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توہینِ رسول اور عالمِ اسلام

چند روز قبل جب یو ٹیوب نامی ویب سائٹ پر ایک فلم کی جھلکیاں نشر کی گئیں جس میں نبی پاکٌ کی ذاتِ پاک کو غلیظ انداز میں نشانہ بنانے کی مذموم حرکت ہوئی تو میرے رونگٹے کھڑے ہو گئے۔ میں رات بھر اُس فلم کی جھلکیاں دیکھنے کی کوشش کرتا رہا تاہم ادنیٰ مسلمان ہونے کے ناطے میں کئی روز گذر جانے کے بعد بھی خود میں وہ ہمت پیدا نہیں کر پایا اور نہ ہی کر پاؤں گا۔ اُس فلم کے بارے میں مجھے ذرائع ابلاغ (مغربی) کی بیان کردہ تفصیلات پر اکتفا کرنا پڑا۔ پتہ نہیں مجھے وہ تفصیلات بیان کرنی چاہئیں یا نہیں۔ میں اِس بارے میں خود بھی تذبذب کا شکار ہوں۔ تاہم اِس فلم کے خلاف پوری امتِ مسلمہ سراتاپا احتجاج ہے۔ لیبیااور مصر میں اِس احتجاجی سلسلہ کا آغاز ہوا۔ لیبیا کے شہر بن غازی میں مظاہرین نے امریکی سفارت خانے کو نظرِ آتش کر دیا۔ آگ کی لپیٹ میں آکر لیبیا میں امریکی سفیرکرس اسٹیونز اور اُس کے کئی ساتھی ہلاک ہو گئے۔ مصر اور یمن میں امریکی سفارت خانوں پر حملے کئے گئے اور آگ لگائی گئی۔ مصر، لیبیا اور یمن کے ساتھ ساتھ عراق، بنگلہ دیش، اسرائیل اورفلسطین میں بھی اِس مذموم حرکت کے خلاف امریکی سفارتخانوں کے سامنے احتجاجی مظاہرے کئے جا رہے ہیں۔

اخباری تفصیلات کے مطابق سام باصل کے فرضی نام سے ایک مصری عیسائی(اخباری تحقیقات) جو کہ خود کو اسرائیلی یہودی اور امریکی شہری ظاہر کر رہا ہے، اُس نے رسول اکرمٌ کی ذات پر کیچڑ اچھالنے کیلئے امریکی اسلام دشمنٹیری جونز ، مورس صادق (مصری عیسائی اور امریکی شہری ) اور اسٹیو کلین (عیسائی انتہا پسند)جیسے شیاطین کی پشت پناہی سے ایک فلم بنائی ہے۔ اِس فلم کی شوٹنگ اِس سال جولائی میں کی گئی ہے۔ اِس میں نبئ پاک کی ذات پر ناقابلِ بیان اور انتہائی لغو اور گھٹیا انداز میں کیچڑ اچھالنے کی کوشش کی گئی ہے۔ اِس فلم کی تعارقی جھلکیوں کو یو ٹیوب نامی امریکی ویب سائٹ کے ذریعے دنیا کے سامنے رکھنے کے بعد سام باصل نے امریکی ذرائع ابلاغ کے اداروں کو گمنام جگہوں سے ٹیلی فون کئے اور اپنا مدعا بتایا۔ ایسوسی ایٹڈ پریس کے مطابق اُس نے اپنا تعارف دوہری شہریت رکھنے والے امریکی و اسرائیلی یہودی کے طور پر کروایا جو امریکہ میں جائداد کی خریدی و فروخت کے کاروبار سے منسلک ہے اور کہا کہ اُس فلم کے لئے خفیہ طور پر سو کے قریب یہودیوں نے پچاس لاکھ ڈالر اُسے فراہم کئے تھے۔ تاہم ہالی وڈ سے تعلق رکھنے والے ماہرین نے اُس فلم کی جھلکیاں دیکھنے کے بعد اِس بات کو ماننے سے یکسر انکار کر دیا کہ یہ فلم اتنے کثیرسرمائے سے تیار ہوئی ہے۔ ماہرین کے مطابق ایسی فلم معمولی سرمائے سے کوئی بھی عام سے گروہ یا فرد آسانی سے بنا سکتا ہے۔ دوسری طرف امریکی سرکاری وغیر سرکاری اداروں نے تحقیقات کے بعد بتایا کہ اِس نام کا کوئی آدمی جائیداد کے کاروبار یا فلمی دنیا سے منسلک نہیں ہے۔

اسرائیلی حکومت نے کسی اسرائیلی شہری کے اِس نام سے موجود ہونے کی واضح نفی کی ہے۔ اِس کے ساتھ ہی ساتھ اسرائیل بھر میں مسلمانوں کے امریکی سفارتخانے کے خلاف پر امن احتجاج کی مکمل سر پرستی کی ہے تاکہ مسلم دنیا اور یہودیوں کے خلاف پر تشدد اختلافات کی اِس مذموم سازش کو ناکام بنایا جا سکے۔ میری ذاتی رائے اور تحقیقات کے مطابق یہ امریکی انتہا پسند عیسائیوں کے ایک مخصوص گروہ کے ارکان کی سازش ہے کہ اِس کے ذریعے مندرجہ ذیل مقاصد حاصل کئے جائیں:
۱۔مسلمانوں کی جانب سے دنیا بھر میں امریکی تنصیبات، اداروں اور شہریوں کے خلاف جارحانہ اور پر تشدد کاروائیاں ۔
۲۔ دنیا بھر میں مسلمانوں اور یہودیوں کو آپس میں قتال میں الجھایا جائے تاکہ دونوں مذاہب کو پر تشدد و دہشت گرد مذاہب قرار دے کر عیسائیت کو امن کا مذہب کہلوایا جائے۔
۳۔ اسرائیل اور عالمِ اسلام کے تعلقات جو قدرے بہتر ی کی طرف آرہے ہیں اُن کو نہائت ابتری کی طرف دھکیلا جائے تاکہ یہ دونوں مذاہب پھر سے آپس میں الجھ کر رہ جائیں۔
۴۔ مسلمانوں کے جذبات کو ابھار کر انھیں پُر تشدد کاروائیوں پر مجبور کیا جائے اور دنیا بھر میں مخصوص ذرائع ابلاغ کے ذریعے انھیں بحیثیتِ کل دہشت پسند و دہشت گرد کہلوایا جا سکے۔

