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Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians Hardcover – July 1, 2003
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This is especially topical now when guns are blazing again in Gaza and Israel uses the pretext of freeing a kidnapped soldier to punish the Palestinian people for democratically electing a Hamas led government. The current situation clearly proves Kimmerling's point, that a viable Palestinian state will not be tolerated by Israel's government.
The book discusses the "pre-emptive" 1967 war which led to the Yom Kippur war and the ill advised invasion of Lebanon for which Sharon was mainly responsible. He was also the main architect of the settlement program in the occupied territories which has now become a millstone around the neck not only of Israelis and Palestinians but also Americans because neither of the parties can see a just solution to this increasingly vexing problem. Kimmerling's excerpts from "Machsomwatch," which detail the conditions Palestinians are forced to live under are especially poignant.
When one reads this book it becomes clear why the rest of the world does not trust America at this time and only when America will begin to support, instead of vetoing, resolutions in the UN which demand an end to Israel's current practices will there be a semblance of hope for peace.
The truth, according to Kimmerling's formidable research, is very different. The bill of indictment is eye-popping. Sharon is a Nazi, a racist and an assassin intent on imposing a defacto concentration camp on the Palestinians. Extreme? Yes, but Sharon is the epitome of extremism.The bloody wreckage of Palestinian AND Israeli lives is effectively the basis for "Politicide."
Put aside the System-approved fantasies by Bernard Lewis, Dore Gold and Steve Emerson. Instead, study this courageous and revealing work from a writer who embodies a voice of conscience and dissent against what is done in the name of the Jewish people to the hapless natives of Palestine.
The fact that this book is being denied publicity by the corporate media is one hint of its power. The System seeks to protect at all costs the reigning paradigm. In "Politicide," Kimmerling indicts mass murderer Sharon, and he does so without polemics, with a cool recitation of facts.
"Politicide" is fallible and there are a couple of errors: the author upholds the official Israeli line on the Jenin massacre and the attack on the Church of the Nativity; and there is one noteworthy omission: all mention of Baruch Goldstein's 1994 massacre of 40 Palestinians as the flash point that initiated suicide bombings, beginning in April of that year.
With those caveats noted, this book is nonetheless a huge embarrassment for the legion of Sharon partisans in the American media and US government ,and they are doing their worst to keep "Politicide" in the deep freeze. But if Kimmerling's work gains a wide American readership, I predict that Sharon's usefulness to the Cryptocracy will be finished and many lives may be saved.
But Sharon was more directly responsible for the mass murder at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, than Milosevic for the tragedy of Srebrinca: the attacking forces were under Sharon's overall command and could have been stopped at his word. Sharon patronized the Israeli settler movement just as Slobo did his "chetniks," encouraging the assimilation of the Serbian Jerusalem (Kosovo) into Eretz Serbia. One can imagine Sharon addressing a crowd of West Bank settlers paraphrasing his counterpart: "They'll never beat you again." Sharon may never have uttered his promise in those exact words, but his career was a fulfillment of their principle.
This was forever shaped by the original "Operation Horseshoe," the Kosovo-style expulsion of Palestinian Arabs within Israel's mandated territory in '48. No outright repetition of this was ever possible, as long as there was no all-out war upon Israel. But there was always the next-best thing: provoke the "illegal occupiers" into resistance that could be crushed, to make their lives a prison unless they sought freedom elsewhere. A West eager to appease could always be counted on to applaud him for stopping just short of real ethnic cleansing, though his thoughts were honestly spoken by his Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon in describing the Palestinians as a "cancer" requiring "chemotherapy." A very chilling reminder that genocide - the "war against the weak," to use author Edwin Black's phrase - is still possible in a world of moral arrogance and weapons of mass destruction.