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Who is running Libya?

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“The Central Intelligence Agency and other spy services are also putting their muscle behind the effort to safeguard mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents that the colonel’s regime had stockpiled at sites around the cou

U.S., Allies Join Manhunt for Gadhafi

Intelligence Agencies Believe They Have Identified Possible Hiding Places; a Plan to Safeguard Chemical Weapons, Missile.

By ADAM ENTOUS 
&  SIOBHAN GORMAN

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and its allies are joining the rebel-led manhunt for Col. Moammar Gadhafi, repositioning intelligence agents and targeting surveillance equipment to narrow the search for the elusive Libyan strongman, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

The Central Intelligence Agency and other spy services are also putting their muscle behind the effort to safeguard mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents that the colonel’s regime had stockpiled at sites around the country, the officials said.

ReutersCol. Gadhafi, right, playing chess with World Chess Federation President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in Tripoli in June.

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U.S. intelligence agencies say they believe Col. Gadhafi slipped out of his main security compound in Tripoli ahead of the rebel advance into the capital this week. But officials believe they have identified several possible sites where Col. Gadhafi could be hiding.

The hunt for Col. Gadhafi has become a top priority because of concerns that the six-month conflict won’t end as long as the man who has ruled the country for 42 years remains at large and can threaten a comeback.

“Clearly, locating Gadhafi is important for closure, so it will be one of several key collection priorities in this next phase of the conflict,” said a U.S. official.

CIA operatives on the ground in Libya have been supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s air campaign, as well as the rebel leadership, the National Transitional Council. Those intelligence operations are supplemented with other collection methods, including satellites and unmanned surveillance aircraft.

Associated PressLibyan rebels patrolled near a building in Tripoli on Wednesday after hearing rumors that one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons was hiding inside. The U.S. said it had no evidence that the colonel has left the country.

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If Col. Gadhafi’s location is pinpointed, the response could take any number of forms depending on the situation, said U.S. officials. Among the options: The position could be bombed from the air, the CIA could send its own operatives, or special forces from Britain and France could move in. The U.S. doesn’t have military personnel on the ground inside Libya, and President Barack Obama has made clear that situation won’t change.

In addition to chemical-weapons agents, Tripoli also maintains control of aging Scud B missiles, U.S. officials said, as well as 1,000 metric tons (1,100 tons) of uranium yellowcake and vast amounts of conventional weapons that Col. Gadhafi had, in the past, provided to militants operating in such hot spots as Sudan and Chad.

The Obama administration considers securing those weapons and materials a clear priority now that Col. Gadhafi appears to have lost his grip on power.

On Edge in Libya

Track fighting and city control around the country.

Rebels Fight for Control

Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesRebels gathered at Col. Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli Wednesday.

Timeline: Moammar Gadhafi’s Libya

See some key dates in Col. Gadhafi’s 42-year reign.

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg NewsCol. Gadhafi addressed the U.N. General Assembly in September 2009.

Map: Regional Upheaval

Track events day by day in the region.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the U.S. has been monitoring the known missile and chemical-agent storage facilities since the start of the conflict.

“We believe that these known missile and chemical agent storage facilities remain secure, and we’ve not seen any activity, based on our national technical means, to give us concern that they have been compromised,” she said.

Taking lessons from the chaos that followed the 2003 toppling of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the U.S. and its allies have been advising the Libyan rebel council on detailed plans to prevent revenge killings and looting of, among other things, weapons depots and chemical storage facilities.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is concerned about Col. Gadhafi’s weapons falling into the wrong hands. The administration, he said, is consulting with the rebel leadership about those concerns.

Col. Gadhafi agreed in 2003 to scrap his weapons-of-mass-destruction program, but is thought to have kept several tons of mustard gas and large supplies of precursor chemicals that could be used to create chemical weapons.

Intelligence agencies have long believed that al Qaeda and its allies have been seeking such materials for use in terror attacks.

U.S. intelligence agencies worry that al Qaeda-affiliated militants operatingin North Africa could take advantage of the post-Gadhafi chaos to try to secure new weapons to use against Western targets. They also fear that Col. Gadhafi, in desperation, will either use the weapons himself or sell them to America’s enemies.

With the rebels solidifying their hold on Tripoli, the U.S. believes, Col. Gadhafi is quickly losing day-to-day command and control of his forces. “What is clear is that the whole Col. Gadhafi apparatus is crumbling,” a senior Obama administration official said.

“Right now, Gadhafi’s No. 1 concern is probably self-preservation, not commanding whatever remains of his regime,” another U.S. official said.

Col. Gadhafi apparently abandoned his Bab al-Aziziya fortress compound in Tripoli up to “several days” before the rebels overran it Tuesday, a senior U.S. defense official said. Other officials said the intelligence was far from clear-cut.

While the U.S. hasn’t pinpointed Col. Gadhafi’s precise location, officials say intelligence agencies have identified several places inside and outside of Tripoli where the leader may be seeking refuge. Those sites, which officials declined to identify, are the focus of the intelligence-gathering efforts aimed at finding Col. Gadhafi.

“We have some ideas” about where Col. Gadhafi is likely to be hiding, a senior U.S. defense official said. The U.S. is sharing the information it collects with NATO allies and rebel representatives, and vice versa, officials said.

U.S. intelligence agencies believe Col. Gadhafi has been seriously considering abandoning Tripoli for several months and has established several safe-houses outside of the capital where he could hide in the event Tripoli was overrun by the rebels.

Still, officials are keeping an open mind about where he might seek refuge.

“Gadhafi’s options are more limited each passing day,” the U.S. official said. “But as history suggests, people who don’t want to be found can be pretty resourceful, so it makes sense to keep an open mind on where he might be.

Mr. Earnest, the White House spokesman, said the administration still has “no evidence” that Col. Gadhafi has left Libya.

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NATO Transitional Counci

“But the facts are unavoidable.Without the 20,000 air sorties, arms supplies and logistical support of the most powerful states in the world, they would not be calling the shots in Tripoli today. The assault on the capital was supported by the heaviest Nato bombardment to date.
Western intelligence and special forces have been on the ground for months – in mockery of the UN – training, planning and co-ordinating rebel operations.  It was the leading Nato states that championed and funded the Transitional National Council – including members with longstanding CIA and MI6 links – and officials from Nato states who drew up the stabilisation plan now being implemented on theground.”

Libya’s imperial hijacking is a threat to the Arab revolution

Only when those who fought Gaddafi force Nato to leave will Libyans be able to take control of their country

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Rebels push an abandoned car inside the main Gaddafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli on 23 August. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/AP

They don’t give up. For the third time in a decade, British and US forces have played the decisive role in the overthrow of an Arab or Muslim regime. As rebel forces pressed home their advantage across Libya under continuing Nato air support , politicians in London and Paris preened themselves on their role as the midwives of a “new Libya”.