اِس سازش کا سب سے بڑا خطرہ مسلم حکومتوں کو ہوگا جہاں پہلے ہی انتہا پسند عناصر امریکی جنگی جنون، اور انسانیت سوز مظالم کے باعث خاصی عوامی مقبولیت و امداد کے حامل ہیں اور مسلمان حکومتوں کا امریکیوں اور مغربیوں کے ساتھ تعاون اُن کو نہ صرف خاصا غیر مقبول بلکہ عوام غم و غصے کا فطری نشانہ بناتا ہے۔ اِس کی مثال سعودی عرب، عمان، اردن، پاکستان وغیرہ کے سیاسی حالات کے بغور مطالعے سے واضع ہوتا ہے۔ انھی ممالک کو اپنی عوام کے جانب سے شدید ردِ عمل کا خوف بھی ہے اور اگر اسلام دشمنی کی ایسی سازشوں کا فوری قلع قمع نہ کیا گیا تو امریکہ و یورپ کو تو شائد خاطر خواہ نقصان نہ ہو مگر اسلامی دنیا ایک بار پھر آگ اور بارود میں لپٹ جائے گی

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Chicago Teachers v. Rahm Emanuel

NOVANEWS
by Stephen Lendman

 

Except for Harold Washington (1983 – 1987), Chicago never had populist mayors. Father (Richard J.) and son (Richard M.) Daley ran the city like their private fiefdom for over 40 years.

In his book “Boss,” noted journalist Mike Royko described Richard J. as follows:

“If ever a man reflected a city, it was Richard J. Daley.” He was “strong (and) hard-driving.” He had Texas-sized ambitions. He was also “arrogant, crude, conniving, ruthless, suspicious, intolerant, raucous, hot-tempered, devious, big and powerful.” He was Chicago.

Time magazine said Richard M. “wield(ed) near-imperial power.”

Current Mayor Rahm Emanuel matches them and then some. Add war criminal and corporate predator to his credentials. As White House chief of staff, he was part of Obama’s war cabinet. As Chicago mayor, he’s waging it against labor.

Candidate Emanuel promised draconian anti-worker cuts. Chicago’s budget deficit must be attacked, he said. “No sacred cows” are tolerable, he stressed. “Tough choices” must be made.

As mayor, workers struggling to get by are targeted. Slash and burn is policy. Layoffs, wage freezes, and benefit cuts notably affecting healthcare and pensions followed. Teachers were hit hard.

After one month in office, he rescinded a contractual 4% raise owed them. Weeks later, he fired 1,000 summarily. School closings eliminate more jobs. He wants more closed, larger class sizes, longer school days at no extra pay, and other draconian measures creating greater hardships.

He wants Chicago schools privatized and made another business profit center. Richard M. began the process. Emanuel wants it completed. He wants education sacrificed for bottom line priorities.

He wants Chicago schools run by marketplace rules. He wants labor rights abolished. He put bureaucrats in charge of what’s best for children. He created a two-tiered, class and income-based system. It favors affluent communities over poor ones.

Teachers have no rights. Poor kids are denied real education. Emanuel’s destroying their futures. He’s more tyrant than mayor. He reflects the worst of city governance.

On August 30, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) held perhaps its largest ever meeting. Hundreds attended. Presiding officers included president Karen Lewis, vice president Jesse Sharkey, financial secretary Kristine Mayle, and recording secretary Michael Brunson.

A large screen displayed CTU resolve, saying:

“RESOLVED that the House of Delegate shall set a strike date of September 10, 2012. The strike is necessary to achieve a labor contract with acceptable wages, benefits and job protections; and for all other purposes for which a strike is authorized under law. The strike is also necessary to protest unfair labor practices committed by CPS against out membership.”

Without a fair and equitable contract, members unanimously approved the resolution. An Executive Board motion requested it. CTU president Lewis called for ayes. The hall roared. She then asked for nays. Silence followed.

Schools were already in session. Over 240 so-called Track E ones operate year round.

A special House of Delegates meeting also approved a resolution calling for other union members to wear red in solidarity with teachers.

Chicago is occupied territory. At midnight Sunday night, teachers walked out. It’s their first strike in 25 years. On Monday, the Chicago Tribune headlined “CPS, teachers fail to reach deal to prevent strike,” saying:

Despite progress on some issues, both sides remain far apart on others. CPS (Chicago Public Schools) officials have a contingency plan. They’ll open 144 schools from 8:30 AM – 12:30PM. At issue is whether state law will be observed. It prohibits CPS from offering classroom instruction without certified teachers.

“Parents are being urged to find alternatives and use the schools only as a last resort.”

Charter ones aren’t affected. They operate as quasi-private ones. Veteran English teacher/union delegate Jay Rehak spoke for others, saying:

“I think people feel like they’ve been bullied, so they’re (saying) ‘OK, let’s do this this. Let’s dance.’ We know a strike is really going to be painful. People will be hurt on both sides. But in the end, it’s like saying, ‘I’ll be bloodied and you’ll be bloodied, but at least you’ll know not to bully me again.’ ”

The nation’s third largest school system is affected. Picket lines formed in front of City Hall. They’re also at school system central and other administrative offices.

Monday morning, they spread across over 600 schools. More than 20,000 teachers were joined by other school employees, parents and students.

School Board president David Vitale and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard never negotiated in good faith. In fact, they weren’t directly involved. A highly paid private law firm represented them.

CEO Brizard never appeared at bargaining sessions. His absence showed contempt for teacher rights. He and Vitale reflect top-down Emanuel-imposed diktat authority.

Claims about too little money in the system don’t wash. They reflect efforts to divert city resources for corporate interests at the expense of vital services. Chicago schools, teachers, and support staff have been hit hard. They and other city workers bear the brunt of draconian budget cuts.

Negotiations began last November. Dozens of sessions were held. No agreement was reached. At 10PM Sunday, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president Karen Lewis issued a formal statement. In part it said:

“CPS (Chicago Public Schools) FAILS TO NEGOTIATE FAIR CONTRACT TO PREVENT FIRST LABOR STRIKE IN 25 YEARS”

“More than 29,000 teachers and education professionals will not report to work today 9/10″

“After hours of intense negotiations, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent the first teachers strike in 25 years.”

“Pickets are expected to begin Monday at 675 schools and the Board of Education as early as 6:30 a.m. Teachers, paraprofessionals and school clinicians have been without a labor agreement since June of this year.”

“Union leaders expressed disappointment in the District’s refusal to concede on issues involving compensation, job security and resources for their students.”

“We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve.”

“We want job security.” Thousands of teachers’ jobs are at stake. “As we continue to bargain in good faith, we stand in solidarity with parents, clergy and community-based organizations who are advocating for smaller class sizes, a better school day and an elected school board. Class size matters.”

“….(W)e do not intend to sign an agreement until (all key) matters are addressed.”

“….(W)e are committed to staying at the table until a contract is in place. However, in the morning no CTU member will be inside our schools. We will walk the picket lines. We will talk to parents.”

