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Syria’s Foreign Policy Challenges U.S. Interests

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Alan Makovsky. Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Israel and Lebanon Regarding Israel, however, Bashar has tried to demonstrate that one Asad can be just as tough as another. His approach to Israel consists of three basic elements:1) No yielding on the peace process Bashar is unbending on the basic requirement for peace he inherited from his father — Israeli withdrawal to the June 4, 1967 borders, leaving Syria a riparian on the Sea of Galilee. Recovery of the Golan Heights, he says, “tops our national priorities.” As a neophyte president trying to impress the Baathist old guard, this is probably the last area in which he would show flexibility, even if he were so inclined. But, more than his father did in his final years, Bashar also has spoken of the need to fulfill Palestinian rights — statehood with a capital in Jerusalem and return of the refugees — as a condition for achieving comprehensive peace.
Like his approach to Iraq, this stance is probably popular at home, particularly as the intifada rages. Meanwhile, there is no known change in the status of radical Palestinian groups based in Damascus.2) Support for Hizballah and the Lebanese claim to Shebaa Farms Syria not only endorsed an Arab League summit statement supporting Lebanon’s claim to Shebaa farms, but Syrian U.N. ambassador Mikha’il Wahbi also wrote in an October 24 letter, “Israel . . . has not completed the withdrawal from south Lebanon to the internationally recognized borders, including the Shebaa farms.” This stance, in effect, justifies ongoing Hizballah attacks on Israel, retaining for Syria a source of pressure on Israel, despite the “loss” of southern Lebanon. Syria has supported and has no doubt directed Lebanon’s refusal to deploy its troops to the border following the Israeli withdrawal.3)
Rhetorical fervor, including support for the intifada, reactivation of the Arab boycott, and the severing of all Arab ties with Israel In his Arab summit speech, Bashar said Arab states should aim for the “peace of the strong” instead of the “peace of the weak,” in an apparent call for the strengthening of Arab militaries.

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Senior Catholic cleric: ‘If Jews want respect, they must respect others’

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Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa

In the wake of the ‘price tag’ vandalism at the Latrun monastery, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa cautions Israelis over how Christians are treated in Israel.

Haaretz
The “price tag” vandalism this week of the monastery at Latrun, in which the culprits sprayed the building’s facade with the words “Jesus is a monkey” and set the front door alight, prompted a fierce statement of condemnation signed by Catholic church leaders here. One of the statement’s senior signatories, who holds the title of custos (Latin for guardian ) of holy sites on behalf of the Vatican, is a Franciscan priest of Italian origin named Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Prior to the church’s statement, which questioned what was going on in Israeli society that would prompt such an act, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the vandalism, calling it “a criminal act” and that “those responsible for it must be severely punished.”
In a rare interview to the Israeli media just a month before he steps down from his current post, Pizzaballa cautioned Israelis over how Christians are treated here. “When you say ‘Christianity’ to the Israelis,” he said, “they immediately think of the Holocaust and the [Spanish] Inquisition. People don’t know that we are here and that we have roots [here],” adding that this attitude is reflected throughout Israeli society.
In a reference to the long-standing, continual incidents of Orthodox Jewish extremists in Jerusalem spitting at Christian clergy, Pizzaballa said: “When I came to the country, I was told that I should know that if I walk around with a frock in the city [of Jerusalem], people would spit on me, and I shouldn’t be offended, it’s normal.”
No matter how high his position, any priest who makes his way around the city will sooner or later be spat upon and cursed by a yeshiva student, he added.
Pizzaballa, who has been living in Israel for 22 years, is the head of the Franciscan order in the Middle East. As custos, he is one of the senior figures in the Catholic Church and has custody of most of the Christian holy sites in the country, including Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which Christians regard as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, and Bethelem’s Church of the Nativity. After more than two decades here, he said he knows the areas of Jerusalem where he is at risk of being spat upon, including the area of Jaffa Gate and the Armenian Quarter.
This week’s vandalism at the Latrun monastery is the latest in a recent streak of attacks on Christian institutions. In February, following incidents in Jerusalem, Pizzaballa wrote to President Shimon Peres that in recent years, he and his colleagues had learned to ignore provocations, but that now they were escalating to the point that they had become intolerable.
Following his letter to Peres, however, anti-Christian animosity even surfaced in the Knesset, after Christian bibles were sent to parliament members and National Union MK Michael Ben Ari ripped a copy of the New Testament in front of the camera. “It was shocking,” said Pizzaballa. “If you as a Jew want people to respect you, you need to respect others. There are billions of Christians for whom this book is holy.”
He also took exception to what he said was the weak response by the political system and the public at large to Ben Ari’s act, saying it was limited to statements that Ben Ari didn’t need to do what he did. “It’s a lack of sensitivity,” said the cleric. “Such a serious thing occurs and no one does anything. In practice, it negates our existence here.”
The power of the custos to influence the political system here is limited, however. “All of the heads of the [Christian] denominations approached the Knesset speaker [Reuven Rivlin] in protest. Our communities are asking why we don’t do something, but what can we do other than write a letter?” And a week before the vandalism at the Latrun monastery, after the Franciscans established a residence on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, it was attacked by a large group of young Muslims.
Pizzaballa doesn’t expect the Christian presence in Jerusalem to disappear, however. “I am not that pessimistic. We are a minority within a minority and we always remain a small minority, but I don’t think we will disappear completely, as happened in North Africa or Turkey, because ultimately this is the Holy Land. There are holy places. There’s a presence. The Christian establishment, for all of its weakness, will remain. The question is the type of Christian population and its nature.”
Pizzaballa has required that his monks who come to live here learn either Hebrew or Arabic. “Most Israelis don’t know a thing about the Christian presence in the country. Both we and the Israeli public are to blame for this. We need to talk more,” he said.
Pizzaballa is preoccupied currently with the situation in Syria and visited the country many times over the years, most recently about six months ago, but since then the Syrians have barred entry by him and many other foreigners. He said there is great uncertainty over the fate of Christians there although they have not been targeted as Christians by the violence.
Referring to his church’s desire to regain rights to the traditional site of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, which it lost 500 years ago and which sits on top of the traditional tomb of King David, Pizzaballa said he is not seeking a change in the status quo. “But Jerusalem teaches us to you can’t take any decision alone,” he added. “You need the other [party]. That’s the difficulty and the beauty of Jerusalem.”

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Stoning

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ed note–truly an hillarious skit, but at the end of the day, what we are forced to admit is that this is Judaism, and it is NOT funny.