It’s all supposed to be different this time, of course. The lessons of the west’s blood-drenched occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are said to have been learned: no boots on the ground, UN backing, proper planning and Libyans in the lead. But the echoes of Baghdad and, even more, Kabul have been eerie – and not only in the made-for-TV images of the sacking of compounds and smashing of statues, or the street banners hailing Nato leaders.

As in Afghanistan in 2001, the western powers have taken sides in a civil war, relying on air power and special forces to turn the tide against an unpopular authoritarian regime.

In Libya, the basis for foreign military intervention has been the claim that Muammar Gaddafi’s forces were about to carry out a massacre of civilians in Benghazi after he threatened to hunt down armed rebels “house to house”. Violent repression was certainly meted out against a popular uprising, but once insurrection had morphed into war there’s little evidence that the regime’s troops were in a position to overrun an armed and hostile city of 700,000 people. And reports from Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have since cast serious doubt on a string of war atrocity stories used to justify Nato bombing.

But they helped deliver UN resolution 1973, authorising “all necessary means” to protect Libyan civilians. That has since been used as Nato’s fig leaf to justify the onslaught against Gaddafi and deliver regime change from the air. And while the western powers claimed to be saving lives, thousands have died on the ground – including uncounted numbers of civilians killed by Nato’s own air attacks, such as the 85 reported incinerated near Zlitan earlier this month.

If stopping the killing had been the real aim, Nato states would have backed a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement, rather than repeatedly vetoing both. Instead, after having lost serious strategic ground in the Arab revolutions, the Libyan war offered the US, Britain and France a chance to put themselves at the heart of the process while bringing to heel an unreliable state with the largest oil reserves in Africa.

None of that means the euphoria on the streets of Libyan cities at the fall of a regime long decayed into dynastic despotism isn’t entirely genuine. Or that the rebels who fought their way across the country haven’t made heavy sacrifices for a victory they regard as their own – let alone that Libyans were incapable of bringing down the Gaddafi regime by themselves.

But the facts are unavoidable.Without the 20,000 air sorties, arms supplies and logistical support of the most powerful states in the world, they would not be calling the shots in Tripoli today. The assault on the capital was supported by the heaviest Nato bombardment to date. Western intelligence and special forces have been on the ground for months – in mockery of the UN – training, planning and co-ordinating rebel operations.

It was the leading Nato states that championed and funded the Transitional National Council – including members with longstanding CIA and MI6 links – and officials from Nato states who drew up the stabilisation plan now being implemented on the ground.

However glad people are to see the fall of the Gaddafi clan, it’s clear that such intimate involvement of the US and the former colonial powers taints and undermines the legitimacy of Libya’s transformation. They will expect a payback for their investment in the Libyan war: in oil and commercial deals, political support and perhaps even the return of western military bases.

The British government’s refusal to rule out sending troops to take part in a “stabilisation operation” is an ominous sign of where Libya may be heading. And if Libyans end up with the kind of democracy foisted on Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of their western advisers, that will be no liberation at all.

Beyond Libya, the apparent success of Nato’s operation has given an unwelcome boost to the doctrine of pick-and-choose liberal interventionism, just as its dangers had come to be recognised in the wake of the disasters of the war on terror. That matters in the Middle East now more than ever.

Since the Arab revolution despatched two western-backed dictators in quick succession at the start of the year, there has been a three-pronged drive by the west to bring it under control. In Egypt, US and Saudi money has been poured in to suborn it. In Bahrain, conservative Gulf states have been given support to crush the uprising by force. And in Libya, the western powers have attempted to hijack it, while channelling covert support to the brutally repressed opposition in Syria.

There are many in the region who now hope the fall of Gaddafi will give new momentum to the stalled Arab awakening, bringing down another autocrat, perhaps in Yemen. But the risk could instead be that it sends a message that regimes can only now be despatched with the armed support of Washington, London and Paris – available in the most select circumstances.

Nato’s intervention in Libya is a threat to the Arab revolution, but the forces that have been unleashed in the region won’t be turned back so easily. Many of those who have fought for power in Libya, including Islamists, clearly won’t accept the dispensation that’s been prepared for them. But only when Nato and its bagmen are forced to leave Libya can Libyans truly take control of their own country.

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Nazi’s Murder Campaign Against Gaza Continues

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Hit Gaza Strip hard, now

Self-declared leftist Yakir Elkariv says Israel must pound Gaza terrorists, without apologies

Yakir Elkariv

Even if you turn Israel upside down and shake it up, you won’t find a worse leftist than me. If it depended on me, in the framework of an agreement with the Palestinians they would get a state with east Jerusalem as its capital, and a few more gestures “on the house.” Peace is not a favor we’re doing someone, but rather, the most genuine guarantee for the continued existence of the Zionist enterprise, or what we refer to as “home.”

All of the above is true on normal days – when everyone makes an effort to behave like adults. Yet until this happens, we cannot allow the wellbeing and security of hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens – southern residents in this case – to hinge on the caprices of some member of some resistance committee that convenes at some cave or tunnel somewhere in Gaza.

If the abovementioned killer wakes up in the morning and decides to fire a missile or launch an attack on Israel, it’s our duty to ensure that he and his gang will not be seeing the sunset that day.

During the tent protest, top security officials raised a hue and cry when it appeared that a threat hovers above their holy budget. We paid more than NIS 55 billion (roughly $16 billion) in the last fiscal year in order to maintain this immense defense establishment, yet a bunch of Muslims with cheap Kalashnikovs and slightly more expensive Grad rockets are still dictating our national agenda and sending Beersheba and Ashdod residents into bomb shelters?

Israel won’t forgive or forget

The operation in Gaza should have started yesterday, or the day before, and it should be conducted like an operation that a modern army, which utilizes satellites and drones, can execute in the 21st Century. Not by spraying the Strip with bullets in the hopes of hitting someone or with tank columns that look bad on foreign TV networks.

We need to do the opposite. Accurately hit only those who are involved – without apologizing to the Egyptians and without feelings of guilt towards the Palestinian Authority. One can call it terrorism or resistance; it doesn’t matter. Anyone engaging in this kind of activity must know that Israel will not forget and will not forgive. The years of relative quiet that followed Operation Cast Lead proved that power brings results.

We can discuss the screw-up in communication between the Shin Bet and IDF that allowed Thursday’s multipronged terror attack to materialize later on. There are also no illusions that this would be the last round of fighting in Gaza. Yet this should not prevent us from doing the right thing, at the right time. And the right time is now.

 

Notice how at the end the Al-Jazeera correspondent presents the standard false equivalence between Israel and Gaza. Mubarak fell and now aljazeera English replaced him. 

Notice how at the end the Al-Jazeera correspondent presents the standard false equivalence between Israel and Gaza. Mubarak fell and now aljazeera English replaced him. 

