Archive for February 10th, 2010

From engagement to confrontation with Iran

From engagement to confrontation with Iran

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8509607.stm

US seeks significant Iran sanctions

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/02/201029225956412321.html

The lessons of Iraq have been ignored. The target is now Iran 

http://america-hijacked.com/2010/02/10/the-lessons-of-iraq-have-been-ignored-the-target-is-now-iran/

Brown warns Iran over nuclear program

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3847834,00.html

Israel and the US preparing for Iran Part 1 – The Military Perspective

http://www.paltelegraph.com/…the-military-perspective

U.S. vows commitment to Israel, wary of war over Iran nukes

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1149616.html

U.S Army Chief: “Iran attack option on the table”

http://www.defpro.org/news/details/13160/

Zionism Unmasked: End of Zionism = Peace

Zionism Unmasked: End of Zionism = Peace

 

By Jeff Gates

February 11, 2010 

While Zionism is clearly a nationalist ideology, that narrow framing does the term an injustice as it is so much more.

Zionism is more accurately described as a strategy for targeting thought and emotion as a means to influence behavior. Naïve Jews were its first victims when induced to identify with an enclave in the Middle East that President Harry Truman, a Christian Zionist, was induced to recognize as a “state.”

Zionism is first and foremost a mental state that manifests as a dispersed form of internalized nationalism—a Diaspora—that binds to an extremist enclave those who may never set foot there. After 1967, this “state” became the “Land of Israel” based on a more expansive area seized by Israel Defense Forces along with other occupied lands that Zionists claim a god gave them.

Zionism recruits by sustaining a shared sense of insecurity within the broader Jewish community. It progresses by marketing its perceived vulnerability and victimhood among those on whom it relies for financial, military and diplomatic support.

When, as now, policies of the Zionist state come under attack, media campaigns herald an outbreak of anti-Semitism and hatred—not for Zionism but for Jews, enhancing recruitment.

By choosing to identify their interests with those of Zionism, Jews choose to make themselves feel insecure. Zionism relies for its success not only on deception but also on self-deceit.

Many well-informed Jews opposed Israel’s founding in 1948. By 1967, Jewish-Americans were active in the civil rights movement. With the Six-Day War, that activism became problematic. How could Jews back civil rights for Blacks while Zionism denied those rights to Palestinians?

That era marked a turning point both for Zionism and legitimate Judaism as many Jews abandoned civil rights activism when they could no longer reconcile their activism with Israeli oppression. Thus the present mental state of Barack Obama’s many Jewish Zionist advisers.

The Six-Day War induced more Jews to identify with Zionism as a defender of Jews. Yet now we know that war was a long-planned land grab destined to outrage Arabs and Muslims. When combined with a murderous occupation, decades of Israeli provocations were guaranteed to evoke the violent reactions required to rationalize a “war on terrorism.”

In terms of game theory war planning, today’s results were perfectly predictable—mathematically model-able within an acceptable range of probabilities. Once again Zionism targeted thought and emotion to manipulate behavior by provoking antagonism and evoking extremism—the two key ingredients required to plausibly proclaim their insecurity.

When your numbers are few and your ambitions vast, what choice did Zionists have but to seduce and deceive a super power so that our military would wage their wars for Greater Israel?

Peace is the Opponent

Peace is a perilous ‘state’ to be avoided at any cost by a nationalist ideology that thrives on serial crises wed to a perpetual state of conflict and fear. To realize the Zionist goal of hegemony over the Middle East requires a series of plausible Evil Doers and a persuasive narrative. Could Zionism be the reason we segued so seamlessly from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism?

See: How Israel Wages War on the U.S. http://criminalstate.com/2010/01/how-israel-wages-war-on-the-u-s-—by-way-of-deception/

Instead of the anticipated post-Cold War “peace dividend, the U.S. finds itself waging what Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz calls The $3 Trillion War—all of it borrowed, including $700 billion in interest expense.

In hindsight, the phony intelligence that induced us to war in the Middle East was traceable to Israelis, pro-Israelis or assets developed for that purpose such as Iraqi liar Ahmad Chalabi.

Other than those sharing a Zionist mental state, who had the means, motive, opportunity and, importantly, the stable nation-state intelligence to conduct such operations inside the U.S.?

