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French Forces said to be Training Syria NATO Rat’s

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A Turkish newspaper has reported that French military forces are training armed Syrian Zionist rat’s to fight the government of President Bashar Al Assad.

According to Milliyet,  France has sent its military training forces to Turkey and Lebanon to coach the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) — a group of NATO rats defectors operating out of Turkey and Lebanon — in an effort to wage war against Syria’s military.

The report added that the French, British, and Turkish authorities “have reached an agreement to send arms into Syria.”

The Turkish daily said that the three have informed the US about training and arming the Syrian NATO rat’s.

According to Milliyet, a group of armed NATO rat’s are currently stationed in Turkey’s Hatay Province near the border with Syria.

The report comes as an earlier report had revealed that the British and French intelligence agencies have reportedly tasked their agents with contacting Syrian dissidents based in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli in order to help fuel unrest in Syria.

Reports also said that French intelligence agents have been sent to northern Lebanon and Turkey to build the first contingents of the NATO rat’s out of the deserters who have fled Syria.

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CPI Maoist Statement on the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao (Kishanji), the beloved leader of the oppressed masses

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COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)

CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Press Release

November 25, 2011

Condemn the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, the beloved leader of the oppressed masses,
the leader of Indian revolution and CPI (Maoist) Politburo member!

Observe protest week from November 29 to December 5
and 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5!!

November 24, 2011 would remain a black day in the annals of Indian revolutionary movement’s history. The fascist Sonia-Manmohan-Pranab-Chidambaram-Jairam Ramesh ruling clique who have been raising a din that CPI (Maoist) is ‘the biggest internal security threat’, in collusion with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, killed Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao after capturing him alive in a well planned conspiracy. This clique which had killed Comrade Azad, our party’s spokesperson on July 1, 2010 once again spread its dragnet and quenched its thirst for blood. Mamata Banerjee, who had shed crocodile’s tears over the murder of Comrade Azad before coming to power, while enacting the drama of talks on the one hand after assuming office, killed another topmost leader Comrade Koteswara Rao and thus displayed nakedly its anti-people and fascist facet. The central intelligence agencies and the killer intelligence agencies of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh chased him in a well planned conspiracy and killed him in a cowardly manner in a joint operation and now spreading a concocted story of encounter. The central home secretary R.K. Singh even while lying that they do not know for certain who died in the encounter, has in the same breath announced that this is a big blow to the Maoist movement. Thus he nakedly gave away their conspiracy behind this killing. The oppressed people would definitely send to grave the exploiting ruling classes and their imperialist masters who are day dreaming that they could wipe out the Maoist party by killing the top leadership of the revolutionary movement.

Comrade Koteswara Rao, who is hugely popular as Prahlad, Ramji, Kishenji and Bimal inside the party and among the people, is one of the important leaders of the Indian revolutionary movement. The tireless warrior who never rested his gun while fighting for the liberation of the oppressed masses since the past 37 years and who has laid down his life for the sake of the ideology he believed in, was born in 1954 in Peddapally town of Karimnagar district of North Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. Raised by his father Late Venkataiah who was a freedom fighter and his mother Madhuramma, who has been of progressive views, Koteswara Rao imbibed love for his country and its oppressed masses since childhood. In 1969, he had participated in the historic separate Telangana movement while he was in his high school studies in Peddapally town. He joined the revolutionary movement with the inspiration of the glorious Naxalbari and Srikakulam movements while studying graduation in SRR college of Karimnagar. He started working as an active member of the Party from 1974. He spent some time in jail during the black period of the Emergency. After lifting up of the Emergency, he started working as a party organizer in his home district of Karimnagar. He responded to the “Go to Villages” campaign call of the party and developed relations with the peasantry by going to the villages. He was one of those who played a prominent role in the upsurge of peasant movement popular as ‘Jagityal Jaitrayatra’ (Victory March of Jagityal) in 1978. In this course, he was elected as the district committee member of the Adilabad-Karimnagar joint committee of the CPI (ML). In 1979 when this committee was divided into two district committees he became the secretary of the Karimnagar district committee. He participated in the Andhra Pradesh stat e 12th party conference, was elected to the AP state committee and took responsibilities as its secretary.

Up to 1985, as part of the AP state committee leadership he played a crucial role in spreading the movement all over the state and in developing the North Telangana movement which was advancing with guerilla zone perspective. He played a prominent role in expanding the movement to Dandakaranya (DK) and developing it. He was transferred to Dandakaranya in 1986 and took up responsibilities as a member of the Forest Committee. He led the guerilla squads and the people in Gadchiroli and Bastar areas of DK. In 1993 he was co-opted as a member into the Central Organizing Committee (COC).

From 1994 onwards he mainly worked to spread and develop the revolutionary movement in Eastern and Northern parts of India including West Bengal. Particularly his role in uniting the revolutionary forces which were scattered after the setback of the Naxalbari movement in West Bengal and in reviving the revolutionary movement there is extraordinary. He mingled deeply with the oppressed masses of Bengal and the various sections of the revolutionary camp, learnt Bangla language with determination and left an indelible mark in the hearts of the people there. He worked tirelessly in achieving unity with several revolutionary groups and in strengthening the party. Comrade Koteswara Rao was elected as a Central Committee (CC) member in the All India Special Conference of erstwhile CPI (ML) (People’s War) held in 1995. He strived for achieving unity between People’s War and Party Unity in 1998. In the Party Congress of erstwhile CPI (ML)(PW) held in 2001 he was once again elected into CC and Politburo. He took up responsibilities as the secretary of the North Regional Bureau (NRB) and led the revolutionary movements in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab states. Simultaneously he played a key role in the unity talks held between erstwhile PW and MCCI. He served as a member of the unified CC and Politburo formed after the merger of the two parties in 2004 and worked as a member of the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB). He mainly concentrated on the state movement of West Bengal and continued as the spokesperson of the ERB.

Comrade Koteswara Rao played a prominent role in running party magazines and in the field of political education inside the party. He took part in running ‘Kranti’, ‘Errajenda’, ‘Jung’, ‘Prabhat’, ‘Vanguard’ and other party magazines. He had a special role to play in bringing out various revolutionary magazines in West Bengal. He wrote many theoretical and political articles in these magazines. He was a member of the Sub-Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) and played a prominent role in teaching Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to the party ranks. In the entire history of the party he played a memorable role in expanding the revolutionary movement, in enriching the party documents and in developing the movement. He participated in the Unity Congress-9th Congress of the party held in 2007 January, was elected as CC member once again and took responsibilities of Politburo member and member of the ERB.

The political guidance given by Comrade Koteswara Rao to the Singur and Nandigram people’s movements which erupted since 2007 against the anti-people and pro-corporate policies of the social fascist CPM government in West Bengal and particularly to the glorious upsurge of people’s rebellion in Lalgarh against police atrocities is prominent. He guided the West Bengal state committee and the party ranks to lead these movements and on the other hand conducted party propaganda through the media too with initiative. In 2009 when the Chidambaram clique tried to mislead the middle classes in the name of talks and ceasefire, he worked significantly in exposing it. He did enormous work in keeping aloft the importance of People’s War and in taking the revolutionary politics into the vast masses. This great revolutionary journey which went on for almost four decades came to an abrupt end on November 24, 2011.

Beloved People! Democrats!!

Do condemn this brutal murder. It is the conspiracy of the ruling classes to wipe out the revolutionary leadership and deprive the people of correct guidance and proletarian leadership. It is a known fact that the Maoist movement is the biggest hurdle to the big robbers and compradors who are stashing millions in Swiss banks by selling for peanuts the Jal, Jungle and Zameen of the country to the imperialist sharks. The multi-pronged, country-wide brutal offensive named Operation Green Hunt of the past two years is exactly serving this purpose. This cold-blooded murder is part of that. It is the duty of the patriots and freedom-loving people of the country to protect the revolutionary movement and its leadership like the pupil of their eye. It’s nothing but protecting the future of the country and that of the next generations.

Even at the age of 57, Com. Koteswara Rao led the hard life of a guerilla like a young man and had filled the cadres and people with great enthusiasm wherever he went. His life would particularly serve as a great inspiration to the younger generation. He studied and worked for hours together without rest and traveled great distances. He slept very little, led a simple life and was a hard worker. He used to mingle easily with people of all ages and with people who come from various social sections and fill them with revolutionary enthusiasm. No doubt, the martyrdom of Comrade Koteswara Rao is a great loss to the Indian revolutionary movement. But the people of our country are very great. It is the people and the people’s movements which gave birth to courageous and dedicated revolutionaries like Koteswara Rao. The workers a nd peasants and the revolutionaries who have imbibed the revolutionary spirit of Koteswara Rao right from Jagityal to Jungle Mahal and who have armed themselves with the revolutionary fragrance he spread all over the country would definitely lead the Indian New Democratic Revolution in a victory path. They would wipe out the imperialists and their lackey landlord and comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie and their representatives like Sonia, Manmohan, Chidambaram and Mamata Banerjee.

Our CC is appealing to the people of the country to observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and observe 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5 in protest of the brutal murder of Comrade Koteswara Rao. We are appealing that they take up various programmes like holding meetings, rallies, dharnas, wearing black badges, road blocks etc protesting this murder. We are requesting that trains, roadways, commercial and educational institutions be closed and that all kinds of trade transactions be stopped as part of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5. However, we are exempting medical services from the Bandh.

(Abhay)

Spokesperson,

Central Committee,

CPI (Maoist
)

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Hollywood Actors To Visit IsraHell On A Trip Co-Sponsored By AIPAC

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Israel’s hasbara machine kicks into high gear.

