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The American State Of Canaan: The Peaceful, Prosperous Juncture Of Israel And Palestine As The 51st State Of The United States Of Paperback – February 13, 2009
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About the Author
Alfred de Grazia was born in Chicago in 1919. He taught political science at the University of Minnesota, Brown, Stanford and New York University. He wrote many books in political science and in other fields, from "Public and Republic" and "The Elements of Political Science," to "The Iron Age of Mars," which is about catastrophes of cosmic origins. He died in France at age 94 in 2014.
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Whilst these would represent typical initial reactions to such a suggestion, and to some degree resemble my own thoughts upon first hearing this proposal, my respect for the political and life experience of the author led me to at least consider what was really being suggested, and why.
Alfred de Grazia, a political scientist with a wealth of experience gained over a lifetime of "hands-on" political analysis, commentary and action, offers a radical yet comprehensive solution to the problems which have plagued "The Holy Land" for over 60 years. No matter what your political, religious or cultural background, if you have ever just wished that a workable peace could be rendered amid the rubble, blood and sorrow that is the modern-day Israel-Palestine, this book is for you.
Pleasantly lacking in bias, de Grazia tackles the most difficult of issues without prejudice or favor. Not afraid to say what needs to be said, he has carefully considered the roles played by the three main participants in the conflict. Whether Israeli, Palestinian or American, no punches are pulled when discussing how it is that we arrived at such a seemingly unworkable situation as exists today.
Not one to offer criticism without also suggesting a solution, de Grazia goes on to frame a plan to admit Canaan as the 51st state of America, offering all citizens of the new state the protection of the Constitution and laws of the US. In this book is a complete, step by step set of instructions to bring about a lasting and workable peaceful end to the suffering of millions, whilst at the same time serving as a catalyst to mending America's damaged international reputation.
Agenda-driven detractors could quote pieces of this ground-breaking work of political brilliance out of context in an effort to discredit the author or his plan, but when the work is considered in its entirety there is no denying that it offers both the boldest and the best solution to the problem it seeks to address.
If you are someone who abhors suffering and heartache, if you believe the well-being of humankind trumps religious and political agendas, if you would rather take action than take sides, do yourself a favor and read this book, then pass it on to friends, and send copies to people in power and help spread the word.
The Jewish population of the U.S. is greater than that of Israel. Jerusalem is not much farther from Washington than Honolulu, which is 2400 miles (4,000 Km) from the California coast. The majority of Hawaiians are of east Asian descent, and Hawaiian is an official language of this 50th state. Hawaii entered the Union in 1959, the same year as Alaska, the governor of which can observe the ex-("evil empire") Soviet Union 51 miles (85 Km) across the Ber9ing Strait. Even the International Date Line was altered to accommodate the Americans with their Aleutian Islands.
Why not, then, make Israel-Palestine -- "Canaan" -- the 51st state in the American Union?
Starting with the name Canaan and some geopolitical considerations, De Grazia presents a relentless barage of historical fact, social psychology, and personal anecdote from his long and varied experience in support of this audacious -- indeed outrageous -- proposal.
Which is not so ridiculous or impossible as first might meet the eye.
De Grazia is an octogenarian political scientist and radical humanist, an American imperialist ready since World War II to exercise U.S. power to enforce a world federal government. He long ago proposed a single-state solution to the interminable Israel-Palestine crisis, a federation based on principles and practices taken from the Swiss and American models, spelling out the inviolable rights and responsibilities of each of the two federal regions under one national constitution. This concept, still beyond the pale of the mainstream media and public consideration (see M. Ghedaffi's "Isratine"), has found growing support from diverse quarters of the policical spectrum. As it becomes ever clearer that "the two-state solution" will continue to permit Israel to obliterate Palestine and endanger the region and entire world with further genocied and (even nuclear) war, the time has come for a new approach.
Make the U.S. constitution the federal constitution of Israel-Palestine, says De Grazia.
Objections? Too near "enemy axes of evil"? Hardly nearer than Siberia or Cuba. Too many suddenly new U.S. citizens? "Canaan", about the same size as New Jersey, would add about the same po0pulation as that state; millions of (Spanish-speaking) Puerto Ricans were made U.S. citizens by a simple act of Congress as long ago as 1917, and each year other millions of new immigrants continue to pass through "the golden door" anyway. Too imperialistic? Even such patriotic Israelis as writer David Grossman maintains that the U.S. must "dictate" a solution to this unending catastrophe. The right of Palestinians to return to their homeland? As U.S. citizens Palestinians and Israelis could move freely anywhere in the U.S. and elsewhere on the planet Americans are permitted to travel, work, or live. Militant bellicosity? Military and intelligence institutions and materiel, including Israel's 200-odd nukes, would be immediately subject to American control. Nuclear prohibitionists and anti-imperialists will find this an inadequate compromise, but it's surely better than the current tinderbox. De Grazia quotes an Israeli military strategist: "We have the capability to take the world down with us, and I assure you that this will happen before Israel goes under."
Making "Canaan" the 51st American state would present difficulties neither simple nor cheap to resolve. Reparations for the decades of incalculable damages to lives and propert of both Palestinians and Israelis must be estimated (De Grazia Makes such preliminary estimates). Public health services would have to deal with perhaps four million cases of post-tramatic stress disorder, in addition to soaring cancer rates from depleted uranium radioactivity and other war-related injury and disease. Widespread paranoia must be dealt with, employing all available psychiatric professional resources (many of them incidentally Jewish). Religious fundamentalism, particularly that of "Armageddon" evangelical Christians, "Greater Israel" Zionists, and "neo-con" Jewish lobbyists, would not diminish quickly or easily. Plus the automatic establishment of American sovereignty in the heart of the middle East will not be easy for Russia, for example, to accept.
De Grazia's experience and scholarship in public policy management and political theory permits him to meet these problems head on. The U.S. state of Canaan is not a utopian dream, but a practical proposal as realistic as it is outrageous.