“We will talk to clergy. We will talk to the community. We will talk to anyone who will listen. We demand a fair contract today. We demand a fair contract now. And, until there is one in place that our members accept, we will on the line.”

“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters throughout the state and country who are currently bargaining for their own fair contracts. We stand with those who have already declared they too are prepared to strike, in the best interests of their students.”

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) represents 30,000 teachers and educational support staff. They serve more than 400,000 students and families. They reject Emanuel’s diktats. They want equity and justice.

Last May, teachers and Occupy Chicago members staged school sit-ins. They picketed school board meetings. They chanted “fight” and “strike.” Outside the downtown Auditorium Theater, they rallied for rights Emanuel wants destroyed.

Over 90% of union members endorsed striking. A new state law requires 75%. Legislators thought tough rules would prevent them. They guessed wrong.

Major issues are at stake. They include unfair reduced education funding, job security, draconian teacher evaluation standards, tying their pay to testing, weakened seniority rights, recall procedures for those laid off from school closings, equitable pay and benefits, class size, longer unpaid school days, inadequately heated and cooled classrooms, and key wrap around services.

They include psychologists, social workers, nurses, no library facilities in many schools, standardized testing, loss of experienced teachers, abandonment of arts, drama, music and language classes, and school privatization plans.

Throughout negotiations, CTU officials were flexible. They remain so. They’ll bend on some issues, but not key ones too important to lose. School Board/CPS negotiators are hardline. Emanuel demands it.

A Final Comment

On September 9, Women’s Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem issued the following statement:

“Tonight, I proudly wear a red t-shirt in support of the Chicago Teachers Union strike. They have been forced to strike for the first time in 25 years – by the false economy of firing and penalizing the experienced teachers most needed by the students and by new teachers; by lengthening the school day as warehousing without educational services, healthy school buildings, and paid teachers; by what they have the knowledge to call the ‘apartheid-like system’ of differential discipline policies; and by what seems to be a national tactic of demonizing teachers in order to turn public schools into corporate profit centers.”

She cited a Stanford Study. It found public school students outperform charter ones. A 1994 Money magazine report concluded that:

“students who attend the best public schools outperform most private school students, that the best public schools offer a more challenging curriculum than most private schools, and that the private school advantage in test scores is due to their selective admission policies.”

Nonetheless, public education in Chicago and across America is on the chopping block for elimination. So-called education reform facilitates it.

George Bush’s 2001 No Child Left Behind Act took direct aim. On January 8, 2002, it became law. It’s long on testing, school choice, and market-based reforms.

It’s short on real achievement. It’s built around rote learning, standardized tests, requiring teachers to “teach to the test,” assessing results by Average Yearly Progress (AYP) scores, and punishing failure harshly.

Teachers and principles are fired. Schools are closed. Others become charter or for-profit ones. Total privatization is planned. A 377 year tradition is being destroyed.

Diogenes called education “the foundation of every state.” Horace Mann said “(t)he common (public) school is the greatest discovery ever made by man.” He called it the “great equalizer common” to all. It’s fast disappearing in America.

Obama’s Race to the Top follows the same destructive path. It pits one state against another, promotes school closures, endorses mass teacher/staff layoffs, and mandates wage and benefit cuts. It’s a draconian scheme to qualify for federal funding.

It force-feeds its mandates on states. It’s a dagger at public education’s heart. It denies millions of American children an educational foundation to build on.

Chicago schools alone have been wrecked by closures, teacher firings, budget cuts, militarized high schools, growing numbers of quasi-private charter schools, and kids hung out to dry for bottom line priorities.

Emanuel demands more. He wants city schools privatized. He wants kids cheated out of futures. His world isn’t fit to live in. How can it be under marketplace inequality.

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Legitimizing Illegal Spying

NOVANEWS

by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 15, federal district court Judge Cormac Carney dismissed a class action ACLU of Southern California/Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR) lawsuit.

Fazaga v. FBI charges lawless FBI surveillance. More on what’s involved below. Southern California Muslims were targeted for praying to the wrong God.

In his ruling, Judge Carney didn’t say illegal surveillance hadn’t occurred. Nor did he agree that First Amendment provisions, illegal searches, privacy rights, and other constitutional principles weren’t violated.

Instead, he ruled for Washington’s “state secrets” privilege. It’s anti-democratic legal mumbo jumbo. The Justice Department and administration routinely invoke it to conceal government crimes and other abuses from scrutiny. Courts routinely go along.

In September 2010, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an extraordinary rendition lawsuit. State secrets were invoked.

Five Muslim victims sued Boeing’s Jeppesen Dataplan unit. It works cooperatively with CIA officials. It willingly and knowingly facilitates torture flights.

Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. threatened to blow the whistle on corporate America’s involvement with Washington’s torture policy. Obama promised to end it. Instead, he changed nothing Bush instituted. He continues the worst of his policies, escalated them, and piled on more of his own.

In 2007, the ACLU filed suit. It quoted a Jeppesen official saying, “We do all the extraordinary rendition flights – you know, the torture flights. Let’s face it. Some of these flights end up that way.”

The Ninth Circuit said “there is precious little Jeppesen could say about its relevant conduct and knowledge without revealing information about how the United States government does or does not conduct covert operations.”

In other words, imperial priorities trump rule of law principles. Case dismissed.

Southern California Muslims were spurned the same way. ACLU attorney Peter Bibring called the court ruling “the right to remain spied on.” Instead of upholding inviolable rule of law principles, Judge Carney claimed information disclosed might harm national security. He didn’t explain how.

At issue are fundamental constitutional rights. Yassir Fazaga and other plaintiffs charged illegal spying on Orange County, CA Muslims. FBI agents targeted an area mosque.

It used covert informant Craig Monteilh, a convicted felon, aka Farouk al-Aziz, code name Oracle. He was paid to entrap Irvine Islamic Center Muslims.

His violent jihad talk alarmed them. They obtained a restraining order against him. They also reported him to the FBI office using him.

He manufactured a terrorism-related case against a mosque member. It collapsed. The Justice Department had egg on its face. Prosecutors called an innocent man a dire threat. They do it all the time. Usually they get away with it. Innocent victims do hard time in America’s gulag.

Non-existent threats are hyped. Media hysteria creates fear. Innocent Muslims are wrongfully targeted. This time the FBI’s scheme blew up. No terrorism related charges or convictions followed.

Monteilh went public. He revealed secret FBI tactics. He said his “handlers” trained him to entrap Muslims in mosques, their homes and businesses.

Officials declined comment except to confirm he was a paid informant. Court records and other documents showed he got $177,000 tax free in 15 months.

He secretly recorded conversations. He also collected names, telephone numbers, emails, political and religious views, travel plans, and other information on hundreds of Muslims. He was told to pay special attention to community leaders and those most devout.