The delegates include Emmy Award-winner Patricia Arquette (“Medium,” Holes); Emmy Award-winner Alfre Woodard (“Memphis Beat,” “Desperate Housewives,” Miss Evers’ Boys); Rachael Leigh Cook (“Perception,” She’s All That); Emmy Award-winner Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos,” The Matrix); Tichina Arnold (“Happily Divorced,” “Raising Hope,” “Martin,” “Everybody Hates Chris”); Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Born on the Fourth of July); and Giancarlo Esposito (“Once Upon a Time,” “Breaking Bad”), among many others.

by Nora Barrows-Friedman (EI)

Twenty-one high-profile Hollywood actors, producers and film and television industry leaders are taking part in a delegation to Israel organized by The Creative Coalition (TCC), a New York-based arts and education non-profit, in conjunction with the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), which is affiliated with AIPAC, the US’ most powerful pro-Israel lobby group.

In a press release dated 13 November, TCC announced that the delegates will travel “through Israel to meet with Israeli and Palestinian policy leaders, members of the arts, culture and business communities, and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).”

The delegates include Emmy Award-winner Patricia Arquette (“Medium,” Holes); Emmy Award-winner Alfre Woodard (“Memphis Beat,” “Desperate Housewives,” Miss Evers’ Boys); Rachael Leigh Cook (“Perception,” She’s All That); Emmy Award-winner Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos,” The Matrix); Tichina Arnold (“Happily Divorced,” “Raising Hope,” “Martin,” “Everybody Hates Chris”); Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Born on the Fourth of July); and Giancarlo Esposito (“Once Upon a Time,” “Breaking Bad”), among many others.

The trip, which began on 13 November, is to last one week and meetings are scheduled with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The delegation, according to TCC’s press release, will focus on “arts, culture and policy.”

Nowhere in the press release does it say which of the Palestinian “policy leaders” the delegates will meet, nor does it imply that the delegation itself will cross into the occupied West Bank or Gaza Strip where, away from the neo-liberalist, sanitized bubble oSalam Fayyad and Mahmoud Abbas Ramallah, Palestinians face daily dispossession, home demolition, land confiscation, imprisonment, torture and death by Israeli soldiers.

Naturally, if AIPAC — a highly-influential, extreme-right pro-Israeli policy propaganda organization — is leading the trip, the delegation will most likely be subjected to a barrage of anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) messages as Israel’s hasbara machine kicks into high gear.

AIEF and AIPAC working with Israeli government to assault BDS

WHAT IS BDS?

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.

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Read the 2005 call in full

AIEF, created as a supporting “educational wing” of AIPAC, helps finance public relations campaigns about the US-Israel relationship in public and private sectors, including on college campuses, and organizes and bankrolls trips to Israel by US political figures. A recent trip by 80 US Congressmembers in August was backed and organized by AIEF/AIPAC.

On that August delegation, the members of Congress met with Netanyahu and Peres, and also with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from New York, told the New York Times after he returned: “It’s my responsibility to be able to advocate on pro-Israel issues … Coming here and being able to feel it and touch it to fully understand how daily life is for an Israeli is important.”

These types of delegations — especially those headlines under an innocuous pretense of a “focus on arts, culture and policy” — are precisely timed to combat the growing, global BDS movements. The organizations behind these trips are not only heavily-funded, but are directly targeting the academic and cultural boycott initiatives that are succeeding in marginalizing and isolating Israel the more that the Israeli government shoves apartheid policies down the throats of occupied and beseiged Palestinians.

Recently, the US-based Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) — a group of US entertainment industry leaders — was formed with the explicit intent to crush the BDS movement as it pertains to the cultural boycott against Israel. In an October article, the Jerusalem Post reported that:

Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) pledges to use a wide range of measures to bolster the resolve of artists who sign contracts to perform in or travel to Israel and then face calls from various “boycott groups” to cancel their trips, according to one of its founders, Steve Schnur.

Schnur is a worldwide executive of music and marketing for Electronic Arts and president of Artwork Music Group, and is responsible for licensing music for some of the most popular computer video games.

“We felt that if we could create a place where artists can get information from other artists and from people they know who understand what Israel is really about – the freedom, the democracy and equal rights – and not rely on the disinformation they’re given about ‘apartheid’ Israel, then maybe we could change things,” Schnur said in a phone call this week from Los Angeles.

“Our aim isn’t to applaud the fact that artists have come to Israel, but to enable others to continue to go there.”

The boycott issue has always been present with regard to international artists and Israel, but in the past few years, pro-Palestinian organizations abroad have stepped up efforts to bombard scheduled acts with e-mails, letters and Facebook campaigns urging them to cancel.

Earlier this month, as The Electronic Intifada reported, a coalition of artists — Artists Against Apartheid — called for a comprehensive boycott against CCFP, which they categorized as a “complicit propaganda institution seeking to normalize Israeli apartheid and strongarm entertainers into its service.”

CCFP is also closely linked to StandWithUs (SWU), a US-based pro-Israel and anti-boycott organizationdevoted to expanding Israeli propaganda on US college campuses and crushing Palestine solidarity activism in local communities. As The Electronic Intifada reported, SWU has tight ties with the Israeli government to combat BDS.

Indeed, the boycott movement is gaining momentum and popularity, and more and more artists and performers are continuing to refuse to perform in Israel. PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, says that in the last few years, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Jean Luc Godard, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott Heron, Carlos Santana, Devendra Banhart, Faithless, the Pixies and many other artists have cancelled their performances in Israel over its human rights record.

BDS holds Israel accountable

By meeting with Israeli officials and lobby organizations who advocate for ethnic cleansing, apartheid, occupation, economic subjugation, settler-colonialism and repression of civil and human rights — and a client Palestinian leadership who acquiesce to and collude with their Israeli occupiers — this delegation of the entertainment industry’s elite will be used to further the Israeli propaganda war under a cynical, false banner of “advocating” arts and culture.

As much money and effort that Israeli lobby groups are pouring into these propaganda ventures to battle the expanding BDS movement, it is a clear indication that they’re feeling the heat. With groups such as CCFP, AIEF, the Jewish Federations of North America and their public relations wing, the Jewish Community Relations Council, pouring millions of dollars into desperate attempts to stifle and censor Palestinian voices and the BDS movement, the BDS activism community will continue to hold Israel and its enablers accountable, from Tel Aviv to Hollywood.

Edited by : Debbie Menon


Alison Weir, President of The Council for The National Interest

Bibi more powerful than Obama?

Alison Weir, President of The Council for The National Interest on Al Jazeera discussing AIPAC during their annual policy conference

Video: Brief documentary highlights “stunning” BDS actions in France

A 18 minutes documentary film about the BDS campaign: boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. From the Gaza war end 2008 till the flytilla in July 2011. “It’s a matter of pression, not persuasion”, says Lisa Taraki, professor at Bir Zeit University. Also an interview with Omar Barghouti, founding member of the BDS campaign and many many action pictures.

Comments: Ramin Mazaheri
Production: Chris Den Hond

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Empires Not Built For ‘Small People’, Built By ‘Small People’

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The chief priests and rulers cry:-

“O Lord and Master, not ours the guilt,
We build but as our fathers built;
Behold thine images how they stand
Sovereign and sole through all our land.

“Our task is hard—with sword and flame,
To hold thine earth forever the same,
And with sharp crooks of steel to keep,
Still as thou leftest them, thy sheep.”

Then Christ sought out an artisan,
A low-browed, stunted, haggard man,
And a motherless girl whose fingers thin
Crushed from her faintly want and sin.

These set he in the midst of them,
And as they drew back their garment hem
For fear of defilement, “Lo, here,” said he,
“The images ye have made of me.”

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.

All the meaningless words that the politicians toss at people to elicit their emotional support of war; ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, ‘justice’, and ‘honour’ come at a very high price on the road to, and sustainment of, an empire.

by Jack JC

Far more important than ‘War’ being competing infrastructures, it’s a failure of the duty we place on our diplomats and politicians. 

When you define ‘war’ in those terms, the blame for the opening salvo’s are squarely placed on the shoulders of those who voted for or ordered the war – but politicians and diplomats don’t want the responsibility for the guilt of ‘my <insert family member name here> died because you failed!’ foisted upon them.  To shield them words are invented, twisted, echoed by propagandists, and re-spoken until they assume a meaning that may or may not be fully understood by the masses, but at least have a sufficient ‘understanding’ that most will find ‘war’ acceptable.

In the British Empire the ‘White Man’s Burden’ was the operative phrase.  Only the ‘British Empire’ could bring a fair and balanced ‘Justice’, and it was Britain’s duty to lead the colored people into civilization.  But in the background, large multinational corporations were at work, the Hudson’s Bay Company, East India Company, Lloyds of London, and so on.  As these large multinational firms bought the Empire’s expansion to enhance their profits, the foot sloggers and naval ratings paid the price in blood and the working masses paid the price in their health, their families, and their dignity.  I recommend People of the Abyss, by Jack London’ as testimony to the rot in the middle of the Empire. And as for the people who wore the ‘Widow’s Uniform’ I recommend Kipling’s The Last of the Light Brigade’ .

‘The Last of the Light Brigade’ was written by Rudyard Kipling to highlight the plight of those who survied the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade.

But ‘Justice’, what is justice but another mans’ injustice?  Was it justice that gave away Palestine to Israel?  To the Jews who became Zionists maybe it was, but to the Palestinians who suffered the Nakba there was no justice.  Justice, like so many words of this nature, is subjective and is not measured by any two individuals in the same manner.  ‘Justice’ therefore is an abstract concept, yet many British soldiers and sailors died for it on the road to an empire that enriched others.

Riot Police Evict Occupy Oakland Protesters

It was not all that long ago we heard George Bush proclaim, “They hate us for our freedom!”  Freedom and democracy … the catch cry’s of the US empire.  But what really is ‘freedom’ but another abstract concept that is interpreted differently by different people.  The moment you are born you are constrained by your genetics.  A person born without arms will not play baseball, cricket, or golf.  Your second constraint comes from family, then by society, so to say you are ‘free’ is simply untrue.  I had a conversation a few years ago with a young chap who had immigrated from a communist country and told me he was happy to be ‘free’, and I have to admit I laughed.  I explained that he was not ‘free’, as I knew a young fellow who created and posted a Marxist website and within a couple of weeks he had a ‘visit’ from ‘the feds’ who had some pointed questions about what his intentions were, then asked him to inform on his friends.  For another example of a ‘free’ society I suggest a look at England – every moment in England is a Kodak moment.