Yet even now those responsible elude accountability and even scrutiny as cries of “anti-Semitism” are deployed to intimidate and misdirect—by manipulating thought and emotion.

At the end of World War II, the U.S. claimed 50% of the world’s productive power, ensuring we would have the world’s top-rated government bonds for at least two generations. When the Cold War drew to a costly close in 1989, the U.S. had spent $15.9 trillion on defense since 1948 (in 2010 dollars). Now a potential war without end has taken its place.

Americans have been induced to believe that the Zionist state is an ally. We are not alone in viewing Israel as a legitimate nation and a noble experiment to provide a “homeland” for a victimized people. That alluring storyline victimized the broader Jewish community while also laying waste to the nation that was first deceived to extend to Zionists the hand of friendship.

To escape the ravages of Zionism requires that we concede its duplicitous nature and make its operations transparent so that its perpetrators become apparent. As a long-deceived global public grasps its costs in blood and treasure, this mental state will be seen for what it is: a criminal state.

The Psychopath Within

In the clinical psychiatric literature, this “state” features interpersonal traits such as superficial charm, pathological lying, egocentricity, lack of remorse, and callousness that are regarded as characteristic of psychopaths. In order to betray, psychopaths first befriend. In order to defraud, they first establish a relationship of trust. Sound familiar?

Those who share such a mental state will happily incite hatred to catalyze a reaction and then claim they are the victims of hate. For those inhabiting this mental state, it appears rational and even desirable to provoke a response and then claim to be a target of anti-Semites. Inside this internal state, self-absorption is all-encompassing with arrogance its most visible trait.

Law is irrelevant to those who consider themselves above the law. Morality and conscience are of no concern to those who consider themselves The Chosen—by a god of their own choosing. Such a nationalist ideology has no place in a system nation states dedicated to the rule of law.

Those sharing such a “state” pose too great a peril to be an object of pity or compassion. Accountability is the only appropriate response along with an initiative—deploying force as required—to secure any weapons of mass destruction that may be in their possession.

Such a state cannot be delegitimized because any legitimacy attained was integral to the fraud it inflicted on the community of nations. The issue at hand is how best to protect a peace-seeking world from a psychopathic ideology that assumed the appearance of legitimacy so that a Christian Zionist president could be deceived to recognize as a nation a criminal state.

Jeff Gates

Jeff Gates: A widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker, educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders worldwide, Jeff Gates’ latest book is Guilt By Association —How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War (2008) his first release in the Criminal State series. His previous books include Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street From Wall Street and The Ownership Solution: Toward a Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century. For two decades, an adviser to policy-makers worldwide. Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (1980-87)

See www.criminalstate.com

Zionism Unmasked: A fairy tale that’s become a terrifying nightmare

Zionism Unmasked: A fairy tale that’s become a terrifying nightmare 

http://www.countercurrents.org/GazaBoyTank.jpg 

By Alan Hart 

Most Jews of the world (and probably many Gentiles) believe that Zionism is the return of Jews to the land promised to them by God. At the risk of offending some readers of all faiths for saying so, I must confess, and do so cheerfully, that I don’t buy this concept because the Gentile me does not believe in the God of organized, institutional religions. So, I say to myself, no God, no promise to Jews (or anybody else). In my perception of the scheme of things, God is the potential for good inside each and every one of us. God so defined is a prisoner within each of us and our prime task is to liberate this prisoner. But let’s put that to one side. 

The Jews who “returned” in answer to Zionism’s call had no biological connection to the ancient Hebrews. They were converts to Judaism long after the end of the Hebrew conquest and short-lived domination of much of Canaan, the name as in the Bible by which Palestine was first known to the world. They therefore had no legitimate claim on the land.  

The Jews who did have a legitimate claim, probably not more than about 10,000 at the time of Zionism’s first dishonest mission statement in 1897, were the direct descendants of the Israelites who stayed in place on the land through time. They regarded themselves as Palestinians, and they were fiercely opposed to Zionism’s colonial enterprise because they feared it would make them as well as the incoming alien Jews enemies of the Palestinian Arabs. 