The FBI called its scheme Operation Flex. It was a fishing expedition. It targeted Muslims for their faith and religious practices. Its mission was to manufacture enemies out of whole cloth.

Southern California Muslims were incensed. They cited a systemic pattern of pervasive surveillance and covert entrapment. Innocent Muslims were targeted.

In February 2011, the Southern California ACLU and CAIR filed a class action lawsuit. The FBI was accused of lawlessly infiltrating and surveilling area mosques. Charges also included targeting Muslims for their faith.

First Amendment religious freedoms were violated. So were Fourth Amendment unreasonable searches and Privacy Act provisions.

Enacted in December 1974, it established a Code of Fair Information Practice. It governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals maintained in federal agency records.

It prohibits disclosure of information without written consent of subject individuals. It gives them a way to access and amend documents about themselves to set the record straight in case of errors.

It offers protections now gone. Bush administration officials began eroding them. War on terror/national security priorities trump constitutional freedoms. They’re heading for elimination entirely.

The suit demanded destruction of lawlessly obtained information. Damages were also sought. Victims were denied. Injustice triumphed.

In 2006 and 2007, FBI agents planted informants in Orange County mosques. They spied to collect information and entrap Muslims. Craig Monteilh was specifically named.

The suit seeks injunctive relief on behalf of everyone bogusly targeted. It also requires the FBI to turn over or destroy all information collected through discriminatory investigations. Moreover, it wants damages for emotional stress caused.

Orange County has a vibrant Muslim community. It numbers about 120,000 residents. It’s home to America’s second largest Muslim population after Dearborn, MI. They and others practicing Islam live in America at the wrong time.

Post-9/11, they’ve been targeted to create fear. America needs enemies. War on terror mumbo jumbo followed. So have lawless imperial wars. One nation after another is ravaged. Police state laws persecute non-believers.

Freedom is fast eroding. Full-blown tyranny perhaps awaits another major state sponsored false flag attack. Expect Muslims and other enemies of choice to suffer most.

ACLU of Southern California deputy legal director, Ahilan Arulanantham, expressed disappointment about Judge Carney’s ruling.

“Every American should be deeply troubled when the government can win dismissal of a case involving the most basic constitutional rights by claiming that it is acting, in secret, in the interests of national security.”

“The notion that our basic safety requires relinquishing our most cherished liberties is as inconsistent with the Constitution as it is frightening.”

Plaintiff Yassir Fazaga said he was encouraged by effective work done to hold the FBI responsible. “(W)e will continue to work hard to make sure that the government does not continue to abuse our constitutional rights,” he added.

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick attorney Reem Salahi said:

“Where plaintiffs and the informant himself describe act after act of illegal government surveillance, the government should not be allowed to skirt liability by using its wild card – state secrets.”

ACLU attorney Peter Bibring said “the state secrets privilege essentially gives the government a blank check to halt a lawsuit in its tracks.”

It’s currently being challenged in Congress. On June 18, Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D. NY) introduced legislation to limit state secrets in favor of less drastic alternatives.

HR 5956: State Secrets Protection Act seeks to “provide safe, fair, and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secrets privilege.”

The bill was referred to committee. No further action was taken. In today’s climate of fear, expect none.

Bibring calls the privilege of state secrets troubling. An early case invoking them involved a military plane crash. Decades later, the daughter of one of the pilots discovered a concealed accident report wasn’t secret. It described negligence.

Coverup tried to hide human error. At issue was embarrassment, not secrets too important to reveal. Nonetheless, Justice Department attorney Anthony Coppolino claimed doing so would disclose government motives and alert enemies. He lied and got away with it.

Bibring said he’ll appeal. “In our democratic society,” he explained, “it is wrong for the courts to allow the government to avoid defending the legality of its conduct under the Constitution when the rights of hundreds of law-abiding” Muslims or any others are at risk.

An ACLU statement called invoking state secrets to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit unprecedented. Attorney General Eric Holder demanded it.

Doing so absolves FBI lawlessness. Judge Carney’s ruling legitimizes unconstitutional practices. If appeals fail, they’ll stand.

Henceforth, anyone can be targeted for any reason or none at all. State secrets matter more than rule of law principles and justice. America’s on a fast track to tyranny. There’s no place to hide.

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Syria, Iraq and Iran: None Nuclear, All Besieged

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A Time for Leadership, at the Precipice

By Gordon Duff and Press TV

Three nations hold a key they may not know exists.  Three nations, Syria, Iraq and Iran, none of them nuclear powers, all besieged internally or externally but in this, we find the key.  Adversity, depredations of the invisible power brokers that dance NATO around like a toy, that have left the United Nations useless and broken, devoid of credibility, able to sanction and bomb but little else, are building a Frankenstein. 

As with the 19th century romantic novel by Mary Shelly, those who would see themselves as gods have had their works turn on them.  Syria isn’t being crushed on schedule, Iraq said goodbye to their American occupiers not defeated as hoped and Iran has failed to diminish and crumble under sanctions so obviously illegal and insane that 120 nations would meet in Tehran joining in a voice of defiance unheard in a century or more.

The crazed concept of “Greater Israel” ruling a slave world of prison camps and a world manipulated and blackmailed by the Murdoch Mossad or the threat of the “Samson” nuclear option is less than a dream.

Time catches up with every one of us eventually.  Those who accept that survive longest and leave with grace.  Grace hardly describes Netanyahu.  Bipolar?  Worse?  Ask those who have tried to talk with him recently.  They say he has lost his mind, that he raves like a lunatic.

The Atlantic reported an “interchange” between US Ambassador Shapiro and Netanyahu this week.  Last week, Netanyahu started screaming at CJOS General Martin Dempsey who firmly and quietly humiliated Netanyahu.  8 hours later, Dempsey’s plane exploded on the tarmac at Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul after taking off from Tel Aviv.  Simultaneous to the explosion on the giant C 17, base defenses suffered a software attack, taking down key classified components.

Then the screaming match with the US ambassador was “outed” in the US press.  This is what the Atlantic reported:

Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican (and major Netanyahu/Romney supporter) who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro.

Rogers told a Michigan radio interviewer earlier this week that he had not previously witnessed such a high-level confrontation, and he described Israeli leaders as being at “wits’ end” over what they see as President Obama’s unwillingness to provide them with his “red lines” in the effort to stop Iran’s nuclear program. He also said that neither the Israelis nor the Iranians believe that Obama would use force to stop the nuclear program

Rogers, speaking to WJR radio host Frank Beckmann, said the meeting, originally scheduled to be a discussion of intelligence and technical issues between himself and the prime minister, spun out of control when Netanyahu began lambasting Shapiro over the Administration’s Iran policy.