Democracy is supposed to mean ‘rule of the people’ but in practice the reality is ‘rule of the government’ as districts are gerrymandered to support the incumbent, corporations provide large war chests for reelection, and votes are miscounted or spoiled.  (http://blackboxvoting.org/ ) Look at Occupy Oakland as an example, Jean Quan was elected to ‘serve the will of the people’ and instead sent in the police to clear her voters out of the park.  Look at the manner in which Bush carefully ensured that protestors were kept away, look at the Governor of Wisconsin’s actions when confronted by the massive protests his policies engendered he carried on with his ‘mission from god’.  Whatever government the USA and other western ‘democracies’ have, it is not democracy!

Fueling Washington

However, behind the spilled blood and repossessed homes of the soldiers and citizens that sacrificed so much for ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, the everlasting corporations still extract their pound of gold, Exxon, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Union Carbide, Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and so on.  The rot still lingers at the core of the latest ‘empire’.

America’s city broken dreams 50 jobless destitute people set forest community New Yorks doorstep

Seattle supports homeless camp putting down roots

The politicians however, are doing quite well. http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/homegarden/13357.html

As are the executives of the corporations.  Hugh Grants house

It’s time this stopped.  Enrichment should not come at the expense of the people, and governments should do their duty; to promote health, trade and education.  As I type this article the USA is still the largest military spender on the planet.

This does not account for the ‘security establishments’ like the NSA, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, etc. FBI Budget for fiscal year 2012

The US also maintains the largest number of off shore bases in the world, over 700 of them according to some sources.  http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5564

Yet even as all these funds are spent, the needs of US citizens lag in almost all other areas.  In terms of percentage of GNI assigned to childrens’ education, the USA ranks 67th, well below Cuba at 8thhttp://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_adj_sav_edu_exp_of_gni-education-adjusted-savings-expenditure-gni

Despite the US government spending a large budgetary percentage on law enforcement, in terms of murders per 100,000 people the USA is number 63, right between Uruguay and Cameroon. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_per_100_peo-murders-per-100-000-people  and in terms of total crimes first place,  http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri-crime-total-crimes

I have often been told – by Americans – that the US health care system is best in the world.  Despite ranking first in expenditure per capita, the USA delivers a dismal 28th on the ‘infant mortality rate’ with a less than impressive rate of 6.06 per thousand versus Cuba’s 4.90, and only ties with Cuba for longevity.

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_exp_per_cap_cur_us-expenditure-per-capita-current-us

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_lif_exp_at_bir_yea_tot_pop-expectancy-birth-years-total-population

To summarize, all the meaningless words that the politicians toss at people to elicit their emotional support of war; ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, ‘justice’, and ‘honour’ come at a very high price on the road to, and sustainment of, an empire.  Empires are not built for the ‘small people’, but they are built by the ‘small people’. ( BP chairman apologizes for “small people” remark )


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AEA Exposed as IsraHelli Spy Front

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IAEA Cries ‘Wolf’ Over Iran Nukes

By Gordon Duff,  Senior Editor

This week, the media, all of it, traced stories about Iran’s nuclear weapons program to its real source. 

The IAEA, which has been unable to locate the vast Dimona nuclear facility in Israel or even begin to ask questions about Israel’s illegal nuclear arsenal, has put together a “rigged” report built of rumors and spin. 

The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), a “quasi-official” group is, in fact, an Israeli intelligence organization, long infiltrated, long engulfed, long ago a force for propaganda and, primarily, an organization tasked with helping Israel “hide” its nuclear arsenal “in plain sight” while fabricating evidence.

To make it more plain, the IAEA is, in fact, a clandestine intelligence organization tasked by Israel to bring about a conflict between the United States and certain European powers and Iran.

It is a conflict that may eventually involve Russia, China, a conflict that is intended to manipulate fuel markets, crash currencies, sell arms and do everything but make the world more secure.

Were the IAEA to put out a report based on known falsehoods and spin under such circumstances, and we believe this fact to be easily supportable, members of the IAEA would be war criminals and should be considered combatants were any conflict to be entered upon based on their transgressions.

It is now proven that Israel fabricated the “evidence,” 99% wild conjecture and 1% conspiracy theory, that makes up the current IAEA report on Iran.  There is much, however, that is still being kept from the public.

With all the tales, going back decades, of nuclear proliferation, Iraq and their WMDs a prime example, reports fabricated from Israeli sources, 2 million Iraq’s dead based on what Israel sees as a successful intelligence operation.

America got suckered into invading Iraq, supposedly to find WMD programs.  This is a cover story.

The US invaded Iraq based on Israeli intelligence reports that said Saddam had 3 nuclear weapons, stolen weapons sold on the black market.

In reality, however, Israel was working with the individual mentioned by Peter Eyre, one of the “go betweens”  in the Iran Contra affair who simply transshipped the three nukes to Israel.

Investigative Journalist – Peter Eyre

One issue the IAEA neglects is that the nuclear weapon exploded in 2009 by North Korea was identical to the South African/Israeli nukes.

By “identical,” we mean that the uranium was produced at the exact same facility from ore from the same mines in a bomb built at the same factory.

Only Israel could have sold North Korea their only successful nuclear weapon, there is no other trail, certainly not from Hizbollah.

Other weapons have shown up, weapons sold or given to Israel, in North Korea also, American cluster bombs, German submarines, all “consigned to Israel” for their “defense” but, as with Iran/Contra, on the “black market.”

It’s time to admit that Israel is the international weapons black market.

Since that time, Israel, knowing they have always had the weapons themselves, continually invents stories about them, how the Gaza Flotilla had them or the original lie, that Saddam had them, had shipped them by 3 ambulances to Syria who then gave them to Hizbollah who stored them in a hospital x-ray facility for use, eventually, against Israel.

On several occasions, Israel has put out highly classified warnings of “terror attacks” in Haifa harbour using these “missing nukes” which they say will be deployed in small boats.

Righteous Jews Participated in the Gaza Flotillas

This is one of the ways they have gotten the western powers to overlook their acts of open piracy in the Eastern Mediterranean.

They announce they are blockading Gaza but they tell Washington, London and Paris that they believe they are under possible nuclear threat.  When will they have “cried wolf” one time too many?

US CASKETS RETURNING FROM IRAQ

We will discuss these weapons and the continued use of Israeli fabricated intelligence, fed directly into the highest levels of America’s government through their AIPAC spy network.

They don’ t just steal secrets and sell them to the Russians and Chinese but they also “plant” them as well.

Six  thousand dead American troops can be attributed to Israel as can the 500,000 wounded and disabled, all due to a “War on Terror” that was totally orchestrated, a phony chase for “stolen nuclear weapons” and the bigger mystery of 9/11, now known by insiders to have been staged by Israel as a terror attack on US soil.

The website, Wikispooks, lays it out pretty clearly.  Nothing about the story is “pretty,” but it is, certainly ten years later, totally clear.

Behind the claims Wikispooks makes is hard evidence by the ton, waiting a decade for a grand jury, a real investigation or even a civil suit, something where the truth can gain a public voice.

South African Bomb Casings

Thus far such a thing has proven impossible in the US.  During this same period, coincidentally, millions of Americans formerly on the “left” and “right” have awakened to the fact that America is a police state.

“Wall Street” is being blamed but Wall Street is only a front.

A closer examination of how the issue of missing nuclear weapons was, not only hidden but used to start wars as well, puts Israel in the picture as a co-conspirator with “Wall Street,” minimally that.

We are finding Israel’s “finger prints” on all of it, spying, nuclear proliferation, 9/11, numerous terror acts,7/7 in London for one, and the driving force behind the financial crash as well.

Today, the story of the missing nuclear weapons, based on Israel’s frantic efforts to push the United States into an attack on Iran and our evidence of Israeli involvement in the execution of both 9/11 and 7/7, has given us reason to fear that Israel may be planning a nuclear terror attack on the United States.

South African Plane Mountable Nuke

It would be the natural response to the failure of the IAEA report failure.

The last real attack on the US was 11 years ago and there is also increasing danger that Israel is being tied to that attack and this will soon be made public.
Many, more in the mainstream media than anyone would guess, have come to discover Israeli complicity in 9/11.

Additionally, as the “open mike” incident indicates, US/Israeli relations and general anti-Israeli feelings in the US have never been at such a point since the Nixon administration.

Last week, VT, while investigating the IAEA, found documentary evidence of a nuclear weapon that had been sent to the United States back in 1991 but had disappeared from inventory.  Eyre describes the background on this as does VT.

The 10 nuclear weapons had been built, one exploded in a test by Israel and South Africa in 1979 as described.  A number of serious issues of arithmetic come forward here:

South African Medium Range Missile for Their Jointly Developed Israeli Nukes

  • 10 nukes were built, highly illegal nuclear proliferation by Israel, a country the US would be obligated to militarily disarm were there to be proof of this crime, proof now part of the public record but ignored anyway or to possess the nuclear arsenal President Kennedy worked so hard to prevent Israel from building.

  • 1 nuke was tested on September 22, 1979, though the US has tried to claim its VELA satellite system had failed, much as with NORAD on 9/11, a “failure of convenience.”

  • 3 nukes were shipped to Oman. loaded from Durban, bought by Maggie Thatcher and stolen.  One exploded in 2009 in North Korea.  Do they have all 3 or are 2 still “in play.”  Israel said that Iraq had these weapons.  This is the real reason Iraq was invaded, multiple confirmations have been gained on this.  This is why Dr. David Kelly was murdered.

  • 6 nuclear weapons were shipped to the US in 1991 to be disassembled.  This information was “classified” but leaked by everyone.  Then something strange happened.

