Learning the Hard Way
November 19, 2002
The Israelis now possess all the nuclear secrets
of the United States.
This is the conclusion
of Sean McDade, an investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
after studying a sophisticated Mossad computer theft operation against
the United States two years ago. Evidently the Mounties dont spend
all their time riding horses.
this espionage coup, McDade added, it can be categorically
stated that the Jonathan Pollard case is insignificant.
memorandum is quoted in Gordon Thomass recent book Seeds
of Fire (Dandelion Books), which also deals extensively with
Israels secret dealings with the Chinese government. Since China
sees the United States as its enemy, U.S. nuclear secrets would be a
precious bargaining chip for the Israelis.
McDade surmised that
this story, if made public, might cause a major
scandal. That depends on whether the American media and
American politicians want to make an issue of it. And when it comes to
our Israeli allies, they are very, very forgiving. The Israelis
have never paid a penalty for Pollards spying, though they still
refuse to return, or even to identify, the stolen documents. So the full
damage still cant be assessed. And the Israelis keep pressing
American presidents for Pollards release from prison!
Israel, we are told, is
our only reliable ally in the Middle East. Its bad
enough having Israels friendship, but we also get its enemies into
the bargain. All this for a mere five billion bucks a year! What a deal!
When it comes to
foreign policy, the U.S. Government isnt playing with a full deck.
Its naive, weak, and corrupt. No other Western government has been
foolish enough to get so deeply entangled in Jewish-Muslim hostilities.
And Thomass book makes it clear that the United States is as far
out of its depth in international intrigue as in general policymaking.
Pro-Israel pundits like Daniel Pipes urge us to read the
Koran in order to learn what the Islamic world really thinks of us
infidels. Good advice, but we should also acquaint ourselves
with the Talmud to learn how the Israelis regard us goyim.
Neither religion flatters us, though the Talmud is far more insulting.
It might come as a
shock to most Americans to discover that neither Jews nor Muslims live
by the New Testament. When President Bush called Islam a religion
of peace, he displayed the typically American assumption that all
religions preach justice, mercy, and universal benevolence. Isnt
that what religion means?
Well, not exactly. Many
religions have celebrated conquest and extermination. Christians have
even managed to interpret the New Testament as authorizing rough stuff.
The Old Testament offers precedents enough for wiping out your enemies,
right down to the infants and livestock. The colorful Aztec religious
festivals culminated in human sacrifice, nice and slow. The Talmud
teaches that all gentiles deserve death; and though it doesnt urge
Jews to kill us all, it does help explain Ariel Sharon.
Even most American
Jews are naive about this. In America, Judaism, like Catholicism, has been
refined into a virtual Protestant denomination, part of what
has been called our civil religion. Muslims in this country
are beginning to be similarly protestantized.
But in the Middle East,
people of all faiths still practice that old-time religion. They dont
attend interfaith brotherhood banquets. In Israel, a Christian who tries to
convert a Jew is apt to serve a longer prison sentence than a Jew who
murders a Christian. In some Muslim countries, a Christian who preaches
publicly will be put to death.
This is the world
America is eager to barge into, hoping to cajole, bribe, and if necessary
bomb these countries until they embrace pluralistic democracy and
womens rights. Visualize liberated Mecca: a city of neon lights,
porn shops, and abortion clinics, girls with faces and navels exposed.
Why is the
worlds most powerful country also one of the most provincial?
Having lost our own cultural roots, we seem to have no sense of the depth
of foreign cultures. Isnt everyone just like us, really?
Arent the differences only superficial? And cant these
people see how much better off theyll be if they just abandon their
ways and adopt ours?
Assuming that the
other fellow is just like you may be a kindly attitude, but in the Middle
East its a good way to get your pocket picked.