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Not Easy To Admit Follies Standing On Fake High Moral Ground

By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

29 December 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister has “lashed” out at the USA for abstaining to cast veto in the UN Security Council resolution which condemned Israel’s illegal settlement on the occupied land in Palestinian as being a “flagrant violation of International Law”.

The USA’s abstention in not taking part to vote on the resolution shows how difficult it is to abandon seven decades old folly; in company of France and Britten and of course over forty  odd other vassal States, but without any Palestinian participation, to facilitate the breeched delivery of the State of Israel.

US abstention not to take part in the voting but to let the remaining members of the Security Council take the obvious correct action is an evidence of America’s fork tongue nature and hypocritical diplomacy. Only few weeks back its ambassador at the UN lashed out saint like condemning others for being “shameless” .

The fact that USA did not use its veto to block the vote-- an undemocratic procedure in itself; suggests that it considered the ‘sponsored resolution’ as correct but did not have the moral fortitude to admit its past folly and join the international community represented by fourteen other members, to condemn Israel for violating international law. The vote therefore ended being 14 to 0 votes. What then does USA’s abstention depict?

It was a veto of a sort never the less, for it prevented the resolution from being unanimous Security Council vote against an international pariah. If the USA thought that the resolution as drafted was correct then the correct and moral action on its part surely was to vote for the resolution to make it an international unanimous condemnation of lawbreakers. It depicts cowardice.

USA knew that the resolution is not binding and even if it was, so what? Who takes any notice of such resolutions? Israel as usual would have ignored it in any case, so what did USA gain by displaying such hypocrisy? Politics is a science of hypocrisy after all and hypocrites have no morals! It is so difficult to admit to past follies and yet claim to be the international custodian of democracy and its policeman on false pretenses.

Israel’s argument justifying building illegal settlements in occupied lands – against Geneva Convention-- is said to provide for its “natural growth”. Does not the same argument apply to the Palestinians? No, obviously NOT!

But Israel’s guardian angels and the Cherubim have at last gathered enough moral courage to vote for the resolution. However Egypt, ever the blue eyed boy of the custodian did scum to the pressure and withdrew from sponsoring the resolution. At least it did vote for the resolution, its masters must have allowed it. Lap dogs have no choice.

Although like the previous resolutions against Israel, often vetoed by USA and if allowed to go through were ignored by Israel knowing very well that the military power and influence in the world of its sires has no equal; thus reminding one of the old Hindi film song: hamaraa sainyan’ hai kotwaal--hamain dar kahey kaa? My husband is the police chief-- so what do I have to fear? It is on this basis perhaps that Israel called in all the ambassadors of the sponsor countries and threatened retaliatory action against them. It can only be termed as right royal tantrum of a spoilt brat!

It is ironic that the UNO, a body that was formed after WWII to replace League of Nations, the UNO major architect and supporter was the USA; so much so that it allocated it a prime piece of land on its shores for its headquarters, to keep a close eye on it perhaps. It is then  that it should be so often made ineffective in its deliberations and democratic functions by it and the ‘club of five’ exercising a non- democratic veto power to frustrate its members’ majority to implement their opinion thus making a mockery of the of the organisation.

President- elect Donald Trump called UN ‘a club for people just to have a good time’. It has a ring of truth to it. Faiz Ahmad Faiz had said something on the same lines, though Mr Trump may not agree with him: iss may USA kaa U hai, baqi sub NO hi NO!- it has the U of USA, the rest is just NO, no! This is particularly appropriate as there are other countries too as members of the organisation who have no “decent respect to the opinion of mankind”. Although mankind assumes that it is represented by a body called the United Nations!

At least the international representatives seemed to have made a New Year’s Resolution to act a bit more ‘morally’-- if there is such a thing, but the new administration is not only for the status quo but seems to have decided to spoil the brat even more by reversing the resolution when it assumes office.

The result is obvious. The Palestinian people as a result will be strangled to death but ever so slowly and therefore cruelly. The Settlers breeding capacity in occupied land seems to be unmatched by any other community on earth. Hence the occupied land will be empty of the original “Palestinian people” and thus it will be entitled to be designated as Terra Nullius in time then for Israel to occupy it legally. 

