Includes commentary by the European Saker
President Bush Addresses Members of the Knesset
THE PRESIDENT: President Peres and Mr. Prime Minister, Madam Speaker, thank very much for hosting this special session. President Beinish, Leader of the Opposition Netanyahu, Ministers, members of the Knesset, distinguished guests: Shalom. Laura and I are thrilled to be back in Israel. We have been deeply moved by the celebrations of the past two days. And this afternoon, I am honored to stand before one of the world’s great democratic assemblies and convey the wishes of the American people with these words: Yom Ha’atzmaut Sameach. (Applause.)
President George W. Bush stands with Dalia Itzik, Speaker of the Knesset, and Israel’s President Shimon Peres on the floor of the Knesset Thursday, May 15, 2008, in Jerusalem. During his remarks to the members of the Israel parliament, President Bush said, “We gather to mark a momentous occasion. Sixty years ago in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence, founded on the “natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate.” What followed was more than the establishment of a new country. It was the redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David — a homeland for the chosen people Eretz Yisrael.” It is a rare privilege for the American President to speak to the Knesset. (Laughter.) Although the Prime Minister told me there is something even rarer — to have just one person in this chamber speaking at a time. (Laughter.) My only regret is that one of Israel’s greatest leaders is not here to share this moment. He is a warrior for the ages, a man of peace, a friend. The prayers of the American people are with Ariel Sharon. (Applause.)
Reading this abject nonsense makes me wonder which is the superpower and who is the obsequious servant in this relationship. No doubt, Dubya himself has absolutely no idea how this kind of speech will be received in the rest of the Middle-East, but his Neocon puppeteers do. This is not some kind of diplomatic ‘faux pas’, some redneck idiot from Texas (which he is not, but nevermind) spewing off some ‘cowboy talk’. This is a carefully written speech whose message to the Israeli is simple: “we will stop at nothing to obey and please you”. But even more importantly this speech is directed at the rest of the world and its messages is equally simple: Fuck you!
We don’t care about international law, we don’t care about human rights, we don’t care about decency, we don’t care about your suffering or your outrage, and as a matter of fact, we don’t care about you either. To all those who would want to see the USA as an honest broker, as a impartial negotiator or even just a neutral party we say: Fuck you!
To Hamas, Iran and Hezbollah the message is also clear: you will not prevail against the 307 million “Israelis” which oppose you. Just like the Borg in Star Trek, the USraelian Empire always repeats the same ultimatum: “Resistance is futile, you shall be assimilated”.
Dubya could have somehow modified his Borg like message and say “Resistance is futile, you shall be assimilated, just like we have been“.
Looking at the abject and total assimilation of the USA into Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran will not at all get discouraged, but in the countrary will be energized by the vital need to prevent a similarly sad fate to befall them and their people. In that sense, Dubya’s speech is most useful at this time in the Middle-East’s history: by showing the wretched condition which those who have been assimilated by the Empire are reduced to, Dubya’s speech provides the most vivid illustration possible of the fact that resistance is life and life is resistance.
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