Increasingly, Netanyahu, no longer listened to by his own military, believes temper tantrums aimed at visiting American officials, some who depend on Netanyahu’s connections to Las Vegas organized crime bosses for election cash, will get him the war he thinks he has paid for.

Only two days ago, Israeli papers announced a “deal” between Iran and America.  Israel is telling the world America has betrayed them; asking Iran to spare American facilities in the Persian Gulf if a response to an Israeli attack is launched.

None of us live or die by Israeli news, but there is always a grain of truth somewhere.

Then America announced that the joint military exercises with Israel would be scaled back, down to one small ship, an AEGIS destroyer, one only, and 1000 men, not 5000.

This is after 7 months of delays, 7 months so far.  In reality, America would cancel the maneuver if it could.

Private sources tell us more.  The only American naval ship on maneuvers off Israel has unusual orders.  It has been authorized to destroy any approaching threat even if identified as Israeli and an American AEGIS, even a lone destroyer, is a very daunting target.

They have been told that Israel’s military and the government, now termed “militants” under the Netanyahu regime, are no longer able to work together.  After Netanyahu’s recent outbursts, American military leaders see him as a less than reliable military partner.

Nobody is publicly saying Netanyahu is a threat but almost everyone is privately saying it, in fact they are saying little else.

With his own military, generally closely allied to their American counterparts, also looking on Netanyahu as increasingly unstable and immune to reason it is difficult to avoid seeing what is not being said here.

The silent message even the Israeli press is reporting is that Netanyahu has become a liability.  UnlessSheldon Adelson is able to rig an American election, a re-elected Obama is unlikely to continue a special relationship with an Israeli regime hated by American Jews and at odds with Israel’s own military and intelligence leaders.

Politically, the Israel lobby may have support bought or blackmailed with Republican members of congress but their support among most American voting sectors is non-existent.  America is exhausted and blames Israel and Bush for a decade of war.

There is no significant support for our own troops in the field anymore, worse even than the darkest days of Vietnam.  In many ways, the real situation is not just disastrous but unjust.

Trying to talk America into another war is beyond insane.  There is no group in America that has any interest is even hearing Israel’s case.  It isn’t just total lack of credibility.  People just want to forget Israel exists, hearing the word has become painful in itself.  “Israel”

Military cooperation with Israel carries nothing but liability for an American president, not just in the Middle East but at home.  Not only is the electorate at total odds with Israel on the idea of a new expanded war, opposition that approaches 95%, but the military itself is deeply suspicious of working, not so much with the Israeli military but within range of militant factions within Netanyahu’s backers, particularly recent Russian immigrants, who believe a staged attack on an American force can and will always be “spun” against Iran.

There is fear that there may be an attempt to attack the American ship, a repeat of the 1967 incident where the USS Liberty was subjected to a day of brutal assault, killing or wounding most of her crew, hours of attack on a ship flying a 20 foot American flag.

Now there is suspicion, a belief that a suicide attack may be planned or that Israel may have brought one of their German built nuclear armed submarines around Africa and into the Mediterranean.

What has happened is that Israel has placed all her cards on the table, one big bet.  If Mitt Romney wins, the candidate of organized crime and the financial criminals of the world, Israel will be safe, with an American military to use as their own.  If Romney loses, every day Netanyahu remains in Israel will be a disaster.

If Obama wins, then General Martin Dempsey, the real power behind America’s military might, a man who despises Netanyahu will, as predicted so aptly, “allow the sands of time to bury the Zionist regime.”

An honest appraisal, as brought out by Ayatollah Khamenei during the recent Non-Aligned conference in Tehran called for a plebiscite in Palestine that would include even those who have been forcibly expelled through apartheid, a world the west has only ever applied to South Africa.

The issue Khamenei makes is why Netanyahu has “blown his top.”  There are 800,000 Palestinians remaining in Israel and another 4 million who were illegally expelled and whose lands were seized, all based on a fictional military history sold through Hollywood to place a smiley face on genocide.

The unseen equation is very different than Netanyahu’s extremism.  A democratic and just state, multi-cultural, openly recognized by all neighbors, with its first real constitution and legal borders would, in actuality, still be a homeland to Jews, just not a “concentration camp” for everyone else.

Israel has never been about people or religion or even terrorism.  All have been a carefully orchestrated “theatre of victimization” where the brutal oppressor cries out in fear, compelling stories of soap and lampshades, of knife wielding Islamic hoards and senseless extremism.

In the long run, you have to admit, controlling newspapers, movies, television and inventing wild and imaginative stories has had a power, that along with bribery and blackmail and, for many years it has served a powerful few, persecuted and destroyed the homes of millions and kept the world at the edge of war.

The edge of war but why?

The edge of war, as famous American bank robber, “Murf the Surf” would call it is the place to be “because that’s where the money is.”

War is profit, threat of war is profit, donated American weapons end up in North Korea, nuclear technology is spread around the world and an old man in Pakistan is blamed or the desiccated corpse of long dead Osama bin Laden reinvigorated using the magic of Hollywood.

War is distraction.  War allows banks to be looted, economies to be crushed, industries to be destroyed and debt, not billions, not trillions but thousands of trillions (qua-trillions) to magically appear, money owed, interest to be paid on demand to the ancient lending families of central Europe.

The promise of Obama’s speech in Cairo began to ring empty as drone attacks spread throughout the region, and seemingly blind obedience to the mythic absurdity of Israeli propaganda slid so easily from his lips too often.

The questions, America loves and supports Pakistan and treats her as an enemy, protects the terrorists that attack her cities, allows her economy to fall into decay.

There is no sense in it.  There is no sense in Afghanistan, former Ambassador Richard Holbrooke building an economy based on narcotics, losing a war and killing the world in the process, more insanity.

Behind it all, for those with eyes to see, the suffering, the Palestinian people, exiled, attacked, while wars and threats of wars rage everywhere nearby.  Increasingly, their message is being heard, not because they have become wise or even beloved.

Palestinians are now receiving support, receiving belief because of Netanyahu, the “face of Israel” and his total lack of credibility.  Worse still, Netanyahu inspires hate among Israel supporters.

A few years ago, America played fiddle and the world danced the tune, Israel played fiddle and America danced the tune, America danced into Afghanistan and Iraq, it attacks at will in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Press TV: Haqqani Outlawed, America’s Misguided Policies Continue

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Haqqani Outlawed, America’s Misguided Policies Continue

By Gordon Duff and Press TV

Today, Secretary of State Clinton added the “Haqqani Networks” to the list of terror organizations though Americans continue to negotiate with the Haqqani’s.  America is nothing but consistent at being inconsistent.

