Archive | April 4th, 2012

The Islamophobia Excuse


by Philip Giraldi

It seems that the Republican presidential aspirants’ fervor to confront Islam has receded a bit with the decline and fall of Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, but one can likely still count on Rick Santorum to come up with some bon mots on the threat posed by Shariah law. Those who fear that hands will soon be lopped off shoplifters caught in Cleveland appear to be making much ado about nothing, but there is a much broader and more insidious agenda that is really playing out behind the scenes. Perry, Gingrich, and Santorum are all smart enough to know that Islamic law is hardly poised to dominate the U.S. legal system, but they are using it as the wedge issue to deny the patriotism of Muslims in general and fuel the demands to exercise a military option against Iran.

Promoting fear of Shariah law is essentially a red herring. There are more than 50 predominantly Muslim countries in the world, and, while most have elements of Shariah in their civil and family law, only two have it as their criminal codes. They are Saudi Arabia and Iran, one a close ally of the United States and the West and the other currently playing the cameo role of a threat to the entire world, to borrow a phrase from the eminent Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel. The countries that do not have Shariah as their criminal codes have modeled their laws on European and American models, some borrowing from Roman law and others from British common law.

Depicting Islam as manifestly medieval, backward, and cruel is not new, as it has been going on in one form or another since the Israelis and Palestinians first locked horns. Recognizing that the propaganda that is being ground out in the mainstream media derives from that conflict, it is easy to understand why Muslims are persistently portrayed in negative terms. And it should be equally unsurprising to learn that those who are denigrating Muslims and Islam are almost invariably among the most uncritical supporters of Likudist Israel and all its works.

The list of those who are passionate about how bad Islam is has a familiar ring to it. It is led by the truly vicious and fanatical like Pamela Geller and includes John Bolton, David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, and Charles Krauthammer. Geller has writtenthat there is “a systematic campaign to impose Shariah on the secular marketplace” and to pervert the justice system in favor of Islamic exemptions, a theme that has been picked up by Gingrich and Santorum, both of whom favor pointless laws banning Shariah in any form. In a milder form, the same viewpoint is reflected in both the news coverage and the editorial pages of newspapers like The New York PostThe Washington Post, and even The New York Times.

The arguments being made are not necessarily intended to convince anyone other than those who are already more than half onboard, but they are designed to keep the issue of how Muslims are not quite like the rest of us on the back burner to so that the legitimate aspirations of Palestinians and other Arabs will somehow always seem suspect. It also fuels other narratives that the neoconservatives and their friends support, like perpetual warfare against Islamic countries to bring about regime changes, suggesting that there is something that is not quite right in the way that Muslim countries govern themselves. The real objective is, however, spelled out in the paper that the neocons presented to Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996, “A Clean Break,” advocating the breakup of Arab countries into smaller components that would be perpetually at war with themselves, thereby assuring Israeli predominance in the region. As is so often the case, the conversation in the United States is really all about Israel.

The broader agenda of Islamophobia also fuels arguments to continue to stay the course in places like Afghanistan. Urinating on corpses, hunting and killing local farmers for sport, shooting women and children in the middle of the night, and burning Qurans are all justified because American soldiers find themselves in a difficult and stress-filled environment where the enemies are everywhere and are manifestly not quite real people in the same sense that boys from Kansas are. Muslims become abstractions, and there is the undercurrent of “Don’t they know we are there to help them?” The rarely spelled-out subtext in all the narratives that seek to explain or mitigate the barbaric behavior on the part of America’s finest is that the Afghans are not quite like us and they are not being grateful enough. Their otherness comes partly from the perception that they are primitive but even more from the fact that they are Muslims.

Moving beyond Shariah, those who wish to marginalize Muslims in American life point to the terrorism arrests of Muslims who are American citizens or legal residents of this country. There have indeed been such cases, but a careful reading of the court records suggests that the arrests are mostly what once would have been considered entrapment. A disgruntled young man toys with jihadist websites, is identified, and suddenly finds himself with a new friend who presents him with an unusable bomb to blow himself up in Times Square. He is then arrested and finds himself facing 20 years in prison. The reality, however,  is that of 14,000 murders in the United States in 2010, not a single one was attributed to a Muslim terrorist.

So why should Americans hate or fear Muslims? If it were only the idiosyncrasies of their culture that were an irritant, one would reasonably observe that the United States has absorbed plenty of cultures and lifestyles equally outside of the Western European mainstream. The fact is that the Islamophobia we are currently seeing really has two objectives. First and foremost it is to protect Israeli interests, making Muslims appear to be a threat and a group that is irredeemably un-American, while Israelis are presented as people who are more or less just like us. That means that only one voice will be heard on the Middle East, which is precisely what has taken place.

The second objective is to justify the seemingly unending series of wars in Asia, presenting the local people as lacking in the civilized moral and political values that we all hold dear. Ironically, this latter argument is self-defeating, as it is the foreign wars of the past 11 years that have stripped Americans of many of their liberties and constitutional rights. What we choose to fear in Islam and deplore in Muslim regimes — the lack of individual rights — has come home to us.

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Britain’s mad-house foreign policy


By Stuart Littlewood


Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain’s double standards and contradictory policies in the Middle East: on the one hand irrational belligerence and warmongering towards Iran even though this is contrary to British national interests, and on the other cosying up to and taking its cue from Israel, a criminal, aggressive state whose behaviour contradicts British values and interests.

My local MP, Henry Bellingham, is a Foreign Office minister whose responsibilities include the United Nations, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and conflict resolution.

I take this to mean he’s tasked with keeping the British government on the straight-and-narrow as regards international law, with ensuring dutiful conformity with the UN’s Charter and numerous resolutions, with saving our warmongering hotheads from the calaboose in The Hague and with treading the path of peace at all times.

The International Criminal Court is, to say the least, challenging. The world is crawling with high-ranking war criminals but the ICC in its 10 year history has delivered only one verdict. As if to underline the court’s utter uselessness as an instrument of justice, the ICC prosecutor has just rejected a bid by the Palestinian Authority to have the war crimes tribunal investigate Israel’s conduct during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

His excuse is that the status granted to Palestine by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is that of “observer”, not a “non-member state”. The fact that more than 130 governments and certain international organizations, including United Nation bodies, recognize Palestine as a state makes no difference.

Let’s see how quickly the UNGA, with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Hague’s threats are costing us dear

A recent Reuters article, Iran sanctions bring unintended, unwanted results”, by their Political Risk Correspondent Peter Apps, points to Western sanctions against Iran having so far failed to deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear programme and generating instead unexpected side-effects and posing new problems.