If Terra Nullius is the hidden choice for building settlements in the occupied Palestinian land, the USA and others had many choices in their own countries in 1947 to allocate such areas to the Zionists. The best choices were vast areas of Egyptian or Saudi Arabian deserts. The Israelis by now would have made it bloom to feed the world.

Even today there is a huge chunk of land in Antarctic which by international treaty is supposed to be unclaimed. Though, United States and Russia have reserved the right to make a claim to it; there is no reason therefore why collectively they cannot allocate it to the Zionist? Even if they, in time will breed to claim the rest of Antarctic for their so called natural growth.

The countries occupying various portions of the land there would not be unhappy to part with it. Simplistically assuming then all problems would be solved and the world might just be at PEACE; as shown by the will of the members of the international community recently taking steps through the Security Council vote to redress the injustice—though only for formality, yet it is a start.  A skeptic might yet ask if the vote was cast of freewill or allowed by the custodian’s strategy and may suggest that it was allowed to justify the Nobel Prize it was given in advance.

The fact that this resolution came so close to the so called “goodwill season” of Christmas and for members to make New Years’ resolutions; somehow encourages one to hope for the best to come for all mankind. However all this hope can and will be dashed by the new administration taking over soon if it carries out its threat.

The parental instinct of ensuring security and nurture of one’s offspring, even if illegitimate, is a strong urge that overcomes and lulls any pangs of conscience. Hence it is not easy to admit to follies standing on false high moral grounds and when also possessing super military might. Although the incumbent US Secretary of State did say “Friends need to tell each other the hard truth”. The New Year does not auger well, never the less it is customary to wish HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL at this time!

A regular contributor to New Age Islam, Rashid Samnakay is a (Retd.) Engineer



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  • Hats Off says, "traitorous muslim brotherhood goons. . . . .  to undermine the country which generously gave me shelter. like you for instance."

    I have never had any sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood. If your vicious reference is to CAIR, it is a civil rights organization which has the full spectrum of the American Muslim community represented in it and it is fully supportive of the anti-terrorist efforts of the government. If you really want to smear me, you will have to try something else!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/9/2017 1:42:50 PM

  • perhaps mr ghulam mohiyuddin does not know.
    i am a sixteen year old smart alec who is actually 6543 years old. i was around when the great flood washed the walls of my hut. i even saw noah's ark. i even saw the dove he let out to spy land.
    but i have never associated myself with traitorous muslim brotherhood goons in all my 6543 years of life to undermine the country which generously gave me shelter.
    like you for instance.
    By hats off! - 1/9/2017 1:53:28 AM

  • It isn't my word against his but God's word against his. Read verse 3:103 in my comment.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/9/2017 1:07:14 AM

  • Hats Off says, "i say allah lost his grip. you say man lost his grip.its just your word against mine."

    Such a statement from a smart aleck 16 year old would be considered "clever" or "cute". But from a grown-up. . . . . ?

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/8/2017 2:00:33 PM

  • i say allah lost his grip. you say man lost his grip.

    its just your word against mine.

    and allah will not say.

    By hats off! - 1/8/2017 6:40:45 AM

  • It is man who has lost his grip. However those who are flotsam may think otherwise.
    (3:103) And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah´s favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/8/2017 3:11:11 AM

  • Mindless satire on "the Promised Land",  "Allah's grip" etc. is a manifestation of inability or unwillingness to address the human dimension of the problem, namely the injustice done to the Palestinians.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/8/2017 12:46:52 AM

  • Don't think this pastor agrees with Israel's claim on Palestine:

    By Mubashir - 1/7/2017 1:55:36 PM

  • allah lost his grip already with the first muslim civil war. he lost more grip with the battle of the camel. then again he lost his grip entirely when three out of four rahsidun were muedered by other momeen.
    By hats off! - 1/7/2017 11:54:33 AM

  • @Royal J

    “Obviously they need to build new settlements. and

    No knowledgeable Muslim would deny that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jews for 2000 years in the past …”

    Don’t the Palestinians need the same for their so called ‘natural growth’. It seems, obviously not.

    Taking the previous land ownership argument going back however many years, if applied today there will have to be a massive population shift all over the world … God help us all!