America plans on continuing talks with Irbrahim and Jaluddin Haqqani despite the “branding” as terrorists.   Would a sane person attend a meeting with a drone overhead?

The Haqqani’s were organized and trained by the CIA and, during the period the Soviet Union assisted the government in Kabul, they were considered American allies.  In fact, the Haqqani’s were among America’s most valued allies.

Thus, despite the “kill orders” put out on them, America will still be talking with them, that is, when not killing them.

Now the Haqannis stand accused of working as an arm of the ISI, the American financed and trained Pakistani intelligence agency headed by General Pasha, a very moderate and professional officer, formerly of Pakistan’s air force.

Pasha may be respected, even “hand picked” but he also has a mind of his own and a wealth of personal integrity, much like his predecessor, General Hamid Gul, former ISI Chief, close friend of half the generals of America but now on a “terror list” like the Haqqani’s.

Gul is one of my friends also.  I wonder if I am on a list.

General Pasha and I have had discussions in Islamabad along with Commodore Iqbal, his communications chief.  Both are highly professional, enjoy full confidence and support of their peers in America and are excellent dinner companions.

Friends at the War College back in the US reminded me to tell a certain 4 star general to cut back on his smoking. I wonder when he will end up on a terror list.

America is now accusing these ISI officers, handpicked by the US for their position as managing a terrorist organization that is openly at war with the US and, according to US policy and statements of Secretary Clinton, closely aligned with Al Qaeda.

Few organizations consist entirely of unemployed taxi drivers and cooks, except, of course, the US Army.

Several years ago, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta believed fewer than 12 Al Qaeda operatives were in that region of the world.  Each of the 12 has been captured and killed even more times than Osama bin Laden has died.

Can terrorist groups be considered a threat when their personnel roster is made of negative numbers?

Despite the fact that the “number two” Al Qaeda operative, according to stories experts believe wild and speculative have been killed in drone attacks nearly a dozen times, “Al Qaeda” still manages to find “suckers” to take this job.

If only Mitt Romney would agree to be Al Qaeda’s “number two.”  If he lived long enough, he would have them bankrupt in a week.

The rationale, if one looks at it carefully, is that the US believes Haqqani are Taliban, working closely with American allies and are closely aligned with an international terror network which either never existed or is made up entirely of FBI informants or former CIA operatives.

Thus, the US plans to continue talking to the Haqqani though continually targeting them with drones and will send billions of dollars of aid to fund Pakistan’s ISI which they believe manage this organization that is keeping at least one American prisoner and may be planning attacks on the United States.

Is there any wonder Mrs. Clinton suffers from periods of confusion?  I certainly do.

It gets better.  The Haqqani are, according to recent “estimates” which, as with everything that comes from the US were prepared by private contracting firms that are unidentified but known to be run by offshore corporations owned by persons unknown to the United States.

No one, not the CIA, not the Army, not the President or Congress, not in the United States anyway, is ever told where any information comes from.  Since the Bush presidency, knowing whether an intelligence report was true or not spoiled the fun of it.

Thus, all American intelligence on Afghanistan results from information purchased from companies hired by the Bush administration, headquartered in the Cayman Islands or Dubai, owned by people no one knows and staffed by employees like Raymond Davis, the murderer of two Pakistani civilians.

Davis was convicted but released with the US State Department, after family members of the victims were tortured, agreeing to follow Islamic law and pay “blood money” for the release of Davis, the murder of two unarmed pedestrians.

Davis has faced additional charges of assault since returning home but his murder conviction in Pakistan in no way interfered with his Top Secret security clearance.

The fact that he admitted to everything but the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in his first 15 minutes of custody had no effect on his suitability for top level “black ops” employment either.

I spoke with the arresting officers who indicated that they wanted to hold their hands over their ears as Davis, during his questioning, admitted to a series of terror attacks inside Pakistan and told of US plans to stage raids on bases in Pakistan and blame them on the Taliban.

It seems that his organization was using Pakistan as a base, not just for attacks inside Pakistan but for staging assassinations and terror attacks inside Iran, run from bases in Baluchistan, attacks blamed on a group called the Jundullah.

Most Jundullah members were Israeli with support personnel from MI 6 in Britain and Blackwater, an American company, if Davis is to be believed.

These lead us to the issue of what is the Taliban and what isn’t the Taliban.

We know what we are told.  In order to be Taliban, you wake up, beat up the first woman you see, get together with friends, burn down a school, throw acid on the women students and burn a fuel truck heading north from Karachi.

Then you eat lunch, usually rice and goat meat.  All Taliban are millionaires, don’t you know, though the region they live in uses no money, has no stores, nothing to buy and nobody has ever found a member of the Taliban with enough personal possessions to be considered, by American standards “very poor.”

Then, just perhaps, one might actually talk to a member of the Taliban.  They remind us that, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, most of those receiving higher education were women.

In fact, at least half or more of what Americans were told on a daily basis of the Taliban was entirely fabricated.  You would almost think American news was controlled somehow by a vast conspiracy that had them continually lie.

The Taliban admit passing strict rules on dress, making men grow beards but they also admit to taking over a country overrun by drug dealers and criminals, pretty much like the gang the US is working with now, Karzai and the Northern Alliance, and suppressing crime and bringing back safe streets and law and order, albeit of a religious nature.

Recent investigations of “Taliban attacks” have led to intelligence assessments that now blame American allies in the Northern Alliance for every act of terrorism against unarmed civilians, women and schools, attacks blamed on the Taliban.

US intelligence sources are suppressing these reports which would prove our initial basis for attacking Afghanistan may well have been totally contrived and, in actuality, a war of aggression against a “semi-peaceful” people.  Nobody has ever accused the people of Afghanistan of being “peaceful.”

The Taliban openly admits to shooting at soldiers.

Having had the opportunity to “grill” Taliban about their activities and beliefs, I found much to be concerned with.

One obvious point is simple.  If America had failed to attack Afghanistan looking for Al Qaeda that didn’t exist and trying to find the endless underground fortresses that were the product of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s imagination, there would have been no war.

No training facilities of any kind have ever been found except on videos supplied by the Israeli Company “SITE Intelligence,” run by the daughter of a former spy executed in Iraq.

None of their material has ever been able to pass authentication though the US government has kept them on contract for many years.  In fact, every single piece of “evidence” they claim they “found on the internet” has, when subjected to forensic examination, proven to have been counterfeit.

Was the intelligence that led to the ill-fated invasion of Afghanistan based on information they “found” on the internet or from other similar sources, none professionally vetted, all operating under “push” conditions.

“Push” intelligence is when results are provided and intelligence to match the needed results is manufactured.

Both President Bush 43 and Prime Minister Tony Blair face war crime charges based on their part in ordering “push” intelligence to justify attacks of, not just Iraq, but Afghanistan as well.

