Hubris and nemesis: Zionists disregard Sharon's war crimes at their own risk
by Michael Gillespie
There are new developments in Middle East politics, and suddenly it may be a
whole new ball game, as some Americans like to say.
Even the Washington Post belatedly reported this week that "the spotlight has
been cast anew on Sharon and the massacre [at Sabra and Shatila] by 'The
Accused,' a lengthy documentary broadcast last week by the BBC. A number of
prominent figures, including a former U.S. envoy to the Middle East, suggest
in the film that [Ariel] Sharon should or could be convicted for war crimes."
On Monday June 18, the day after the documentary aired, three lawyers filed a
complaint on behalf of 28 plaintiffs and witnesses, all survivors of the
Sabra and Shatila massacres, before an investigating judge in Brussels,
Belgium. Thus the first case was formally opened against Ariel Sharon, Prime
Minister of Israel, on counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and
On Friday June 22, New York-based Human Rights Watch called for a criminal
investigation of Sharon.
Then, on Wednesday June 27, a Lebanese lawyer, May Khansa, filed a lawsuit
against the Israeli prime minister in Lebanon charging that he committed the
massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps in 1982.
The consequences of the legal actions against Sharon, who was reprimanded by
Israel's Kahane Commission for his role in the massacre, and the negative
publicity they are almost certain to generate are potentially devastating for
extremist Zionists' expansionist goals.
If additional courts in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere accept cases
and issue indictments on charges of war crimes against Sharon, U.S. support
for Israeli excesses will certainly begin to evaporate. The remarkably
successful and decades-long Zionist mass media campaign designed to
hyper-sensitize audiences to the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes has had at
least one unintended consequence--it has also sensitized vast audiences to
war crimes generally and to atrocities committed against non-Jews. U.S.
politicians, even those perfectly willing to do business as usual with the
most blood-thirsty of Zionist warlords as long as public awareness of his
crimes could be kept to a minimum, will flee Sharon like rats leaving a
sinking ship-- if and when cases against Sharon are successful and Zionist
operatives within mainstream media are no longer able obscure and minimize
his monstrous criminality.
U.S. support for Israel will begin deteriorate significantly even before a
guilty finding if a sufficient number of cases are brought against Sharon and
there is reason to believe that some of them are likely to succeed--if
mainstream media reportage represents that eventuality realistically to U.S.
No U.S. politician will long stand still at the prospect of being linked to a
widely- recognized and legally-certified war criminal--not even a Jewish war
criminal--for doing so would necessarily put even the most successful
political career in grave danger. If the recently-filed Belgian and Lebanese
suits go forward and others join them, the result could very well be the most
substantial blow ever against both the heretofore impregnable "special
relationship" between the U.S. and Israel, which has always been
astonishingly disadvantageous to the USA, and what Prof. Edward Said has
called "the iron wall" in U.S. mainstream media that admits no substantive
and effective criticism of Israel and Zionism.
This observer's examination of recent legal and political developments in
Europe suggests that America's European allies are increasingly restless with
what they regard as American high-handedness in any number of areas. Though
it has not made headlines internationally, the U.N. high court decided on
Wednesday June 27 against the U.S. in a case brought by Germany in behalf of
two German nationals executed in the U.S. more than a year ago. U.S.
authorities did not notify German consular authorities of the arrest of the
German nationals, and the two, later convicted of a murder committed during a
bank robbery, were denied access to German consular assistance. The U.S. has
apologized, but the German government is saying, in effect, "That's not
enough." In the wake of the Bush administration's surprisingly inept handing
of the Kyoto Accords, the announcement of plans to scrap the existing nuclear
arms control agreements in favor of a missile defense shield, and in a
long-delayed response to perhaps the most glaring, galling, destabilizing,
and long-running of all U.S. hypocrisies, consistent U.S. blocking of all
U.N. efforts to bring Israeli criminality under control, U.S. allies in
Europe and elsewhere are now actively seeking safe ways to signal their
growing displeasure and alarm. The role America's European allies played, or
didn't play, in U.S. exclusion last month from the seat it had held from the
day of the creation of the U.N. human rights commission, was no accident.
Nor was U.S. exclusion from a U.N. group that oversees drug policy matters.
If European and other governments can withstand the pressures that the U.S.
and Israel are sure to apply, and the cases against Sharon go forward, it
could well be that the world will witness a truly rare event in the annals of
legal history, the sitting prime minister of a supposed democracy convicted
of war crimes. While, sadly, it is not terribly unusual for national leaders
to succumb to the temptation to abuse their power and commit war crimes, it
is most unusual for a supposed democracy to elect as its national leader a
man previously, in effect, convicted of war crimes by his own country's
Where such hubris rules, can nemesis be far behind?
Israelis, and their all-powerful American supporters, would be well advised
to take a look over their shoulders.