Also true is that prior to the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust, most Jews of the world were not at all interested in Zionism’s colonial enterprise and many were opposed to it. The most informed and thoughtful of those who did express their opposition believed that Zionism was morally wrong. They also feared that Zionism’s colonial enterprise would lead to unending conflict. But most of all they feared that Zionism, if it was allowed by the major powers to have its way, would one day provoke anti-Semitism. Which is precisely what is happening today. (Hence the title of my book, ZIONISM: THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS). 

In reality it is how the Zionists created their state – a Zionist not a Jewish state – that best defines what Zionism actually is.  

Israel was created, mainly, by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing – a pre-planned process that saw three-quarters of the indigenous Arab inhabitants of Palestine dispossessed of their homes, their land and their rights. 

Zionism asserts that its state was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy by the UN Partition Resolution of 29 November 1947. That is propaganda nonsense. The truth can be summarized as follows. 

  • In the first place the UN without the consent of the majority of the people of Palestine did not have the right to decide to partition Palestine or assign any part of its territory to a minority of alien immigrants in order for them to establish a state of their own.

 

  • By the narrowest of margins, and only after a rigged vote, the UN General Assembly did pass a resolution to partition Palestine and create two states, one Arab, one Jewish, with Jerusalem not part of either. But the General Assembly resolution was only a recommendation – meaning that it could have no effect, would not become policy, unless approved by the Security Council.

 

  • The General Assembly’s recommendation never went to the Security Council for consideration because the U.S. knew that, if approved, it could only be implemented by force given the extent of Arab and other Muslim opposition to it; and President Truman was not prepared to use force to partition Palestine.

 

  • So the partition plan was vitiated (became invalid) and the question of what the hell to do about Palestine – after Britain had made a mess of it and walked away, effectively surrendering to Zionist terrorism – was taken back to the General Assembly for more discussion. The option favoured and proposed by the U.S. was temporary UN Trusteeship. It was while the General Assembly was debating what do that Israel unilaterally declared itself to be in existence - actually in defiance of the will of the organised international community, including the Truman administration.

 

The truth of the time was that the Zionist state had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist UNLESS … Unless it was recognised and legitimized by those Zionism had dispossessed of their land and their rights. In international law only the Palestinians could give Israel the legitimacy it craved.  

What is a Zionist today? 

Short answer: One, not necessarily a Jew, who (to quote Balfour) supports the Zionist state of Israel “right or wrong” and who cannot or will not admit that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism – a wrong that must be acknowledged and then corrected on terms acceptable to the Palestinians if there is ever to be peace and the countdown to catastrophe for all is to be stopped. The Arab word for the catastrophe of the original dispossession of the Palestinians is Nakba. In my view, Zionism’s Nakba denial is as obscene and as evil as denial of the Nazi holocaust. 

One thing nobody can deny is the effectiveness of Zionism’s propaganda machine. Zionism’s spin doctors probably learned from the Nazis that the bigger the lies and the more frequently they are told, the more likely it is that they will be believed in the mainly Gentile, Judeo-Christian or Western world; and all the more so when the mainstream media is terrified of offending Zionism either too much or at all. 

The biggest of all of Zionism’s propaganda lies is the one which asserts that Israel has lived in constant danger of annihilation, the “driving into the sea” of its Jews. As I document in detail in my book, Israel’s existence has never, ever, been in danger from any combination of Arab force. Not in 1948. Not in 1967. And not even in 1973. Zionism’s assertion to the contrary was the cover which allowed Israel to get away where it mattered most, in North America and Western Europe, with presenting its aggression (often state terrorism) as self-defense, and itself as the victim when actually it was, and is, the oppressor. 

The companion propaganda lie is that Israel never had Arab partners for peace. 

Zionism has two hallmarks.  

One is self-righteousness of a most extraordinary kind. In 1986 this self-righteousness was described by Yehoshafat Harkabi, a former Director of Israeli Military Intelligence, as “the biggest real danger” to the Jewish state.  

The other hallmark is a shocking and awesome arrogance of military and economic power and the influence the latter buys, most critically in the U.S. Congress where what passes for democracy is for sale to the highest bidders. 

On the matter of truth as it relates to the making and sustaining of conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I hope the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) is right: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” If that’s true, Zionism not only can be defeated but will be. 