 


A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a site hit by an Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinians watch as a bulldozer dig in a smuggling tunnel following an Israeli air strike on the site on the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Palestinian militants fired rocket barrages that wounded an Israeli baby Wednesday, and Israel retaliated with airstrikes that killed four Gaza fighters, Gaza officials said. The Israeli military said its aircraft hit a weapons storage facility and smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, retaliation for Wednesday’s rocket fire. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

Palestinians inspect the damage at a smuggling tunnel following an Israeli air strike on the site on the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Palestinians inspect the grounds of a sporting club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia, on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed five Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services told AFP..(Photo credit MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a site hit by an Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinians inspect the grounds of a sporting club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia, on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed five Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services told AFP. (Photo credit MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinians inspect the grounds of a sporting club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia, on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed five Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services told AFP. (Photo credit MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Relatives of Palestinian Salam al-Masri mourn during his funeral in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed five Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services said. Photo credit MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

The body of Palestinian boy Salama Al Masri is displayed at the mortuary of Kamal Adwan Hospital. — The body of Palestinian boy Salama Al Masri lies in the mortuary of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli air strike. Palestinian Territory. 25th August 2011

A relative of Palestinian Hisham Abu Harb mourns during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 25, 2011.

Relatives of Palestinian Hisham Abu Harb mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 25, 2011.

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Salam al-Masri during his funeral in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011.

Relatives of Palestinian Hisham Abu Harb mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 25, 2011.

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Salam al-Masri during his funeral in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011.

A relative of Palestinian Hisham Abu Harb mourns during his funeral in Rafah in the Southern Gaza Strip on August 25, 2011.

A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a site hit by an Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

A headmistress walks in a kindergarten that was damaged during an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011. Israeli air strikes killed five people including a local commander of the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, and wounded seven others despite a two-day-old truce, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian women inspects damages at a kids’ sporting club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed five Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services said. Photo credit MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians inspect damages at a kids’ sporting club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed five Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services said. Photo credit MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian boy carries a table inside a kindergarten that was damaged during an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011. Israeli air strikes killed five people including a local commander of the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, and wounded seven others despite a two-day-old truce, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A Palestinian woman inspects damages at a kids’ sporting club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed six Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services said. (Photo credit MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian is reflected in a mirror as he surveys a house damaged during an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011.

Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Ateya Mkat, 22, who was killed in an Israeli air strike Wednesday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Palestinians carry the body of Salama Al-Masri, who was killed during Israeli air strikes, during his funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011.

Palestinians carry the body of Salama Al-Masri, who was killed during Israeli air strikes, during his funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011.

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Salama al Masri, 19, during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Relatives of Palestinian Hesham Harb, who was killed during Israeli air strikes, mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011.

A wounded Palestinian woman receives treatment into Kama Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia on August 25, 2011.

Palestinian relatives of Hesham Abu Harb, 20, killed in an Israeli air strike Wednesday, react during his funeral in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

The mother of Hesham Abu Harb, 20, killed in an Israeli air strike Wednesday, reacts during his funeral in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Ateya Mkat, 22, killed in an Israeli air strike Wednesday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Relatives of Palestinian Hesham Harb, who was killed during Israeli air strikes, mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011.

Relatives react during the funeral of Palestinian Salama al Masri, 19, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

Palestinian relatives of Hesham Abu Harb, 20, killed in an Israeli air strike Wednesday, react during his funeral in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

A relative of Palestinian Salama Al-Masri, who was killed during Israeli air strikes, mourns during his funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2011.

 

Relatives mourn over the body of Islamic Jihad militant Alaa Hamdan during his funeral in Gaza City on August, 26 2011

 

Palestinian carry the body of Islamic Jihad resistance fighter Alaa Abu Al-Khair who was killed during Israeli air strikes, during his funeral in Gaza City August 26, 2011.

 

Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad Resistance Fighter Alaa Abu Al Khair, who was killed in an Israeli air strike Thursday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

 

Palestinians pray as they gather around the bodies of Islamic Jihad resistance fighters Alaa Abu Al Khair, left, and Salim El Arapid, who were killed in an Israeli air strike Thursday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

 

Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad Resistance Fighter Salim El Arapid, who was killed in an Israeli air strike Thursday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

 

Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad Resistance Fighter Alaa Abu Al Khair, who was killed in an Israeli air strike Thursday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

 

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Islamic Jihad Resistance Fighter Alaa Hamdan during his funeral in Gaza City on August 26, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The mighty Zionist struggle against racism

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The relation between Zionism and racism never ceases to amaze. On the one hand, Israel’s willing apologists can’t see 90% of the racism in Israel. Some can’t see 110%. On the other hand, they have an ear with absolute pitch and subliminal sensitivity, that identifies not just racist notes, but even forth and fifth harmonics of racism, no matter how inaudible even to expert musicologists.

But they hear those exquisitely difficult to hear tones on two conditions only: 1. The victim of racism is not an Arab. 2. The “perpetrator” of racism has criticized Israel. If those two conditions are not met, you can treat these “anti-racist” lions to the crudest racist diatribes and be certain they will never ever roar. Such ears, carefully attuned to hear only what’s important to the hunt and discard everything else, are an evolutionary marvel fit for a David Attenborough TV special. If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect the Volcani Center found a way to genetically engineer that old Zionist dream, a “new man.”

The latest example is Adam Holland’s assault on Silverstein’s “racism.” Now, if you want to know who Adam Holland is, it would be enough to note that he lists among his recommended links, MEMRI, a US government fundedIsraeli security apparatus initiatedpro Saudi antisemitism, but otherwiseIslamophobic, (mis)translation and disinformation service. You can go through his blog, but I saw nothing there to cast doubt on the idea that Adam Holland major concern is defending Israeli apartheid.

Holland is unhappy that Richard Silverstein dared criticize a Black politician for taking AIPAC’s blood stained money and for writing (was it a quid pro quo, or just the appearance thereof?) a nauseating op-ed in Der Jerusalem Stürmer. I must thank Silverstein for reading through that filth, as I would otherwise not know of it. In that op-ed, Jesse Jackson “advises” Palestinians (like a Mafioso, without even saying it) not to seek UN recognition, and worse, not to engage is massive civil, non-violent protest, because of the negative effect that this will have on the US.

To add to the injury, he used Martin Luther King as his inspiration for that advice! In the same breath, Jackson also criticized Palestinians for NOT having a non-violent resistance (which is a lie) AND attacked (in a racist, ad hominem way) Marwan Barghouti for calling for non-violent resistance, AND advocated himself that Palestinians should be “pursuing a path of nonviolent active resistance.” In this mishmash of lies and nonsense, he also approvingly cited Israel’s top fascist Avigdor Lieberman, commended Netanyahu for his willingness to meaningless “talk,” and, in a telling reflection of this knave’s genuflection before US and Israeli militarism, referred to his own visit in Israel as “boots on the ground.”

