Archive for August 20th, 2012
Obama warns Assad of US military action in Syria
Dempsey Backs Away from Obama’s Threat to Intervene in Syria
U.S. has plans in place to secure Syria chemical arms
CNN: U.S. Stepping Up Role Of Advising Syria Terrorists
Obama caves to Israel lobby (AIPAC, Neocons) pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran:
Is Washington Deaf As Well as Criminal (by Paul Craig Roberts)?
Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10
What Bibi Wants (to drag US into war with Iran):
ARTICLE – “By way of deception Israel trying to drag US into war on Iran.”
LOCATION (URL) – http://www.redress.cc/palestine/jkanj20120824
SYNOPSIS – Jamal Kanj argues that “leaked” Israeli information on plans to attack Iran are intended to drag the USA into a new Middle East quagmire through committing aggression against Iran on the eve of the American presidential election. FOR THE FULL STORY, GO TO: http://www.redress.cc/palestine/jkanj20120824
The Babylonian Captivity of Washington: Israel Can Start a War and the US Can do Nothing to Stop It (scroll down to Philip Giraldi’s mention of how US media isn’t reporting US military concern about Israel dragging US into war with Iran if Israel attacks Iran in following article as Mitt Romney and the Israel first neoconned GOP is mentioned near the end):
Israel to attack Iran before US election in November – media report
The Urgent Need to Prevent a Middle East War (by Patrick Seale)
Commentary: Guns of 2012?
By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE UPI Editor at Large WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A former chief of Israeli military intelligence, who retired two years ago, takes sharp exception to three more recently retired Israeli intelligence chiefs who disagree on the imperative need to bomb Iran ‘s nuclear facilities.
Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli military head of intelligence, in a column he wrote for The Washington Post, urged U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Israel as soon as possible to “tell its leadership — and more important, its people — that preventing a nuclear Iran is a U.S. interest and if we have to resort to military action, we will.”
Yadlin says his five-point plan for the benefit of the Obama administration is designed to convince allies and adversaries alike that “military action is real, imminent and doable.”
Three more recently retired heads of Israeli intelligence — Mossad, Shin Bet and the Israeli military — have spoken out to say that both Israel and the United States should learn to live with an Iranian nuclear weapon.
Three former U.S. CENTCOM commanders — Gen. John Abizaid, Gen. Anthony Zinni and Adm. William J. Fallon — were the first to reach the same conclusion.
All six are acutely aware of the alternative — Israeli bombing followed by mayhem throughout the Persian Gulf and the rest of the Middle East .
Egypt, under its new Muslim Brotherhood government, backed by a Parliament with Muslim Brotherhood members in almost 50 percent of the seats and Salafist extremists in 24 percent, would immediately denounce the peace treaty with Israel and sever diplomatic relations.
The Syrian civil war, with Iran and Russia on the side of the Assad regime and al-Qaida now in the mix of revolutionary forces in the uprising against Damascus , would quickly assume regional dimensions.
Israel has occupied Syria ‘s Golan Heights since the 1967 war and the West Bank since the 1973 war. The emergence of an independent Palestinian state between the Jordan River and Israel is already more geopolitical mirage than practical possibility.
And if the United States is involved in military operations against Iran , Egypt ‘s new Muslim government would probably close the Suez Canal as well. It was blocked during the 1967 war and didn’t reopen until 1975.
Estranged during the 30-year Mubarak era, Iran and Egypt recently agreed to resume full diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.
All six also know that Iran still commands formidable asymmetrical retaliatory capabilities — from the mining of the Strait of Hormuz through which pass daily 25 percent of the world’s seaborne oil supplies; to an 844-mile northern coastline in the gulf within easy missile reach of Qatar where a forward CENTCOM headquarters is based and where the longest airstrip in the Middle East allows U.S. bombers to refuel; to Bahrain, headquarters for the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet, where the majority of the population is Shiite Muslim closely affiliated with Iran’s Shiite regime.
Iran can also activate terrorist networks against Israel and against U.S. travelers in the Middle East and Europe .
