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Brazen US Hypocrisy in the Middle East:
Biden Bows to Netanyahu
By Paul J Balles
Redress, July 24, 2009
Paul J. Balles comments on US Vice-President Joe Biden’s twisted
logic, which concedes to Israel the sovereign “right” to grab, steal and
murder but denies to Iran the just right to develop nuclear power for
US Vice President Joe Biden told ABC
television the US could not "dictate to another sovereign nation what they
can and cannot do".
On ABC's current affairs programme “This Week”,
host George Stephanopoulos asked Mr Biden whether the Israeli position was
the right approach.
The vice-president replied: "Israel can
determine for itself – it's a sovereign nation – what's in their interest
and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else." Perhaps to
please Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, Biden added that this was the case,
"whether we agree or not" with the Israeli view.
statements like these utterly defies both logic and sensibility. Using the
same logic, he could have said the same thing about Iran.
he say "Iran can determine for itself – it's a sovereign nation – what's in
their interest and what they decide to do relative to Israel and anyone
else?" With the same logic and lack of sensibility, Biden might have said,
"Iran can develop nuclear weapons whether we agree or not with their view."
With this kind of senseless thinking, it’s a wonder that Biden ever
managed to hold the leading Democratic position on the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, except that he is a self-declared Zionist with a
36-year Senate record of pro-Israel leadership.
While in his
non-interference state of mind, Biden recently questioned the legitimacy of
Mahmud Ahmadinejad's victory in Iran's presidential elections. He commented
that officials "just don't know enough" about how they were conducted.
What if they were conducted like elections in other countries that have
clearly been rigged but have gone unnoticed by Biden? This is a perfect
demonstration of America’s foreign policy hypocrisy.
There's also the
insensibility of maintaining double standards about international issues.
"The president will not allow Iran to go nuclear," says Biden.
North Korea's tests of long-range missiles, Biden says: "If the country is
proliferating nuclear weapons or missiles, then it is a serious danger and a
threat to the world..."
With North Korea, which withdrew from the
Non-Proliferation Treaty, it's a question of how quickly the missiles and
nuclear weapons are being developed. Iran, on the other hand, remains a
signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which seeks to control
the spread of nuclear weapons. Iran has made it clear that they want only to
develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Meanwhile, as Israel
and America focus on the potential of Iran to become a nuclear power, Israel
carries on with its never-ending land grab on the West Bank and its
terrorist slaughter and mayhem in Gaza.
Commenting on the growing
settlements in the West Bank, Sandy Tolan
writes: "So dense had the Israeli West Bank presence become by 2009, so
fragmented is Palestinian life – both physically and politically – that it
now requires death-defying mental gymnastics to imagine how a two-state
solution could ever be implemented."
The “logical” comments by Joe
Biden should bring scathing criticism of the way Israel spends American
taxpayers’ money to support its continuing ruthless inhumanity to indigenous
"Israeli officials told US envoy George Mitchell in recent weeks that
Jerusalem is willing to temporarily freeze settlement construction, but that
the move would be conditioned on substantive steps from the Arab side, as
well as guarantees from the United States." What an abomination!
Break into my house with guns. Lock me in a small room; and when a neighbour
complains, agree to set me free if I agree to let you keep much of the
This is the twisted logic of Joe Biden's Israel-American
politics, using Iran as a distraction.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university
professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many
years. For more information, see