To be clear, other than the fact that Jackson used MLK to justify surrender to racism, there was nothing about Jackson’s performance to which the fact that he is African-American makes any difference. It was the kind of weaseled, uninformed, stupid, anti-people, militaristic, genuflecting and obsequious to power performance that one expects from anyone feeding at the trough of US gunboat capital. That is also a point on which I will disagree with Silverstein, since his focus on the Black Caucus’s relation with AIPAC did not include any substantial argument related to their role as representatives of African American interests, there was no reason to criticize Black representatives separately from white representatives on matters where there is really no difference between the two.

What is Holland’s smokin’ gun? Silverstein spelled words without the final ‘g’, “whorin’ and schnorrin'”. That, according to Holland’s exquisitely tuned ear, is supposed to be a parody of African American linguistic practices. puleeeeze! Is that it! Dropin’ that f**in’ g’ is racist? As Silverstein points out, the phrase was applied to Congress, not to Jackson, and the usage is all American, just listen to George Bush speakin’. It could have been a racist overtone if Silverstein had used the form specifically to parody Jackson, which he didn’t. But here’s a deal, dear Adam, if you support the Palestinian Right of Return, I will support legislation that forbids Jewish Israelis from using expressions such as “dir balak” as well as mangling “yl’an dinak.” Together we can score two against racism!

Then Holland got exercised by Silverstein’s reply, titled “The Negro’s greatest friend,” a title which Holland found offensive. I assume it was supposed to be offensive, because it was clearly meant to offend Holland by painting him as a kind of benevolent white guy who supported slavery but got really offended when slave owners didn’t use Mr. and Mrs. when talking to their slaves. If that was Silverstein’s intention, bully! Although the pose Holland is striking is worse. Holland is using false accusations of racism against one group of people, African Americans, in order to defend racism against another group of people.

Far from us however to discourage Holland from his new commitment to fighting racism. We certainly need more people. Here are some interesting topics that, given his present activities, suggest Holland might be uniquely qualified to tackle: the use of white racist imagery and arguments in the US political discourse in support of Israel mass murdering of Palestinians, for example, by Rabbi Hier. The use of the false accusation of antisemitism in order to derail African-American attempt to win reparations. The role of Zionist donations in undermining political representation for poor and oppressed African American communities. The historical ties between Black liberation movements and Palestine. The link betweenBlack struggle and BDS. One can go on. Lots of work for you, Adam! We’ll keep an eye on your progress.

Afterthought: 

Mondoweiss, as usual, was first on the story, and as often, got high on its hobby horse and missed the point. Although it is surprising he didn’t, Holland did not define the phrase “pro-Israel rich Jews” as racially offensive, although he clearly didn’t like it. His attack on Silverstein was, for a change, not riding on antisemitism, but on racism against Blacks. That is also common Zionist practice, and something worth criticizing in its own sake, not only in solidarity with Palestinians, which Weiss gets, but also in support of the millions of African Americans who continue to be victims, as jail inmates and their families, as poor people, as evictees, as unemployed, of US imperialism, militarism, racism and capitalism. That latter point, I am afraid, is still one with which Weiss has quite a lot of difficulty.

UPDATE: Another thought

The reason J Street attacked Silverstein has nothing to do with ideas. J Street is building power in Washington, and they need powerful friends. Jackson is the kind of Democratic weasel who is closer to J-Street ideologically. J-Street, by presenting itself as more “balanced,” can help Jackson reconcile his African American voters with apartheid in a way AIPAC cannot. If J-Street cannot win Jackson, it has no hope of ever getting anyway near power. That is why it is defended Jackson.

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Proxy War and Politics in Pakistan

By: Mirza Aslam Beg

 

Terrorists fighting proxy war in Karchi

 

The ‘Proxy War on Pakistan’ got mixed-up with politics, after the occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, creating an orgy of social violence, terror, corruption and bad governance. Day to day life in Pakistan thus, has lot its charm. Business activities are dying down; capital is flowing-out and fear and despondency have gripped the nation.

It is not difficult to identify the perpetrators of the proxy war, particularly in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Balochistan and Sindh. The spy network in Afghanistan, created in 2001, under RAW, supported by CIA, Mossad, MI-6 and BND, has been targeting all the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan, particularly Pakistan, and succeeded in turning the war against Pakistan, by the year 2005. Since then, our army is engaged in a running battle with our own tribals. Swat Dir and Bajaur are relatively calm, but FATA is boiling. The insurgency in Balochistan is being fomented by the same spy network in Afghanistan. I wrote about this network operating against Pakistan, in the article titled: “Global Conspiracies against Pakistan”, published in national dailies on 14th August 2007:

“Sarobi near Kabul, is the nerve center headed by an Indian General officer, who also commands the Border Road Organization (BRO). Its forward bases are, Ghazni, Khowst, Gardez, Jalalabad, Asadabad, Wakhan and Faizabad. Faizabad training camp depicts a Pakistani camp for Chinese dissidents, with Muslim mullahs, trainers and guards. BRO has built an all weather road from Sarobi to Asadabad to Faizabad. Sarobi network, targets the province of NWFP, Pakistan. Dissidents from Pakistan are trained at Sarobi for missions inside NWFP. Wakhan salient has been infested with dozens of electronic outposts, covering Pakistan, China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.”

“Kandahar, with its forward bases, is targeting Balochistan. The dissidents from Balochistan are trained at Lashkargah for undertaking missions, with support of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). One of their tasks is to target Chinese working in the province, particularly at Gwadar, Sandak and Hab. From the anchorages, on the Pakistani coast at Jiwani and Kot-Kalamat, Americans jointly plan operations with BLA, inside Balochistan. They also use the Pakistani out-posts at Mand, for operations inside Iran. The American warships in the Arabian Sea and their intelligence bases in Muscat, provide the back-up support. The facilities at Jiwani and Kot-Kalamat were provided by Pakistan, as logistic support bases to the Americans for operation in Afghanistan, but the same are now being used to destabilize Balochistan and Iran.”

The proxy war in Sindh, presents a different picture, as it targets Karachi, the nerve centre of Pakistan and mixed with politics, presents a very dangerous situation. The factors, such as the ‘demographic imbalance’ caused by influx of Pashtuns from the North, and the flood affected internally displaced population from Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, seeking refuge in Karachi, add to the social disorder, being exploited by foreign hands.

