Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Another 9/11 Legacy

Ezra HaLevi writes at Arutz Sheva that according to former Shabak (General Security Services) head, Avi Dichter, the US had a defense embargo on Israel prior to 9/11. Of course, it was enacted at the start of the Oslo War, so we all know whom to thank. Apparently it was because of Israel's policy of targeted killings, and the US didn't want "their" helicopters used in this way (thank you, Europe, for the right amount of pressure, btw).

"The embargo was lifted after the 9/11 attacks", Dichter said in his speech, going on to insinuate that the US itself was forced to adopt the same policy in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Once again we have proof that we were behind the curve in realizing the terrorist threat facing the world until it affected us. Before that, we sat in pious judgment while our ally was being brutally attacked by this vicious and heartless enemy. But not only did we judge, we acted. We put an embargo! Now, I can't say I'm thrilled it took Bush so long to repeal it, but at least he finally stopped the hypocrisy.

The Dems need to lead the fight against the Islamist enemies if they want to be taken seriously in '08. They have a lot to make up for.


At 12:53 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

hence why as a Dem i would not vote for Hilary, and neither would sane Dems.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger muse said...

that's nothing new
America has always put lots of strings on what it sells to Israel.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

The US wants to please others too much.
This policy will never work.
You cannot become popular among your enemies (just lose their respect as a formidable adversary).
Additionally you true allies become somewhat frustrated.
Take CHina and Taiwan as yet another example.

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Esther said...

DM, we'll see about HRC... I don't know how many will vote for her but she's not to be underestimated.

Muse... I'm sorry about that. :(

Felis, soooo true. And if we keep that attitude, it'd going to get us nothing but trouble.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Esther, I'm glad you put this up because I don't think most people realize just how much Israel gets jerked around by our government. And as long as we're going to allow the Arabs to call the shots because we need their oil, Israel is going to be subject to this sort of pressure. That's why the best thing the Israelis can do is to get rid of their socialist economy, as they're starting to do, and develop an economy that can sustain itself without help from the outside. Their position in the world is much too precarious for them to have to depend on anybody...even the U.S. But, as far as the Democrats are concerned, we shouldn't forget that the first President to call for the creation of a "Palestinian" state was George Bush, even though he had enough sense to have kept Yasser Arafat at arms length for a long time, which just proves that, in the end, the only country Israel can really depend on is Israel.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

We hear a lot about how U.S. policies favor Israel, but very little of this kind of story. More of these stories out there?

Being popular with the enemy plays into the enemy's hand. The word "enemy" has a meaning!

At 5:13 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

This is obviously a Zionist fabrication, cleverly disseminated by the Jewish-run media to smear the good Western leftists who will help the ummah destroy the great Satan, insh'Allah.


At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

"The word "enemy" has a meaning!"
Couldn't agree more with that one!
This meaning somehow escapes the attention of the likes of Jimmy Carter inc.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...


you make a good point. like the saying goes 'if you want something done right, do it yourself.'

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"Apparently it was because of Israel's policy of targeted killings, and the US didn't want "their" helicopters used in this way (thank you, Europe, for the right amount of pressure, btw)."

I don't think the embargo was a secret. Every time there was a complaint about the use of helicopters the US investigated (I think that is right). It definitly was a foolish policy.


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