It seems to me the consequences of sanctions were entirely predictable.

The expected loss of Iranian crude production has helped push oil prices to levels seen as threatening the global economy. And expert opinion seems to be saying that the ratcheting-up of economic pressure is not having the desired effect but simply increasing Tehran’s determination. “While Iranians may bear the brunt of the economic pain, people around the world are also feeling the knock-on effects of rising fuel prices that also drive food and price inflation.”

The message received is that whether sanctions work or not, “it may now be far from easy for Western states to significantly alter course to reduce or remove the restrictions, even if they want to”.

And Rosemary Hollis, head of the Middle Eastern studies programme at London’s City University, is quoted as saying: “The terrible thing is that this is the moment there might be a possibility to at least begin to make progress. But we are going to miss it.”

The other day NASDAQ carried a Dow Jones report saying the head of the US Energy Information Administration had joined a panel of energy experts in dismissing the idea that a “quick fix” could reduce US gasoline prices, suggesting instead that rising demand for oil around the world and supply concerns stemming from Iran sanctions were driving prices at the pump.

The sanctions, coupled with other geopolitical events such as Libya’s civil war, are a source of “grave concern” for the oil markets, said Dan Yergin, the chairman of the energy research organization IHS CERA.

Hague led the charge on oil sanctions and the imposition of other measures to make economic life a misery. They are backfiring. So that’s another fine mess the Cameron-Hague foreign policy mad-house has got us into.

In a legal quagmire

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), in a statement issued 26 November 2011, said it was deeply concerned about the threats against Iran by Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Referring to the most recent report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), IADL stated that:

(1) The threats by Israel, the United States,and the United Kingdom are unacceptable, and are dangerous not only for all the region but for the whole of humanity.

(2) Article 2.4 of UN Charter forbids not only the use of force but also the threat of force in international relations, and that the right of defence settled by the charter does not include pre-emptive strikes.

(3) While Israel is quick to denounce the possible possession of nuclear weapons by others, it illegally has had nuclear weapons for many years; and

(4) The danger to world peace caused by nuclear weapons is so great as to require the global eradication of all nuclear weapons, and to immediately declare the Middle East a nuclear free zone and a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction, as required by UN Security Council Resolution 687.

What do UN Charter Articles 2.3 and 2.4 actually say?

  • All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered”, and
  • All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations”.

It sounds crystal clear. What is it about this that Messrs Hague and Cameron don’t understand?

Let’s look a little closer at the settlement of disputes, one of Mr Bellingham’s specialisms. Article 33 of the UN Charter requires that “the parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means…”

I have asked the government repeatedly, through Mr Bellingham, what efforts the foreign secretary made to meet and discuss with Iran’s ministers before resorting to economic “terror’ tactics.

  • How many times has a British foreign secretary visited Tehran in the 32 years since the Islamic Revolution?
  • Did Mr Hague go and talk before embarking on punitive sanctions?

He remains silent. Communication doesn’t seem to be Mr Hague’s strong point, except when lecturing. It was Mr Hague’s decision to shut down the British embassy in Tehran and eject the Iranians from London. He had not in any case maintained a full diplomatic presence in Tehran and the embassy operated at chargé d’affaires level for several months after the previous ambassador left. Now we talk to Iran through a third-party country, Germany.

So much for his stated desire to improve relations, reach out and engage.

Negotiations in bad faith

I’m indebted to Dr David Morrison for reminding me that in 2003 the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany visited Tehran and initiated discussions with Iran on its nuclear programme. This of course was pre-Hague. In a statement issued at the time, the three European Union states said they “recognize the right of Iran to enjoy peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with the NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty]” – i.e. Iran had a right to uranium enrichment on its own soil like other parties to the NPT. This was repeated and confirmed at the Paris Agreement in 2004. Iran agreed “on a voluntary basis” to suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities. The three EU states recognized the suspension as “a voluntary confidence-building measure and not a legal obligation”.

However, proposals published by the UK, France and Germany the following year demanded that all enrichment and related activities on Iranian soil cease for good. In other words, Iran’s voluntary suspension of these activities was to be permanent. What had happened to the trio’s earlier commitment to “recognize the right of Iran to enjoy peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with the NPT”? Was Iran to be the only party to the NPT forbidden to have uranium enrichment on its own soil?

Yes. The West’s aim was to halt all enrichment in Iran. From now on Iran would be treated as a second-class party to the NPT, with fewer rights than the others.

Still rewarding evil in our name

As for the British government’s enslavement to Israel, the following statement appears on the Foreign Office website:

Israel is an important strategic partner and friend for the UK. The UK and Israel hold a number of important shared objectives across a broad range of policy areas and countries.

These include: shared regional security concerns, including diplomatic efforts to deter Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons; international work to counter anti-Semitism; bilateral defence cooperation; academic, scientific and cultural partnership; the promotion of democratic governance, judicial independence and media freedom; and building and maintaining strong trade and financial links.

Regional security concerns? This cosiness with a rogue military power in the most explosive region of the world actually undermines our national security.

Israel’s illegal and murderous blockade of Gaza, its closure of the West Bank, the annexation of East Jerusalem, the relentless Judaization of the Holy City, the building of the Apartheid Wall, the demolition of Palestinian homes and the illegality of the settlements – all demonstrate the lawlessness of the Israeli regime. In recent months, three internal EU reports by the EU Heads of Missions in the occupied territories have detailed shocking human rights violations committed by Israel

As for “democratic governance”, the Foreign Office surely knows that Israel pursues deeply racist policies and there is no such thing as justice for Palestinians who come before Israeli courts on trumped up charges, or are detained on no charges at all.

I have visited Holy Land several times and seen for myself the brutality of the illegal occupation and the human rights abuses inflicted daily on the Palestinian people. Yet Britain fails to hold the state of Israel to the same standards of human conduct expected of the rest of the international community.

“We do not hesitate to express disagreement to Israel where we feel necessary,” says the Foreign Office. “Although we do not agree on everything, we enjoy a close and productive relationship. It is this very relationship that allows us to have the frank discussions often necessary between friends.” What claptrap. The UK government takes no action whatever to hold the Israelis to account. On the contrary, it continues rewarding their endless crime-sprees and recently relaxed our Universal Jurisdiction laws to protect Israel’s war criminals from arrest.