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PHOTOS FROM SYRIA ~ WARNING ~ BEYOND GRAPHIC

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“Western media misreport what’s happening in Syria and why. Propaganda substitutes for truth and full disclosure.
Syrians are struggling to prevent Western conquest, exploitation, and control. They’re fighting for their lives to stay free.
At issue isn’t whether Assad’s government is democratic, despotic or anything in between. Its sovereign independence made it vulnerable.
Washington tolerates no governments it doesn’t control. Replacing them with puppet regimes is policy. Whether Assad can hold out and prevail isn’t known. Most Syrians depend on him.
The longer conflict persists, the greater his support. Who else can Syrians turn to for help? They want no part of becoming another pro-Western vassal state. They know the daily horrors Afghans, Iraqis and Libyans face.
Syria was calm and peaceful until Washington unleashed its dogs last year. Daily violence, mass killing and destruction followed. It’s the American way. Media scoundrels support it.
Syria’s conflict isn’t an uprising, revolution or civil war. These characterizations distort reality. There’s nothing civil about what’s ongoing. Washington orchestrated everything. Its bloodstained hands control the conflict.
At issue is naked Washington-led Western aggression. Key NATO allies and regional partners are involved. Insurgents are Washington proxies. Protracted violence and bloodshed persist.” ~ Stephen Lendmaan
To go by what one sees in the mainstream news, there are few victims and the “rebels” are the only thing worth photographing. We hear numbers but numbers do not do more than relate debatable facts. The human cost is lightly alluded to in most cases and certainly visual proof is in short supply.
I have no desire to forward the advance of these NATO troops of ragtag Islamist thugs and criminals but I do wish to show some of their victims. These are very hard to find. It seems that embedded photographers are limited to glorifying these boys ~ and glorify them they do ~ and not showing the results of their crimes.
Please note that these damages and deaths, according to the accompanying blurbs to these Western media photos, are seemingly all due to Assad’s “regime forces”.
What we see here are victims of the imperialist warmongering forces of Israel and America who have pulled in their allies to destroy Syria.
I finally found a link to photos from Syria. It is an Arabic site. I have posted a few of the photos at the bottom here.  I warn anyone who goes to this link of two things:
First, they blame all these victims on the Assad regime ~ and glorify the rebels.
Second, these photographs are truly the stuff of nightmares, beyond graphic, dozen after dozen of very up close and personal shots of destroyed bodies of civilians. These are not for the faint of heart or stomach. Even I could only handle the photos from just Damascus. It was sensory and emotional overload after that. The ones you see posted are from among the least graphic.
A “rebel” fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo in this August 14, 2012 file photo. Some fighters took position in the living room of a family house. One rebel sits on the chair eating a chocolate bar as the commander looks out the window to scout the area beside a rebel firing from the window. They told me it was a former Syrian army position and they had killed three soldiers in the house – I could see tracks of blood in the corridor – and taken over their position. There was no one else in the house, except the rebels. Reuters
 Where is this family? The children’s shoes…..
A Syrian family evacuates the Shif al-Dolwa neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on August 25, 2012 during fighting between rebel fighters and Syrian government forces. Syrian rebels say they are digging in for a war of attrition in Aleppo, where what was being billed as the ‘mother of all battles’ is now dragging on into a second month of bloody stalemate. Getty
A young boy runs across the street during clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on August 24, 2012. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo, activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Getty
A Syrian girl receives treatment after she was wounded when shells, released by a regime force’s helicopter, hit her house in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on August 24, 2012. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo, activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Getty
A Syrian boy receives treatment after he was wounded when shells, released by a helicopter from regime forces, hit his house in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on August 24, 2012. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo, activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Getty
A Syrian man reacts outside an operation room at a hospital in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo as doctors give treatment to his grandchildren following an air strike by regime forces on the city on August 24, 2012. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo , activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Getty
A man carries a four month old baby to hospital after shelling by a regime forces helicopter hit his family’s house in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on August 24, 2012. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo, activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Getty

PHOTOS FROM SHAAM ORG.

The site which linked me to this Arabic site posted the following warning:
This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network (SNN), taken on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, purports to show children killed by shabiha, pro-government militiamen, being prepared for burial in a mass grave in Daraya, Syria. According to activists’ accounts, government forces retook the Damascus suburb of Daraya from rebel control three days earlier and have since gone on a killing spree. Reports of the death toll range widely from more than 300 to as many as 600. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS CITIZEN JOURNALIST IMAGE. AP
Having been to the site and looked at the contents, I personally have no doubt these images are genuine. These particular things just cannot be faked!
 Victims of imperial aggression
“Wars are the Jews harvest, for with them we wipe out the Christians and get control of their gold. We have already killed 100 million of them, and the end is not yet.” ~ Chief Rabbi in France, in 1859, Rabbi Reichorn.
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Iran/Palestine (keep your eye on the ball)

Annie Robbins

Remember my post, “Look over there! All eyes on Iran as Israel quietly devours Area C?” Or Joseph Dana’s comment on the goal of Israel’s psychological warfare against Iran? We can repeat it till the cows come home but will anyone ever listen?

Chris Zambelis at Asia Times:

Alternatively, Israel’s relentless threats and diatribes against Iran may have been conceived to achieve a different set of goals. For all its bluster, there is little evidence to indicate that Israel could successfully execute an attack against Iran’s nuclear program and achieve any sort of military success. The scale of the regional conflagration and global economic catastrophe that would certainly follow an Israeli strike is also likely deterring Israel from following through with its threats.

Nevertheless, drawing the world’s attention to Iran enables Israel to divert the eyes of international public opinion away from its ongoing occupation of Palestinian land; doing so provides it with the cover it needs to consolidate its hold permanently over the lives of millions of Palestinians and their natural resources – water, oil and natural gas – in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Defined as illegal under international law, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories continue to be constructed at record pace, creating new facts on the ground. Meanwhile, Palestinians are left to inhabit disconnected and impoverished enclaves reminiscent of the South African-style Bantustans born out of the apartheid era.

Clockwork hasbara

Philip Weiss

Sept. 3, New York Times publishes smart op-ed, “When It Pays to Talk to Terrorists,” in which Paul Thomas Chamberlin, history prof at U of Kentucky, says we should talk to Hamas.

By failing to strengthen moderates within the P.L.O. and effectively locking the Palestinians out of the Arab-Israeli peace process, American officials sidelined potential peacemakers and pushed Palestinian national ambitions to the back burner….

… Washington shouldn’t rule out alternatives [to force] when dealing with groups that may have more limited long-term goals, like Hezbollah and Hamas.

As Nelson Mandela, Gerry Adams and Menachem Begin have shown, yesterday’s “terrorists” have a tendency to turn into tomorrow’s peacemakers.

Sept. 4, Scott Roth links the piece on twitter:

20 bucks says Abe Foxman will get a letter to the editor published re this oped. I’m often right about this.

 

Sept. 4, lengthy letter by Kenneth Jacobson, deputy director of the ADL, is published by Times. It begins:

History tells us the very opposite message that Paul Thomas Chamberlin conveys about talking with terrorists.

Sept 5, Scott Roth:

Well okay, I guess Abe Foxman is on vacation because his deputy gets a letter printed re yesterday’s oped. I win $10.

 

The enemy

Philip Weiss

Video above shot in Gaza in June 2009, six months after the onslaught.