  • 5 nuclear weapons are now openly admitted to have been unloaded in Chicago, not 6.  Openly leaked documents, some in Wikileaks, others in news stories, listed in the addendum of this VTstory, reference the number “5.”  This not only means one more weapon is missing but that it is likely to be in the United States.  Then, a years ago, we got the following story, which now makes even more sense.

We have another suspicious death in the UK but we also have the Delta Force hitting a furniture warehouse in Indiana.

We had no idea at the time that they were had been tracing weapons that had been inside the US for 9 years, a search I am certain had been hampered by the powerful lobby in Washington that was protecting those most likely to have been involved.

There are a lot of things you can lose, car keys, glasses, a contact lens but a nuclear weapon?

The count didn’t escape us and the “fast shuffle” in rewriting a piece of history, a 13.2 kiloton piece as lethal as the day it was built by Israeli technicians in one of their endless violations of IAEA regulations, in violation of US agreements which would restrict any aid to Israel, financial or military…

We could also ask why supplying nuclear weapons to North Korea, a nation that actually does threaten the United States on a daily basis, is overlooked.  In fact, it is more than “overlooked,” it has disappeared from the news entirely.

The fact that it exploded an Israeli nuke is not all that secret.

South African Nuke Being Transported – But to Where?

Three were purchasedby Britain in a financial scam that, we believe, led to the murder or Dr. David Kelly and to David Cameron being “appointed” prime minister because of his early role many years ago, something that might well be subjecting him to blackmail.  We hold some proof related to this, proof best kept for a “rainy day.”

Eyre describes this:

It is fairly obvious why Israel is totally consumed in trying to find these stolen weapon and needless to say the US and British Governments are equally as concerned and yet are not in a position to admit to their loss as in doing so would incriminate past and current very senior politicians including our current Prime Minister David Cameron.

The records we uncovered in our story indicate that only 5 of the 6 South African/Israeli nuclear weapons shipped to Chicago were dismantled.

One disappeared, then one more disappeared, leaving 4 missing, one almost certainly inside the United States, a 13.2 kiloton “Hiroshima type” bomb that needs no servicing and would still be totally functional. 

Gun Type Fission Nuke

These are “gun type” nukes, primitive with no safety or trigger mechanisms, no “tritium degradation” problems that fusion weapons have, simple, dirty and devastating.

These are capable of being set off by any terrorist or of being made to appear the work of any terrorist, something far more valuable than any real terror attack.

As with 9/11, no real terrorist group, real or imaginary as most have proven to be, such as “Al Qaeda,” would want to put the focus of a dozen deadly Raptor drones and America’s system of spy satellites on their trail.

The only rationale is for this to be orchestrated by a nation or group that have found multiple ways to profit from simulating terrorism.

The motivations would included such things as selling Afghan heroin or stealing oil, perhaps even peddling airport scanners, bomb detection or using the misdirection to loot the world’s financial system. 

Early on, the BBC “debunked” Al Qaeda as phony, not knowing it was the cash cow of the Mossad, CIA and MI-6:


YouTube – Veterans Today –

From that day forward, the BBC has totally
reputiated what they exposed in this documentary.  In fact, what you
just saw you must have imagined.

Eyre describes the purchase of 3
weapons by Britain under “dodgy”circumstances at best and the
disappearance of these weapons into the “black market.”  Eyre makes his
case, “slam dunk” proof of a British political conspiracy that turned
into a worldwide security nightmare:

Thatcher
then (1991, Cameron was 25 years old) ordered her Page Boy, David
Cameron, to go down to South Africa along with what was believed to be
the only technical man available (non other than the now( Sir) Kenneth
Warren). Others also believed to be implicated was David Wilshire and
many other senior members of government. In actual fact as we follow
this charade up to the current time we could possible include other very
senior person such as Lord McAlpine, Peter Lilley, Alan Clarke and Ken
Clarke and others I have previously named in other articles. The late
Dr. David Kelly was also involved.

We have to remember that
this was almost a private sector deal with many political figures
implicated some of whom became share holders in the illegal nuke
purchase. We are talking here about an extremely high risk deal, with
little security for the weapons themselves as everything had to be done
in a low key covert way.

As we already know David
Cameron was able to secure a deal for his lady mentor, Maggie Thatcher,
and returned with a deal for three nuclear weapons. They were shipped to
Oman whereby they were put in private sector storage and eventually
stolen by John Bredenkamp, the arms dealer who sold them to Britain and
then stole them back to sell on the Black market and the rest is now
history.

We have to understand
that British Tax Payers money was then placed in the Conservative Party
Electoral Fund (£17.8m) which to this day has not been accounted for and
other money was made available to Tony Blair (£1m) compliments of
Bernie Ecclesone. On top of this a slush fund was also developed to
silence other third parties that knew of the deal and our dear Mr. Ken
Clarke then implemented his gagging orders to those involved!!

I guess you do not
believe this story……why don’t you check it out yourself it is written in
Hansard 22nd June 1993, and starting at Col. 197 when Lord Doug Hoyle
raised the issue in the House as follows:

“Mr Hoyle: If the hon.
Gentleman will allow me, I shall tell him what information is now given
to us. We understand the expenditure and what Tory central office
receives. In 1992, central office received £20.7 million. When we asked
about that and about company donations, the Tory party told us to look
at company accounts. I repeat: in 1992, the Tories received £20.7
million. When the records were checked by Companies house, only £2.9
198million was shown in company accounts. That means that there is a
deficit of £17.8 million. We want to know where that £17.8 million came
from.

Mr Tim Smith: The hon.
Gentleman has made the suggestion about the accounts of the Conservative
party that was made by a member of the Select Committee last week: that
no accounts had been published between 1979 and 1983. They were
published, and I undertook to send copies to the Select Committee.

Mr Hoyle: I gave way to
the hon. Gentleman because I expected him to tell me where the
difference of £17.8 million came from. I shall give way again to him. I
am told that he is a treasurer of the Conservative party. I give way to
him now so that he can stand up and tell us where the £17.8 million came
from. Does the hon. Gentleman care to do that? I am waiting. I do not
think that we shall get the information from the horse’s mouth. We
certainly did not get it from the Secretary of State.”

I could write article
after article on the many levels of corruption that occurred in both the
US and the UK (not forgetting Israel) and the terrible consequences of
this greed resulting in the death of many of our own troops and innocent
civilians….all for their own pocket.

The general public has its suspicions but they don’t go
far enough, not nearly so.  Missing nuclear weapons, WMD terrorists are
“Hollywood,” not “real life.”  However, the truth, something some of us
have worked on for years, is revealing a network of systematic
deception, missing nukes, sold nukes, secret new bomb technologies being
tested in Iraq and Afghanistan, as much proof that the press is
carefully controlled and orchestrated as of crimes at the highest levels
of governments.

In a revelation that will mean almost nothing to all
but a very few who have been “briefed in” on such things, Veterans Today
has added a 4th missing nuclear weapon to the list of the missing 3
that have led the world’s intelligence and counter-terrorism forces on a
merry and too often blind and misguided chase.  If you feel you have
walked through a mirror into a different world, take my word for it,
this one is real and the other one a dream.

Today, with Press TV, Peter Eyre, journalist and
“retired civil servant” put forward revelations regarding missing
nuclear weapons.  Both VT and Eyre have been following this story, one
that has been a chief security concern for both the US and UK for years.
Eyre’s story ties former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to
knowledge of the missing nuclear weapons, perhaps the most serious
terror concern in the world today, one being kept from the public as
though it been a “flying saucer” alien picnic in Central Park.

Thus, the Chilcott Inquiry in Britain, ended up being
little but deception and cover for some serious “finger pointing” as to
how, not only one British prime minister, but 3, could be involved in
“misplacing” nuclear weapons and using the profits as laundered campaign
cash.

The story goes black in the press, showing up in The Guardian in May last year, equally “laundered” of details.  From Peter Eyre’s story today:

Chris
McGreal of the Guardian newspaper published an article 24th of May 2010
revealing how Israel offered to sell nukes to South Africa during the
apartheid era. What he failed to reveal was that Israel struck up a deal
with South Africa to move its technicians down to the high-security
weapons research and development facilities at Pelindaba.

Back in June, 2010, Veterans Today released a parallel story.
We knew Eyre was on the trail also, we saw signs of his efforts at
every turn.  We were receiving reports saying some unusual things.
First of all, these were from what is generally referred to as “highly
placed sources in the intelligence community.”

Reports when several directions.  They confirmed the
murder of Dr. David Kelly.  They tied Cameron to Kelly and Kelly to the
missing nuclear weapons in South Africa.

The North Korea sale was blamed entirely on John
Bradenkamp.  We received no documentation tying Bradenkamp to North
Korea but we were given a plausible scenario tying money from the sale,
as leaked by MI 5 as tying Bradenkamp to a large “contribution” to the
Tony Blair campaign.

From there we were led to sources in the MOD (Ministry
of Defense) that said they could prove Blair had knowledge of the sale
to North Korea.  The documents offered as proof were seized in a
Derbyshire police raid and, we are told, withheld from the Chilcott
Inquiry, which might have used them to prosecute Blair for criminal
acts.

Two more mysterious deaths cropped up of those
involved.  Seemingly anyone getting close to Blair and Israel’s role in
the nuclear “black market” was likely to die from a 2 mile per hour car
collission or have a heart attack while running a marathon.

Today, however, none of this would be possible without
the IAEA taking its orders from Tel Aviv.  As with any search, even
looking for terrorists that are thought to be friends and allies,
freedom to follow the evidence and deal with facts would be helpful.

There are actually public minded individuals who would and have given their lives to protect the US and Great Britain.

That many, especially those in authority and wealth
look on the “long game” of false flag terrorism as healthy for “chaos”
or “game theory” warfare, based on their sophisticated “modeling” of
world affairs, models that have one one goal, survival of the few and
suffering for the many, are in control is unfortunate.

Years ago, Osama bin Laden had 116 Stinger missiles in a storage building in Peshawar, Paksitan.

He called the CIA and asked them to send trucks to take them away.  One of those who met with him that day was a good friend.