These Iranian retaliatory openers would be sufficient to skyrocket oil prices into the stratosphere — and tip the balance in the United States , United Kingdom and European countries from recession to depression.
Youth unemployment levels in Greece , Spain and Italy are already at explosive levels. Almost 50 percent of those younger than 25 are jobless in Spain .
“We have to face openly the possibility of a euro breakup,” says Erkki Tuomioja , Finland ‘s veteran foreign minister and a member of the Social Democratic Party, one of six parties that make up the coalition government.
Israeli opinion is also sharply divided on the need to bomb Iran and the prospect of retaliatory consequences.
Yadlin, one of the pilots who took part in the 1981 attack on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor, said Israel is fully capable of hitting the nerve center of Iran’s nuclear complex, but that Israel would need U.S. support “both the day after and the decade after a strike.”
Now head of the Institute for National Security Studies, Yadlin is a strong supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. All three agree that Israel must not leave its fate in the hands of the United States .
Cynics also say that U.S. support is all but assured during an election campaign, a propitious time for Israel to launch air strikes against Iran . GOP contender Mitt Romney already made his position crystal clear on a recent visit to Israel . He sides wholeheartedly with Israel , America ‘s closest ally, whatever Netanyahu and Barak decide to do.
For Obama, the decision is more complex. His own inclination is to side with the three former U.S. CENTCOM commanders, i.e., learn to live with an Iranian bomb. They reckon that should Iran aim anything at Israel , the Iranian regime and its key nerve centers would be pulverized by return.
Unless he is willing to side with Israel in deeds as well as words, Obama would be facing almost certain defeat.
The latest Newsweek cover picture shows Obama, jacket slung over his shoulder, looking back as he walks away, captioned, “HIT THE ROAD, BARACK — Why We Need a New President by Niall Ferguson.”
A British historian, Ferguson teaches at Harvard and he was named by Time “one of the 100 most influential people in the world” in 2004
“We are becoming,” writes Ferguson , “the 50/50 nation — half of us paying the taxes; the other half receiving the benefits.”
“The only ratio that matters,” says Ferguson “is debt to revenue. That number has leapt upward from 165 percent in 2008 to 262 percent this year, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund. Among developed economies, only Ireland and Spain have seen a bigger deterioration.”
Working in Israel ‘s favor is the U.S. election campaign. Neither candidate can take a chance on criticizing, or seemingly spurning Israeli requests for U.S. involvement in what Israel ‘s two principal leaders say is an “existential crisis for the Jewish state.”
The ‘Valentino’s Ghost’ film (http://www.valentinosghost.com) which James Morris appears in (from http://tinyurl.com/911motivation youtube with over half a million views) will be one of two American documentaries screening at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival (world’s oldest and most prestigious film festival) in Italy:
Latest update is that ‘Valentino’s Ghost’ screened to a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival (http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/festival/screenings/sept3.html &
http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/festival/screenings/sept4.html). The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) is screening ‘Valentino’s Ghost’ on November 2oth & 22nd as the following links convey:
Valentino’s Ghost (Valentino’s Ghost: The Politics Behind Images of Arabs & Muslims in the Media):
PS: Just saw ‘Valentino’s Ghost’ is listed at following URL (I guess the exchange that James Morris had with Lee Hamilton which already has over half a million views via http://tinyurl.com/911motivation will get a few more!):
Venice Film Festival Unveils Line-Up with Films from Malick, De Palma and Demme:
VENICE 2012 From Rudolph Valentino to Osama so Hollywood tells Arabs
The documentary filmmaker Michael Singh (Indian father and an American mother) has uncovered a hornet’s nest intended to stir at the Venice Film Festival, and not only.
Yes, because its Valentine’s Ghost, The Ghost of Valentino – The politics behind the images, which premiered today at the Lido, addresses the way in which Arabs and Muslims are not only portrayed by the U.S. media, but also – and especially – from Hollywood .
And it does so from two famous films, a milestone in the history of cinema: the iconic portrait of the Arab prince offered by Sheik Rudolph Valentino in the first of 1921 and then in the Son of the Sheik of 1926.
