The Orwellian Atrocities Prevention Board, Part II

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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It is, in sum, not unwarranted to suggest that Dr. Power may be influenced by her anti-Israel predisposition as she takes the helm of the APB.

The same concerns apply to Susan Rice (no relation to Condoleezza Rice), US Ambassador to the UN and another Obama appointee to the APB Board of Directors.  She too has displayed an open hostility to the state of Israel.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, she was a foreign-policy advisor to Democrat candidate John Kerry According to The American Thinker, she advised Kerry to appoint two of the most virulent of America’s anti-Israel political figures to a negotiating panel that would engage Israel and the Palestinians: James Baker and Jimmy Carter .

According to the Weekly Standard, in June of 2010 Rice played an important role in pushing the Obama administration to support a United Nations investigation of a deadly May 31 flotilla fiasco, when a gaggle of Turkish ships tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza strip.  The ships were intercepted by Israeli naval commandos when they refused to comply with Israeli requirements that all cargo be submitted for inspection. According to Israel, approximately 40 of the 600-plus people aboard the vessels were Turkish jihadists who instigated the violence, and several were known to have ties to Islamic terrorism.

In February 2011, in one of the most extraordinary statements ever made by an American official about Israel, Rice bitterly complained about having to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel and its settlement policy. She deliberately undercut the impact of the veto by saying, “For more than four decades, [Israeli settlement activity] has undermined security … corroded hopes for peace and security … it violates international commitments and threatens prospects for peace.” During her testimony before Congress several months later, Rice reiterated that sentiment, adding “Israeli settlement activity is illegitimate.”

So with two anti-Israel power-houses at the helm, a host of anti-Israel political and academic voices cheering them on, many on the left in mainstream media pandering to the Arab line with its routine accusations of  Israel’s atrocities and genocidal intentions, and the President with the worst track record on Israel ever having intentionally chosen them to direct the APB, it will be all too easy for them to accept Arab accusations at face value, prioritize  Palestinian so-called victims over legitimate victims of atrocities elsewhere, and declare the West Bank or Gaza Strip an “atrocity zone.” Then Powers and Rice can use the APB to go after Israel.  They will see their wishes fulfilled: American armed forces invading Israel to protect Palestinian terrorist “victims” from Israeli defensive “atrocities.”

Perhaps Glenn Beck is right.  Perhaps that is why Obama chose them to run his new APB.

Notes:

[i]  The only other American political figure to place such a notion on record is former Chief Warrant Officer/counterintelligence special agent, US Army, retired, Dick McManus, Democrat, of Everett/Mill Creek, WA, who is running for Congress, 2nd CD-WA.

http://www.meetup.com/North-Seattle-Progressive-Christians-Meetup-Group/messages/boards/thread/22215832

Dick McManus: “It is time for America to use our military to force Israel to return the occupied territories…If we care about the long-term security of Israel it is time for America to use our military force to return the occupied territories to the Palestinians.”

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Powers is incensed that Israel will not roll over and die at the hands of Palestinian murderers.
    As jihadists slit the throats of Jewish babies will she call it a conspiracy of silence when they
    stop crying for their mothers. How much of America's tax dollars are beng spent on this
    Obama fiasco and how is it Obama spends at will rather than the Congress doing it's job of
    monotoring and spending on and approved budget. APB is a danger to Israel yes but to
    America also, these people are sicko leftist hacks not seen since the days Communists
    eliminated excess populations and ran their slave labor camps. This move by Obama should
    take away any doubt of his regime being anything but a false and destructive dictatorship.
    America would do well to vote out of Office the entire Government and remove these
    detestible liars from the Nation, a nice place in Iran or Iraq must be waiting…………William

  • oldtimer

    What about the Christian churchs that are being raided and the Christians killed by Muslims? I quess in this administrations eyes atrocities are only comminted against Muslims.

  • Me in Canada Eh

    I think the Obummer administration will have much, much more to deal with very soon, right within its own borders.

  • Schlomotion

    I am glad American politicians and intellectuals are finally calling Israel and its propagandists in the United States to account for their illegal settlement expansion and their undermining of the peace process, which Benjamin Netanyahu admits to on video. I would have no intention of going to kill Syrians so that Israelis can see Iran weakened by the military strength of American rural whites and urban blacks and latinos. I would LOVE to join an army that goes to Palestine and enforces a mandate for a two state solution. Israel seems to think it is too cunning, too good, and too deserving to actually engage the world with anything but racial and religious greed. I wholeheartedly endorse forcing them into a finite space and deporting their Hasbara agents for materially supporting a foreign power whose interests are contrary to our own.

  • StephenD

    None of us should be surprised by these people appointed by Obama. We know where he stands regardless of what he says, he hates Israel. I keep telling people that want to make a point out of his place of birth or his religion or even his politics, that it doesn't matter what he calls himself. He can SAY he is a Capitalist, Christian, American Patriot but his ACTIONS are the same as those of a Socialist, Anti-American, Islamist Operative.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Schlocky,

    IF you are in fact opposed to illegal occupations, then please pack up your crap and LEAVE North America to end YOUR brutal, racist occupation of Native American land. Please don't have double standards.

    Additionally Schlock, you are welcome to test your skills against the US military or the IDF when you take up arms with your Islamofascist allies. A face off would be a good way to demonstrate your sincerity.

    Perhaps you can test the NO-Infidels zone of Mecca or have the females of your circle disobey the hijab requirements the religious police of your Islamic Regime of Iran have set.

    The checkpoints at every airport in the world are examples of "islamophobia", the phobia of inflight planes blowing up as did Pan Am 103 or having passengers interrupt sneaker / underwear bomber jihads.

  • Ralph

    David Meir-Levi has posted a perceptive and troubling article. Obama is a weak president, and is more concerned with reelection than doing the principled response. Obama also seems to be building a foundation for weakening Israel. This can lead to its destruction. Why? Can only speculate. Obama did attend 20 years of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel preaching by Rev. Wright before becoming president. Very troubling.

  • Ghostwriter

    Hasn't Schlockmotion got anything better to do than bash Jews all day? He revels in anti-semitism like a pig and he's proud of it.

  • johnnywoods

    If the U.S. ever decides to invade Israel I would advise all military personnel to go A.W.O.L. Better to serve time in a stockade than in Hell after your "run-in" with the Most High GOD". "I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you", Gen. 12:3.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      If I was still in uniform I would just say "NO" and take what comes or give out what is necessary.
      Many of our people will be on their way back home after long and multiple tours of duty and are
      in no frame of mind to see how convoluted the government under Obama has debased their
      hard work and sacrifice. We need a Constitutional Convention and reformation and it would be
      nice to see it in the middle of a cleaning out our traitors within………………….William