Michael Ratner, speaking on Law and Disorder radio last week about Cindy and Craig Corrie’s civil action against Israel, denied, for the killing of their daughter Rachel in Gaza in 2003:

As they [the Corries] traveled around Israel talking about Rachel Corrie, they always carried with them not a picture of Rachel Corrie, but a picture of a 6-year-old boy who was in the house that Rachel Corrie was trying to protect. They also wanted the trial to focus on the fact of the number of Palestinians killed in roughly the same period when Rachel Corrie was protesting house demolitions. The lawyer for Rachel Corrie during the trial asked the Israeli brigade commander, how many Palestinians had been killed between August 2002 and march 2003? This is the brigade commander for the southern command which is Gaza. Of course the state of Israel objected, saying what’s the relevance of that, this is about supposed negligence in killing Rachel Corrie, etc.

And then the lawyer for Rachel Corrie replied, and this is a statistic that’s important to remember, that in the Rafah area alone, that’s where Rachel Corrie was engaging in her protest, 101 people were killed, Palestinians, including 42 children, age 10-18. Those are the people Rachel Corrie was trying to protect, those were the people in the violence Rachel Corrie sacrificed her life for, putting her body between the oppressors, the Israelis, and the oppressed, the Palestinians

From Breaking the Silence’s recent report, titled “Children and Youth, Soldiers’ Testimonies, 2005-2011. Testimony 2, from a first sergeant posted to Hebron in 2010:

On your first arrest mission, you’re sure it’s a big deal, and it’s actually bullshit. You enter the Abu Sneina (Hebron) neighborhood and pick up three children. After that whole briefing, you’re there with your bulletproof vest and helmet and stuck with that ridiculous mission of separating women and children. It’s all taken so seriously and then what you end up with is a bunch of kids, you blindfold and shackle them and
drive them to the police station at Givat Ha’avot. That’s it, it goes on for months and you eventually stop thinking there are any terrorists out there, you stop believing there’s an enemy, it’s always some children or adolescents or some doctor we took out. You never know their names, you never talk with them, they always cry, shit in their pants.
Was there a case of someone shitting in his pants?
I remember once. Always that crying. There are those annoying moments when you’re on an arrest mission, and there’s no room in the police station, so you just take the kid back with you to the army post, blindfold him, put him in a room and wait for the police to come pick him up in the morning. He sits there like a dog…

Ali Abunimah, speaking at the Penn BDS conference last February:

How can Israel’s right to be a Jewish state be violated? One of the things Israelis fret about all the time is babies. Babies just like the beautiful Rafeef who I had the pleasure of playing with a few minutes earlier [a girl in the audience]. In Rafeef I see a beautiful child who has hopefully an incredible future in front of her. Israel sees a demographic threat. To Israel, Rafeef is the mortal enemy. Too many babies of the wrong type threaten Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. So Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is under mortal threat from– babies. Too many of the wrong type of babies. What’s the remedy for too many babies? Can anyone think of a legitimate remedy for too many babies? Well, one approach would be to stop the creation of wrong babies…

Again, from Breaking the Silence’s report on “Children and Youth…” Testimony 46, from a first sergeant performing an arrest in Beit Ur village in 2007 after a Jewish settler complained that boys in the occupied village had thrown stones at her. The sergeant describes the suspects as being 13 years old.

We picked up three kids there. The mother was crying, the women were all in tears, the kids were shackled, taken into the jeep, scared. I just try to think what they must have felt, what it’s like to be taken in an army jeep. I was sitting in back with one of those kids and the jeep bumps along the road, those roads out there… I took the driver’s helmet because he doesn’t need it in front, and placed it on the kid’s head. The driver turned around, saw the kid with his helmet, and said: “What are you doing?! I can’t wear it after this!” I got annoyed, I mean, what? If he wears your helmet then it’s filthy? “You’ll wash it out for me,” he said. What a buddy… When he got to company HQ, first he washed out his helmet in soap and water, and only then put it on his head, because it had been on the kid’s head for a few minutes. And this is a guy who votes for the Labour party, claims he is a leftie, but this disgusts him. How has this happened to us?

Obama’s spineless deference to Netanyahu is now perceived by a wide range of Americans

Philip Weiss

The other day a liberal Zionist was quoted anonymously as saying that Obama needed to “grow a sack” with respect to the rightwing government in Israel. John McCarron in the Chicago Tribune says the same thing, at the beginning of a series of questions for Obama:

Why did you let Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu show you up during his recent visit to the U.S.? And why don’t you return the favor by saying some nice things about his political opponents in Israel — opponents who want to give peace a chance and stop grabbing Arab land on the West Bank?

You might be amazed at how many of your Jewish contributors would support you on this one. The others are already writing checks to the other guy.

In fairness to Obama, I believe that he has caved completely on the Palestinian question because Netanyahu has blackmailed him with the possibility of an attack on Iran. All of which argues for these matters to be politicized: for Americans to openly debate the power of the lobby inside our politics.

Exile and the Prophetic: Plus suffering

Marc H. Ellis

This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit thearchive page.

I’m drinking water with limes that I bought at my local coop.  They’re unsprayed and local, like you find on a tree in your backyard. I’m savoring this small wonder on a rainy afternoon.

Earlier in the day, I decide to leave my writing aside but in the John Cage biography I’m running across the inner life of my artist self. I’m back thinking how Cage applies.

That’s after my walk on the beach with Einstein yesterday.  You may not know it but I was once compared with Einstein.  No, not in science.  With regard to Israel.  Here’s how it happened.

A few years ago I wrote a book, Judaism Does Not Equal Israel.  At about the same time, Jerome Robbins wrote a book analyzing Einstein’s views on Zionism and the state of Israel.  The books were reviewed together by Glenn Altschuler.  The review appeared in Ha’aretz and the Forward.  In Altschuler’s mind Einstein had ideas that were important to communicate today.  He thought I did, too.

Here’s Altschuler’s summary of Einstein:

Einstein’s writings underscore that he was not a systematic political thinker. His idealism, moreover, often crossed the border into naiveté. His views on a Jewish state, however, were rather consistent. Alarmed by the rising tide of antisemitism in Eastern Europe at the end of World War I, Einstein declared himself a human being, a Jew, an opponent of nationalism and a Zionist.

Militantly secular, he maintained that the bond uniting his people was “the democratic ideal of social justice, coupled with the ideal of mutual tolerance among all men.” Einstein’s Zionism used the “fact” of Jewish nationality to promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and solidarity. But it was “immune from the folly of power” and “the obsession with race” that dominated Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
Einstein supported a “homeland” for Jews in Palestine, but he opposed a Jewish state “with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power.” Since two-thirds of the population of Palestine consisted of Arabs, he preferred bi-national status with “continuously functioning, mixed, administrative, economic, and social organizations.” Only cooperation with Arabs, led by “educated, spiritually alert” Jewish workers, he wrote, “can create a dignified and safe life…. What saddens me is less the fact that the Jews are not smart enough to understand this, but rather, that they are not just smart enough to want it.”

Altschuler’s take on me begins like this:

Judaism Does Not Equal Israel” is a sharper — and shriller — version of Einstein’s critique of the Jewish state. A “post-Holocaust” theology, according to Marc Ellis, professor of Jewish studies and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, has conflated Jewish identity with allegiance to Israel, justified the “ethnic cleansing of more than seven hundred thousand Palestinians,” and muzzled “even mainstream, moderate critics” as “self-hating Jews.”