The drone attacks in Somalia and Yemen under President Obama are based on similar “push” intelligence.

“Push” intelligence is the entire basis of all IAEA information that supports the conclusion that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.  As early as 2007, the CIA rejected their conclusions as flawed and every National Intelligence Estimate since then has found IAEA conclusions based on wild speculation despite the fact that statements by leaders of Israel, Russia, the United States and other nations have repeated these conclusions as fact despite the fact their own intelligence agencies have discarded them after extensive, even exhaustive examination.

Like the case against the ISI, Taliban and Al Qaeda led, CIA founded Haqqani Networks, facts don’t exist, nothing fits and Secretary Clinton found it convenient to brand one more group, as with the Taliban and even the CIA’s Osama bin Laden, as “terrorists of convenience.”

In an interview with a Taliban representative I once asked them:  “Why don’t you just surrender.  Nothing would hurt America more.  They would be forced to go home, abandon their opium crop and heroin processing plants, put thousands of contractors out of work and invent some other place to start a war.”

The answer, surprisingly glib:  “Why not Afghanistan, if we weren’t killing Americans we would be killing each other, it makes no difference to us.”

And America thinks it is going to win a war in Afghanistan.  I wish them (us) good luck with that.

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IsraHell -The Day After

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by  Gilad Atzmon

Last week, an interesting article by Daniel Gordis appeared on Tablemag.com. Gordis, a committed Zionist intellectual, is concerned about the inevitable collapse of the Jewish state and its impact on world Jewry in general and American Jews in particular.

Although it’s reassuring that Zionist scholars are now realising that that the Jewish State is on its way out, even more importantly, Gordis’ article gives us a glimpse into contemporary Jewish identity politics, Jewish culture and Zionist collective psychosis.

And interestingly, Gordis reaffirms each and every critical argument I myself raise in my latest book The Wandering Who.

Gordis is tormented by polls that suggest that the centrality of Israel within Jewish American life is declining. Apparently, a recent survey suggests that 50 percent of young Jewish Americans (35 years old and younger) would not see the destruction of Israel as a ‘personal tragedy’.

In his attempt to explain such a dramatic change in Jewish Diaspora Jewish attitude, Gordis refers to Peter Beinart’s take on the subject: that young American Jews feel safe, and unlike their parents, do not fear anti-Semitism. Beinart is correct. Western Jews are no longer anxious.

On the contrary, contemporary Jewish political arrogance knows no limits. AIPAC and similar Western Jewish lobbies have been openly pushing for interventionist wars for more than a decade and some influential Jews have been open in exploring different forms and aspects of Judeocentric domination of the media, banking, culture and politics.

In fact it seems that many Jews are not troubled at all by a possible rise of anti Semitism and are unconcerned with any possible consequences of their own actions.

To a certain extent this sense of Jewish omnipotence may be seen as a direct continuum of Israeli strength.

When young American Jews witness their American elected politicians dancing shamelessly to AIPAC’s Klezmatic noise, naturally they are filled with a sense of invincible might and it is this that is the essence of contemporary Jewish collective power – a power that can only be realised in connection with Israeli strength.

Pre Traumatic Stress Again

Gordis is there to shake Jewish Diaspora confidence by reintroducing the old tribal collective fear. He writes:

“Theodor Herzl did what he did and wrote what he wrote because Jewish life in the Diaspora had become, to use Hobbes’ phrase, ‘poor, nasty, brutish, and short.’” According to Gordis, contemporary Jews are too self-possessed and feel far too safe. “What happened back then, they assert, could not happen today.”  

But Gordis believes they are deluded. “American Jews’ confidence resembles that of the Jews of Cordoba—who were forcibly converted, burned alive at the stake, and summarily expelled in the Spanish Inquisition.”

Similarly, he asserts that, “the Jews of Berlin in 1930 also believed they had found the ultimate enlightened home, that the dark days of Europe would never return. And in the space of but a few years, German Jewry was erased.”  Here, Gordis conveys a clear message – in the light of a new potential Shoa “American Jewish life as it now exists would not survive the loss of Israel.”

In The Wandering Who I explore the impact of Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Pre-TSD) and I refer in particular to that uniquely Jewish collective tendency to be culturally, spiritually and politically shaped by some phantasmic, imaginary, future, disastrous event. Jewish politics is always formed by future trauma.

Accordingly, Gordis message to his fellow Jews is clear. It isn’t the Shoa of the past that should unite us, it is actually, the Shoa ahead that should reawaken our Zionist bond.

Gordis message to American Jews is clear. A strong Israel together with AIPAC’s control of American foreign policy is good for the Jews and any alternative is a recipe for disaster.

“When some 400 mostly Orthodox rabbis marched on Washington in the October 1943, President Roosevelt simply refused to meet them and departed the White House via a rear door. There were no mass protests, no caravans of buses to Washington to demand help for their European kin.”  

Nowadays, the situation has changed dramatically. The presidency of the USA is a democratically elected position reserved for that candidate who has bought the trust of the Jewish Lobby.

“Jews today no longer think of themselves as a tiptoeing people,” says Gordis. And why should they? Thanks to Israel and its powerful lobby, they regard themselves as the most influential and powerful ethnic group on the planet.

In America, AIPAC dominates  foreign policy, in Britain 80% of leading party MPs are members of the powerfulCFI (Conservative Friends of Israel) and in France CRIF runs the show. Take it from Gordis a Zionist official mouthpiece;

“Israel has changed the existential condition of Jews everywhere, even in America. Without the State of Israel, the self-confidence and sense of belonging that American Jews now take for granted would quickly disappear.”

In short, Jews can run the show – but only as long as Israel is unbeatable.

And he’s not wrong. Like so many Zionists, Gordis is both honest and consistent – a quality I rarely find within the Jewish anti-Zionist discourse. Gordis openly admits that we are dealing here with a clear paradox. The sense of belonging and security that leads many American Jews to believe that they do not need the state of Israel is itself a product of that very same state of Israel.

That lethal arrogance that led Zionists such as Bernard Henri Levi, or Jewish Chronicle writer David Aaronovitch to advocate interventionist global wars should be seen as the outcome of a strong Jewish State – a state that quite literally gets away with murder.

Symbolic Identifier

I suggest that Israel operates as a key Jewish symbolic identifier so that Jews construct their identity in reference to their Jewish state. This is not only true for Zionist Jews but is also the case for those so-called ‘anti Zionist Jews’ whose identity is inherently tied to their opposition to Zionism and Israel.  The disappearance of Israel would leave their political identity stark naked.

Gordis detects a similar pattern amongst American liberal Jews.

