Commentary

The Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Do Not Depend On Permission from George Bush

[June 28, 2002]

On June 24, in what the White House advertised as a major policy speech, George Bush put forward his "vision" for the Middle East. Bush's speech was a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority and against any and every Arab government or institution which opposes U.S. dictate in the region.

Turning truth upsidedown, Bush continued to condemn the Palestinian people and the PA as "terrorists" while openly endorsing Israeli occupation and genocide.

While Bush tried to fool the naive with pious words about eventual support for "Palestinian statehood," he made it clear that he did not mean an independent Palestinian state but a neo-colonial administration completely under the domination of the U.S.-Israeli aggressors. Bush insisted that a Palestinian state could be born only "when the Palestinian people have new leaders, new institutions and new security arrangements with their neighbors." In fact Bush went on to provide a detailed blueprint of his "vision" of a Palestinian state, insisting on the need for U.S.-style political and judicial institutions and "market economics." Bush even proposed that the World Bank and the IMF oversee Palestinian finances and economy. Above all, Bush insisted that Palestinian institutions must take as their first principle "opposing terrorism" which translates into opposing any struggle against U.S.-Israeli domination.

While putting the onus on the Palestinian people, Bush endorsed Israel's ongoing strategy of reoccupying the West Bank, imposing collective reprisals on the whole Palestinian nation, destroying the infrastructure of the PA and Palestinian society and bringing Palestine directly under the rule of Israeli military and civil authorities.

What is more, Bush made it clear that every Arab nation and political party must not only accept U.S. neo-colonialism in Palestine but also U.S. dictate and domination throughout the region.

Bush said: "nations are either with us or against us in the war on terror. To be counted on the side of peace, nations must act. Every leader actually committed to peace will end incitement or violence in official media and publicly denounce homicide bombings. Every nation actually committed to peace will stop the flow of money, equipment and recruits to terrorist groups seeking the destruction of Israel, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah...."

But Bush's war against Palestine and the Arab peoples will not turn back the wheel of history. Already peoples and leaders through the Middle East and the world are denouncing Bush's "vision" and preparing for stepped up struggle against U.S.-Israeli aggression.

The creation of a genuinely independent Palestinian state, organized according to the will of the Palestinian people alone and without any foreign interference, is a historic task to which all of humanity is demanding a solution. The right to self-determination, independence and liberation is an inherent right that belongs to the Palestinian people by virtue of their humanity; it is not a privilege to be "bestowed or denied" on the whims of U.S. imperialism.

The dauntless struggle of the Palestinian people proves that no force will prevent them from realizing their inalienable rights. In fact, the present situation shows that the common struggle of all the peoples in support of Palestine is serving as another turning point in the worldwide struggle against U.S. imperialism's "war on terrorism" -- this program of fascism and world domination. Everywhere the peoples are coming out in ever-broader actions and political formations to defend peace and the sovereignty and independence of nations.