The politics in Sindh is hostage to MQM’s grid-hold over Karachi and Hyderabad, which is being challenged by other political and ethnic groups, who want to create political space for themselves, in areas, which MQM considers as their exclusive reserve. The clash of interests thus has resulted into violence and blood-letting and took a new turn, as MQM, decided to split with the government at federal and provincial levels. This split was totally unexpected and was viewed as a conspiracy for ‘Regime Change”, because, American relations with the government of Pakistan and the army had soared and the desperate situation for the Americans in Afghanistan, demanded ‘a Compliant government in Pakistan and an Army Chief, of choice.’

The ‘Conspiracy’ aimed at creating a grand alliance of the opposition and the demand for early elections, to get rid of the government in power. But President Zardari acted fast to pre-empt the regime change plan. While he was on a visit abroad, the opposition groups in Karachi were provided a field day against the MQM, claiming space for themselves, that took many lives and Karachi shuddered. Zardari returned to Karachi and passed orders to ‘cut MQM to size.’ Under the presidential notification, the local body’s ordinance was changed, denying power, privileges and projects to MQM; the new Karachi Hyderabad constituency demarcation order was repealed, reducing about thirty percent seats, that MQM could win in the next elections. At the same time intelligence reports about MQM’s gung-ho politics were sent to London. The MQM thus found itself tricked and cheated by the British and American planners, whose plan for regime-change was foiled by Zardari.

Altaf Hussain in London cried-out for being scape-goated. The Americans and the British diplomats came rushing to Karachi to negotiate peace. The Sindh government agreed to take MQM back into the fold. The governor returned to his seat and the ‘damaging presidential ordinances were withdrawn. MQM now, badly bruised and battered is expected to join the government. Zardari has won, conspiracy has failed, but many innocent Pakistanis have lost their lives at the alter of our ‘politics and proxy war’.

Pakistani nation is facing multi-dimensional threat to its security and this is not the time to rock the boat. No doubt change is needed but through the constitutional process, because the ‘hidden hands’ which destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, now are focusing on Libya and Syria and may soon return to strike at Pakistan. The ‘ruling junta’ in Pakistan is seeking ‘political consensus’ to complete the tenure and remains devoid of the political will to deal with the burning problems in the North-West region, Balochistan and Karachi. The Karachi turmoil has given the wake-up call to the people of Pakistan, to correct the course, before it is too late.

And in the absence of good ideas and options, for change, let our politicians have a look at the Anti-corruption movement of the Indian political activist, Anna Hazare (annahazare.com) and start a movement, in real earnest, than giving hollow statements, having no meaning  at all. The opposition leaders could provide the lead and many would follow them. But they have to do a lot of home-work to carefully prepare ‘the Bill’ to be tabled in the national assembly. The bill must initiate the policy and the plan of action, ensuring that “it is forged-out of the utter failure of our representative democracy, and that the democratic institutions remain accessible to ordinary people.

Anna Hazare seems have a better understanding of the meaning of the words of God:

“Thus have we placed leaders in every town, its wicked men, to plot

(and burrow) there-in, but they only plot against their own souls and

they perceive it not.” – Surah Al-Annam. 123 

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Altaf Hussain caught!

He was escaping to South Africa? 

By Special Correspondent 

 

Altaf Hussain displaying his grief with Imran Farooq’s father

London: The London Post has reported Altaf Hussain self exiled leader of MQM-A caught escaping to South Africa by the authorities. According to sources, ‘Altaf Hussain was hiding in the Wrexham area close to Slough in Berkshire for the past few days. He was stopped when was going to Heathrow Airport in a private taxi. Interestingly the taxi driver was a Pakistani whom Mr Hussain thought as an English man due to his appearance.

Proud display of British Passport

According to sources Altaf Hussain told the authorities that, ‘he is leaving UK and going to South Africa for security reasons and personal protection’. According to sources he was told that, ‘security can be provided to him in the UK’. It is not yet clear if Mr Hussain detained or taken in protective custody. Mr Altaf Hussain is a British Citizen and living in self imposed exile since 1992.  He is never been to Pakistan since 1992, not a registered voter now and never voted in any elections ever since.

Earlier yesterday it was reported that British police raided two addresses including an office of  MQM-A in London in connection with the on going murder investigation of Dr Imran Farooq. It is reported that police took the crucial evidence in custody including the carpets for forensic investigation.   According to reports 35 well trained officers of the Scotland Yard took part in the operation on Thursday 24th August 2011”.

It is reported that those MQM-A terrorists arrested in Karachi were actually coming from Colombo Sri Lanka and had connections with the murder of Dr Imran Farooq. The arrests took place as result of tip off from British authorities.

According to reports both Khalid Shamim and another MQM-A terrorists who were arrested in Karachi while arriving from Colombo actually called in to be eliminated in Karachi by their own party MQM-A.   They had crucial information related to Dr Imran Farooq’s murder as well as target killing cells in various countries including South Africa. They knew too much about the MQM-A illegal and terrorist activities and needed to be eliminated that is why they were called in Karachi. They are lucky to be alive in the custody of Pakistani authorities than killed by their own death squad.

Courtesy The London Post

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Pakistan: Originators of Sectarian Violence

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By Sajjad Shaukat        

women protesting against killings in Karachi

Although various sorts of violence-related terrorist acts continue in Pakistan and these have intensified in Karachi, yet sectarian violence which is part of the same game also needs our focus.

In this regard, on August 20 this year, more than 50 people, belonging to the Shia community were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Jamrud. In another violent attack, on July 30, 12 persons were shot dead in Quetta when unidentified armed men opened fire at Suzuki van. During the months of June and July, in four separate incidents, around 40 Shia Muslims were gunned down in Quetta. However, after the August 20 incident, the enraged people went on a rampage and set tyres on fire to block the road. They also opened fire and one man was killed. In these terms, the originators of sectarian violence need particular analysis.

It is of particular attention that faced with an unending resistance in Iraq, the US had planned to spark a civil war between the Sunnis and Shias. In this context, a study of the Rand Corporation, titled ‘US Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11’ was conducted on behalf of the then US Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force.

The report of the Rand Corporation-a leading think tank, released on December 27, 2004 advocated that Sunni-Shia sectarian division should be exploited to promote the US objectives in the Muslim World. The study indicated that a majority of the world’s Muslims are Sunni, but a significant minority, about 15 percent of the global population is Shias.

The report of the Rand Corporation was first implemented in Iraq. In this context, American CIA also got the services of Israeli secret agency Mossad and Indian RAW in order to fuel sectarian violence in Iraq. In 2004, major terror-attacks were conducted against the Shias in Karbala and Baghdad, while US-led some countries accused Iran and Al-Qaeda for the incidents to divert the attention from the said secret agencies.

Arab leaders said that they feared the bombings were meant to sow discord between Iraqi Shias and Sunni Muslims. Likewise both the Sunni and Shia leaders of Iraq have found it difficult to believe that Al-Qeada were behind the bombings. In that respect, the prayer leader, Syed Ahmed Bukhari at the Jama Masjid of India stated, “America is fully involved in sectarian violence” in Iraq.