Had “America’s closest ally” gotten ahold of one of
those missiles, or perhaps all 116, the exact number as some who read
this will know, any of us might well have an airliner plummeting into
our backyards.  Fox News would be saying Osama bin Laden did it or
perhaps Pakistan or Iran.

This pattern of guessing, always getting things so very wrong isn’t going to continue working much longer.

One can only cry “wolf” so many times.

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Military Should “Just Say No” To Iran Attack

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Who’s going to stop the Zionists from using the US military to attack Iran?

by Kevin Barrett

The President can’t do it – not in an election year.

The Congress can’t do it – not in an election year, or any year for that matter.

The Zionists have a down payment on the White House, and they own Congress free and clear. Zionist sources are said to provide roughly half of the bribe money euphemistically known as “campaign contributions.” They’ve turned the entire US political class into a gang of treasonous whores who daily pledge undying allegiance to the Israeli flag.

So who can stop them? Who can prevent a ruinous war on Iran?

Only the US military.

US military leaders – the intelligent ones, not the “my God is bigger than your God” loonies like Gen. Boykin – need to schedule some visits to key political leaders. Some very, very brief visits. All they need to say is: “The answer is no.” Then: “What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?” And finally: “Any Israeli planes that attempt to attack Iran will be shot out of the sky; and any American involvement in an Israeli-instigated war with Iran will be on the side of Iran.”

The Zio-con traitors will whine: “What happened to civilian oversight of the military? Doesn’t the military have to obey executive orders and congressional mandates” ?

Memorial Day honours American men and women who have died in military service.

Once again, the answer is no. If the executive orders a war crime, or congress mandates a war crime, those orders are null and void. The proper course for a military person ordered to participate in a war crime is to arrest, or in the worst-case scenario kill, the person or persons giving the illegal order.

An Israeli attack on Iran would not only be a war crime; it would be a clear example of the most terrible, most evil of all war crimes: the crime of aggression. 

Any US officer who participates in an attack on Iran would be committing the worst possible war crime – the worst possible crime against humanity.

If the White House and Congress ordered the US military to participate in the long-planned Zionist attack on Iran, it would be more honorable, and more legally and morally defensible, to bomb the White House and Congress to smithereens and kill all the traitors in those usurped buildings, than to fire even one bullet in anger against a people who have never attacked or threatened us.

But it shouldn’t have to come to that. If our sane military leaders (assuming that isn’t an oxymoron) make it clear that they will “just say no” if ordered to commit more war crimes – especially if the war crimes in question are part of a treasonous and suicidal attack on Iran for Israel – the bribe-sucking traitors dressed as politicians will presumably refrain from issuing any such illegal orders.

Related article:

Gordon Duff : Restore The Draft, Israel Is Demanding It

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Moment Of Reckoning For Pakistan

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Former Fox News analyst Mansoor Ijaz at center of Pakistani firestorm

The popular anger and outrage that the Memogate has provoked should be channelized to build a new, truly free Pakistan.

by Aijaz Zaka Syed / Arab News

Here is a rare opportunity for Islamabad to chart a new course of action

Anything is possible in Pakistan, the land of infinite possibilities.  The Pakistanis have gotten so used to the setbacks and betrayals over the past six decades or so that nothing seems to shock or surprise them anymore.  The tsunami unleashed by the Memogate, however, is proving to be an exception.

Even as a stunned nation tries to make sense of the claim by Pakistani American Mansoor Ijaz that he delivered President Zardari’s SOS to Admiral Mike Mullen, the then Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, in May seeking help against his own Army, it’s increasingly worried about its future.

Former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani

The now infamous memo, purportedly put together on behalf of Zardari by Pakistan’s US ambassador Husain Haqqani, who has been booted out since, sought the US help in preempting a military takeover in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s killing.

As Ijaz, a powerbroker and fixer with ties to the CIA, explains in his FT piece, “he (Zardari) needed an American fist on his army chief’s desk to end any misguided notions of a coup – and fast.”

In return, Washington was promised total cooperation and an upside down transformation of the land of the pure in the image of the master.

Suggesting the complicity of the Army in the sheltering of Bin Laden and other top Al Qaeda and Taleban leaders and much else, the authors of the memo apparently offered to take out the top guns of the Army and bring about what academic eggheads love to call a ‘paradigm shift’ in Pakistan’s political and security priorities and goals.

Memogate: Never met or knew Mansoor Ijaz, says Mike Mullen – World News

The new strategic shift, if it had been successfully engineered, would have given a carte blanche to Uncle Sam to do what he pleased, including carry out more Abottabad-style assassinations, perpetuate drone terror and even land American boots on Pakistani soil.

More interestingly, the memo offered to place “national security officials with trusted advisers that include ex-military and civilian leaders favorably viewed by Washington” at its beck and call and wherever it wanted them placed.

The icing and cherry on the cake of course was the offer to bring Pakistan’s arsenal of nuclear weapons under a “more verifiable, and transparent regime.”

In other words, turning over the control of Pakistan’s nuclear assets to the coalition of the willing. This is again something that was sure to gladden Washington as US hawks and Western pundits have long obsessed over the ‘danger’ of Pakistani nukes falling into the hands of terrorists.

No wonder then the Memogate has outraged the Pakistanis almost as much as the discovery of Sheikh Osama in the idyllic Abottabad did.  The anti-American sentiment in the country is already high. And for all their protestations of innocence and attempts at passing the buck by the protagonists, it seems such an offer was indeed made to Washington.

President Zardari

Ijaz has since issued a pile of ‘evidence’ in support of his claim including transcripts of telephone conversations, BlackBerry messages and correspondence with Haqqani.

Remaining doubts have been cleared with Admiral Mullen himself confirming he did receive such a memo.

The government finds itself in a jam worse than the one it found itself over Abottabad. Zardari has egg all over his face.

This is an extraordinary crisis in Pakistan’s less than ordinary history.It’s unlikely to resolve itself with the departure of the man who had been always seen as America’s man in Washington, rather than someone representing Pakistan.

What is fascinating to distant observers like me though is the fact that the whole debate on the issue has been focused on the question of authorship of the memo and why someone like Ijaz was used to seek the US help when direct communication lines were open with Washington.

What are his motives in blowing the whistle now after acting as the go-between in this whole saga? If he is his master’s voice, what’s it his masters hope to achieve with these disclosures? These questions will haunt Pakistan for some time to come.

But more important than these questions, methinks, is the content of the memo.  In a classic case of missing the forest for the trees, the whole emphasis has been on the medium, in this case Haqqani and Ijaz, rather than the message they carried.  There has been little discussion about the damning contents of the memo and the absurdity of an elected government plotting against the state and offering national sovereignty on a platter to a foreign power.

Haqqani’s departure was imminent. No tears will be shed for the man who has changed his political stripes faster than you could say the Memogate.  Let’s not forget though he was only a messenger, or stenographer as someone aptly put it.  What about those who dictated the message?

Would such betrayal of national interest and honor be thinkable elsewhere? Given the mess Pakistan is already in, the Army and opposition may not like to upset the applecart just yet.  But would the people forgive and forget the perfidy of the political class? Only time will tell considering the ephemeral nature of public memory.

Be that as it may, this is a moment of reckoning for Pakistan and its irrepressible people.   The key to Pakistan’s continuing political instability and bankruptcy of its institutions is its overdependence and slavish reliance on foreign masters and allies.

The Pakistanis have in much of their history lived with the two A’s – the overambitious Army and an overbearing America. Imran Khan may be oversimplifying the issue when he blame the US aid to be the root cause of Pakistan’s ills.  But there’s something indeed there in the argument of the leader everyone seems to be eagerly awaiting.

As Allama Iqbal, the ideological father of Pakistan according to some, would warn: “Aye tair-e-lahoti uss rizq se maut achi/jis rizq se aati hai parwaz mein kotahi.” (O bird soaring in the sky, death is better than feeding on the prey that fetters your flight!) 

Isn’t it an irony that a nation imagined and inspired by Iqbal should end up as a client state of a corrupt and crumbling empire? Isn’t it about time Pakistan set itself free and made a fresh start in a new direction?

If Pakistan is to rediscover itself as a proud nation respected by the world, it will have to stop living on borrowed glory.  Only those who stand on their own feet without any crutches earn respect for themselves. It’s true of both individuals and nations.

Imran Khan released from Jail

Pakistan needs to rediscover its independence of spirit.  Only a self respecting nation can confront crimes and aggression against its people.  US drones kill innocent people on a daily basis but you don’t hear a whimper from those in power.

With its potential and resources — and its people more than half of whom are young are its most precious asset — Pakistan deserves better than the current lot of self-serving politicians.

Imran Khan looks like a ray of hope but one man–however sincere–cannot change the system. The change will have to be all-embracing and universal.

Pakistan needs more of such leaders and they must emerge from within, not foisted from outside.  The popular anger and outrage that the Memogate has provoked should be channelized to build a new, truly free Pakistan.

Source:  Arab News

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Zion’s Zealots: A Book Review and Nailing of Christian Fundamentalism

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by Eileen Fleming

Many American Christian Evangelicals interpreted the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and the return of the Jews to the Hebrews ancient homeland as a precondition for the Second Coming of Christ.

Millions of Americans believe in the theology espoused in the “Left Behind” series of novels that chronicle apocalyptic times set in the 21st century that winds up in Israel where, according to the author’s understanding of the Book of Revelation, the final battle in the world will be fought on an ancient battlefield called Armageddon. These literalists believe that war will be followed by seven years of global tribulation before Jesus returns to begin a 1,000-year rule on earth; but the Jews and all others who do not believe Jesus is God will be annihilated.

The bottom and nearly the last line in the book of Revelation is this warning:

“I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.

These fundamentalists also believe that the only Jews who are following God are the hard line Jewish fundamentalist settlers who occupy legally owned Palestinian property in the West Bank and who were evacuated from Gaza in 2005. The Jewish settlers and Christian fundamentalists share the core conviction that God made a real estate deal with the ancient Hebrews that gives 21st century Jews every grain of sand between the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, and the Mediterranean.