It is an outrage that the British government, which is supposed to work for us the British people, aligns itself in our name with such evil. This revolting intimacy with the thugs of the Israeli regime is the scandal of our times. Since 1948 what exactly have those “frank discussions” achieved? Has Israel ended its illegal occupation and stopped its murderous assaults? No. Has it lifted its blockade of Gaza and closure of the West Bank? No. Has Israel brought its huge nuclear arsenal and other weapons of mass destruction under international inspection and safeguards? No. Is Israel nice to its neighbours? No.

And what are the government’s sanctions against Iran going to achieve? The cruel starvation of another half-a-million children like before, in Iraq?

In the last 24 hours there has been uproar in the UK over government plans to snoop on every household’s emails, website visits and other private online activity. This sneaky intrusion by officialdom is said to be necessary to the war on terror.

But the best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

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‘Arabs should accept responsibility for Jewish refugees’


Deputy FM Daniel Ayalon urges Arab world to acknowledge historic liability for displacing Jews who once lived in Arab nations; creating Palestinian refugee problem by warring with Israel

ed note–the ability of these people to bend and contort the truth into a piece of modern art that bears no resemblance to reality is without any comparison.

 The ‘displacing of Jews in Arabs lands took place for 2 reasons–

1) Israel sent her terrorist agents into arab countries and blew up synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods in order to drive the Jews out of these Arab lands,


2) Due to what the jews were doing to the Palestinians, it naturally made Jews living in Arab lands targets for retribution.

Furthermore, Ayalon’s attributing the Palestinian refugee problem to the Arabs ‘warring with Israel’ is an absolute LIE, as Israel intended ALL ALONG to drive the Palestinians out, war or no war–

The state of Israel must invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the methods of provocation and revenge…. And above all, let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.” —From the diary of Moshe Sharett, Israeli’s first Foreign Minister from 1948-1956, and Prime Minister from 1954-1956.

”We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting off of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” —Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, May 1948

“The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence was only a bluff, a deliberate lie which we developed after the war to justify our actions.” —Israeli General Matityahu Peled

”Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country. The only solution is Eretz Israel, or at least all the land west of Jordan River without Arabs. There is no room for compromise on this point … There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to neighboring countries – all of them. We must not leave a single village, not a single tribe.” —Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s Colonization Department in 1940.

“The present map of Palestine was drawn by the British mandate. The Jewish people have another map which our youth and adults should strive to fulfill —From the Nile to the Euphrates.” —David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister

“We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” —Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

“The Palestinians should be crushed like grasshoppers, their heads smashed against boulders and walls.” —Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

“The most spectacular event in the contemporary history of Palestine – more spectacular than the creation of the Jewish state itself – has been the wholesale evacuation of its Arab population which has swept with it thousands of Arabs from areas threatened and/or occupied by us outside our boundaries.” —Moshe Shertok, Israeli Foreign Minister


The Foreign Ministry held a conference Tuesday, during which it presented a special report on “Jewish refugees from Arab nations.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon urged the Arab world to recognize its historic responsibility for displacing Jews who once lived in Arab nations and making them de-facto refugees.

“The Arab League must accept responsibility and recognize that they are the ones who caused the displacement of Jews from Arab countries,” he said.

Ayalon further said that Arab nations should acknowledge their own role in creating Palestinian refugees, displaced by their wars with Israel.

The deputy foreign minister added that Israel will insist that Palestinian refugees will be absorbed in the future Palestinian state alone – the same way Jewish refugees were absorbed in the State of Israel.

“Today, about 50% of Israelis are refugees and descendants of refugees from those Arab nations. They have assimilated completely and have contributed to Israel’s inception and advancement.”

Ayalon added: “Just like the State of Israel took in the Jewish refugees, the Arab refugees who left Mandate-era Palestine should be afforded the same treatment.”

The premise, he added, “Is doubly true in light of the Palestinian Authority’s inception and the fact that its existence does not justify the existence of the Arab refugee camps.”

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US seeks to disintegrate Yemen for its oil resources’


Yemen has also large proven reserves of natural gas.
A senior Yemeni politician has accused the United States of trying to disintegrate the country in order to gain control of its oil sources.

Yemeni Revolution Salvation Front spokesman, Sultan al-Samei, told Al-Alam news channel on Tuesday that the US is seeking to strengthen its military presence in Yemen under the pretext of al-Qaeda in the south of the country while the real reason is gaining control of Yemen’s oil.

”Under the pretext of combating al-Qaeda, America seeks to strengthen its military presence in Yemen and break up the country to gain control of its oil sources,” al-Samei said adding that the terrorists groups operating in Yemen and other countries are US elements paving the way for the direct intervention of Washington in the internal affairs of other countries.

Al-Samei’s remarks came days after Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Baker al-Qirbi confirmed that US marines were deployed in the Yemeni capital, claiming that the American forces were in Sana’a to protect the US Embassy.

Al-Samei also said that al-Qaeda-affiliated groups operating in southern Yemen are linked to the regime of toppled dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.

”The rebel groups associated with al-Qaeda terrorist network that killed 23 Yemeni soldiers south of the country a few days ago, are linked to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime,” al-Samei added.

Yemen’s Revolution Salvation Front spokesman also said that the country is still being controlled and ruled by Saleh and that the so-called unity government headed by Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi is nothing but a political game.

Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) party has17 ministers in the new 34-member cabinet and his relatives control security services.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity.

His deputy, UK-trained field marshal Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, replaced him on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia. Hadi will serve for an interim two-year period as stipulated by the power transfer deal.

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Survey: 62% of U.S. Jews would reelect Obama, 4% say Israel is most important issue


Survey shows most Jewish Americans favor diplomacy for peace over military action; 73% of respondents say Netanyahu represents Jewish values.


Sixty-two percent of Jewish American voters would like to see U.S. President Barack Obama reelected in November, and only 4% define Israel as the most important issue influencing their vote.

The results emerged as part of a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute based in Washington, D.C.

According to the survey, while only 62% of Jewish voters in the U.S. would like to reelect Obama, 30% would prefer to see a Republican candidate take the upcoming elections.

In the 2008 elections, 78% of Jewish Americans voted for Obama, but, according to the survey’s authors, the figure reflects statistics measured at a similar point in the campaign that year. The current figure also shows that Jewish support for Obama is much higher than that of the general American population (44% for Obama and 37% for a Republican candidate).

Of the Jews who voted for Obama in 2008, 86% would like to see him reelected, while 7% said they have switched sides and would prefer to see a Republican candidate win this time round. Fifty-eight percent of the Jewish voters approve of Obama’s performance as president, 34% disapprove.