His conclusion:

  Mourning can be a sign of hope, in which God returns or doesn’t, Ellis emphasizes, rather abstractly. And “too late can be right on time — when the time is right.” For now, though, he’s a self-proclaimed prophet in exile. His book is often over the top, but Ellis’s concerns about the ethical obligations of the State of Israel are, at times, worth listening to, even by those with a powerful urge to doubt, dismiss or destroy him.

Well, considering everything, I didn’t do badly.  First, it’s clear that Altschuler agrees with Einstein and me.  Though he notes that Einstein can be naïve and I am sometimes over the top, those are covers for Jews who want to survive the Golden Age of Constantinian Judaism.  Altschuler wants our ideas out there and, for the most part, describes them fairly.  He also wants distance from both of us.  Altschuler doesn’t want to be destroyed by those with a “powerful urge to doubt, dismiss or destroy”me.

The attempt to destroy me has already taken place – and failed.  I am back in the ring, honing my asceticism, and coming back stronger than ever.  After my walk on the beach with Einstein yesterday I feel relaxed.  What prophetic company I – and we – have in exile!

A suggestion for Jews of Conscience:  Take a day off and stroll with Einstein on the beach of your choice.  If you’re landlocked, take a stroll in your mind.  Zen Mind, Einstein’s Mind.  Try it.

I’m relaxing on my (un)writing day, reading Cage’s lectures on something, then on nothing.  They’re titled that way, “Lecture on Something,”“Lecture on Nothing.”  In her biography, Kay Larson traces the evolution of these lectures.As it should be, she’s gets somewhere and nowhere, at the same time.

Cage explores the process of “going nowhere.”  He speaks:  “I am here, and there is nothing to say.  If among you are those who wish to get somewhere, let them leave at any moment.”  On the Israel/Palestine front, such a lecture might begin:  “I am here, and there is something to say.  If among you are those who wish to get nowhere, let them leave at any moment.”

The dramatic exits I’ve experienced during my lectures!  The disgruntled ones who stay seated huffing and puffing.  The angry ones who begin talking loudly to no one in particular. Those who stomp out shouting expletives.  The Israelis who have left. Israel military types who threaten to kill me.

Jews of Conscience know the exits, staged and otherwise.  Getting somewhere?

I am thinking of my Palestinian student in Austria who said getting somewhere was a fantasy.  My Israeli student needed that somewhere, though she knew it was an illusion.

Larson italicizes the process – going nowhere. Possible lecture title:  “The Process of Going Nowhere in Israel/Palestine.”

I hear the howls already.  How dare I suggest that going nowhere is acceptable in the present situation?  I’m not suggesting that as a politics.  I’m trying to wrap my mind around a future different than the present.

In our instant electronic world, it is more and more difficult to take a longer view.  It seems that in the Blogosphere, the responses are relentlessly negative to nuanced thought, especially from a Jew, I might add.  This leads me back to my European tour a few years ago, the one where I encountered the anti-Semitic BDS leadership in Ireland and Scotland.  Just before those encounters, I experienced another shock.

It was right after the Gaza invasion, in the spring of 2009.  My first lecture was in Geneva, then on the various venues in France.  From Paris, I flew to Ireland and Scotland.   I was traveling Jewish through a very strange terrain.

With Gaza on their mind, the audiences were large. A good number of European Jews attended.  Everyone was convinced that Gaza was the turning point of the Israeli/Palestinian crisis. The world wouldn’t tolerate Israel’s behavior any longer.  I told them they were wrong.  They were.

I found the Jewish side of things as startling as the BDS side.  After my lecture in Geneva, I had a long discussion with my Israeli-born host who was now living in Geneva.  I asked him if I had it right: the Jews I encountered weren’t simply against Israeli policies or only arguing for the end of a Jewish state, that, in fact, they were ashamed of being Jewish.  He replied, “They are.”

This was before I encountered the other side of the coin in Ireland and Scotland.  On the plane home, I felt like exiting the entire scene.  Talk about the process of going nowhere.

This is where Cage is caught up short.  At least, I don’t know what to do with the truths this Zen provocateur speaks.  When he thinks through the “process of going nowhere,” I think – plus suffering.  When he says, “I am here, and there is nothing to say.  If among you are those who wish to get somewhere, let them leave at any moment,” I think – plus suffering.

Plus suffering.This means we have to get somewhere.  Nowhere won’t do.  But, most of the time, nowhere is where we are anyway. Let’s mine that direction and see where nowhere takes us.

It’s 1952 and Cage is still moving.  Nowhere.  Also getting somewhere.  What is to be said?  “People and sounds interpenetrate.”  They do – plus justice.

Zen – plus justice.  Can Zen be in history – without justice?

Perhaps this is the challenge of all religions, as religions.  Religions project themselves into the heavenly spheres.  In the heavenly spheres, there’s no substitute for conformism to power here on the earth.

So what is a Zen provocateur, a religious provocateur a secular provocateur – minus justice?  So far in the Cage biography, the justice-oriented commitment is mute. But searching I find another side of Cage who is deeply involved with the question of history. This involves his theory of interpenetration “in order to thicken the plot.”

Justice thickens the plot by calling us to another level of engagement.  The music of the spheres is not enough.  But since, even with the best of intentions and all the hard work and commitment imaginable, we fall short, the thickened plot is not enough, either.

Justice – plus limitations?  Justice – plus silence? Justice – plus compassion?

Israel/Palestine.  The need for justice – plus?

Only justice – mindlessness.  The revolution devouring its own.

The revolution that isn’t a revolution.

‘Washington Post’ says Netanyahu should lead U.S. on Iran policy

Philip Weiss

 

Washington Post editorial deplores the daylight between US policy on Iran and Israel’s. (Hat tip Helena Cobban)

But the disagreement is still damaging. It conveys to Iran that there is no need to worry about a war; certainly, the country’s leaders have been behaving as if they feel no pressure to compromise. It also creates the bizarre spectacle of senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials focusing their time and attention on trying to prevent an Israeli attack rather than an Iranian bomb.

In the past week Mr. Netanyahu has hinted at how the U.S.-Israeli difference could be overcome: through a clear public statement by Mr. Obama of a willingness to take military action if Iran crosses certain “red lines” in its nuclear program. Israel has been seeking such a declaration for some time, but Mr. Obama has limited himself to saying that his policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a weapon and that “all options are on the table.”

Notice that Susan Glasser, editor of Foreign Policy, seems to say much the same thing in an interview with Robert Siegel on NPR yesterday.

SIEGEL: There are rhetorical differences between the two [US political parties] over dealing with Israel. Are there substantive differences?

GLASSER: Well, there’s no question that if you look at the relationship between Obama and the administration of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, it’s been very frosty, very hostile. And that could lead to a potential real problem should Israel decide to take preemptive military action against Iran, for example.