My first book, KEEP HOPE ALIVE counters the theology found in the Left Behind series and the fictional character, Brother Harold nails this particular fundamentalist misunderstanding in Chapter 8

Harold lifted his almost empty pouch of Crown Royal and exclaimed, “Let’s toast the man, and then I’ll tell you what my daddy told me when I was a kid, when my brothers and I would get out of hand. He’d say, ‘boys, you all are going the way of Cain and Abel, and you’d better quit. For one of those boys was filled with so much hatred and jealousy that he killed the other.’

“Then my old man would be on a roll, and he’d tell us about Sarah, Abraham’s wife. And we loved to hear that part, so we’d quit our fight. You see, although Sarah was already menopaused, she still desired a child. God had even shared a laugh with her about it coming true, but just like a woman, she took the matter into her own hands, and refused to wait for the Lord to deliver. So old Sarah decided to give her maidservant to her old man, and that chick and Abraham made a kid. Everything was fine when Ishmael arrived, but only for a very short while.

“Now, although Sarah was a dried-up old crone, she, too, birthed a son, and named him after the laughter she had shared with God, but called the kid Isaac. Sarah had gotten very territorial and demanded Abraham cast out his beloved first son with his mama Haggar, into the barren wilderness, and Abraham did it! But, as God always hears the cries of mothers and sons, he promised to make a great nation from Ishmael’s descendants, too. And thus, the Arab nation was born.

“By the sixth century before Christ, the conflicts in the land were already old news, and Jeremiah warned the people that all God could see was violence and destruction in the city. Sickness and wounds were all around.

“And then my old man would get tears in his eyes and softly recite:

“For every misunderstanding, every condemning thought, every negative vibration, every tear torn from a heart, every time one grabbed and wouldn’t let go, and they only did it because they did not know. The Divine is within all creation and within all women and men.

“And every tiny kindness you have ever done, every gentle word spoken, every time you held your tongue, every positive thought, every smile freely given, every helping hand that opens, helps bring in the kingdom. And the kingdom comes from above, and it comes from within. Imagine a kingdom of sisterhood of all creatures and all men.”

Dr. Rev. Stephen Sizer is an Anglican priest from the UK and internationally recognized Biblical authority regarding Christian Zionism.

In ZION’S CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS? Sizer sheds much needed light on how Jesus/The Prince of Peace- who commanded of his followers that they must forgive their enemies and love all people equally- has morphed into a militant crusader by many professing Christians.

Sizer’s timely focus on the Holy Land, in particular Jerusalem, The Temple and the future of the world juxtaposed with the current political climate and neo-con ideology could wake up many American Christians who have been led astray by the heretical teachings of John Hagee, Hal Lindsay and Tim LaHaye.

The vast majority of American Christians are unaware that since 1948, the indigenous Christian population of the land we call Holy has gone from 20% of the total population to less than 1.3% today.

Scholars and researches claim that unless things change asap, there will be no Christian witness in the land where Jesus promised that it is the Peacemakers who are the children of God by 2020!

“It is irresponsible to suggest that God will bless us materially if we support the largely secular State of Israel, especially when this invariably means ignoring the plight of the indigenous Christian population of Palestine.”-page 46, Zion’s Christian Soldiers

Sizer’s previous book Christian Zionism-Road Map to Armageddon? is the companion text to ZION’S CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS? which details how a cultish escapist theology fused with neo-con political ideology which has lead millions of US Christians astray as it tips the world on its side heavy with military artillery.

“Zion’s Christian Soldiers” utilizes easy to comprehend diagrams and thought provoking end of chapter questions that could help bring American Bible Study programs into the 21st Century and infuse them with a much needed breath of fresh air.

Having been to Israel Palestine seven times since June 2005, I highly recommend Sizer’s scholarly yet easy to comprehend work to all Christians who have the courage to face reality and reclaim the gospel Jesus taught which is The Peacemakers are the children of God.

Sizer’s struggle is also intended to provoke Christians to remember that the Prince of Peace is the fulfillment of the Hebrew scriptures as fundamentalist militant minded Christians have replaced Jesus with the state of Israel.

On 23 November 2011, Stephen Sizer wrote:

After extensive field use, I’ve pruned and, I hope, enhanced the Seven Biblical Answers leaflet. I have removed verses used twice and added two illustrations. I hope you find this useful.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Sizer
Christ Church Vicarage
Virginia Water,
GU25 4LD
www.stephensizer.com

What follows is an excerpt from Sizer’s Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assumptions can be downloaded here: http://www.sizers.org/articles/7answers.pdf

God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who curse Israel

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2-3). The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ… There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:16, 28-29)

“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore… and through your seed all nations on earth will be blessed…” (Genesis 22:17-18)

This popular assumption is based on Genesis 12:3. First, note that the promise was made to Abram (that is, Abraham) and no one else. Second, there is nothing in the text to indicate God intended the promise to apply to Abraham’s physical descendants unconditionally, or in perpetuity. Third, in the New Testament we are told explicitly that the promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and in those who acknowledge Him as their Lord and Saviour. God’s blessings come by grace through faith, not by works or race (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The “Promised Land” was given by God to the Jewish people as an everlasting inheritance

Contrary to popular assumption, the Scriptures repeatedly insist that the land belongs to God and that residence is always conditional.

For example, God said to his people, “‘The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.” (Leviticus 25:23). In Ezekiel, it seems the Lord anticipated the reasoning of those who arrogantly claimed rights to the land because of the covenant originally made with Abraham.

“Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.’ Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? You rely on your sword, you do detestable things… Should you then possess the land?’ … I will make the land a desolate waste, and her proud strength will come to an end.’ (Ezekiel 33:24-26,28-29)

Residence was open to all God’s people on the basis of faith not race. Indeed, the writer to Hebrews explains that the land was never their ultimate desire or inheritance any way but a temporary residence until the coming of Jesus Christ. Our shared eternal inheritance is heavenly not earthly.

Jerusalem is the exclusive and undivided, eternal capital of the Jewish people

The Christian Zionist assertion that God intended Jerusalem to be the exclusive and undivided eternal capital of the Jewish people has no basis whatsoever in Scripture. God insists in Psalm 87 that Jerusalem must be a shared and inclusive city. Nations specifically mentioned include what is today, Egypt, Iran and Lebanon. Even the hated Philistines are mentioned as “…born in Zion” on the basis of faith not race. Likewise, the vision of Isaiah 2 associates Jerusalem with the end of war, with peace and reconciliation.

“In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” (Isaiah 2:2-3)

But what of Luke 21:24, “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled”? The assertion that this prophecy came true in 1967 is problematic since Revelation 11:2 says the Gentile ‘trampling’ of Jerusalem would last only ’42 months’. The context of Luke 21 shows Jesus was referring to the events of 70AD and God’s sovereign use of foreign tyrants to fulfil his purposes. The focus of the New Testament instead moves away from the earthly Jerusalem toward the new, heavenly Jerusalem as the home of all who trust in Jesus (Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 21:2; 22-27).

Believers will soon be ‘raptured’ to heaven before the ‘end-time’ battle of Armageddon

The rapture is a popular idea that Jesus will actually return twice: first of all secretly, to rescue true believers out of the world, then later visibly with his saints to judge the world. There is, again, no basis in Scripture for this novel idea. The Bible is emphatic: the return of Jesus will be personal, sudden, public, visible and glorious. -Matthew 24:30-31

“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the peoples of the earth[a] will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

The idea of a secret rapture is actually based on a misreading of Matthew 24:40-41 and Luke 17:34-35…Our mandate is to be peacemakers not widow makers (Matthew 5:3-10). We are ‘God’s co-workers’ entrusted as ambassadors with a ministry of reconciliation not speculation (2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2)…###

A recent Zogby International poll found that 31% of those surveyed in the national poll strongly believe or somewhat believe in the ideas behind Christian Zionism, defined as “the belief that Jews must have all of the promised land, including all of Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah.”

A CNN/Time poll showed that 59% of the American public believes the prophecies contained in the Book of Revelation will come true.

Christian Zionism is an extremist Christian fundamentalist movement which supports the claims of those who believe that the State of Israel should take control of all of the land currently disputed between Palestinians and Israelis and views the creation and expansion of the modern state of Israel as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy toward the second coming of Jesus.

Christian Zionism is a two hundred year old theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel.

The Christian Zionist program provides a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it laces an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ’s love and justice today.

Christian Zionism is also an escapist theology and a match made in hell for neo-con ideology.

These Christians believe that God fights on the side of Israel and they call for unqualified support for the most extreme right wing political positions related to the Holy Land. Christian Zionism has significant support within American Protestant fundamentalists, who number between 10 and 20 million. Its reach is broad, by virtue of its favorite themes related to the “End Times” and an Israel-fixated Christian media.

Christian Zionism is both a “movement” and a way of interpreting current events. Its focus is on Israel and the Middle East, as much an ideology as a “movement.” Its promoters share many beliefs but are not organized through any one institution.

Throughout history Christians have at times twisted scripture to justify violence: for the Crusades, for Anti-Semitism, and for slavery. Too often the church has been neglected to respond to these biblical distortions and with disastrous results.

Although the Christian Zionists motives are couched in terms of compassion toward the Jewish people based on a literal reading of scripture their political agenda of territorial expansion Zionists has allowed the ongoing injustices against Palestinians.

Tikkun is Hebrew for mend, repair and transform the world. Tikkun is also an organization that researched to discover that there are three distinct elements energizing the Christian Zionists:

1. A strong commitment to conservative and ultra-nationalist American politics (so strong, I believe, that if the U.S. were to decide to break with Israel, this part of the Christian Zionist leadership would go along with that and drop its defense of Israeli policies).

2. Dispensationalist religious commitments that lead many of the Christian Zionists to yearn for a cataclysmic “end of history” eschatological war in the Middle East that will precipitate the second coming of Jesus and the Rapture in which all true Christians will go to heaven and all Jews who have not yet converted to Christianity will burn in hell for eternity.