Thirty-six percent said they are “not sure” about their opinion of how Obama is handling the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Sixty-seven percent of Jewish voters hold “mostly” or “very” unfavorable opinions of Mitt Romney, but Jewish Republican supporters prefer the former Massachusetts Governor by a large margin of 58%, compared to his rivals. Trailing far behind are former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with 15%, former Speaker Newt Gingrich with 13%, and Congressman Ron Paul, with 12%.

Economy over Israel

 The survey gives a decisive answer as to how important Israel is for the Jewish voters this time round: Not very. Only 4% define it as “the most important issue” influencing their vote. The economy is the top issue for 51%, while for 15% of respondents, the most important issue is the “growing gap between the rich and poor.” Nearly two-thirds of the American Jews think the government should do more to reduce this gap, and 81% support raising taxes on Americans earning more than 1 million dollars a year. Ten percent were more concerned about health care, 7% for the federal deficit. Only 4% are worried about national security issues and Israel, 2% are most concerned about Iran, and 1% the environment, immigration, same-sex marriage and abortion.

While “Birthright” trips to Israel might make participants more connected to the Jewish state, the survey showed that, overall, Israel is far from being the issue that defines Jewish identity among Americans. When asked which qualities are most important to their Jewish identity, 46% mentioned a commitment to social equality, 20% spoke of their support for Israel, and 17% cited religious observance. To the question of what influenced their political beliefs, 87% mentioned the Holocaust, 85% the “opportunities for economic success” in America, and 66% referred to being a religious minority in America.

Being Jewish was “very important” or “most important” for 42% of the Jewish Americans, while for 29% it was “somewhat important” and for 29% it was “not too important” or not important at all.

Being Jewish was “very important” to 73% of synagogue-goers, but only to 22% of those who do not belong to an established Jewish community. It was important for 64% of Conservative Jews, 39% of Reform Jews, and 10% of Jews who do not affiliate themselves with any denomination.

As for Middle East politics and the perception of U.S.-Israeli relations, while

While Obama Administration officials like to say military cooperation between the U.S. and Israel is closer than ever before, only 54% of Jewish Americans perceive the relationship is the same as always, while 37% think the ties “are worse”, and only 7% think they are better than in the past.

Fifty-three percent of Jewish Americans said they would support the establishment of a Palestinian state, while 42% would oppose it. Sixty-three percent think that, in general, diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace, versus 24% who prefer military action. But when it comes to Iran, 59% of Jewish Americans think the U.S. should take military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program should sanctions fail, while 37% oppose it.

The vast majority of Jewish Americans define Israel’s major problems in terms of external threats (90% cite the Israeli Palestinian conflict, 83% Iran). Fifty-three percent also mentioned ultra-Orthodox control of religious life as being a major problem and 38% cited social inequality in Israel.

Interpreting the results

 According to the survey, 70% of the Jewish Americans are either registered democrats or leaning toward the Democratic party, and 29% identify themselves as Republicans or leaning toward the Republican party.

Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, told Haaretz that amid the speculations on the slipping Jewish support for the president, the results have shown “fairly solid support for President Obama – the numbers are virtually identical to the June 2008 Gallup poll that showed 62% for Obama and 32% for McCain. Today, it’s 6% for Obama and 30% the Republican candidate.”

As for the low priority given to Israel, Dr. Jones stresses that it is important to note the statistic reflects how much weight Israel is given in terms of voting priorities, and does not reflect Jewish Americans’ support for Israel. “As a voting priority it is low, [but] it doesn’t mean it’s not important,” he said.

Dr. Jones added that “we wanted to be sure on this issue and allowed people to mention their first and second most important voting issue, because it was clear the economy is swapping everything. But even as a second issue Israel didn’t move up the list – it was still 5%.”

The survey also asked respondents to estimate how well eight public figures represent Jewish values. While questions could be raised about how the list of eight figures was compiled, the results were as follows: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came first (73%), U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan second (66%), New-York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg third (65%), comedian Jon Stewart got 63%, Senator Joe Lieberman (60%), actress Natalie Portman (56%), the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (38%) and comedian Sarah Silverman (37%).

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World powers increase backing for an armed Syrian rebellion


by crescentandcross



Hillary Clinton talks of ‘moment of truth’ as Friends of Syria turn away from diplomatic solution

ed note–if there was ever a time for westerners to be totally ashamed of the governments of their various countries, it is now.

The west is getting its ass kicked in the Middle East and isn’t willing to pick an open fight with Syria because it knows that Russia will get involved. So rather than admit that they are the cowards they are, they instead talk about ‘democracy’ and ‘supporting the underdog’ who is in fact a terrorist organization.

Simply without shame or honor.

World powers including Britain and America yesterday pledged to boost funding and support for Syria’s armed opposition, toughening their stance on a regime that has so far appeared immune to a barrage of sanctions, censure and diplomatic isolation.

While Western and Arab nations remained divided on the extent of support for the anti-regime fighters, a communiqué from a meeting in Istanbul of the so-called Friends of Syria grouping of 83 nations included an open call on soldiers to defy their orders. Gulf countries pledged a “pot of gold” to pay rebels’ salaries, while Western countries appeared to shift their emphasis to action over flagging diplomacy.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, conceded that Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, was unlikely to heed the latest UN-Arab League peace plan that many had hoped could bring about a last-ditch negotiated end to a brutal crackdown that has tipped a nation to the brink of civil war.

“Nearly a week has gone by, and we have to conclude that the regime is adding to its long list of broken promises,” Ms Clinton said. “The world must judge Mr Assad by what he does, not by what he says. And we cannot sit back and wait any longer.” She added: “There is no more time for excuses or delays … This is a moment of truth.”

Underscoring the defiance of Mr Assad’s regime, Syria’s state media had declared victory over opposition groups on Saturday, after a year-long crackdown which the United Nations says has cost 9,000 innocent lives.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdessi, also rejected the UN envoy Kofi Annan’s call for the Assad regime to halt the violence first. Mr Assad has said Syria is committed to Mr Annan’s peace plan, although opposition activists say the regime is just buying time so it can continue its military onslaught.

And while Ms Clinton and other members of the Friends of Syria – a grouping which does not include China and Russia, the two world powers with the most sway over the regime – vowed to continue working to Mr Annan’s blueprint, Arab nations are increasingly moving toward more pro-active support of the rebels. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are creating a multimillion dollar fund to pay salaries to members of the armed opposition, who are out-gunned by Mr Assad’s military. Members of the military who decide to swap sides will also be paid.

Saudi diplomats have also called for arms to be provided to the rebels, but Britain, America and Turkey have so far shied away from too much direct support for the armed resistance, fearful of fuelling a full-scale civil war. They have pushed punitive measures such as economic sanctions, but Ms Clinton yesterday did say the US would provide $12m in additional aid for the opposition which would be used to improve communications among anti-government activists.

Britain has already upped its financial support for communications and humanitarian assistance.

Direct military action of the kind that ousted Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya has officially remained off the agenda, despite calls from the Syrian National Council for more concrete assistance and boots on the ground. “Don’t prolong the catastrophe. The opposition is united; now it is time for you to support the Syrian opposition,” said Burhan Ghalioun, the chairman of the SNC’s executive council.

Soli Ozel, professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University, said yesterday’s moves marked more diplomatic manoeuvring, but was cautious about the effect on the ground.

“It is part of the process of putting pressure on the Assad regime. Whether or not the regime will be responsive is another matter,” he said.

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By Gilad Atzmon

In the above clip I elaborate on Ali Abunimah’s attitude towards history and culture.

I contend that since Israel defines itself as the Jewish State and its tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols, we are entitled to ask ourselves who are the Jews and what is Judaism and Jewishness? In my work I try to grasp the role and the impact of Jewish culture on Israeli and Jewish politics – something I believe necessary to bring peace to the region and beyond.

But Ali Abunimah doesn’t agree. In reference to a talk I gave at the Stuttgart One State Conference (Dec 2010), he suggested that history and politics are detached from culture – an unusual approach which contradicts all recognized, intellectual and philosophical understandings of humanity, history, politics as well as culture.

Abunimah says “Talking about Jewish culture, is wrong because such arguments can be made about anyone. We could blame German culture for the history of Germany…”  

Someone should tell Abunimah that this is exactly what intellectuals, historian and political scientists do. They search for the origin of political thoughts in culture, ideology, religion and heritage. For instance, those who study the Nazi eratry to comprehend the impact of Wagner, the German symphony, Protestant culture, German philosophy, Martin Luther’s “The Jews And Their Lies”, Hegel and the German Spirit, German Early Romanticism, Lebensphilosophie, Heine, Athens vs. Jerusalem and so on.

It is obvious to me that, Abunimah didn’t think it through. However, it is never too late to admit a mistake and get it right.

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Sunday Night, April Fools Day, 2012


Fools Isn’t the Half of It As We Review the Week’s Intel


 by  Gordon Duff,  Senior Editor


This will be a rambling take on “plots” along with some of what is going on that won’t be entirely public.  The big story is Zimmerman, which has officially gotten out of control.  The GOP has gone into the “basement” on this and the Dem’s are exploiting it for election cash.

Playing journalist and using the term “knowledgeable sources” has Zimmerman getting out of a series of scrapes, some worth up to 5 years prison time because of what we are told is blackmail.

What is missing as with any story of international scope is the background of the Zimmerman family, their politics, their connection, their income, associates, all never asked, all public records, achieved in seconds by any member of the press, as though they never existed.

What has happened because of this is the exposure of the United States as a much more divided country than some had guessed.  Others knew.

Neo- ‘Black? Panther’ – Hashim Nzinga Arrested in Atlanta on gun charge after recent fraud conviction

One extremely embarrassing but fun aspect involves the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center).

They began defending Zimmerman, who they believed to be Jewish, from the imaginary “New Black Panthers,” a “controlled opposition” group of 5 half baked idiots taken out of cold storage when there is a need to invent “black militants” where none really exist.

Then the SPLC had to change sides, damn Zimmerman or risk losing funding, millions, based on their “good work” to protect “poor dumb black folks.”

We have consistently demanded the arrest of Zimmerman based on law.  We don’t raise money or buy and sell beliefs for profit.  We will learn eventually and be better Americans.

[Editors Note: The Neo-Black Panthers, as I prefer to call them have always denounced by ‘traditional’ Black Panther as org name carjackers. Here is what the Huey P. Newton Foundation has to say about them] ….

As guardian of the true history of the Black Panther Party, the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, which includes former leading members of the Party, denounces this group’s exploitation of the Party’s name and history. Failing to find its own legitimacy in the black community, this band would graft the Party’s name upon itself, which we condemn…

[T]hey denigrate the Party’s name by promoting concepts absolutely counter to the revolutionary principles on which the Party was founded… The Black Panthers were never a group of angry young militants full of fury toward the “white establishment.” The Party operated on love for black people, not hatred of white people.

Our other investigations show two odd things.  Zimmerman was accepted to the Seminole County Police Academy and was not rejected.  Our records show him to be a police officer.  There is no information to the contrary.  Then how did he stop being a cop?

Why Did Media Use Matin’s Old Kid Photo?

Were he to have had police training, as his academy training suggests and the law enforcement classes we are told he had taken indicate, why would he sound like such an utter dolt on the telephone, no police jargon.

Why do I mention this?  You should hear “block captains” talk, they all sound like characters out of Hill Street Blues, with their “unsubs” and “probable causes” and other law enforcement chatter.

Here is a question worth looking into?  Do we have the right Zimmerman brother at all?  I keep going back to the original police tape where we hear Zimmerman talk about following someone.

Wrong?  No background noise, breaks in sound quality from edits, 4 or 5 of them, careless scripting, lack of adequate police warnings, not like real police.

I think the main 911 tape is a highly edited phony or an entirely false creation.  What if the “Right” is correct for once, their record for being right is rather dismal, and Martin was mistaken for another target and there this was a “hit,” not a minor “neighborhood watch” incident.

Scenarios, robbery or drug ripoff with a politically powerful dad having the tape put together afterward.  If this is a 911 call, we have no time stamps and this doesn’t sound like a 911 operator.

If it was a police officer, then we would have an original 911 call from Zimmerman or does he just call up the chief of detectives at home? Problem with that, there was no real recognition of Zimmerman, no “familiarity” on the tape.

The whole thing is phony, every bit of it.

We also discovered Florida law that would prohibit him from carrying a gun, either with a permit or as a police officer, based on his earlier arrest that was quashed.  Even being found “not guilty” or being put into a “diversion program” (as in this case) precludes ever carrying a weapon according to Florida law.


As for facts, half the country is making up their own as they go along with even Jeb Bush demanding Zimmerman be arrested.

This means, to me, that Bush plans to take a “position” at the Republican National Convention as the primary process as “murdered” the entire slate of GOP candidates.

This is why Obama is speaking so presumptively about a second term, he is sure “the fix” is in, especially with Geithner’s access to contributions.


Taking a look at the whole things, the forensics, the autopsy, the real tapes with time stamps and NO editing, would all be made public were the SPLC, NAACP, MoveOn and other organizations to have assisted with a wrongful death suit using their endless lawyers.  Even the ACLU and Attorney General’s office or FBI should have intervened by now.

This smells of blackmail, not Florida but Virginia blackmail, where the Zimmerman family is from, the kind of Blackmail that brings the powerful to their knees and makes the visible disappear from view.

As a publication, VT has a strict policy on race.  We are “America First” which puts us at odds with the Israel lobby but support Jews when attacked, keep an open forum for discussion by groups accused of “white racism” out of our belief in freedom of speech, and support/accuse all races and religions equally.

Morris Dees – of the Poverty Law Center

Race has been a profitable game, as has religion, in dividing and exploiting mankind and every well financed organization, be they a church or a “defense group” have all, when investigated, and we have done so thoroughly, don’t pass inspection.

Of late, a recent investigation of “white supremacists” has revealed the most hateful and ignorant are in the pay of the ADL, (Anti-Defamation League).

OK, down to Intel related things.  The biggest surprise recently was the “smack down” that Obama gave Netanyahu over Iran.

It is my assumption that the Iran war talk has had one purpose only, to provide cover for driving up gas prices and fleecing the American and European people.

In fact, we can prove it.

We knew Israel had taken a position supporting this, with some in Iran playing along.  We have multiple confirmations.

What we later learned was that the Koch Brothers, those who funded the Tea Party, have taken control of the oil futures market and tripled oil prices during a period of extreme oversupply.

Part of this has been greed but the rest is a plot by Israel to put down Obama and replace him with a Republican by crashing the US economy.  Recent GOP ads have confirmed this as has a thorough analysis of the fuel markets.

Every cent you pay over $1.37 per gallon goes to the Republican Party, Israeli Likudists and a couple of major Wall Street speculators who have bought in.  Our [U.S. Government] willingness to stay silent over this has a couple of reasons. 

One is total Israeli control of the congress through bribery and blackmail, much done with the help of a spy organization operating under the cover of the Murdoch news groups, Fox, and others.

They actually have their own spy organization with hit squads, organize prostitution “stings” (honey traps) along with the usual “free trip to Israel” to be filmed having sex with a young boy.

None of this is conjecture.  We are being forced to support Obama based on his bad relations with Israel and promise of “no war with Iran.”

Ann Dunham with a Young Obama

He, in turn, sounds like a total moron by continually mouthing threats against Iran to keep millions of America’s stupidest happy.

A good friend, serving in an official intelligence capacity, just returned to the country.  He had been on assignment for some time.

He is shocked at what this place has become though he had been following the news.  We don’t always politically agree but we agree on one thing, we, as a people, have allowed our country to be raped while we have done nothing about it.

We followed the Michigan trial, another phony FBI sting against a group called the Hutarees.  Read Mike Chester’s account on VT.  It is clear to us that the FBI is building a “legend” for a non-existent domestic terror organization paralleling the imaginary “Al Qaeda,” probably said to be connected to it.

Then Iran will be connected somehow, that is predictable and a lot of people will die. What will be different is that laws are in place that weren’t there in 2001, not even in 2008.

My “highest level” gossip mongers tell me 300 people run the world.  Many have heard this number before.  What can be construed from this is that all faith in the US government, not just elections but the ability to govern at all is now considered a waste of time.

Thus, we have a series of “stealth” bills that allow something like martial law.  This is the question.  Taking into account that the SCOTUS and House of Representatives are seen as the offending institutions, how can laws be applied to disempower or intimidate those organizations?

Then, as I have asked before, is this good or bad?  Are we killing the rat or the wolf?  What seems, as it were, is that we are likely to see history repeat itself in some way, we have weathered financial meltdowns, the collapse of the world economy while we play on and look away, we give our children to death or become murderers and stay silent.


Let’s take a recent video:


To be kind, we can call this an April Fool’s joke.  Very senior members of a former White House staff with high level security clearances say they “believe,” and we have to use that word, this is probably a TB2.

Were this that, it would be a Boeing built craft, constructed in 1953, probably kept on or near Brize Norton RAF Base in Oxfordshire and seen so many times nobody cares anymore.

TB1 – TB2 … Government illustrations they put out – Real ones are much bigger. You can put a B-1 in them.

What can we construe from this?  For one thing, technologies that use anti-gravity as part of their drive, be they primitive or someone more modern are being purposefully paraded around.

They are proof we have long had an anti-gravity drive which I believe we are supposed to assume was a “gift” from friendly extra-terrestrials who, out of poor political judgement, got mixed up with Hitler and the Nazis years ago.

Easy to believe?  Keep watching for more, see what is out there now, look into the articles on “the bell”and you will have this story well in hand, packaged carefully for you to believe, nice tame aliens whose technology is a decade or two ahead of ours but we choose not to use it so as to keep people from giving up their cable TV subscriptions or going to church.

Behind this, there are other discussions, highest levels, that those in our past had made a deal with the devil and that, as president Reagan had warned us ONCE, we are in for something unimaginably unpleasant, so unpleasant that one of the reasons we have collapsed the world economy, or so some want me to believe, is that we are scared to death.


I am told this was the “public face” on a very real warning that entirely changed the development of mankind, bleeding the majority of our resources into black programs none of us will ever have clearance on.

Take this into account.  Television.  Think of our obsession with the “missing” and with serial killers yet the real numbers have little to do with the degree the notion is being pushed down our collective throats. How many are missing?  Millions?  Are they all buried in the basements and backyards of rodeo clowns?

If you look into “abduction” and other such wild conspiracy theory and rumors a couple of things will come to note.

  • Big names are behind verifying UFOS
  • We probably have a massive program involving weapons and space travel that is totally “black”
  • The real “ET” does much worse than simply eat people, much much worse
  • Leaks, the McKinnon case, disclosure, leaks, videos are part of a “softening up” process

My assessment, which I expect you to take as humor only is that ET is here, is a nightmare and I do not trust that our government is on our side or theirs.  Our inability to find out whether we are actually living in an X Files episode or not should scare the living hell out of you.

Were we to look at proofs, we would take 60 years of world history, an approximate time I will list as the realization of alien “overlordship” and check technical and economic progression, how humankind has moved forward, how the world has developed, how America is more or less free.

Consider how mankind is more or less educated, more or less subject to tyranny, more or less at continual war, more or less able to get to the truth, more or less able to make sense of our lives and the value of each and every human soul.

Or is it going the other way as though we had given up?


The Not So Good Old Days – When Losing was Really Tough

Despite the pre-conditioning we get from TV and video games, history hasn’t entirely been rape and pillage.

Mankind is a story of beauty, of love, of great advancement of striving, a story that is never told now, either because schmaltz doesn’t sell or because of something more sinister.

Some blame it on Jewish control of the media and the need to use the holocaust as a way of controlling mankind, keeping continual focus on gas chambers, Jewish suffering, and the evil of Christians and Muslims. Gaza kind of blows that one out of the water a bit.

We have always expected Europeans to hate one another, endless war, rivalries centuries old, slaughter based on forgotten grievances.

America was going to be different, or at least after we got rid of everyone “different” and brought in enough Mexicans so everyone could have a pool boy, a nanny, a gardener and maybe someone to wash the car.

The “Indians” were always destined to be “toast.”

Christianity, as Debbie Menon points out, was supposed to be a Sunday thing, sensible, no mass murder, no apocalypse, no rapture, no hate mongering and phobic behavior.  Islam had another job, to keep rich Sheiks in charge, steal oil and torture poor people.

It was all set up, how did we go wrong?

This “spring” and “occupy” thing, why didn’t they turn into tyrannical emptiness like the Tea Party did, bribed morons parading around on TV demanding more rights for the rich, like a scene out of Soylent Green.


Even minor truth tellers like Ken Olbermann and Judge Napolitano have been silenced.  For a day or two, even Glenn Beck almost showed signs of sanity.  They not only “bought him back” but buried him as well.

Then there is the internet.  For every site that reports “alternative news” there are two different offsets. One is phony sites that parrot the most common of complaints, “Jews and Negroes are bad” and rich people are immoral.  Beyond that, hundreds of phony “robo-blogger” sites are appearing, meant to “water down” the internet.

This is the controlled opposition, like 99% of those who want 9/11 investigated.  Let’s take a second there.

9/11? This is a criminal case. One strange thing happened:


This is a funny little video, it involves a police dispatcher, New Jersey Highway Patrol and an officer, for the most part.  The subject matter is about 9/11, outlining an incident that proves 9/11 reports by the government were all lies.

It mentions no aircraft, no hijackers, no missiles or nuclear weapons.  It simply has real police, catch two people at a truckload of explosives who tried to blow up the George Washington Bridge, an act which can reasonably be assumed to be part of the 9/11 conspiracy.

The news reports, CBS and CNN, top folks, listing the arrests, is on this tape. If this were the only 9/11 evidence, it would immediately call for a new investigation.

We have had this tape since 4 years before the 9/11 investigation was released, information that disproves every word in it.  I have a thousand other details but why use them.  This is enough.

Arrests were made, attackers arrested, in police custody, evidence collected, national news stories confirmed it and then suddenly, it disappeared from time except that I just served it up to you like a steak dinner covered with maggot sauce.

OJ Just Can’t Restrain His Smile – Did Anyone Ask if He Washed the Gloves? Try it Sometime and See if They Shrink.

Remember OJ, “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit?” This proves the whole investigation was a coverup.

From what you hear, you can extrapolate the dispatcher, the police, the two suspects, the hundreds of witnesses, the explosion, the truck parts, thousands of photos, hundreds of interviews, film, helicopters overhead getting all of it and yet nobody on this earth even knows the name of the police officers we hear.


We spent most of a decade talking “nanowhatever” when it was all there, no planes involved, all the criminal proof any lawyer would ever tell you is needed to get a grand jury investigation.

Any lawyer but with tens of thousands of lawyers and judges and prosecutors and grand juries, nobody ever said a word and all had this, it was seen by 100 million people.

Why do you think “people” work so hard to keep the wrong things in focus? If 100 million people saw this, dead proof of government conspiracy when no suspects ever showed up at a police station, why am I the only person who mentions it?

When Will the Names of the Guilty be Added?

The only 9/11 question I have is:  “Where are the two suspects arrested?”

Failure to answer that question, were someone to publicly ask it, would bring down the entire government of the United States.

This is over ten years and nobody said a word, instead they wanted to talk science and angels dancing on the head of a pin.

If it is and was always that simple, and we all had the answer since day one, is this proof of something? Is overlooking something so obvious possible with so many smart people?

These are the days when I start thinking the little green men have been in charge all along.   … Gordon

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Obama’s War on Iran


by Stephen Lendman


Washington’s war on Iran includes cyber attacks, other sabotage, targeted assassinations, deadly explosions, sophisticated satellite, drone, and other type spying, bogus accusations, a virtual blockade, hostile saber rattling, multiple rounds of sanctions, and attempts to cripple its central bank and oil industry.

Targeting its nuclear industry is a red herring. At issue is replacing an independent regime with a pro-Western one. All options are considered, including war. If others fail, expect it, perhaps with nuclear weapons targeting its underground facilities. The potential consequences are unthinkable.

On March 17, the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) said it cut services to Iranian financial institutions subject to EU sanctions. SWIFT serves as a financial and communication clearing system most major global banks use.

Iran no longer may transfer funds to or from other worldwide banks conventionally. Henceforth, its trade must be conducted other ways, including how it sells oil. It accounts for 80% of Tehran’s exports and half of government revenues.

Iran’s able to circumvent Washington through China, Russia, India, and other nations eager to do business. They oppose policies harming their own interests. So do Brazil, South Africa, and others globally. One day perhaps most will.

On July 1, an imposed oil embargo becomes effective. It includes crude oil, petroleum and petrochemical products, oil related business, equipment and technology, selling Tehran refined products, new investments, and dealing with Iran’s central bank.

So far it hasn’t worked and won’t. Major Iranian customers and allies won’t comply. They include China, Russia, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and others.

In addition, Washington exempted 11 countries, including Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

By imposing its own sanctions, EU nations shot themselves in the foot. Europe buys 20% of its oil from Iran. Its valued high quality won’t easily be replaced. No combination of Gulf states can do it, including Saudi Arabia. Nor can heavy oil suppliers. European refineries can’t handle it without costly upgrades.

Moreover, targeting Iranian oil exports sent US WTI crude up to $103 a barrel and European brent to $123 as of March 30 closing prices. Increased tensions may head it much higher. Independent analysts agree. Whoever planned this scheme should be fired. Iran’s beating Washington and EU nations at their own game.

On March 30, a White House statement said:

“Today the President made the determination required under Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 regarding the supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran.”

Section 1245 designates Iran’s financial sector a primary money laundering concern. Doing so codifies an earlier U.S. Treasury Department ruling.

As a result, Obama’s authorized to freeze, seize, “block and prohibit all transactions in all property and interests in property of….Iranian financial institution(s) if such property and interests in property are in the United States, come within the United States, or are or come within the possession or control of the United States.”

He may also impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions, engaging in certain transactions with Iran’s Central Bank and other Iranian financial institutions named by the Treasury Secretary to be included in the Department’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (its SDN List).

On March 30, The New York Times headlined, “Obama Finds Oil in Markets Is Sufficient to Sideline Iran,” saying:

“After careful analysis,” Obama claims enough world oil around to make up for reduced Iranian exports. He lied. Nothing he says is credible, including about an alleged Iranian nuclear threat. Political Washington knows none whatever exists or that replacing Iran’s oil is possible.

America may affect perceptions but not reality. Iran’s oil exports won’t be affected enough to matter. Either way, other nations can’t compensate for more than small amounts lost.

Nonetheless, Iranian oil importers were told they have until mid-year to find other sources or face “imposition of severe sanctions on their financial institutions,” according to sanctions law co-author Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

Scoundrel Media Support

Major US media scoundrels march in lockstep with Washington. Because of its global reach and influence, The New York Times has special weight. Serving as a voice for wealth and power, “All The News (it claims) Fit to Print” is best avoided to be well informed. The same goes for the Washington Post, another influential broadsheet.

The NY Times eXaminer ( serves as “An antidote to the ‘paper of record.’ ” It offers a valued service doing it.

On March 16, it headlined, “Contempt for International Law: A Survey of New York Times and Washington Post Editorials on Iran,” saying:

Both broadsheets regurgitate official lies, debase international and constitutional law, and betray their readers in the process.

A two-year analysis of their editorials on Iran’s nuclear program provides ample evidence. NY Times eXaminer covered the period March 16, 2010 through March 15, 2012.

The NYT had 18 editorials, the Post 22. How US and Israeli actions and threats spurn international law got no mention. One NYT and two Post editorials addressed the effect of sanctions on ordinary Iranians. Only power, not people, matter.

Iranian civilians’ views on imposed sanctions were ignored. One NYT and no Post editorial recognized Iran’s legal right to develop nuclear power like dozens of other countries worldwide. Except for North Korea, none face US sanctions, including known nuclear outlaws India, Pakistan and Israel.

All are nuclear armed and dangerous. The topic went unaddressed. In contrast, each paper supported US/UN sanctions in 17 editorials. The same number in both spuriously claimed Iran seeks nuclear weapons. Doing so ignores years of US intelligence and IAEA assessments, as well as Israel’s Mossad.

Both papers “go beyond simply ignoring the law,” the eXaminer said. They cheerlead Obama keeping “all options….on the table.” They include preemptive, aggressive, illegal war against a nonbelligerent country threatening no one.

Both papers know it, but support lawlessness anyway. The Post even criticized Obama for being soft. Neither broadsheet ever met a US war or planned one they didn’t wholeheartedly endorse.

They also favor Israel assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, and lie saying Iran violates international law. In fact, it’s nuclear program fully complies with NPT provisions.

In contrast, Washington long ago abandoned them. By spurning NPT, so did India, Pakistan, and Israel. They’re all nuclear outlaws. Not a word about noncompliance from either paper.

Both endorse wrong over right. Truth and full disclosure’s spurned. Legitimate journalism’s mocked. Readers are betrayed. No wonder years of circulation declines have both papers close to bankruptcy.

Contemptuous of the public’s right to know, they crossed that threshold long ago ethically, morally, and journalistically.

Like other major media scoundrels, managed news misinformation and suppressed truths substitute for what writers are supposed to do – their job.

Why else would growing numbers use independent, mainly online, sources for what corporate ones don’t provide. Maybe one day everyone will. It can’t happen soon enough.

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Don’t Call it Anti-Semitic. Call it Blowback!



by Paul Balles

Call it revenge. Call it retribution. Describe it as “chickens coming home to roost.” Don’t call it terrorism. Call it Blowback – the unintended consequences of our foreign policy.

Among the stories that don’t get much Western press coverage, but should is one by Rosa Schiano about 12-year-old Ayoub Asalya who was killed by an Israeli missile while he was going to school.

“The nights before he was killed,” says Ayoub’s mother, “he came to me saying that he was afraid to sleep alone in his room because of the attacks. So that night Ayoub slept in his mother’s room, and he woke up early in the morning to go to school.

“Before leaving,” says his mother, “he asked me to buy a new pair of shoes, and he told me he would buy me a present for Mother’s Day.

“After a few minutes I heard an airstrike, I ran outside, and I found Wafi, Ayoub’s cousin, lying with his face on the ground. The ambulance arrived and took Wafi to the hospital.

“Then the ambulance personnel started looking for others potentially injured, and suddenly one of them started shouting that a Palestinian kid with a school uniform has been killed.

“Ayoub’s body was torn into pieces everywhere.”

If Ayoub had been an Israeli, his story would have been covered by a whole network of Western press reports.

Lengthy discussions would have followed about how many rockets are fired from Gaza and how retaliatory strikes are necessary to preserve Israel’s security.

Strange! When these stories are about Palestinian children, there’s no talk about the need for security and retribution.

Since America is supplying much of the military hardware used to annihilate these children, Americans don’t want to hear the extent to which their tax dollars are used.

Even worse, they don’t realize that they are investing in blowback– themselves as the target.

“The shooting spree against a Jewish school in Toulouse on March 19th is the most serious anti-Semitic attack that has taken place in France since Paris’ Jo Goldenberg restaurant was bombed in 1982, with the loss of six lives,” reports Jean-Yves Camus in Haaretz.

Don’t call it anti-Semitic. Call it blowback!

Another murder of innocents in Afghanistan was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle: “I went inside and found the dead bodies of my two sons, four daughters, my mother, brother and my wife,” Wazir said in an interview in Kandahar.

“Also my brother’s wife and his nephew, who had come from Spin Boldak and was our guest. All their bodies had been brought into one room and burned.

Chalmers Johnson author of Blowback writes, “The foreign policies of the 21st century would largely be dictated by blowback – retaliation by people on the receiving end, those victimized by our foreign policy, particularly our secret foreign policy.”

Johnson predicts that the war in Iraq alone will guarantee blowback until the end of time.

Commenting on the takeover of Iran in 1953, Ron Paul said, “Yes there was blowback. The reaction to that was the taking of our hostages, and that persists.

“If we ignore that, we ignore it at our own risk. If we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem (an understatement).

“Why would anyone anticipate blowback would be less severe on the part of families in countries we have occupied for many years?” asks Congressman Paul.

“They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and free,” says the only sensible Republican candidate. “They come to attack us because we’re over there.”

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