That being said, you can’t look right now and say here’s what Mitt Romney would do on Israel and Iran, and here’s how it’s different than Barack Obama.

Wait, what’s the problem? That Iran would regard an attack that would kill hundreds if not thousands of people and likely result in suffering across the Middle East as having nothing to do with the U.S.? Wouldn’t it be a good thing for our troops in Afghanistan, that we be divorced from Israeli militarism? Why is Israel’s war our war?

Also, how is Glasser’s position any different from Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s insistence that there must be no daylight between the Republicans and Democrats on Israel, and no daylight between the US and Israel?

(And yes, this is about American Jewish identity, too. Can Robert Siegel interrogate the American Jewish attachment to Zionism?)

‘Haaretz’ columnist gets to talk about dual loyalty and Israel dragging US into war

Philip Weiss

Would this ever be in the New York Times? Chemi Shalevin Haaretz on the Jerusalem moment at the Democratic National Convention:

But beyond the question of the forthcoming elections, there is the need to evaluate the long-term damage caused to Israel from  Israel’s positioning in the election campaign and the unacceptable volume which it occupies therein. That volume of attention has been steadily increasing since the beginning of the Republican primaries in  January, as if it were equivalent to double the importance of  China plus India and Russia, or perhaps California and New York rolled into one.

It is difficult to tell just what do Americans themselves think when they see their candidates swear allegiance to Israel as if it were part and parcel of the national anthem and flag.  What do they think of the situation where every single deviation from blind support for the Israeli government’s positions is considered heresy and treason? It may be a reasonable position for impassioned Christians and loyal Jews. But most Americans are neither, and in their inner hearts they may just wonder about that distant country’s source of power, that can cast such a giant pall on US politics and which could also drag their country into a war which they do not want to fight.

Oh they get to talk about it in Canada too. Tony Burman in the Star. Commenting on the Canadian government’s expulsion of Iranian embassy officials:

Although his swearing-in at Rideau Hall must have happened in the dead of night, Canada appears to have a new foreign minister. His name is Benjamin Netanyahu. His day job may be prime minister of Israel, but Canada’s abrupt actions against Iran seem to confirm that the Harper government’s outsourcing of Canada’s Middle East policy to Jerusalem is now complete.

DNC chair: ‘I bring my love of Israel to work every day’ and our platform is more pro-Israel than GOP’s

Philip Weiss

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on CNN Thursday, describing the brouhaha over the late and forced inclusion of Jerusalem in the Democratic Party platform.

Anchor: What happened? That was a bit of a mess yesterday:

DWS: Here’s what happened. On Tuesday, we adopted a 100 percent strongly pro-Israel platform that I was so proud to support. I’m told that I’m the first Jewish woman to represent Florida in Congress. I bring my love of Israel to work with me every single day. I was proud of our platform already. In fact it has stronger language than even the republican platform on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. And then President Obama essentially said,  You know what, my personal view is that Jerusalem is and always will remain the capital of Israel, and that was the language we had in 2008 and he felt it should, that the platform should reflect his personal view…

Essentially with Jerusalem, it was a technical omission, and nothing more than that… President Obama when he realized that the language was not in there and it wasn’t there from the 2008 platform….

Let’s not make more of this than there is.

Thanks to Abdelnasser Rashid.

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British and French Resistance

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(left, Sir Claude Dansey, Deputy Director of MI-6,  sent hundreds of British and French Resistance agents to their deaths.) 
Originally posted in 2011, this article is an important reminder that WW2 was staged by the Illuminati to degrade and destroy Europe and the Christian world order. All wars are designed to bring about the satanic New World Order.  

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

In the wake of D-Day June 6, 1944, hundreds of acts of sabotage were committed by the French Resistance — with one exception.

There were none in the north and north west where they mattered most. 

There, the “Prosper” and related “Scientist” networks had been mopped by the Gestapo in 1943. Prosper’s courageous young leader, Francis Anthony Suttill, 34, was languishing in a concentration camp.

He and scores of British agents were later executed, along with over 10,000 members of the French Resistance. One hundred and sixty plane loads of armaments –2600 containers — including tons of sten guns and explosives, were seized by the Nazis. (193)

Who was responsible for this debacle?

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According to BBC Producer Robert Marshall’s thoroughly documented book,“All The King’s Men” (Collins, 1988) the culprit was none other than the homosexual and Freemason, Deputy Head of MI-6, Sir Claude Edward Marjoribanks Dansey (1876-1947.)

Dansey deliberately placed a double agent, Henri Dericourt, at the heart of the Prosper organization. Dericourt, a French pilot, was responsible for organizing the nighttime shuttling of agents and materiel in and out of France.

He kept his handler, SS Sturmbannfuhrer Karl Baumelburg, head of counter sabotage in France, apprised of all the comings and goings, including the mail that passed back and forth. In return, the Gestapo allowed the operation to unfold which made Dericourt look very good indeed.

MI-6 placed their own man Nicolas Bodington in SOE  to vouch for Dericourt and block all efforts by SOE to uncover the traitor. Bodington actually met with Baumelburg on a visit to Paris in 1943. They all had known each other before the war. It was Bodington who introduced Baumelburg to Delicourt.

After the war, Dericourt confirmed that he worked for Dansey. (151)  

Why would MI-6 engage in this kind of treason?

Marshall offers this explanation. When Churchill formed a coalition government in 1940, Labour was promised ministerial control of one of the Intelligence Services.  As a result, Special Operations Executive (SOE) was carved out of MI-6 and given responsibility for sabotage.

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In revenge, Dansey and MI-6 decided to sabotage SOE by placing Dericourt (left) at the heart of its primary network, and instructing him to betray it to the Gestapo.

After Prosper collapsed, Dansey and his superior, Sir Stewart Menzies lobbied to have SOE dissolved. In 1946, it was folded back into MI-6.

Since the network was doomed anyway, they had Illuminatus Winston Churchill summon the heroic Francis Suttill to a private meeting where Churchill confided that D-Day would take place at Calais in September 1943.

They were confident that Gestapo torture methods would suffice to extract this juicy tidbit from Suttill or his confreres. (It did but the Nazis weren’t fooled, and actually transferred divisions from France to Russia.)

THE REAL MOTIVE

I don’t believe MI-6 would sabotage the war effort over bureaucratic rivalry.

There were dozens of other far less costly diversions in play before D-Day.

My hypothesis is that the Illuminati infiltrated and controlled the top ranks of all the wartime adversaries.

The real war was not between the Allies and the Axis but rather between this satanic cult and humanity.

The war was just a pretext to destroy the genetic elite: the natural leaders,  the patriots and the idealists. It was a genocide of the Best, who might in future offer resistance to their plans for Luciferian one-world government.

And who were better than these highly trained SOE agents who were prepared to sacrifice their lives for their country?

MI-6 had already murdered a natural British leader, a colonial politician, the Earl of Errol.

