My letter to Congressman Tom Price
As a former company commander with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and a graduate of the National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, DC and as a retired brigadier general who served active army duty in the Middle East, I ask you to break away from the strangling Israeli lobby, AIPAC, and do the right thing for peace in the Middle East. This Israeli lobby has been corrupting our politicians far too long and has resulted in more violence than ever between the Israelis and the Palestinians with no sign of any improvement in years ahead. In addition, the Israelis have nearly wiped Gaza and south Lebanon off the map with their disproportionate attacks.
I write to ask you to please vote no on H. Res. 867. This bill calls on President Obama to unequivocally oppose the Goldstone Report, but makes no mention of the administration’s call for a credible, independent Israeli investigation into Israeli conduct during Operation Cast Lead.
This bill flies in the face of the growing chorus of Israeli voices, across the political spectrum and in and outside of government, who understand that a credible Israeli investigation is in Israel’s best interest.
As your constituent I ask that you stand for the rule of law, defend the concerns of a wide spectrum of Israelis and help to bring some relief to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip. Please vote no on H. Res. 867.
James J. David
Letter I sent to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today.
Obama disappoints those seeking world peace
In his Opinion piece, Thomas Sowell discusses the mistakes that President Obama has made during his short term in office saying that “countries around the world are not going to ignore how much Obama has downgraded the reliability of America’s commitments.” ( “President has no entitlement to benefit of doubt,” A10, Nov.3.)
And the one commitment that Sowell fails to mention is the commitment by Obama that the Israeli government abandon all construction of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, insisting that no exceptions could be tolerated and the move was a must for peace.
In just six months the Obama Administration has taken a 180 degree turn back to the unquestioningly pro-Israel position of the past several presidents allowing Israel to continue confiscating Palestinian land and continuing the construction of illegal Jewish settlements. And remember, it was Osama Bin Laden who stated that U.S. support for Israel’s oppression of Palestine was the primary reason for the 9/11 attack.
I commend Thomas Sowell for his factual and interesting Opinion but it’s disappointing he would omit such an important item, one that has been the foundation for most of the unrest we see in the world today. Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubt that journalists generally understand critical words about Israel to be hazardous to careers. And as we have seen in the past, the same holds true for all our political leaders.
James J. David
James David, brigadier general retired, is a graduate of the National Defense Universtity.