Nevertheless, afterwards, a chain of Shia-Sunni clashes started between Iraqi Shias and Sunnis, targeting each other’s mosques through bomb blasts, suicide attacks, and

Sectarian killings don’t run into people but hidden hands carry them out

killings of their religious leaders. The general masses of both the sects, which could not grasp the reality, began to blame each other’s group for the subversive activities.

After experiment in Iraq, more deadly pattern of sectarian violence and clashes was conducted in Pakistan.

In this connection, the year of 2011 witnessed a number of sectarian events. For instance, on January 25, a suicide bomber struck in the Urdu Bazaar area of Lahore, killing 10 people including a woman and three Policemen. On February 22, a prominent leader of the Shia community was shot dead by the unidentified attackers in the vicinity of Peshawar. On April 3, 51 persons were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the shrine of Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan in Dera Ghazi Khan. On July 16, the militants ambushed a bus carrying Sunni Muslims and massacred 10 passengers in Parachinar. On July 28, a prayer leader of Jamia Albadar mosque, Abdul Karim Mengal, was shot dead by unknown activists in Quetta.

In 2010, terror-related sectarian incidents continued. For example, on September 2, triple blasts killed more than 35 persons in Lahore when miscreants targeted the procession of Shias who were celebrating Hazrat Ali’s day of martyrdom. On the same day, seven people including a police constable were injured in Karachi when terrorists opened fire at the Youm-e-Ali rally. Next day, a deadly suicide attack in Quetta killed more than 55 people who participated in the rally of the Al-Quds Day. On May 28, armed assaults on two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore killed more than 70 people. On July 1, in Lahore, more than 45 persons were killed by the two suicidebombers at the Data Darbar.

Besides these subversive acts, similar pattern of attacks have kept on going in 2009. On December 4, suicide assaulters stormed a mosque in Rawalpindi, killing 40 people. On December 28, a blast in the middle of the Muharram procession killed more than 25 persons in Karachi as the Shias across the country were celebrating the key holy day of Ashoura. On June 12, a suicide bomber killed five people including anti-Taliban cleric Dr. Sarfraz Naeemi in Lahore.

Notably, in some cases, hand grenades were also used by the culprits and exchange of firing took place between the insurgents and security forces.

It is mentionable that some banned religious organisations have claimed responsibility for various sectarian attacks, but it is the game of RAW and CIA which arrange a message for media from an unidentified place in order to divert the attention of people towards these groups, and sometimes towards the Taliban. Otherwise, particularly RAW is well-known for carrying out sectarian terror attacks against minority Shias, Ahmadis, Sufis, Christians and Sikhs in Pakistan.

Especially, RAW has hired the services of the Indian Muslims who are on its payroll, and these agents have joined the ranks and files of the Taliban and other sectarian groups of Pakistan. Posing themselves as staunch believers, these agents target religious leaders and places of worship in Pakistan with a view to inciting the sentiments of the people of the opponent sect. The main aim behind is to continue sectarian disturbance in Pakistan.

In this respect, sinister role of Indian RAW could also be judged from some other events of sectarian violence. In 2008, in Khyber Agency, intermittent fighting between Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansar-ul-Islam had claimed as many as 1500 lives. Lashkar Islami is led by fanatic cleric Mangal Bagh who follows the puritanical Deobandi form of Sunni Islam and has close connections with the extremist Taliban of Afghanistan.

Besides other areas of Pakistan, more than 2000 people died in sectarian riots in Kurram Agency, bordering Afghanistan. Its areas have been hit by fierce clashes, pitching Sunni Muslims against the minority Shias. A number of ceasefires was concluded between the warring sects with the help of government officials and the tribal Maliks, but the same proved fruitless owing to the support from Afghanistan where more than hundred training centers covertly established by RAW are supervising anti-Pakistan activities with the tactical help CIA and Mossad.

Although the whole Islamic world is target of Indo-Israeli plot, yet the same has intensified in case of Pakistan and Iran. It is due to the fact that Pakistan is a declared atomic country, while Iran is determined to continue its nuclear programme. In this regard, US-led some countries, especially India have been sabotaging Pak-Iranian ties covertly, while sectarian unrest is also part of their game. Notably, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and a Sunni militant group Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which get arms from RAW and CIA are responsible for many sectarian assaults on Sunnis and Shias.

In the past few years, their militants with the cooperation of foreign agents also kidnapped and killed Iranian nationals in Pakistan. In this respect, on October 18, 2009, a suicide attack had killed several officers in the Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan. On December 15, 2010, two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a mosque in Iran, killing 39 people. Jundullah claimed responsibility for these incidents. Regarding all these attacks, Tehran had directly accused CIA for funding of that type of terrorist attacks, while diverting the attention of Iran towards Islamabad through secret propaganda.

In this context, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei disclosed, “The bloody actions being committed in Iraq, Pakistan and Iran are aimed at creating a division between the Shias and Sunnis…those who carry out these terrorist actions are directly or indirectly foreign agents.”

No doubt, CIA, RAW and Mossad are the real originators of sectarian violence in Iraq and now in Pakistan as part of other subversive acts which keep on going.

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Palestine: Arduous odyssey of statehood

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Israeli morals and humanity begin and end with Palestinian killings

Even the close allies of Israel and those who support the continued occupation of Palestine admit in their privacy that the actions and policies of the Israeli regime are beyond the pale and run counter to the very principles of humanity and morality.

By Dr. Ismail Salami and Kourosh Ziabari

The plight of the Palestinian people is no closed book to anyone in the world; a subjugated nation which has been unjustifiably subjected to discrimination and violence for the past 6 decades.

Even the close allies of Israel and those who support the continued occupation of Palestine admit in their privacy that the actions and policies of the Israeli regime are beyond the pale and run counter to the very principles of humanity and morality.

Everyday, the mass media run reports of several Palestinians being killed or injured by the Israeli forces. Hundreds of Palestinian children and women are incarcerated in Israeli jails and their dignity is flagrantly violated. The homes of the Palestinian citizens are demolished by huge bulldozers every day and Zionist settlements are constructed in their place.

In its nature as a colonizing regime, Israel has never spared any efforts to suppress the Palestinian nation. The 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead which claimed the lives of 1,417 Palestinians and destroyed a great deal of the infrastructure of Gaza coastal enclave including schools, mosques, hospitals and even the UN headquarters was only a simple example of Israel’s unrelenting atrocities against the people of Palestine.

Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has committed every type of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It constantly violated the international laws and regulations such as The Hague Regulations of 1907, Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and the customary laws of belligerent occupation; however, the United States and its European allies endowed Israel with immunity to the law and protected it from accountability before the international community. Since 1982 up to now, the United States vetoed 27 United Nations Security Council resolutions critical of Israel and hindered the investigation of Israel’s criminal actions including building illegal settlements on the Palestinian lands, deporting the Palestinian citizens from their hometown, incarcerating children and women without charges or holding tribunals for them and more importantly, building and accumulating nuclear weapons.

