A Special Relationship
Letter from Norman Watson
December 31st 2006 is about to become another landmark date in the
history of the second world war. On that day Britain will make her final payment on the $30.3 billion debt
incurred under the lease-lend agreement with the USA. This £45
million payment will bring to an end 60 years of similar payments. The programme began
in March 1941 when the people of Britain stood alone against Hitler’s Germany.
for the people of Israel, with their endless wars with their Arab neighbours! No
lease-lend for them – just US ‘aid’, which amounts to at least $2.6 billion
each year towards military financing.
experts have found over 100,000 unexploded cluster bombs in southern Lebanon, following the Israeli bombing. These deadly ‘time bombs’
were found at 359 different sites.
Perhaps if Israel were made to pay for her ‘aid’ the way we have from
WW2, then maybe she wouldn’t have scattered them in such large numbers and so
indiscriminately, for children to pick up.
Why did the US require us to repay our war debt for taking on
Hitler, whilst donating military equipment to Israel? As I understand
it, ‘friends of Israel’ own about 75% of the world’s media. Perhaps the ‘repayment to the US is simply to give them a good press. US certainly does
get a very good press, despite her attacks on Third World
countries and her violations of human rights.
Her reputation remains better than you might expect after the torture
and murder of PoWs.
Is the American
taxpayer getting a good return for his investment? The cost to the US taxpayer in aid to Israel
for the fiscal years 1949 to 1998 amounted to a staggering $134.8 billion, not
adjusted for inflation (source: The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs).