran will have to fight with her back to the wall and for the survival of the only conservative Shia regime in the world.
So for Israel to erroneously believe that she can, with unilateral surgical strikes, destroy Iran's nuclear network and annihilate her militarily is a wild dream and cannot come true. Israel should take into consideration the fact that there is also a sizeable Jewish population living in Iran. They could be victimized and bear the brunt of the vengeance to be let loose on them by the Iranians. As such the surgical attacks will spill unimaginable disaster and ruination in the Middle East without achieving any desirable or coveted objectives.
The United States should stop bending over backward for shielding a country that shuns the choice of diplomacy, abhors negotiations and prefers bellicosity. Israelis prone to igniting destructive wars under a misconceived notion and myopic belief that it can maintain her supremacy by throwing a specter of fear and intimidation over the neighbors. But how long can it perpetuate in such unworthy, untenable and futile bellicose designs that would be mutually destructive.
President Obama has rightly taken a sagacious and cautious stance by pronouncing that the time for war against Iran has not yet arrived. Even if such is time is rife, the United States should simply discard it. United States has had enough wars after the WWII and it is time to recoil from the invasion and military adventures and instead attend to the most pressing domestic problems. These paramount priorities are to rebuild America, restore its humanitarian image, pay off her whopping debts, reviving its economic prowess, enlivening the downgraded institutions like health and education, social services, and modernizing the aging infrastructure.
Israel should not be the only single most outstanding priority for the United States. America should heed of what congressman and the presidential candidate Ron Paul has said several times that Israel should mind her own business and America should do away with the onerous responsibility of cuddling her all the time.
The only saner course for Israel is to mend fences with her neighbors, live herself and let others live in the region in peace and harmony. It is time for the United States to scale down its postures of antagonising the Palestinians specifically and the Muslims in generally just to please and appease Israel.
The writer is a senior journalist and a former diplomat.