Israel Attacks US
By Jerry Ghinelli
Clearing House' -- -- The government of Israel today launched a massive air assault on
suspected terrorist targets along coastal cities of the United
States of America. Termed operation Just Reward II, hundreds of
Israeli fighter jets streamed across the Atlantic in precise
formation and fired surgical air strikes at alleged terrorist
strongholds in the heavy Muslim populations of Jersey City and North
Bergen, New Jersey. The jets then continued south into Elizabeth and
Newark, inflicting massive destruction in the densely populated
northeastern US state.
Reaction to the attacks was swift. President Bush asked for
restraint, but stated emphatically that “Israel had the right to
defend itself.” The President, who took an oath to defend the US and
to preserve, protect and defend it against all foreign and domestic
enemies, said that the fight against suspected terrorist sites and
alleged al-Qaeda involvement, coupled with our close relationship
with Israel, requires special sacrifices by the American people and
special exceptions to both US and international law.
Earlier in the day, the US Congress passed a unanimous resolution in
both houses, backing the Jewish state. Even New Jersey Senators
Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez voted with the 98 other US
Senators, backing Israel’s right to self-defense.
Claiming there were terrorists in New Jersey who had links to
al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as other radical Islamic
groups, New York Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer appeared
at a UN rally just across the river from the Israeli incursion and
pledged their unwavering support for Israel. “We are all Israelis
now,” Senator Clinton proudly proclaimed.
The attacks were the first on American soil by a foreign country
since the December 7, 1941 assault by the empire of Japan.
The American public was mainly upset and worried about what this
would mean for the price of gasoline. NJ has several refineries just
south of the suspected safe houses. Across the country, most
Americans continued their summer vacations, unconcerned with the
developments in foreign countries but quite concerned how this might
impact the Dow.
Critics called the Israeli self-defense incursion an attack on the
US, and anyone supporting the Israeli invasion of the United States
as traitors. They were immediately dismissed as anti-Semites and
soft on terrorism.
The MSNBC studios in Secaucus, NJ, just a few miles north of the
attack, lost power after the air strikes knocked out the local PSE&G
power plant, but stayed on the air with emergency backup generators,
as news readers marveled at the pinpoint accuracy of the strikes.
They praised the Israeli air force for valuing American First
Amendment rights to such an extent that they left the studio intact,
so ongoing developments could be broadcast to the American people.
Newly installed MSNBC president Dan Abrams, a loyal supporter of
Israel, sent a telegram to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert,
thanking him for his restraint. Former Israeli Prime Minister,
Benjamin Netanyahu, then appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris
Matthews in the damaged studios, and defended the Israeli strikes
against the suspected terrorist safe houses just a few miles away.
“There are no safe houses anywhere in the world when it comes to
fighting the war on terror,” said Netanyahu, as the whir of the
backup electrical generators could be heard in the background.
Matthews stated emphatically, “That’s right.”
The regrettable death toll and collateral damage to the citizens of
those stricken cities is expected to be in the hundreds or even
thousands, but still below the deaths that occurred on 9/11; this
demonstrated the compassion of the Israeli pilots versus the
ruthless Muslim terrorists, said an obviously agitated Netanyahu.
“We abhor the death of innocent Americans killed in the air strikes,
but you have to lay the blame on the terrorists who are hiding in
these crowded neighborhoods,” he rationalized.
Netanyahu’s justification for the incursion relied heavily on US
Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney’s “1%” doctrine, which treats
suspicions of terrorist involvement with a likelihood even as low as
1% as a certainty. “We think therefore there are,” he said
The European Union, and Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister,
Stephen Harper, also supported the Israeli incursion against the US.
Both deeply regretted the loss of innocent American lives. British
Prime Minister Tony Blair called the Israeli incursion just and
proportionate. President Bush phoned Blair and thanked him for his
support during this difficult time, and for the sweater Blair had
given him on his 60th birthday.
John Bolton, the US Ambassador to the UN, noted that the American
casualties from the Israeli raids were not equal to those killed in
terrorist attacks, such as those that occurred here on 9/11. “There
is no moral equivalence between those killed by a democratically
elected government like Israel and those killed by Muslim
terrorists,” Bolton emphasized.
UN General Secretary Kofi Annan also refused to criticize the
Israeli actions, but suggested he mediate a cease-fire. According to
those close to Annan, he offered to end all of this “shit” with a
simple phone call to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine.
The newly elected NJ Governor was harshly criticized by both the
Israeli government and the Bush administration for not doing enough
to rein in the suspected terrorist guerillas in his state. With
tears in his eyes Corzine, the former US Senator and former top
executive of Goldman Sachs, took responsibility for neglecting to
investigate potential terrorist activities in his state.
Despite damage to several synagogues in the bombardment, traditional
liberal Jewish American leaders remained steadfast in their defense
of Israel, out of an unquestioning solidarity and blind loyalty to
the Jewish state. These are many of the same Jewish Americans who
passionately opposed the Vietnam war and even marched with Dr.
Martin Luther King during the American civil rights struggle,
But critics of the incursion contend that the Muslims are protected
by American and international law, and the strikes against the US
should be construed as war crimes. US Attorney General Alberto
Gonzalez stated emphatically that the war on terror supersedes all
constitutional guarantees, and international law does not apply to
anyone suspected of terrorism or links to Al-Qaeda, Hamas or
In the UN, a Security Council resolution introduced by France,
condemning the Israeli attacks on the United States, was vetoed by
the United States.
Local hospitals overflowed with victims of the Israeli strikes. One
of the victims is an Israeli pilot, badly injured after he bravely
steered his stricken F-16 fighter jet away from a populated area and
crash-landed in New York’s Central Park, so as not to endanger
innocent civilians. The NY Times ran his heroic story on the front
page, and NY Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is expected to present him
with the key to the city after, as expected, he makes a full
recovery. His co-pilot parachuted and was kidnapped by local
sympathizers. The government of Israel and the Bush administration
have demanded the kidnapped pilot’s immediate release. Bush promised
Olmert he would send troops to aid in the rescue of the kidnapped
But victims of the Israeli self-defense air strikes, many of whom
are less than 10 miles away from where the Twin Towers once stood,
are now starting to ask not “why do they hate us?”, but rather “why
do we love them?”
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