Take it to The Streets and Bring Home the Money!


by Eileen Fleming

[USA]–Professor Richard Falk coined the disease of “Geopolitical Compulsive Disorder” as the condition that causes so much suffering in the word and which derives from the inability of those who rely on “hard power” to learn from their mistakes.

Falk defines “hard power” as the illusion that military dominance engenders SECURITY.

As the universally accepted definition of insanity is to persist in the same behavior while imagining a different outcome, one must wonder at the insanity of America -as well as the chutzpah of Israel, who is now requesting an additional $20 billion in military aid from the United States.

Minister Ehud Barak

Defense Minister Ehud Barak told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on 7 March 2011, that “Egypt’s new leaders may adhere to the country’s 32-year peace treaty for the time being, but could eventually succumb to popular pressure against it. He also told the WSJ that a top Egyptian official recently warned him that the new government in Cairo was likely to change its attitude toward Israel unless the latter made serious efforts for peace with the Palestinians.” [1]

What Israel really fears is the power of nonviolent people who will not accept the status quo and military occupation of the indigenous people of Palestine!

Barak opined, “The issue of qualitative military aid for Israel becomes more essential for us, and I believe also more essential for you [the U.S.]. It might be wise to invest another $20 billion to upgrade the security of Israel for the next generation or so. A strong, responsible Israel can become a stabilizer in such a turbulent region.” [Ibid]

Barak’s Orwellian double-speak printed by The Wall Street Journal included how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now likely to offer the Palestinians a state with temporary borders and that the two sides would then resolve key issues of the conflict, such as competing claims to Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees, but no details of that plan were given. [Ibid]

Here are some details that this Administration, Congress and also the Governor of Wisconsin have ignored for far too long:

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Buried in The 9/11 Commission Report, it was written that, “By his own account, KSM’s [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.” [2]

Abdulmutallab’s Christmas Day 2009, attempt to blow up a plane was fueled by “his sympathies toward the Palestinians and anger over Israel’s actions in Gaza.”

According to DOW JONES NEWSWIRES, the state of Wisconsin’s debt is $165 million. [3]

For the FY2009-2018 budget, Wisconsinite’s are being taxed $498,726,440.08 for Military ‘Aid’ to Israel, yet Israel is listed in the top 50 of the richest of over 190 countries in the world and the sixth richest country in the Middle East. [4]

Wisconsinite’s tax dollars to fund Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine could instead be spent to:

Provide 6,056 households per year w/affordable housing grants OR
Provide 8,279 job seekers per year w/green jobs training OR
Provide 14,746 children per year w/early reading education OR
Provide 403,892 people per year w/primary health care. [5]

From 2009 to 2018, the United States is currently scheduled to give Israel-the largest recipient of U.S. money-another $30 billion in military “aid” and we the people who pay taxes in America have already provided over $101 Billion to Israel since 1949 that have enabled Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of the so called Holy Land which began in 1948.

Budgets are moral documents and we the people of America are suppose to be the Government and thus we are culpable in Israel’s illegal 43-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the open air prison called the Gaza Strip where over 800,000 children under 16 years of age have been denied the right to live as equal human beings to the children of Israel.

Israel has also consistently broken America’s Laws as defined in the Arm Export Control Act which states that America’s weapons are to only be used for “internal security” and “legitimate self defense” but they have instead been used to kill over 1,452 Palestinian childrenat least 6,430 Palestinians and injured over 45,041 Palestinians since September 29, 2000, and have helped demolish over 24,813 Palestinian homes since 1967. [6]

The only response to “hard power” is “soft power” which Richard Falk defines as “Nonviolent but coercive methods of persuasion available to state and non-state actors.”

So, isn’t it time we the people rise up and take it to the streets to demand our hard earned money goes to care for American’s first?

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1. Israel may ask U.S. for 20 billion more in security said Barak says

2. 9/11 Commission Report, page 147.

3. Even-Without-Muni Bond Sale Wisconsin Not in Fiscal Peril

4. Richest Countries in the Middle East

5. How Much Military Aid Do You Provide?

6. What Every Americans Needs To Know About Israel/Palestine


About the Author: Eileen Fleming, is a Citizen of Conscience for House of Representatives, founder ofWeAreWideAwake.org, Staff Member of Salem-news.com, a Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com, Producer “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu” and Author of “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory” and BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010

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