3. A widespread understanding among many Christians that atonement and repentance is needed for 1700 years of murder, rape, and oppression of Jews that was frequently generated by the Church (though, of course, the Evangelicals do not recognize that church as their church). In this category are many Christian Zionists who genuinely feel terrible about what has happened to the Jews and genuinely want to help the Jewish people. Their philo-Semitism is real and sincere.- Rabbi Lerner, TIKKUN Magazine page 9, Nov/Dec. 2007

Jews and Christians worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but many fail to comprehend that the first mention of Israel is in Genesis 32:22, when Jacob was renamed Israel for having wrestled and struggled with the Divine.

Thus, to claim that the secular ethnocratic state of Israel has a divine right that supersedes the divine rights of the indigenous people of the land, reeks of racism and misses the point of what the Hebrew prophets were always on about:

“What does God require? He has told you o’man! Be just, be merciful, and walk humbly with your Lord.” -Micah 6:8

“My people are fools, they do not know me! They are skilled in doing evil, they know not how to do good.”-Jeremiah 4:22

“From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught…that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, ‘vomit you out’ if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]:

“When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’ but also ‘you shall love the other.’”-Rabbi Lerner, TIKKUN Magazine, page 35, Sept./Oct. 2007

The term Christianity was also not even coined until three decades after Jesus Christ walked the earth.

Until the day of Paul, followers of Jesus were called members of The Way; meaning the way he taught his followers to be!

Christ was never a Christian, but was born and died a Palestinian devout Jew who was a social justice radical revolutionary road warrior that challenged the job security of the Temple authorities by teaching the people they did NOT need to pay the priests for ritual baths or sacrificing livestock to be OK with God; for God already LOVED them just as they were: sinners, poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under a brutal Roman Military Occupation.

What got Jesus crucified was disturbing the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces, by teaching the subversive concept that Caesar only had power because God allowed it and that God preferred the humble sinner, the poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under Roman Occupation above the elite and arrogant.

The problem is not with Christianity, but that too few who claim to be Christians have actually done what Jesus taught and I spin Jesus’ Manifesto this way:

About 2,000 years ago, when Christ was about 33, he hiked up a hill and sat down under an olive tree and began to teach the people;

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.”

In other words: it is those who know their own spiritual poverty, their own limitations and ‘sins’ honestly and trust God loves them in spite of themselves who already live in the Kingdom of God.

How comforted we will all be, when we see, we haven’t got a clue, as to the depth and breadth of pure love and mercy of The Divine Mystery of The Universe.

God’s name in ancient Aramaic is Abba which means Daddy as much as Mommy and He/She: The Lord has said, “My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not yours.” -Isaiah 55:8

Christ proclaimed more: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

The essence of meek is to be patient with ignorance, slow to anger and never hold a grudge. In other words: how comforted you will be when you also know humility; when you know yourself, the good and the bad, for both cut through every human heart.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be filled.”

In other words: how comforted you will be when your greatest desire is to do what “God requires, and he has already told you what that is; BE JUST, BE MERCIFUL and walk humbly with your Lord.”-Micah 6:8

“Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy.”

In other words: how comforted you will all be when you choose to return only kindness to your ‘enemy.’

“For with the measure you measure against another, it will be measured back to you” Christ warns his disciples as he explains the law of karma in Luke 6:27-38.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they see God.”

In other words: how comforted you will be when you WAKE UP and see God is already within you, within every man, every woman and every child. The Supreme Being is everywhere, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Beyond The Universe -and yet so small; within the heart of every atom.

“Blessed are The Peacemakers: THEY shall be called the children of God.”

And what a wonderful world it will be when we all seek peace by pursuing justice; for there can be none without the other.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires, theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven.”

And one fine day the lion will lie down with The Lamb; meaning man will make war no more and that would create a sisterhood of man which just maybe the Kingdom of God on planet earth.

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Iran Contra At 25: Reagan and Bush ‘Criminal Liability’ Evaluations

NOVANEWS 

Presidential ‘Exposure’ and roles detailed in Special Prosecutor Reports

Reagan Briefed In Advance on Each Group of Missiles Sold to Iran

Bush Chaired Secret Committee that Recommended Mining Harbors of Nicaragua

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 365

Posted – November 25, 2011

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  • Malcolm Byrne – 202/994-7043

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The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History

by Peter Kornbluh and Malcolm Byrne (New York: The New Press, 314 pp.)

Order from Amazon.comThe Chronology: The Documented Day-by-Day Account of Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Contras by Scott Armstrong, Malcolm Byrne, Tom Blanton, and the National Security Archive (New York: Warner Books, 678 pp.)

Order from Amazon.com Previous Iran Contra Briefing Books The Iran-Contra Affair 20 Years On
Documents Spotlight Role of Reagan, Top Aides The Robert Gates File

The Iran-Contra Scandal, 1991 Confirmation Hearings, and Excerpts from new book Safe for Democracy

The Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs

Washington D.C., November 25, 2011 –President Ronald Reagan was briefed in advance about every weapons shipment in the Iran arms-for-hostages deals in 1985-86, and Vice President George H. W. Bush chaired a committee that recommended the mining of the harbors of Nicaragua in 1983, according to previously secret Independent Counsel assessments of “criminal liability” on the part of the two former leaders posted today by the National Security Archive.Twenty-Five years after the advent of the “Iran-Contra affair,” the two comprehensive “Memoranda on Criminal Liability of Former President Reagan and of President Bush” provide a roadmap of historical, though not legal, culpability of the nation’s two top elected officials during the scandal from the perspective of a senior attorney in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh.

The documents were obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the National Security Archive for the files compiled during Walsh’s six-year investigation from 1987-1993.The posting comes on the anniversary of the November 25, 1986, press conference during which Ronald Reagan and his attorney general, Edwin Meese, informed the American public that they had discovered a “diversion” of funds from the sale of arms to Iran to fund the contra war, thus tying together the two strands of the scandal which until that point had been separate in the public eye. The focus on the diversion, as Oliver North, the NSC staffer who supervised the two operations wrote in his memoirs, was itself a diversion.

“This particular detail was so dramatic, so sexy, that it might actually-well divertpublic attention from other, even more important aspects of the story,” North wrote, “such as what the President and his top advisors had known about and approved.”The criminal liability studies were drafted in March 1991 by a lawyer on Walsh’s staff, Christian J. Mixter (now a partner in the Washington law firm of Morgan Lewis), and represented preliminary conclusions on whether to prosecute both Reagan and Bush for various crimes ranging from conspiracy to perjury.On Reagan, Mixter reported that the President was “briefed in advance” on each of the illicit sales of missiles to Iran. The criminality of the arms sales to Iran “involves a number of close legal calls,” Mixter wrote. He found that it would be difficult to prosecute Reagan for violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) which mandates advising Congress about arms transfers through a third country-the U.S. missiles were transferred to Iran from Israel during the first phase of the operation in 1985-because Attorney General Meese had told the president the 1947 National Security Act could be invoked to supersede the AECA.As the Iran operations went forward, some of Reagan’s own top officials certainly believed that the violation of the AECA as well as the failure to notify Congress of these covert operations were illegal-and prosecutable.

In a dramatic meeting on December 7, 1985, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger told the President that “washing [the] transaction thru Israel wouldn’t make it legal.” When Reagan responded that “he could answer charges of illegality but he couldn’t answer charge that ‘big strong President Reagan passed up a chance to free hostages,” Weinberger suggested they might all end up in jail. “Visiting hours are on Thursdays,” Weinberger stated. As the scandal unfolded a year later, Reagan and his top aides gathered in the White House Situation Room the day before the November 25 press conference to work out a way to protect the president from impeachment proceedings.On the Contra operations, Mixter determined that Reagan had, in effect, authorized the illegal effort to keep the contra war going after Congress terminated funding by ordering his staff to sustain the contras “body and soul.” But he was not briefed on the resupply efforts in enough detail to make him criminally part of the conspiracy to violate the Boland Amendment that had cut off aid to the Contras in October 1984.

Mixter also found that Reagan’s public misrepresentations of his role in Iran-Contra operations could not be prosecuted because deceiving the press and the American public was not a crime.

On the role of George Herbert Walker Bush, Mixter reported that the Vice President’s “knowledge of the Iran Initiative appears generally to have been coterminous with that of President Reagan.” Indeed, on the Iran-Contra operations overall, “it is quite clear that Mr. Bush attended most (although not quite all) of the key briefings and meetings in which Mr. Reagan participated, and therefore can be presumed to have known many of the Iran/Contra facts that the former President knew.” But since Bush was subordinate to Reagan, his role as a “secondary officer” made it more difficult to hold him criminally liable.Mixter’s detailed report on Bush’s involvement does, however, shed considerable light on his role in both the Iran and Contra sides of the scandal. The memorandum on criminal liability noted that Bush had a long involvement in the Contra war, chairing the secret “Special Situation Group” in 1983 which “recommended specific covert operations” including “the mining of Nicaragua’s rivers and harbors.” Mixter also cited no less than a dozen meetings that Bush attended between 1984 and 1986 in which illicit aid to the Contras was discussed.

Despite the Mixter evaluations, Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh continued to consider filing criminal indictments against both Reagan and Bush. In a final effort to determine Reagan’s criminal liability and give him “one last chance to tell the truth,” Walsh traveled to Los Angeles to depose Reagan in July 1992. “He was cordial and offered everybody licorice jelly beans but he remembered almost nothing,” Walsh wrote in his memoir, Firewall, The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up. The former president was “disabled,” and already showing clear signs of Althzeimers disease. “By the time the meeting had ended,” Walsh remembered, “it was as obvious to the former president’s counsel as it was to us that we were not going to prosecute Reagan.”