Alan Hart

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. Author of ZIONISM: THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS. He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor

How Israel’s Lobby Challenges Rule of Law in America

From: IRmep <books@irmep.org>
Subject: Video – The High Price of Israel Lobby Crime and Corruption in America – IRmep

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 3:12 PM

This week the Iranian satellite television channel PressTV is broadcasting a 25 minute interview with IRmep director Grant F. Smith about the Israel lobby’s history of challenges to rule of law and governance in the United States.  “Autograph” with Susan Moderess reviews key findings from the book “Spy Trade” and may be streamed online via YouTube:

How Israel’s Lobby Challenges Rule of Law in America:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24762.htm

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How did arms smuggling, subverting Justice Department foreign agent registration orders and a string of presidential pardons generate an assumption of criminal immunity within the Israel lobby?   How is this evident today?

Segment #1 http://www.youtube.com/user/PressTVGlobalNews#p/u/5/F185JEbDvjc

What new tactics are US law enforcement agencies implementing to stem Israeli commercial espionage operations in the United States?  Why, after two decades of challenges to rule of law, are they acting now?

Segment #2 http://www.youtube.com/user/PressTVGlobalNews#p/u/4/3-d9uq0QWjk

What is the outlook for Freedom of Information Act requests under the Obama administration’s new transparency mandate?  Why can’t President Obama stop illegal settlements as a minor first step toward Middle East peace?

Segment #3 http://www.youtube.com/user/PressTVGlobalNews#p/u/3/Jq1Rp4wD80E
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Wars sending U.S. into ruin

Wars sending U.S. into ruin

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2010/02/05/12758511-qmi.html

Who wants to bomb Iran?

Who wants to bomb Iran?:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/02/08/who_wants_to_bomb_iran?page=full

The lessons of Iraq have been ignored. The target is now Iran

The lessons of Iraq have been ignored. The target is now Iran

The US military buildup in the Gulf and Blair’s promotion of war against Tehran are a warning of yet another catastrophe

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/feb/03/iraq-inquiry-blair-missile-shield-iran

From engagement to confrontation with Iran

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8509607.stm

US seeks significant Iran sanctions

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/02/201029225956412321.html

Blair, Bush, Israel and Iraq | Stephen M. Walt

Stephen M. Walt: I don’t mean to say I told you so, but.. (be sure to take a look at comment section at bottom of following URL as well):

Blair, Bush, Israel and Iraq | Stephen M. Walt

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/02/08/i_dont_mean_to_say_i_told_you_so_but

Steve Walt feels vindicated by Blair confession (as well he should)

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/02/steve-walt-feels-vindicated-by-blair-confession-as-well-he-should.html

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Blair the British Neocon:

http://TINYURL.COM/BLAIRTHEBRITISHNEOCON

Israel’s Voice on the UK Iraq war inquiry:
http://TINYURL.COM/ISRAELVOICEONIRAQWARINQUIRY

AP Pulls Iran Nukes Story After Antiwar.com Exposé

AP Pulls Iran Nukes Story After Antiwar.com Exposé

Posted By Eric Garris On February 9, 2010 @ 8:20 am In News | 30 Comments

Associated Press issued a story yesterday (Monday) entitled “Iran moves closer to nuke warhead capacity [1].” It was full of inaccurate and misleading information implying that Iran had admitted trying to enrich weapons-grade nuclear material. The story appeared on a wide variety of media.

Last night, Antiwar.com news editor Jason Ditz issued a story refuting the AP story [2].

This morning, Associated Press recalled the story without explanation and replaced it with another, much less inflamatory story [3] written by a different author.

It is important to question the mainstream media and not let them get away with helping the warmongers with their agenda.


Article printed from Antiwar.com Blog: http://www.antiwar.com/blog

URL to article: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2010/02/09/ap-pulls-iran-nukes-story-after-antiwar-com-expos/

URLs in this post:

[1] Iran moves closer to nuke warhead capacity: http://freedomsyndicate.com/fair0000/ap.html

[2] a story refuting the AP story: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/02/08/ap-article-fuels-iran-war-hysteria/

[3] much less inflamatory story: http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/02/09/iran-to-stop-enrichment-if-given-nuclear-fuel-4/