October 25, 2000
Tax dollars wasted in support of Israel
The current tense situation inside Israel and the Middle East are so
grave that many other ripple effects are witnessed that reflect Iran and
Iranian nationals around the world ["Crooked
wall"]. Some of these effects have already been witnessed; among
1. The U.S. Senate votes to let victims of foreign terrorism collect
damages (Oct 11, 2000).
2. U.S. House of Representatives issues Iran policy statement. (Oct
3. Clinton is said to be very nervous due to his failed efforts to
reach a peace settlement between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. In recent
days, the President has insisted to intervene and have even offered to
go to the Middle East last week for a summit, but has been turned down
due to improper political situations being out of control.
4. His administration's close ties to the Jewish State is now felt and
is seen openly, now being shattered by the Israelis' killings of Palestinians,
now over 120, some as young as five-years old. He has been seen to lack
leadership as a superpower to control the situation. The UN chief Kofi
Annan is now conducting shuttle diplomacy followed by Madeleine Albright
effort of last week. The news media is unable to control the news mainly
due to the presence of the Internet's unfiltered news.
5. Now that he sees his last days in office is turning sour, he wants
to maintain his party loyalty and continue his policy against Iran by poisoning
the atmosphere and possible approval of further economical damages to Iran.
6. Due to the sudden start of violence and killings, so close to the
upcoming US elections, it is believed that the Democratic ticket Gore-Liberman's
popularity is fading.
As a concerned Iranian American, I am very upset that my tax dollars
are not spent wisely and feel it is wasted as a result of mis-management
and against unarmed civilian population inside Israel and against Palestinians.
Furthermore, the US firmly supports Israel with advanced military equipment.
Washington is not capable of controlling the Israelis army and their atrocities
against rock throwing Palestinians. Live ammunition has been used for the
first time by the Israelis against the rock throwers.
Officials must not allow one of a U.S. ally to bully a population in
a political/religious dispute. The US and its Western allies did more in
Bosnia when the population were under attack, siege and massacred by the
Serbia's Milosovic regime. Why aren't the same allies doing something
to protect the lives of the civilians in the Palestinian towns and villages?
This event is seen directly affecting Iranian people all over the world.
We have witnessed reports of hatred letters and the like against Iranians
in general. Once again, the atmosphere of the post hostage taking era
seems is coming back. The Iranian community should call upon the President
to put pressure on Israel to stop this non-sense killing of innocent people,
even if has to send American troops to the region. The US has always
helped its allies and friends in difficult times, but they don't see a
reason to send the 6th fleet to the Mediterranean. Certainly, the Israelis
have enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy the entire Middle East.
It seems that the Israeli police lack the wisdom to use a simple procedure
to control rock throwing Palestinians. Like any other civilized countries
in Europe, they should have used special plastic shields against rock throwing
youngsters instead of live ammunition. The live plastic coated rubber
bullets, as well as metallic types have been used by the Israeli army in
an attempt to hurt and kill the Palestinians.
This event should/could have been predicted, and hence avoided by the
'smart' Israelis (so they claim it). They knew that they're not dealing
with common people and perhaps they took this lightly. Ariel Sharon and
his entourage, must not have taken a risk to enter the highly religious,
political area in Jerusalem.
Javad Fakharzadeh, CEO