The Special Prosecutor also seriously considered indicting Bush for covering up his relevant diaries, which Walsh had requested in 1987. Only in December 1992, after he had lost the election to Bill Clinton, did Bush turn over the transcribed diaries. During the independent counsel’s investigation of why the diaries had not been turned over sooner, Lee Liberman, an Associate Counsel in the White House Counsel’s office, was deposed. In the deposition, Liberman stated that one of the reasons the diaries were withheld until after the election was that “it would have been impossible to deal with in the election campaign because of all the political ramifications, especially since the President’s polling numbers were low.”

In 1993, Walsh advised now former President Bush that the Independent Counsel’s office wanted to take his deposition on Iran-Contra. But Bush essentially refused. In one of his last acts as Independent Counsel, Walsh considered taking the cover-up case against Bush to a Grand Jury to obtain a subpoena. On the advice of his staff, however, he decided not to pursue an indictment of Bush.

Among the first entries Bush had recorded in his diary (begun in late 1986) was his reaction to reports from a Lebanese newspaper that a U.S. team had secretly gone to Iran to trade arms for hostages. “On the news at this time is the question of the hostages,” he noted on November 5, 1986. “I’m one of the few people that know fully the details. This is one operation that has been held very, very tight, and I hope it will not leak.”


Read the Documents:

Document 1, Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4
Office of the Independent Counsel, C.J. Mixter to Judge Walsh, “Criminal Liability of Former President Reagan,” March 21, 1991, 198 pages.

In this lengthy evaluation, Christian Mixter, a lawyer on the staff of the Independent Counsel, provides Lawrence Walsh with a comprehensive evaluation of the legal liability of President Ronald Reagan in the Iran-Contra operations. The memorandum reviews, in great detail, not only the evolution of the operations, but Reagan’s central role in them. It includes “a summary of facts” on both the sale of arms to Iran, in order to free American hostages held in Lebanon, and the evolution of the illicit contra resupply operations in Central America, as well as the connection between these two seemingly separate covert efforts. The report traces Reagan’s knowledge and authorization of the arms sales, as well as his tacit authorization of the illegal contra resupply activities; it also details his role in obtaining third country funding for the Contras after Congress terminated U.S. support in 1984. The document further evaluates Reagan’s responses in two official inquiries to determine whether they rise to the level of perjury. For a variety of reasons, Mixter’s opinion is that “there is no basis for a criminal prosecution” of Reagan in each of the areas under scrutiny, although he notes that it is a “close legal call” on the issue of arms sales to Iran.

Document 2
Office of the Independent Counsel, C.J. Mixter to Judge Walsh, “Criminal Liability of President Bush,” March 21, 1991, 89 pages.

In this assessment, Mixter traces then-Vice President Bush’s involvement in both sides of the Iran-Contra operations, including his meeting with a high Israeli official on the sales of arms to Iran in July 1986, and his presence at no fewer than a dozen meetings during which illicit assistance to the Contras was discussed. The legal evaluation also contains a detailed overview of Bush’s role in arranging a quid pro quo deal with two Presidents of Honduras in order to garner Honduran support for allowing the Contras to use that country as a base of operations against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. “It is quite clear that Mr. Bush attended most (although not quite all) of the key briefings and meetings in which Mr. Reagan participated, and therefore can be presumed to have known many of the Iran/Contra facts that the former President knew.” But since Bush was subordinate to Reagan, his role as a “secondary officer” rendered him less likely to be criminally liable for the actions he took.

The Mixter memo on Bush was written before the existence and cover-up of the Vice President’s diaries became known in late 1992. The Independent Counsel’s office did launch an investigation into why the diaries were not previously turned over and considered bringing charges against the former Vice President for illegally withholding them.


More – The Top 5 Declassified Iran-Contra Historical Documents:

Document 1
NSC, National Security Planning Group Minutes, “Subject: Central America,” SECRET, June 25, 1984

At a pivotal meeting of the highest officials in the Reagan Administration, the President and Vice President and their top aides discuss how to sustain the Contra war in the face of mounting Congressional opposition. The discussion focuses on asking third countries to fund and maintain the effort, circumventing Congressional power to curtail the CIA’s paramilitary operations. In a remarkable passage, Secretary of State George P. Shultz warns the president that White House adviser James Baker has said that “if we go out and try to get money from third countries, it is an impeachable offense.” But Vice President George Bush argues the contrary: “How can anyone object to the US encouraging third parties to provide help to the anti-Sandinistas…? The only problem that might come up is if the United States were to promise to give these third parties something in return so that some people could interpret this as some kind of exchange.” Later, Bush participated in arranging a quid pro quo deal with Honduras in which the U.S. did provide substantial overt and covert aid to the Honduran military in return for Honduran support of the Contra war effort.

Document 2
White House, Draft National Security Decision Directive (NSDD), “U.S. Policy Toward Iran,” TOP SECRET, (with cover memo from Robert C. McFarlane to George P. Shultz and Caspar W. Weinberger), June 17, 1985

The secret deals with Iran were mainly aimed at freeing American hostages who were being held in Lebanon by forces linked to the Tehran regime. But there was another, subsidiary motivation on the part of some officials, which was to press for renewed ties with the Islamic Republic. One of the proponents of this controversial idea was National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, who eventually took the lead on the U.S. side in the arms-for-hostages deals until his resignation in December 1985. This draft of a National Security Decision Directive, prepared at his behest by NSC and CIA staff, puts forward the argument for developing ties with Iran based on the traditional Cold War concern that isolating the Khomeini regime could open the way for Moscow to assert its influence in a strategically vital part of the world. To counter that possibility, the document proposes allowing limited amounts of arms to be supplied to the Iranians. The idea did not get far, as the next document testifies.

Document 3
Defense Department, Handwritten Notes, Caspar W. Weinberger Reaction to Draft NSDD on Iran (with attached note and transcription by Colin Powell), June 18, 1985

While CIA Director William J. Casey, for one, supported McFarlane’s idea of reaching out to Iran through limited supplies of arms, among other approaches, President Reagan’s two senior foreign policy advisers strongly opposed the notion. In this scrawled note to his military assistant, Colin Powell, Weinberger belittles the proposal as “almost too absurd to comment on … It’s like asking Qadhafi to Washington for a cozy chat.” Richard Armitage, who is mentioned in Powell’s note to his boss, was an assistant secretary of defense at the time and later became deputy secretary of state under Powell.

Document 4

Diary, Caspar W. Weinberger, December 7, 1985

The disastrous November HAWK shipment prompted U.S. officials to take direct control of the arms deals with Iran. Until then, Israel had been responsible for making the deliveries, for which the U.S. agreed to replenish their stocks of American weapons. Before making this important decision, President Reagan convened an extraordinary meeting of several top advisers in the White House family quarters on December 7, 1985, to discuss the issue. Among those attending were Secretary of State Shultz and Secretary of Defense Weinberger. Both men objected vehemently to the idea of shipping arms to Iran, which the U.S. had declared a sponsor of international terrorism. But in this remarkable set of notes, Weinberger captures the president’s determination to move ahead regardless of the obstacles, legal or otherwise: “President sd. he could answer charges of illegality but he couldn’t answer charge that ‘big strong President Reagan passed up chance to free hostages.’”

Document 5

NSC, Oliver L. North Memorandum, “Release of American Hostages in Beirut,” (so-called “Diversion Memo”), TOP SECRET/SENSITIVE, April 4, 1986

At the center of the public’s perception of the scandal was the revelation that the two previously unconnected covert activities — trading arms for hostages with Iran and backing the Nicaraguan Contras against congressional prohibitions — had become joined. This memo from Oliver North is the main piece of evidence to survive which spells out the plan to use “residuals” from the arms deals to fund the rebels. Justice Department investigators discovered it in North’s NSC files in late November 1986. For unknown reasons it escaped North’s notorious document “shredding party” which took place after the scandal became public.

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IsraHell Intransigence On Palestine Isolating Both The U.S. And IsraHell

NOVANEWS 

by Sherwood Ross

The U.S. and Israel “now looked trapped together, weakened and dangerously isolated” during the Arab Spring over Israel’s intransigence on statehood for Palestine, an article in The New Yorker magazine charges.

“A more creative Israel would embrace Palestine’s recognition, which it has already endorsed in principle, and then rally allies to its side, to leverage their support in decisive settlement talks,” writes Steve Coll in the Sept. 26th issue.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak allegedly privately told his nation’s leaders, “By sharpening tensions with the Palestinians, we are inviting isolation on Israel.”

Coll terms the case for Palestinian statehood “compelling.” “Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, Palestinian leaders have been told repeatedly that if they organized themselves peacefully and negotiated in good faith with Israel they would win statehood.”

“Their performance has often disappointed,” he continues. “Yasir Arafat eschewed a deal with Isael in 2000; Hamas has persistently launched indiscriminate attacks and broadcast anti-Semitism. Yet, under the Palestinian Authority’s sway, the West Bank now resembles a legitimate state more closely than at any time since 1967.”

Two years ago, under Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority began to improve governance and while its security forces “still mete out abuses,” Coll writes, “Palestinian leaders have delivered on many of their pledges.” What’s more, last April the World Bank said that the Authority is “well-positioned for the establishment of a state at any point in the near future.”

Although President Obama told the UN’s General Assembly last year that renewed talks could lead to “an independent sovereign state of Palestine” real progress has gone no further than words. “Many Palestinian leaders,” Coll writes, “have therefore concluded that it may be impossible to achieve statehood through negotiations with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

“Their pessimism is well grounded,” Coll continues. “The evidence suggests that he seeks only to fob off the Palestinian Authority, as well as his allies in the United States and Europe, in order to buy more time to bankroll more settlements on the West Bank, which will change the contours of the conflict.”

Far from doing it any good, Israel’s intransigence is turning once friendly nations against it. “Five  years ago, Turkey was, with Egypt, Israel’s most important ally in the Muslim  world,” Coll writes. Now the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan derides Israel as “the West’s spoiled child.”

“The loss of Turkey’s allegiance is an unnecessary calamity for Israel, one that is symptomatic of the country’s self-defeating paralysis,” Coll writes.

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