OPINION: Pot – Kettle – Black

 

By: Ted Xenakis – 6-24

We all know that expression about the hypocrisy of those who criticize someone else for doing the same thing as those who criticize. It’s a case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black. It’s the classic case of Do What I Say and Not as I do.

Well, we see this very hypocrisy happening today in the Biden Administration’s handling of US policy in the Israeli-Hamas War.

The October 7th terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israeli is the equivalent of the attacks on America on 9/11. In fact, given Israel’s population of only 9,311,652, the deaths of 1,200 people represents a much larger percentage of the Americans killed on 9/11 as a percentage of the total population.

Unlike 9/11, the October 7th attack on Israel and the existence of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other proxy groups of Iran, present an actual existential threat to the continued existence of the State of Israel. The chant of “From the River to the Sea” would have an American equivalent of “From the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

While the latter is unimaginable, the former is anything but. Surrounded by Arab and other Muslim nations that would readily destroy Israel if given the chance, Israel must live every day with the knowledge that the world could change in a moment, except for the support of America and Western Europe.

I think I can safely say that throughout human history, no other people have been so savagely attacked and destroyed like the Jewish people. To me, it is a total mystery, and the most grievous of all sustained human depravity and evil.

Sadly, we see it again being played out on the streets of America and in the highest levels of our government. How else does one explain the attacks and threats directed at Jewish students on our university campuses? Why would anyone go after an American student who happens to be Jewish because of what the country of Israel is doing to defend itself?

What is the connection in the minds of those who level such attacks and threats other than pure antisemitism? Do the attackers think a Jewish kid (and they are just kids) going to college is somehow responsible for the actions of the Israeli military?

The latest decision by Joe Biden’s handlers to withhold congressionally approved military aid to Israeli is simply a political ploy to placate the rabid left of the Democrat Party. That party left is ripe with antisemitism.

Of course, Biden says his is holding back only those offensive weapons Israel needs to finish the job, not the defensive weapons required to protect itself from missile and drone attacks. Whoop Dee Doo!
I guess Israel can continue to exist with the daily threat of attacks by its sworn enemies, as long as America keeps sending defensive systems. Is that something any American would accept here in our country? I think not.

The thinking (if I can apply that term to Joe Biden) to this weapon withholding is to force Israel to give up its goal of destroying Hamas and settle for some kind of two state solution with neighbors who are sworn to destroy Israel. The paramount reason for this arm twisting are the reports (by Hamas) of civilian casualties thus far and those anticipated if Israel goes into Rafah to finish the job.

This is where American hypocrisy raises its ugly head. I invite you to go to this link:

https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/figures.

It’s a report from the Watson Institute of Brown University. It gives a graphic account of America’s theaters of war since 9/11.

Remember, 9/11 prompted the 20-year war in Afghanistan that ended with a sorrowful and flaccid withdrawal from a conflict that accomplished nothing. Shortly after the launch of that mission=less adventure, we went into Iraq in search of the ever-elusive weapons of mass destruction.

In the process, according to the aforementioned Brown report 905,000 to 940,000 people died “…directly in the violence of the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere are approximated here. Several times as many civilians have died due to the reverberating effects of these wars.”

Moreover, the report states, “The number of people killed indirectly in post-9/11 war zones, including in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, are estimated at 3.6-3.8 million, though the precise figure remains unknown. This brings the estimated total of direct and indirect deaths to 4.5-4.7 million.”

Given these horrific numbers and the relative disparity in the national security between Israel and America in their respective terrorist attacks, Joe Biden’s decision to keep Israel from finishing the job is despicable if not downright anti-Semitic.

Barack Obama was roundly criticized when he talked about America’s arrogance. For sure, America has done incredibly noble and civilization saving actions in our history, but we must also acknowledge our imperfections.

Taking a moral high ground that we have no business asserting against one of our closest allies is not who we are….or maybe it is. Doing so for political purposes is sadly a level of duplicity to which our leaders have descended. ◊