Jaffa - September 12, 2001, By Israel Shamir
Like the Four Riders of the Apocalypse, the unknown kamikaze
rode their giant crafts into the two visible symbols of American
world domination, Wall Street and the Pentagon. They vanished in
flames and smoke, and we do not yet know who they were. They
could be practically anybody: American Nationalists, American
Communists, American Fundamentalist Christians, American
Anarchists, anybody who rejects the twin gods of the dollar and
the M-16, who hates the stock market and interventions overseas,
who dreams of America for Americans, who does not want to
support the drive for world domination. They could be Native
Americans returning to Manhattan, or Afro-Americans who still
have not received compensation for slavery.
They could be foreigners of practically any extraction, as Wall
Street and the Pentagon ruined many lives of people all over the
globe. Germans can remember the fiery holocaust of Dresden with
its hundreds of thousands of peaceful refugees incinerated by
the US Air Force. Japanese will not forget the nuclear holocaust
of Hiroshima. The Arab world still feels the creeping holocaust
of Iraq and Palestine. Russians and East Europeans feel the
shame of Belgrade avenged. Latin Americans think of American
invasions of Panama and Granada, of destroyed Nicaragua and
defoliated Colombia. Asians count their dead of Vietnam war,
Cambodia bombings, Laos CIA operations in millions. Even a
pro-American, Russian TV broadcaster could not refrain from
saying, ‘now Americans begin to understand the feelings of
Baghdad and Belgrade’.
The Riders could be anybody who lost his house to the bank, who
was squeezed from his work and made permanently unemployed, who
was declared an Untermench by the new Herrenvolk. They could be
Russians, Malaysians, Mexicans, Indonesians, Pakistanis,
Congolese, Brazilians, Vietnamese, as their economy was
destroyed by Wall Street and the Pentagon. They could be
anybody, and they are everybody. Their identity is quite
irrelevant as their message is more important than their
personalities, and their message is read loud and clear in the
choice of targets. I wonder whether the Fourth Rider headed for
Hollywood or for Washington Post?
Their identity is quite irrelevant for an extra reason: the Jews
already decided: it has to be Arabs. One would think, after
Oklahoma, we should become less hasty with our conclusions. But
my countrymen, Israeli politicians are impatient folk. The
flames in Manhattan did not die out yet, they started political
profit taking. Mr Ehud Barak came live on BBC, and said ‘Arafat’
within three minutes flat. On CNN, his twin Bibi Natanyahu
appropriated the blame to Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians. Shimon
Peres, an old wizened wizard, spoke against suicide as a
psychiatric adviser, reminding his audience of Palestinian
attacks. He looked worried: it is hard to enslave people who are
not afraid to die. This old killer of Kana even mentioned
Gospels. Density of Israelis on the air approached the
saturation point. They insinuated and incited, pushing their
shopping list into a chalk-white face of shell-shocked America:
please, destroy Iran! And Iraq! And Libya, plees!
The first twenty four hours of maximal exposure were utilised by
the Jewish propaganda machine to its utmost. Not a single fact
was yet known, but racist anti-Arab slurs became a commonplace.
While we Jews quite reasonably object to any reference to the
Jewishness of a bad guy, we really do not mind producing
revolting racist drivel of our own. A noble-minded activist
warned in al-Awda: “Making broad, all-inclusive statements and
insinuations about "Jews" completely marginalizes and discredits
your organization”. But how come the endless stream of 'broad,
all-inclusive statements and insinuations', about 'the Arabs'
did not 'completely marginalised and discredited' the Jewish
organisations and media who practice it? Apparently, it is a
Jewish right to decide who will be marginalized in America and
who will not.
The connection was in the minds, as Israel is just a small-scale
model of their new brave world of globalization. As there were
no hard facts against Palestinians, the Israelis made their
damnedest from the scenes of joy shot in East Jerusalem. It is a
great distortion of truth. Nobody celebrates the fiery death of
innocent civilians, while people may rejoice at the collapse of
the hated symbol. America celebrated its victory in V-day, not
deaths of Germans and Japanese. When Americans rejoiced at
‘precise hits’ of their missiles at Baghdad 1991, they were
celebrating their achievement, not enjoying the pleasing smell
of burned human flesh. Palestinians are certainly not the only
people who were pleased with the strike at the symbols of
American imperialism (not by innocent victims!). Face it, there
was a lot of joy all over the world.
In Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, her favourite
detective M. Poireau encounters an unusual complication: all
passengers on board the train have had a good reason to bump off
the unpleasant old gentleman. My dear American friends, your
leaders placed your great country into the old gentleman’s
Israelis used the event to the max. They killed twenty
Palestinians including a nine year old girl, brought tanks into
Genin and Jericho, destroyed few Goyiish houses in Jerusalem.
The reports were rather gleeful, in the style ‘we told you’, and
the experts of Israeli TV concluded by one o’clock, the attack
‘was good for the Jews’. Why? It would strengthen American
support of Israel.
The kamikaze attack could do exactly that. America could enter a
new cycle of violence in its troubled relations with the world.
Revenge will follow revenge, until one of the sides will be
obliterated by nuclear blast. It appears president Bush prefers
this course. He declared war on his and Israel’s adversaries.
Bush did not even understand that the war was declared by the US
many years ago, only now it started to come home. So many people
are sick of America’s ham-fisted approach, that the countdown
for the next attack began.
Alternatively, America could see this painful strike at her Wall
Street and her Pentagon, as the last call to repent. She should
change her advisers, and build her relations with the world
afresh, on equal footing. Probably she should rule in the
domination-obsessed Jewish supremacist elites of Wall Street and
media, part company with Israeli apartheid. She could become
again the universally loved, rather parochial America of Walt
Whitman and Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Abe Lincoln.
President Bush, it is your choice between the Old Testament
drive for revenge and the New Testament spirit of love.