Magazine article New Internationalist

The US Will Pay!

Magazine article New Internationalist

The US Will Pay!

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Richard Swift ducks the tax.

ISRAELI taxi drivers are notoriously reluctant to pay the tax associated with turning on their meters. I took one Tel Aviv taxi driver to task over this, wondering aloud who would pay for the relatively high level of services Israelis enjoy. `Don't worry, the Americans will pay,' was his quick retort. And so they have, by the billions, year after year. Back in Kansas - where a significant number of citizens regard taxation as theft - this might not go down too well. But that has been the reality for the last 30 odd years.

So what does the US get for its money? It is hard to see any US strategic purpose that is served by uncritical support for Israel. Alienating millions of Arabs, whose markets and resources you prize, doesn't seem like any way to run an empire. The reasons are more ideological - at once political and biblical. The `War on Terror' is tailor-made for Sharon and company, allowing them to avoid any realistic moves towards peace. …

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