However, the Palestinians have realized that it is now time for their sufferings to come to an end and start a new era in the life of their browbeaten country. Actually, they are getting prepared for putting forward a proposal to the United Nations General Assembly to officially become the 194thmember of the United Nations.

On November 15, 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s National Council unilaterally adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence and claimed territories which still remained under the Israeli occupation. Since 1974 when the Arab League summit recognized PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people “and reaffirmed their right to establish an independent state of urgency”, Palestine has been accepted as an observer member of the United Nations without a right to participate in the General Assembly’s voting. After the declaration of independence, the UN General Assembly officially acknowledged the proclamation and voted to use the designation “Palestine” instead of “Palestine Liberation Organization” when referring to the Palestinian permanent observer.

Now after spending two decades as an observer state, Palestine is seeking full membership in the United Nations. When the General Assembly convenes on September 13, it will also decide on whether to accept Palestine as an official and sovereign state or not. However, the Palestinians have a long way to go to realize statehood and it’s almost a far-fetched and complicated journey for them.

According to an article recently published on New York Times and quoted by Stephen Lendman, “last March, Israel told UN Security Council members and other prominent EU countries it will act unilaterally if the General Assembly grants Palestine de jure membership in September inside 1967 borders, 22% of historic Palestine.”

As said by American author and political writer Stephen Lendman, if Palestine is granted full membership, Israel will likely deny recognition, continuing its illegal occupation, this time against a sovereign country; however, even if Israel keeps up with its hostility, the “automatic majority” of the UN General Assembly will take the side of Palestine.

The U.S. President who was recently snubbed by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he said that Israel should recognize the state of Palestine within the pre-1967 borders has rhetorically accepted with Palestine’s plans for submitting a bid for membership in the UN; however, he has implied that its terms, size, locations and timetable should be checked with and verified by Israel. In other words, “he supports Israeli veto power of Palestinian rights, including sovereignty, an unacceptable or illegal condition under international law,” wrote Lendman.

From a legal viewpoint, it’s said that Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories should end if Palestine succeeds in gaining a vote of statehood from two-third of the General Assembly members.

Lendman says that Washington has already provisionally recognized Palestine as an independent state and according to the UN Charter Article 80 (1), it cannot reverse its position by vetoing a Security Council resolution calling for Palestine’s UN admission.

Albeit, it should be kept in mind that even though Mahmoud Abbas, the acting chief of Palestinian Authority has made numerous concessions to Israel and tried to please the U.S. and its European allies, he has several enemies in the public sphere, especially among the U.S. congressmen, media personalities and pundits.

An article published by the American conservative FrontPage Magazine says that Palestine cannot meet the requirements of proposing full membership in the UN. “The first problem is that the PA cannot yet demonstrate all of the four characteristics required for statehood by international law.  A sovereign state is a political entity with a defined territory, a permanent population, a functioning government with the ability to exercise sovereignty over that territory (i.e., to command habitual obedience from that population by means of that state’s monopoly on the use of force), and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states,” the article says.

A recent poll conducted on 10,787 people by Press TV shows that 47 percent of the respondents believe the PA’s bid will gain the majority of the votes at the UN but will be vetoed by the US and a total of 24 percent say the US and Israel would prevent the bid from being presented at the UN General Assembly in September. Roughly 13 percent said the bid would fail to garner enough votes on account of the pressure exerted by Washington and Tel Aviv.

Indeed there are repercussions for the Zionist regime if Palestine succeeds in gaining recognition. A source in the Israeli government cites three repercussions in this regard:

1. International perception of Israel as an occupying state will shift to a colonizing one.

2.  The countries voting in favor of recognizing Palestine might impose economic sanctions on Israel and sever all their trade ties.

3. Israel might be forced to depart from international trade organizations.

4. The world may force Israel to approve the construction of the first Palestinian international airport in the West Bank.

These are all the possibilities that may take place but as to the first one that Israel will shift from an occupying state to a colonizing one, one should say that Israel has already been a colonizing state for decades.

Interestingly, the same source predicts that from 192 member states in the UN’s General Assembly, around 180 would vote for the recognition of Palestine, six would abstain and six others would oppose.

This sounds a very optimistic viewpoint and is surely what the Palestinians and the rest of the Muslim world aspires. However, truth is sour and anyone with some degree of political savvy is aware of the amount of influence the Zionists exercise on the US.

Some pundits rightly see the recognition of Palestine as a political tsunami for the Zionist regime.

If the recognition of Palestine is not a nightmare for Israel and its cronies, what is?

Dr. Ismail Salami is an Iranian journalist and author. He has written numerous books and articles on Middle East and is the website manger of Press TV. Kourosh Ziabari is an

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There Can Be Only One Empire

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Dis-info Site Debkafile Pushes Meme of “Imperial Split”

By Peter Chamberlin

The following report is likely to be true.  The dis-info element in it is the report’s contention that there is a separation developing between the Saudis and the US.  There is no distance between Saudi Imperial plans and US Imperial plans–THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE EMPIRE.  The seemingly independent Saudi policing actions on display in the Middle East are merely the next act in the ongoing psyop, or “soap opera,” which the CIA organizers are setting-up for our amusement.

The Saudis, just like the Pakistanis, or the Israelis, act when they are told or allowed to act.  That is the way Empire works, no one is allowed to pursue an independent path, unless the appearance of “independence” serves the Empire’s interests.  There is no move towards a Saudi Empire, but there is a move towards a Saudi-created Sunni superstate, largely reassuming the old Hashemite Kingdom, which the British Imperialists carved-up.  Such a Sunni super-state will serve CIA plans for the region, but it will also set-up another adversary to be eventually knocked-down in the span of the perpetual war.

Believe it or not, but the extremist Wahhabi Kingdom is acting as the voice of Imperial moderation on our behalf,  in other words, they are playing the role of “good cop” to Iran’s “bad cop” image.  They are making moves on behalf of Empire which the US could never make on its own.  The plan is to eventually create an international Sunni “caliphate,” to cover all areas within the zone of US interests, from Africa to Asia.  Just as the Empire helped to create its former “enemies” in the past (Soviet Union, Nazi Germany), it has been constructing this “Islamist” bogeyman, using the Saudis, the Turks, and the Egyptians (Muslim Brotherhood and Fetullah Gulen), to set-up the new Caliphate, in order to scare the little American children, motivating their parents into taking-up arms in defense of Empire.