    @hats off:

    “allah promised the land to the Israelites” Why then did the Jews lost it three times since uncle Moses took his people there from Egypt? allah must be losing his grip!


    Nobody ever denies Jews the right to own their country. It is the way it was achieved is in question. The present day Palestinians are as much to be blamed, but they are no match to the cunningness of others. Previously…Uncle Moses took 40 years to negotiate with them we are told.

    By Rashid Samnakay - 1/7/2017 8:11:49 AM

  • No Muslim country boycotted East Timor when it became an independent state from Muslim Indonesia. When South Sudan became an independent state from Muslim Sudan we didn’t see any Muslim boycott. But when Israel became an independent state on 14-5-1948, the next day on 15.5.1948 five Muslim countries attacked Israel; however it survived. There were Arab-Israeli wars in, 1967 and in 1973. No more Arab Israeli wars since American President Jimmy Carter arranged the Camp David agreement between Egypt and Israel. Israel returned the captured Sinai to Egypt. I remember Israel once requested Egypt to annex Gaza strip; but Egypt refused saying ‘they are radicalised thugs’. We now know Egypt has destroyed all Gaza tunnels to Egypt and building trenches around. The massive attack on Gaza by Israel could have been avoided if Egypt accepted the annexation of Gaza or Israel maintained the military presence in Gaza.  But Israel withdrew the military from Gaza and dismantled all Israeli settlements.  What happened? Hamas terrorists attacked Israel with the missiles supplied by Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. In most cases it is the Hamas who attacks Israel first with missiles in order to keep up the pressure on the Palestinian issue (just as Pakistan does to Kashmir) and Israel do the retaliation. Israel yearns for recognition by Arab states; ready to handover captured Golan Heights if Syria recognizes the existence of Israel. Israel was so demonised in the eyes of 1.6 billion Muslims, no Middle East leader, even if he wishes, wants to recognize the existence of Israel. Yasir Arafat, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, baulked the Oslo Accord realising the Accord would to the recognition of Israel. When the ex-Iranian President Ahmadinejad threatened to wipe out Israel off the map, he became the darling of the Muslims. That is the Islamic supremacism.

    The new development is Sunni Arab leaders, losing confidence in USA, begin to lean towards Israel, believing only Israel has the will and capacity to destroy Shia Iran nuclear facilities. However, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran will never recognize the existence of Israel. They love fighting instead of finding peace and means to enhance the quality of life of the Palestinians.

    We must understand the fear psychosis of the Jews. One atomic bomb is enough Israel become a heap of dust. The whole population of Jews is mere 14 million. Only 6 million are in Israel against 420 million Arabs among 1600 million Muslims. Israel land is mere 9000 Sq. miles against five million Sq. miles of Arab land. Israel is the only democratic country among the 20 dictatorship or totalitarian governments. In order to strengthen them they bring Jews from all parts of the world, including Kerala, Northeast India, and Ethiopia etc. Obviously they need to build new settlements.

    No knowledgeable Muslim would deny that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jews for 2000 years in the past and many prophets mentioned in the Koran were born in present day Israel. Muslims hate Jews because of the negative versus against Jews in the Koran. But they should remember that the same Jews had brutally murdered Christians’, ‘Son of God’ on the cross. Yet Christians have forgiven the Jews and try to maintain good relationship with them and praying for peace in the Middle East so that the second coming of their so called ‘Son of God’ would be expedited.

    By Royalj - 1/7/2017 2:15:57 AM

  • the Holy Qur'an - 26:59 surah ash-shu-ara
    the Holy Qur'an - 5:21 surah al ma'idah
    allah promised the land to the israelites. allah never said anything about "palestine"
    we need to try harder.
    By hats off! - 1/7/2017 1:01:00 AM

  • Partition of Palestine  and the birth of Israel in 1948 may not be unreasonable, but the subsequent expansion of Israel with Western encouragement and support is indeed inexcusable.

    The Palestinians would have been much better off if the Arabs had accepted the post-partition map of 1948, but instead they resolved to push Israel into the sea and launched an attack on Israel in 1967, with disastrous results.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/29/2016 12:19:47 PM

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