SATANIC SLAUGHTER

Henri Dericourt had immense respect for the man he betrayed. He called Francis Suttill “magnificent, strong, young, courageous and decisive, a kind of Ivanhoe.” (133)

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When Suttill (left) was arrested June 23, 1943, the Nazis showed him Dericourt’s file. They knew everything about the Prosper Network.
All that was left for Suttill was to try to save his agents’ lives.

He negotiated a deal whereby, in exchange for his agents and the French resistors being treated as prisoners of war, he would reveal where the arms caches were located. He even got Heinrich Himmler to sign the agreement.

The Gestapo “swept through the countryside like a scythe through ripening wheat. At first scores, and then hundreds of French men and women were delivered to the prisons around Northern France. At Fresnes, people were crowded, sometimes five or six to a cell.” (192)

Of course, the Nazis did not keep their bargain. The Illuminati could not allow Suttill and his kind to live. That was the point of the war. They could not allow them to discover that the Illuminati, including the Prime Minister, had betrayed them and the war effort.

Francis Suttill was hanged at Sachsenhausen concentration camp March 24, 1945.


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Andree Borrel, 25, left, Suttill’s second-in-command, was given a lethal injection and then incinerated at Natzweiler in July 1944.

Agents Gilbert Norman, John MacAllister, Frank Pickersgill, Johnny Barrett and Robert Benoist were hanged at Gross Rosen in Sept 1944.

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Noor Inyat Khan, 30, left, their radio operator, was kept in chains at Pforsheim and then sent to Dachau where she was shot.


There is no account of the fate of hundreds of other agents, British and French. “Frances Suttill had 144 full agents within his network, but when you count everyone officially connected to Prosper, the number rises to1015.” (192)

After the war, Gestapo officers confirmed that Henri Dericourt was their agent, responsible for the implosion of the resistance networks in Northern France.

Nevertheless, investigation and trial were stymied by MI-6 and Dericourt continued his career as a pilot. He became involved in the heroin trade and died in a plane crash in Laos, November 22, 1962.

MORE ON DANSEY

In June 1943, Patrick Reilly, an assistant to MI-6 Chief Stewart Menzies was shocked when Dansey came bounding in clapping his hands.

“Great news Reilly!” he exclaimed. “One of the big SOE networks in France has just blown up!”

Reilly naturally thought him “a wicked man, undoubtedly.” One of his colleagues actually claimed “Dansey was the only truly evil man I met.” (193)

Born in 1874, Dansey had a long distinguished career maintaining the Illuminati (aka “British”) Empire.

According to Anton Chaikin, in 1911, William Rockefeller, (JD’s brother, President of Standard Oil and founder of Citibank,) employed, “in a private capacity through his elite social club, a high-ranking British secret intelligence service officer named Claude Dansey… [to reorganize] the U.S. Army intelligence service into an adjunct of the British secret service.”

Dansey went on to organize the Freemason executives of the Freemason corporations controlled by the Illuminati bankers into an informal intelligence service called “Z Section.” When MI-6 was mortally wounded by the capture of two agents at Venlo Holland in 1939, Z-Section became the backbone of MI-6.

Thus, we see why MI-6 and the CIA, as well as most intelligence agencies, have never served the national interest. They have always served the Illuminati bankers and their design for one world tyranny called “world governance,” “internationalism” and “globalism.”

The Illuminati traitors didn’t just sacrifice thousands of agents. They endangered the Allied war effort and the lives of millions of soldiers. This leads me to wonder if the Nazi war effort wasn’t also sabotaged, and the Allies allowed to succeed in Normandy.

It’s hard to speak about treason when the dominant forces in society are engaged in treasonous activities, the recolonization of independent democratic nations by a Masonic international banking cartel.  

CONCLUSIONWAR IS A MORBID CHARADE

War is orchestrated by the Illuminati. Using their agents in politics and the media, it is conjured by Black magicians to degrade, demoralize and destroy humanity.

War is a satanic orgy where the good are sacrificed to the evil, who feed on their souls. Millions of patriots respond to the call to “defend freedom” and die for nothing.

Based on their record, we must not underestimate the depravity of the Illuminati bankers, and the measures they will undertake to enslave humanity.

Knowing what we do about these demons, how can we doubt they were behind 9-11 and countless other atrocities, some quite recent?

Society is stricken by a cancer which threatens to be fatal unless it is soon addressed.

First Comment from Martin:

I, too, found the same book (All The King’s Men by Robert Marshall) in a secondhand bookshop, and, looking to see whether anyone else had recognised its stunning proof of MI6 treason, I came across your article. 

M.R.D. Foot, who wrote the official history of SOE, died last week (20th February). In his obituary in the Daily Telegraph  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obituaries/9094496/MRD-Foot.html  we find the following two paragraphs:

“The genesis of Foot’s classic account SOE in France (1966) was almost as clandestine as its subject. In 1958 the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, authorized the inception of research, but it was not until two years later that Foot was invited to an interview in the Foreign Office. Even then, it was only after an hour-long grilling that he was asked whether he would like to take on such a project.

There were, his interviewers told him, some conditions: he was not allowed to tell anyone what he was doing — not even his wife. He was, furthermore, to write his account on the assumption that MI6 did not exist, and without the knowledge or co-operation of the men and women involved.”

Thus, Claude Dansey’s successors succeeded in covering up MI6’s treachery by ensuring that a false history of SOE was written, based on files now back under MI6 control (and the probably false claim that certain files had been lost or burnt) , and without the knowledge of former SOE people.

As this recent obituary shows, Marshall’s claim, twenty years after Foot’s “classic account”, that Dansey, Boddington, and MI6 deliberately betrayed SOE’s Prosper network, still remains a potentially explosive issue.

All The King’s Men is one of those books which are perhaps even more resonant with a reader today than when they were published.

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In the Second Case of Its Kind, PCHR Succeeds in Ensuring Reparation for the Family of Two Victims of the Israeli Offensive in Gaza

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The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) was able to secure reparation for the family of Kassab and Ibrahim Shurrab, who were killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during “Operation Cast Lead” (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009).  PCHR was able to conclude a settlement of 430,000 NIS (approximately USD 107,500) with representatives of the Israeli military prosecution, which will be paid to the victims’ family within the upcoming weeks in return for the closing of their claim.

On 16 January 2009, the IOF opened fire for no reason and without prior warning at the car Mohammed Kassab Shurrab and his two sons – Kassab (28) and Ibrahim (18) – were traveling in, during a humanitarian truce declared by the IOF to allow Palestinian civilians to obtain necessary goods.  As a result of the Israeli gunfire, the car collided into a wall.  Shortly after, Israeli soldiers stationed in a nearby house headed towards the car.  They ordered Mohammed Kassab Shurrab and his two sons to get out of the care before they began firing at them.  Kassab was killed instantly and Ibrahim was wounded in his leg by a bullet.  The following day, Ibrahim died as the IOF denied him access to medical treatment.

After PCHR was authorized on 08 March 2009 to be the legal representative for the Shurrab family, PCHR submitted a civil complaint to the Compensation Office of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, according to applicable legal procedures, demanding compensation for the family.  It also submitted a criminal complaint to the Israeli military prosecution – the Southern Command – demanding that an investigation into the crime be opened and that all responsible Israeli soldiers be held accountable.