Until we are able to demonstrate conclusively to our fellow countrymen the monstrous plan that our government has been slowly unfolding, the Evil Empire will continue to swallow-up nations.  Until we show the people that the American military and the troops that we love to “support” have been tasked with reshaping the world in the American image, the psyops and the soap operas will continue.

We like to blame our government for all the evil that it does, never bothering to admit or realize that all that evil is done in our names and WITH OUR PERMISSION.  Deny them the power to commit such evil.

US, Saudi Arabia Smuggle Satellite Phones to Syrian Rebels

Syrian agitators

This is the first time the Obama administration has stepped in with direct assistance for the Syrian opposition in its drive to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad.
DEBKAfile

Iranian intelligence experts in Damascus have been disrupting the Syrian opposition movement’s telephone and Internet links with the outside world and among fellow-protesters in the country. To bridge the communications gap, the US and Saudi Arabia have in the last two weeks smuggled thousands of satellite phones into Syria and put them in the hands of opposition leaders, debkafile reports.

The new phones will also overcome the latest Syrian steps, also on the advice of their Iranian advisers, to slow down the speed of the Internet to impede the transmission of images – most of all live video – of brutal attacks by Syrian security and military forces on protesters.

US and Saudi intelligence services are picking up the tab for the satellite phones and have given the providers a free hand to place no limits on their use.

This is the first time the Obama administration has stepped in with direct assistance for the Syrian opposition in its drive to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad – in way, moreover, that challenges Iran’s contribution to the regime’s survival.

Monday, July 25, Washington also ramped up its criticism of the Assad regime: “The behavior of security forces, including such other barbaric shootings, wide scale arrests of young men and boys, brutal torture and other abuses of basic human rights, is reprehensible,” said a State Department spokesman.

The Saudis have gone still further: On July 19, a new television station “Shabab Syria” (Syrian Youth), financed by Riyadh, went on the air and began broadcasting anti-Assad opposition’s messages to all parts of the country.

In a statement to Iranian news media, the Syrian ambassador to Tehran Hamed Hassan denied that Saudi Arabia was supplying the Syrian opposition with arms. He insisted that relations between the two countries were good, but then added: “Certain people and groups in Saudi Arabia are providing the Syrian opposition financial and media assistance, or issuing fatwas which fan the flames of sedition in the country.”

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Quantum Note: West’s New Middle East

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By Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal

 

New Middle East Part of Greater Middle East Initiative

As his regime crumbled, the maverick colonel kept on living in his imagined world. He was a prisoner of his power, the worst prisons a human being can construct. Most Middle Eastern dictators are like him. They emerged as national heroes, spoke anti-Western language, promised end of colonialism and soon capitulated to their erstwhile colonizers. Libya and his maverick colonel are now part of history, but a history that is still unable to find a way out of the labyrinths they have left behind. It is a classic case of time wrapped into its own miserable track. For 42 years, the near-mad colonel served Western greed through a mutually beneficial arrangement which allowed him unchecked power at home. With billions of dollars at his disposal, he and his family lived like kings and the Western powers, mostly UK, France, and Italy had a rich harvest of Libya’s sweet light crude. In addition, they sold billions of dollars of arms, low-level technology, and other products to the rich African country with a small population. The United States remained a silent partner in this business.

When things turned sour, Tony Blair’s successor in Britain made the best of the opportunity offered to him through the Arab Spring. The victory at hand in Libya is as much the result of David Cameron’s gamble as it is the result of dedicated Libyans who had enough of a dictator. Yet, one cannot deny that the defeat of Qadaffi forces is largely a result of the support provided by the Royal Air Force (RAF), which for all practical purposes served as Rebels Air Force. David Cameron has played it cool: he has kept the exact extent of British intervention a closely guarded secret. He stretched the UN regulation to its ultimate limits, clearly going beyond all legal boundaries, but he was able to keep any “noise” against it at bay. It is military diplomacy at best, a classic case of an illegal and immoral intervention in the affairs of another country, both justified on the basis of huge British interests in the oil-rich country, and carried over with the popular support enjoyed by the Arab Spring.

Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Libya’s delivery from the iron hand of a dictator has been an outright military campaign against the man who had outlived his utility for his masters and who was ready to dig his own grave through miscalculations, mindboggling blunders, and sheer foolishness. He and his sons kept on living in a bygone era without realizing that their time was up. Their rhetoric gained them no ground. Everything they said was empty air: at one point, they were going to unleash thousands of warriors on Europe, then they announced that they were going to kill the “few” rebels like one kills rats. Finally, they had to turn into rats themselves, running for life. This is not unique to them; after a certain time, every dictator starts to feel invincible and ends up in a cul-de-sac.

The fall of Libyan dictator is important in the emergence of a new Middle East. One can now say with a degree of confidence that the Western strategy of a new Middle East has become a fully operational plan. What started over a year ago as a lack luster performance, has now been strategized. Tunisia and Egypt may have been surprises for the Western leadership, but it is to their credit that they have arisen to the need of the hour: they have now fully grasped the ground reality that a status quo is impossible in the Middle East and they are hard at work to change their colors, repackage their entire tool kit and re-establish a new order in the Middle East, one country at a time.

They know that the existing dictators must go. Their challenge now is to work with a different breed of men who would be elected through popular vote. Democracy, as it will emerge in the Middle East over the next decade, would pose a different set of challenges to them, but they have already developed techniques to have their men “democratically” elected. Their goals for the region are deeply linked to oil and what it generates—the so-called petro dollars. But they are also interested in a cultural change that would remodel the Middle East for easy access. Money comes through mega deals, cultural change is required to establish control over market economy, and political influence is a must for any deal they can make with the rulers. Until now, a maverick colonel or a Hosni Mubarak on the payroll could do the job; now they must go through the whole regime of elections, political activism, media control, and factors which influence social change.

None of this is new for them: they have already tested it in Turkey which has become a huge experiment in developing new techniques for a democratic colonialism. During the last few years, Turkey has opened up its markets in a way that was not imaginable before the so-called Islamists became their partners. Turkey’s markets at European disposal include the entire communication and transport network, educational sector, a very large number of industries, and an unstated domain of religion: The Catholic Church has opened hundreds of “apartment churches” where young Turks are being indoctrinated. This is a remarkable development in international diplomacy: the Western powers and Islamists have joined hands for a total transformation which was unimaginable until now.

The new Middle East may look like Turkey in the next decade. There are plenty of Arab Islamists similar to their Turkish counterparts: men with short beards in designer suits. They are able to sit at the table with the Western politicians and speak the same language, both figuratively and literally. They are ready to cut the pie in as many ways as needed.

Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and Syria are fresh fields of operation for Europe and America. The quickness with which revolutions have emerged in these lands may be surprising for some, but these so-called revolutions are perfectly understandable in the larger context of history: keeping dictators in these lands had simply become untenable and hence historical necessity dictated a new dress for the old imperialistic domination.

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