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How can we prevent World War III? ... Or has World War III already started?

by Michael R. Burch, an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry

How can we prevent World War III? Or is it possible that World War III has already started, and is being waged by Israel and the United States against the Muslim world? I have recently been reading Man in the Shadows by Efraim Halevy, the former director of  the Mossad, Israelís national intelligence agency. In his book Halevy sounds as if he believes World War III has already started, with Israel and the United Sates fighting on one side, with Hamas and other Islamic extremists on the other.

Did 9-11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq mark the beginning of World War III? I suppose that’s possible, but Halevy is not the most credible of witness, since his allegiances obviously rest with Israel. To many Israeli Jews, Hamas is the Devil because Hamas forcefully opposes Israel. But Nazi Germany saw Devils everywhere, because many nations opposed Nazi Germany’s expansionism. To the Nazis, Poland was the Devil, as were France, England, Russia, the United States and most of the rest of the world. Why? Because the Nazis wanted to acquire and rule their neighbors’ land, and its neighbors understandably refused to acquiesce.

World War II was the result of nations like Germany, Italy and Japan refusing to respect the borders and rights of other countries. Today Israel exhibits similar disdain for the borders and rights of its neighbors, particularly the Palestinians, and this could quite possibly lead to World War III, because the Muslim world sees Israel the way the free world saw Germany, prior to and during World War II.

To people who have studied the history of Israel without succumbing to the prevailing fictions, it seems obvious that Israel has expansionist policies, since Israel has been acquiring Palestinian land without paying for it since 1948. Such expansionism is bound to put Israel at odds with its Arab neighbors, so let’s put a question mark beside Halevy’s suggestion that the world is at war with Hamas. It seems more likely that Israel is at war with Hamas because Israel has been ethnically cleansing Palestinians while taking their land without paying for it, which is bound to create raging hostilities and terrible violence. Texans would fight any invader tooth and nail who tried to steal their land and natural resources, so let’s not pretend that Arabs are “the bad guys” for not submitting to the occupation of the West Bank and the domination of Gaza by the Israeli military.

Israel’s expansionism has created a world of trouble for the United States, for reasons that should be obvious to Americans but unfortunately aren’t. The American public is not only profoundly ignorant of the historical facts, but is also profoundly uninterested in anything smacking of the truth. Americans don’t want to hear that Israel has been cynically using the religious beliefs of Christians and their sympathies for the Holocaust to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their native land. Americans prefer to “believe” the Bible and rest their brain cells. But the Bible clearly says that Moses, Joshua, Caleb and King David slaughtered defenseless women and children in the process of acquiring the Promised Land without paying for it. Did a loving, compassionate, wise, just God want multitudes of innocent Palestinian women and children to be raped, enslaved and slaughtered? Apparently so, according to the “chosen few” who gave us the Old Testament. Now something very similar is happening in modern-day Israel/Palestine, and the gullible American taxpayer is funding this new Holocaust, the Nakba (Arabic for “Catastrophe”). The result, unless we come to our senses soon, is likely to be multitudes of Americans dying in World War III.

What will so many Americans die for? Unbelievably, the right of Jewish robber barons to ethnically cleanse Palestinians and steal their land. What did Americans get in return? Not a damn thing but bankruptcy and the bleak possibility of World War III.

Should Americans believe in a God who wants equality and peace, or a God who demands ethnic cleansing and war? According to the current policies of the U.S. government, it seems God must be an intolerant bigot who despises Palestinian babies to the extent of allowing them to be stripped of all human rights and dignity, while loving Jewish and American babies to death, literally.

Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish professor, recently called Israel a "lunatic state."

Noam Chomsky, a Jewish intellectual who has been called the "most cited living author," has been highly critical of Israel and the United States for their refusal to recognize the human rights of the Palestinian people, arguing that "supporters of Israel" are in reality "supporters of its moral degeneration and probable ultimate destruction" and that "Israel's very clear choice of expansion over security may well lead to that consequence." Chomsky disagrees with the founding of Israel as a Jewish state, saying, "I don't think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state."

Albert Einstein, the great Jewish scientist, humanitarian and peace activist, wrote that that he feared for the soul of the Jewish people if they chose to depend on military power to dominate their Arab neighbors.

By supporting the racial injustices of Israel and valuing oil over the rights of Muslims on their native soil, the United States has pushed the world to the brink of World War III, if we're not fighting it already. But the actions of the U.S. government have only driven the price of oil into the stratosphere. Americans have everything to lose and nothing to gain by acting like a bull in a china shop in the Middle East. The real problem is not Muslim terrorism, but large-scale terrorism practiced by the governments of Israel and the United States as they try to force Muslims to comply with their wishes ... the same way Nazi Germany once tried to force its neighbors to comply with its wishes. Not enough Germans spoke up against the excesses of Hitler and his Nazi goons. Will enough Americans and Israeli Jews speak up against the excesses of the United States and Israel, to prevent World War III?

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