As PCHR did not receive any response to either the civil or criminal complaints and was concerned that the family would lose their chance for justice before the end of the two-year statute of limitation period enforced by Israel, on 19 August 2010, PCHR filed a compensation claim before the Haifa Magistrate Court demanding compensation for the Shurrab family for the killing of their two sons by the IOF.

PCHR supported the claim with documentary evidence supporting its argument that the IOF were unequivocally responsible for the deaths of the two civilians, which forced the Israeli prosecution to seek a settlement to close the claim.

This is the second case in which PCHR was able to ensure compensation through a settlement with the Israeli prosecution for victims of “Operation Cast Lead” in the Gaza Strip.  In July 2011, PCHR was able to reach a similar settlement, under which the Abu Hajjaj family obtained 500,000 NIS as financial compensation for closing the case of Raya Abu Hajjaj (64) and her daughter Majida (37), who were killed by the IOF during “Operation Cast Lead.”

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THE COLLAPSE OF THE MOSLEM WORLD

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We once lived in a Moslem country and found that the majority of the people there were friendly and liberal.

The Moslem extremists in that country all worked for certain generals who were in the pockets of the CIA-Mossad-NATO.
The Islamists are bringing about the collapse of most of the Moslem World.

1. Egypt

“Public corruption, and the ‘disappearance’ of official funding lines… have increased in Egypt since the fall of the Mubarak presidency.
“A report issued in July by Egypt’s upper house of parliament, cited 65,000 separate examples of corruption and the misappropriation of state funds in the last 12 months.”

(Reform, round two – prospectmagazine – claire-spencer.)

On 4 September 2012, Syria’s Information Minister criticized Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi “who has done nothing for the Palestinians and continues to sell gas to Israel.”

(Syrian minister accuses Mossad of assassinating Syrians)


Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, reported to be a CIA asset.

2. Malaysia 

The forces of the USA, UK and NATO have attacked Moslems in various countries around the world.

Britain was responsible for the 1948 killing of 24 unarmed Malayan civilians who were shot dead by British troops, a London court has now ruled
Western plots continue in Malaysia, thanks to the CIA IN KL
The USA would like its Islamists to do to Malaysia what they did to Afghanistan, Iraq…

The CIA’s Allen Pope during his trial in Jakarta, 28 December 1959. The CIA secretly bombed Christians in Indonesia, in order to topple President Sukarno. On 15 May 1958, a CIA plane bombed the Ambon marketplace, killing a large number of civilians on their way to church on Ascension Thursday.Three days later, during another bombing run over Ambon, a CIA pilot, Allen Lawrence Pope, was shot down and captured. 

3. INDONESIA
On 6 September 2012, we learn of more killings in Indonesia.
Bayu Setiono says of his militant group: “We planned to kill policemen and create a situation like Ambon … for the sake of upholding Islamic Shariah and the establishment of a caliphate in Indonesia.”
Setiono is referring to the Muslim-Christian conflict that killed thousands from 1999 into the 2000s.
The terror in Ambon has been linked to Christian gangsters, directed by sections of the military, trained by the CIA.

In 2002, Berty Loupatty, the leader of the Christian Coker gang, surrendered to the police.(http://www.infid.be/kopassus_maluku.html)

Berty Loupatty claims that most of the terror in Ambon and Maluku was stage-managed by the military.

Members of the Coker gang said that Kopassus (special forces) soldiers gave them directives, weapons and bombs to carry out every attack (in 2002). (AFP, 8 January 2003)

Most of the top Indonesian generals have been trained by the US military.

Some Indonesian generals, such as Suharto, have reportedly been assets of the CIA.

Erdogan – Crypto-Jew?

4. TURKEY

Turkey’s President Erdogan claims to be an Islamist and apparently does the work of the CIA.

According to reports, Turkish officers are leading the mad Islamist rebel brigades which are trying to wreck Syria.

(DEBKAfile 6 September 2012  article here)

“The consequences of Turkish military action in Syria were urgently aired with CIA Director David Petraeus when he arrived in Ankara Monday, Sept. 3…

“An Iron Dome battery was installed in Gush Dan to head off a potential Hizballah missile barrage on central Israel and its hub, Tel Aviv.


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5. PAKISTAN

On 5 September 2012, we read that Al-Qaeda-Trained Terrorists have been Sent to Syria from Waziristan

Al-Qaeda, backed by Turkey, the US and its regional Arab allies, has set up a new camp in Northern Waziristan in Pakistan to train Salafi and Jihadi terrorists and dispatches them to Syria via Turkish borders, sources said…

“Ali Mahdian told FNA that the Saudi and Qatari regimes serve as interlocutors to facilitate the CIA and MI6 plans in Syria through instigating terrorist operations by Salafi and Arab Jihadi groups, adding that the terrorists do not know that they actually exercise the US plans.


CIA drones kill those who refuse to join the CIA’s al Qaeda?

“‘At present, the western countries, specially Britain which hosts and controls the Jihadi Salafi groups throughout the world are paving the ground for these extremists to leave their homes – mostly in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Untied Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as those who live in Europe and the US – for Waziristan,” the source added.

We presume that the CIA’s drones are used against civilians who refuse to join al Qaeda?


Yemen protest.

6. Yemen 

Yemen, in the 5th century AD, converted to Judaism and expanded to include most of the Arabian peninsula and parts ofEast Africa.

Yemen presumably still has a number of crypto-Jews.
The Bin Laden family are from Yemen and may be crypto-Jews.

The CIA’s Arab Spring hit Yemen in 2011.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was toppled, and the country became a major base for the CIA’s al Qaeda.

CIA drone strikes target innocent civilians in Yemen.

We presume that the CIA’s drones are used against civilians who refuse to join al Qaeda?


Bernard Lewis, who helped to invent the West’s new enemy, known as ‘Islam’.

For the British, it was once the Jewish terrorists who were seen as being the enemy.

For the USA, it was once tiny Vietnam.

Professor Bernard Lewis is Jewish and has worked for British intelligence. (Bernard Lewis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

Lewis, born in London in 1916, is a historian and ‘expert’ on Islam.

In 1974, Lewis accepted a position at Princeton University.

In 1990, Lewis wrote an essay entitled The Roots of Muslim Rage.

In this essay, Lewis argued that the struggle between the West and Islam was gathering strength.

In this essay Lewis invented the phrase “clash of civilizations“, which got mentioned in the book by Samuel Huntington.[13]

The phrase “clash of civilizations”, was first used by Lewis at a meeting in Washington in 1957. [14]

There has been speculation that Lewis, the intelligence services and people like Brzezinski want to make the Moslem world look bad, so that it can be more easily controlled and exploited.

Much of the world’s oil lies in Moslem lands.

How do you make Moslems look bad?

You can finance the extremists and help them into power.

You can carry out false flag operations.

Bernard Lewis argues (Bernard Lewis – Wikipedia) that the Middle East is backward due to its culture and religion.

The alternative view is that a country like Iraq is backward partly because of constant interference by countries such as Britain and the USA.

In his 1982 book Muslim Discovery of Europe, Lewis argues that Moslems behaved badly in the Algerian civil war (1992–98).

Lewis fails to point out that certain security services created the violence that began in Algeria in 1991. (aangirfan: Fake terror in Algeria; the US military in Algeria; oil …)

Lewis fails to point out that many people believe that both Saddam and the Ayatollahs were put into power by the CIA. (aangirfan: Saddam worked for the CIA / aangirfan: The Ayatollahs and the CIA)

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THE PEOPLE WHO DOMINATE BRITISH POLITICS (MUST WATCH)

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GILAD ATZMON

This is the a very important film about the Jewish Lobby in Britain…

 

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JAMES PETRAS: IRAN’S STRATEGIC DIPLOMATIC VICTORY OVER THE WASHINGTON-ISRAELI AXIS:

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Introduction

Iran chaired, hosted and led the recently rejuvenated Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Teheran, attended by delegates from 120 countries, including 31 heads of state and 29 foreign secretaries of state.  Even the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, notorious mouthpiece of Washington, felt obligated to address, a forum attended by two-thirds of the member countries of the UN, despite State Department and Israeli objections. Any objective evaluation of the meeting, its venue, the attendance, resolutions and political impact leads to one paramount conclusion:  the NAM meeting was a strategic diplomatic victory for Iran and a major defeat for the US, Israel and the European Union.  The entire US-Israeli-EU diplomatic and propaganda effort to isolate and stigmatize Iran, especially over the past decade, was shredded.

The Politics of Attendance

Attendance by representatives of 120 countries demonstrates that Iran is not a ‘pariah state’; it is an accepted member of the international community.The presence of 60 heads of state and foreign secretaries demonstrates that Iran is considered a noteworthy and significant political actor, not a “terrorist state” to be isolated and shunned.  The proceedings, debates and discussions among and between the delegates and Iranian leaders convinced those attending that Teheran gives primacy to reasonable dialogue in resolving international conflicts.

Both in terms of form and content the NAM meeting highlighted the superiority of Iran’s diplomacy over and against Washington’s bellicose posturing and improvised diversionary tactics.  The fact that the meeting took place in Teheran, that Iran was elected chair, that a major part of the NAM agenda and subsequent resolutions coincided with Iran’s democratic foreign policy, highlights Washington’s policy failures and its isolation on issues of major concern to the larger international community.  Pandering to the domestic Zionist power configuration has a high cost in the sphere of international politics.

NAM Resolutions:  Iran versus Washington – Israel

The centerpiece of US and Israeli strategic policy has been to claim that Iran’s nuclear program including the enrichment of uranium, are a threat to world peace and in particular to Israel and the Gulf states.  The NAM meeting repudiated that position, affirming Iran’s right to develop a peaceful nuclear program including the enrichment of uranium.  NAM rejected western sanctions against Iran and other countries.  In fact many of the leading members, including India, brought delegations of business executives in pursuit of new economic contracts.

NAM declared its support for a nuclear free Middle East and called for an independent Palestinian state based on 1969 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, in total repudiation of Washington’s unconditional support of the nuclear armed Jewish state.

NAM rejected Egyptian Prime Minister Morsi’s proposal to support the Western backed armed mercenaries invading Syria, major blow to Washington’s effort to secure international support for regime change.  NAM unanimously approved several resolutions which affirmed its anti-imperialist principles in direct opposition to US imperial positions:  it rejected the US blockade of Cuba; it affirmed Argentine sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands (dubbed the ‘Falklands’ by Anglo-American pundits); it opposed the Paraguayan coup; it supported Ecuador in its dispute with Great Britain on asylum for Assange; it selected Venezuela as the site for the next NAM meeting; it rejected terrorism in all of its  forms and modalities, including the state sponsored variant.

Western Propaganda Media:  Self Serving Diversions

The resounding diplomatic successes of the Iranian hosts of the NAM meeting were countered by a mass media blitz directed at diverting attention to relatively marginal events.  The Financial and New York Times, the BBC and the Washington Post featured a speech by Egyptian Prime Minister Morsi calling for NAM support for the Western backed armed mercenaries invading Syria. The media omitted mentioning that no delegation took up his proposal.  NAM not only ignored Morsi but unanimously approved a resolution opposing western intervention and affirming the right of self-determination, clearly applicable to the case of Syria.

While NAM defended Iran’s right to develop its peaceful nuclear program, the mass media publicized a dubious “report” authored by US favorite, Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) questioning Iran’s compliance with his directives. Not surprisingly the report Amano carried no weight in the deliberations of the 130 delegates, given his notoriety as a front-man for Israeli and US pro-war propaganda.

Overall the mass media deliberately ignored or underplayed the resolutions, dialogue and democratic procedures of the NAM meeting in an effort to cover up the enormous political gulf between the US, Israel, the EU and the vast majority of the international community.

Political Impact of the NAM Conference

NAM seriously undermined the images of the Mid-East conflicts which US policymakers and their acolytes in the EU and Gulf States project: the political reality, which came out of the meetings emphasized that it is the US.  Israel and the EU who are outside the mainstream international community.  It is the US and EU who lack political allies in the pursuit of colonial wars.  It is the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Washington’s policies of ‘regime change’ in Syria and Iran which lack allies.  Its Iran’s peaceful nuclear program which has legitimacy not Israel’s nuclear arsenal.  The Iranian leadership gained prestige via its openness to international dialogue.  In contrast its regional Gulf adversaries, who rely on to multi-billion dollar US arms purchases and military bases  were denigrated and discredited.

The Iranian proposals to reform the United Nations to make it more democratic and responsive to emerging countries and less a tool of US-EU policymakers resonated throughout the conference.  The emphasis on free trade, was manifest in the large economic delegations who attended eager to sign agreements in defiance of US-Israel-EU sanctions.

Conclusion

Temporarily the NAM conference may have lessened the threat of a military attack against Iran, at least by the US and the EU – by demonstrating the political cost of alienating two thirds of the UN Assembly.  Nevertheless by demonstrating Israel’s total isolation, (and truly pariah status in the international community), NAM may have heightened the pathological paranoia of the Israeli leadership and hastened its move toward a catastrophic war.

The follow-up of the NAM resolutions requires a permanent organization, a minimum coordinating secretariat to ensure compliance and rapid responses to crises.  Otherwise the good intentions and positive moves toward peace via dialogue will be inconsequential.

The mobilization of the NAM members in the UN General Assembly is crucial to withstand the blackmail, bribes, threats and corruption which are used by the Western powers to secure majorities on crucial votes regarding US sanctions, coups and military intervention.  Trade, investment and cultural boycotts of Israel should be promoted and enforced, until the Jewish State ends its occupation of Palestine.  Clearly Iran, as the newly elected leader of NAM, has a major role to play in ensuring that the Tehran meeting of 2012 becomes the bases for a revitalization of the Movement.  Iran can play a constructive leadership role providing it continues to promote a plural collective format based on common anti-imperialist principles.

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