Portrait of male stereotypical Arab romantic and passionate, who lives in a land of mystery, adventure and sensuality. Already. It starts from the Arabic seducer and “good”, you switch to Arabic treacherous (Lawrence of Arabia, but also Rules of Engagement) to the Arab Intifada and evil monsters September 11: Saddam and Bin Laden .
“It is interesting to see how the image of Arabs and Islam in the American media reflect, as always, the American foreign policy in the Middle East,” says Singh, author and producer of several television series with historical background and some documentaries (The Phantom of Valentino is his directorial debut).
The film, 94 minutes the result of a six-year search, alternates clips and archival footage with interviews with luminaries of American culture, including the last public appearance by Gore Vidal. “The injury is deeper than I imagined, “said Singh.
Venezia 69. Valentino’s Ghost: la politica dietro le immagini
Michael Singh, director of Indian origin, has produced an interesting documentary on the evolution of the image of Arabic in the U.S. media called Valentino’s Ghost. Making extensive use of footage and analyzing a series of images, frames, sequences from films, clips of news and articles from newspapers, the director shows how the agenda of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has affected the representation of Arab Muslims the media. Starting from the 20s, a time when Arabic was represented by Hollywood as a hero. At the time of Rudolph Valentino, the star of Sheik in 1921, the Americans brought with it the image of Arabic exotic that element that fascinated the public. In the following decades the figure of the Muslim wetsuit to become, especially after the attack on the twin towers, the embodiment of evil not only in Hollywood movies, but also in Disney cartoons such as Aladdin, as well as in the media.
Step particularly interesting in Valentino’s Ghost is one in which, through a careful assembly, Singh explains how the Israeli lobby has been able to influence the design of the U.S. Muslim. From there, the discussion moves on the current role of Israel in Palestine, which sees Muslims relegated to live in scrase territorial portions. Singh, with the help of interactive maps, points out that since 1948, the year of establishment of the state of Israel, through 1967 and for 1973, it has expanded the Palestinian territory in violation of international obligations. Particular attention is devoted to the figure of the terrorist Muslim Singh proposes, by means of interviews in the documentary, the argument that not all Arabs should be considered terrorists by the mere fact of being a Muslim. Many terrorist acts implemented by Muslims, although not shared, according to Singh originate from acts of violence perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people. Singh also manages to put very well how tenuous the distinction between the figure of the terrorist and that of those who resist to protect the integrity of its territory and the unity of its people, and in this sense shows images of former Israeli terrorists then dievenuti ministers.
In ninety-five minutes of documentary Singh entrusted the support of his thesis to the likes of Gore Vidal, one of the greatest writers and observers of American society, recently deceased, Melani McAlister, associate professor at George Washington University, John J. Mearsheimer University of Chicago professor and author of the innovative essay Israel Lobby, Robert Fisk of The Independent correspondent in Beirut internationally renowned and Anthony Shadid considered the best journalist of his generation on the Middle East.
Israeli Official Predicts Syria’s Fragmentation and for Lebanon to Suffer Same Fate
Last week I sent out my article on the fragmentation of Syria; now it is even openly predicted by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, which he points out will benefit Israel—exactly the goal of the Yinon plan (http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/articles/article0005345.html). See the message below from Maidhc Ó Cathail who runs The Passionate Attachment website: http://thepassionateattachment.com/
My article–“The Yinon Thesis Vindicated: Neocons, Israel, and the Fragmentation of Syria”– can be found there and also at the following websites, among others.
From: Maidhc Ó Cathail
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:36 PM
To: Stephen Sniegoski
Subject: Ayalon Predicts Syria’s Fragmentation and for Lebanon to Suffer Same Fate
The Yinon strategy appears to be going to plan…
Israeli deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon noted on Friday that the Arab world is passing through a phase that will restore it back to the way it was before World War I, reported Israel Radio.
He also predicted Syria’s fragmentation into provinces, adding that Lebanon will suffer the same fate in the future.
He ruled out the possibility of the emergence of an Arab alliance that would stand in opposition to Israel in the next 10 to 15 years.
After their internal instability, the Arab countries will realize the importance of cooperating with Israel, he added.
Israel lobby pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran: