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Dec 14, 2011

American Foreign Policy and the Arab World

During the American election for the White House and Congress, and as usual, some politicians from both sides ignored anything connected with the truth, objectivity and honesty to achieve their political objectives. One of the major political policies that has dominated the candidates stage is U.S. foreign policy towards Israel. As usual, candidates from both sides will compete with each other to see who is going to offer the Israel government the most politically, militarily and economically. No reference whatsoever is raised by the politicians in terms of such blind support and its impact on American national interest. Only a few ex-members of Congress have gathered the courage to talk about it, but only after they have announced that they will not be seeking reelection. Those did seek reelection after talking about this lost their seats.

The American political system has been infected by a political virus that has led to its corruption. As it was described by the New York Times (8/20/2011), “Our Politics Are Sick”.

A few days ago, during the debate of the Republican candidates for the presidency, Newt Gingrich made a stupid remark to appease the Israelis and their supporters in the U.S. He stated, “The Palestinians are an invented people.” He continued to say that there was no Palestine as a state and that it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Furthermore, he also stated that the Palestinians are part of the Arab world.

Mr. Gingrich, who at one time was an academician before running for Congress, is aware of basic research techniques. He could have obtained enough information through the Internet on the Palestinians and the domination of the Arab world by the Ottoman Empire for 500 years. The end of World War I led to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, which also led to the fragmentation of the Arab world. During Ottoman rule, the Arab world experienced many revolts and uprisings against the rulers. Among other things, historians reference the 1834 Palestinian uprising against Ottoman rule. Let me also point out, for the benefit of readers, that western powers (Britain and France) divided the Arab world into different political states in 1919 and Palestine was put under British mandate until 1948. In 1919, the Jewish population in Palestine was less than 12% of the total population.

Mr. Gingrich is not really interested in knowing the truth, because the word “truth” means nothing to Newt. He will sell his soul to the devil it will benefit him personally. Mr. Gingrich’s character is well known, especially to those who worked with him when he was the Speaker of the House. As Senator Levin, a Democrat, puts it, “Gingrich offered no solutions – just a can of gasoline and a match.”

By the way, Mr. Gingrich, the Palestinians are not “terrorists”, as you call them. They are fighting to regain what they have lost. God save the U.S. if he ends up being the Republican candidate.

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