Learning the Hard Way
by Joe Sobran
"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 don't spend all their time riding
"Compared to this espionage coup," McDade added, "it
can be categorically stated that the Jonathan Pollard
case is insignificant."
McDade's memorandum is quoted in Gordon Thomas's
recent book SEEDS OF FIRE (Dandelion Books), which also
deals extensively with Israel's 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 Pollard's spying, though
they still refuse to return, or even to identify, the
stolen documents. So the full damage still can't be
assessed. And the Israelis keep pressing American
presidents for Pollard's release from prison!
Israel, we are told, is "our only reliable ally in
the Middle East." It's bad enough having Israel's
friendship, but we also get its enemies into the bargain.
All this for a mere five billion bucks a year! What a
When it comes to foreign policy, the U.S. Government
isn't playing with a full deck. It's naive, weak, and
corrupt. No other Western government has been foolish
enough to get so deeply entangled in Jewish-Muslim
hostilities. And Thomas's 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. Isn't 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
doesn't urge Jews to kill us all, it does help explain
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 don't 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
women's rights. Visualize liberated Mecca: a city of neon
lights, porn shops, and abortion clinics, girls with
faces and navels exposed.
Why is the world's 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. Isn't everyone just like us, really? Aren't the
differences only superficial? And can't these people see
how much better off they'll 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 it's a good
way to get your pocket picked.
November 19, 2002
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