“Though many American Jews, especially the younger among them, now believe the loss of Israel would not be tragic, Israel continues to energize them in ways that no other issue does.” Gordiscontinues “Israel is not just a homeland to Israelis. It is also a ‘state unto the Diaspora’; the state that, even from afar, secures the life and instils the passions of Jews all over the world.”

This is true not only for Zionists, but also to those very few Jewish anti-Zionists who, by means of negation, ‘passionately’ cling to Israel.

Apocalypse Soon

Gordis seems to realise that, for Israel, the game is over, but he realises that this may also entail a collapse of Jewish power.

“The loss of Israel would fundamentally alter American Jewry. It would arrest the revival of Jewish life now unfolding in parts of Europe. And Israeli Jewry would be no more. The end of Israel would, in short, end the Jewish people as we know it.”

The current ‘Jewish golden epoch’ is coming to its inevitable end. Yet, the question that remains is whether our Zionist and Israeli leaders would let our planet survive the collapse of their latest Jewish empire?

Following Netanyahu, Barak and AIPAC’s relentless push for Armageddon, and bearing in mind that collective suicidal narratives such as Samson and Masada are so precious within the Zionist and Israeli discourses, we should stay on high alert.  Sadly, turning our planet into dust is fully consistent with the Israeli and Zionist mission.

It is down to world leaders to dismantle Israel and its powerful Jewish lobbies wisely and carefully, accepting all the time that we are dealing with a very lethal entity. But it’s also down to each one of us to be fully attentive to Gordis’s exchange with his fellow Diaspora Jews.

It’s down to us to oppose any form or symptom of Jewish power: Zionist, ‘anti’ Zionist and Sabbath Goyim alike. It is down to us to save ourselves and our universe, but also to save the Jews who are, unfortunately,  once again, about to bring yet another disaster on themselves and on us all.

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics, Jewish political interest, Jewish Lobby and beyond..

The book can be  ordered  on Amazon.com  or Amazon.co.uk

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Who really killed Ambassador Stevens? It’s the Zionists, stupid!

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A growing number of American Jews reject the Zionist islamophobia that led to the death of Ambassador Stevens – and tens of thousands of other Americans

 Ambassador Stevens
by Kevin Barrett

(9/12/2012, New York, NY) – Here in New York City, the 3rd-rate newspapers – all owned by 3rd-rate people who happen to be radical Zionist Jews – are pumping the “al-Qaeda” killing of the US Ambassador to Libya for all it’s worth. The headline I saw in the Bed-Stuy Yemini-owned corner store screamed out:

 

Muslims: “We’re All al-Qaeda Now!”

 

The story doesn’t mention the fact that the vast majority of Muslims don’t like “al-Qaeda” and think 9/11 was an inside job.

Other American news agencies, however, are coming right out and saying who’s behind all the trouble:

Bacile, a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the world.

“Islam is a cancer, period,” he said repeatedly, his solemn voice thickly accented.

The two-hour movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” cost $5 million to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors, said Bacile, who wrote and directed it.  – Yahoo News

For once, a major American news agency is finally coming right out and saying who’s really behind the war on Islam launched by the 9/11 false-flag op.

It’s the Zionists, stupid.

Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit, is a fake whistleblower, not a real one. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong when he says that the conflict in the Middle East is at root a religious war between Zionist Jews and the Muslims whose territory they have so brutally invaded…and that since this conflict is none of the USA’s goddamned business, why in the world are we letting ourselves be dragged into this bloody, supremely dangerous Jewish-Zionist holy war of aggression against Islam and the world’s almost 2 billion Muslims?

Ambassador Stevens, who like me got to know the Arab world by living in Morocco, was (as far as I know) neither Jewish nor a committed Zionist. So why should Stevens, an American citizen and a representative of the American government, be murdered because a handful of fanatical Zionist lunatics have seized control of the US government and media, and dragged America into Israel’s hopeless war against the world’s almost 2 billion Muslims?

It isn’t ordinary Americans who spend millions of dollars to slander the Prophet Muhammad. It’s the Zionists, stupid.

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Falling Man of 9/11 Still Demands Justice

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Photo Credit: Richard Drew, AP

Jonathan Briley was the falling man of 9/11 and one of 200 jumpers who leaped to their deaths on that infamous day in 2001. His image captured by Richard Drew continues to shock and it still demands the truth and justice for those who perpetrated or allowed this treasonous operation and carefully orchestrated cover up to occur.

by Allen L Roland 

The most despicable act of American treason was the 9/11 official attack storyline and carefully orchestrated cover up which continues to this day. The Obama administration is still determined to keep this bamboozle covered up and is, as such, is complicit in hiding the truth of 9/11.

Nothing captures the sheer horror of that day more graphically than Richard Drew’s photo of the falling man ~ later identified as Jonathan Briley.

 Two years ago, the New York Post published a 9/11 macabre human remains map in trying to determine the physical scope of ground Zero as well as the human deaths, which obviously includes the over 200 Trade Tower jumpers along with the falling man, Jonathan Briley.

New York Post human remains map of 9/11.

This New York post map is a graphic illustration of the human cost of that day for each red dot is a human being who was loved and cherished by someone and became an unnecessary victim of the most treasonous act in American history.

I watched again last night the brilliant and moving (70 minute) video THE FALLING MAN which has still not been released in the U.S. and which can be seen by clicking on


 

Note also in this video at the 23:48 minute mark ~ detonation flashes are clearly seen below the smoke as the North Tower begins its collapse.

Is there a technology that can liquify structural steel in seconds?

 Yes, there is ~ Military-grade Nano thermite and it’s fully explained here in 6 minute video .


Hundreds of eye witnesses reported numerous explosions inside the Twin Towers on 9/11.

 The news media did an epic job of not following up with any of them. Government studies ignored them entirely.

 10 minute Video:

It was Carl Sagan who wrote ~ ” One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge ~ even to ourselves ~ that we’ve been so credulous. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.”

 The 9/11 cover up is America’s greatest bamboozle and many Americans are apparently no longer interested in finding the truth ~ for it would indeed be too painful to acknowledge.

But here are some facts to ponder on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 ~

 The 9/11 Commission’s co-chairs said that the 9/11 Commissioners knew that military officials misrepresented the facts to the Commission, and the Commission considered recommending criminal charges for such false statements .

 9/11 Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton says “I don’t believe for a minute we got everything right”, and still believes that the Commission was set up to fail, that people should keep asking questions about 9/11, and that the 9/11 debate should continue.

 9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer said “We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting”

 9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the Commission, stating: “It is a national scandal”; “This investigation is now compromised”and “One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up”

 9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that “There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version . . . We didn’t have access . . . .”  He also said that the investigation depended too heavily on the accounts of Al Qaeda detainees who were physically coerced (tortured ) into talking My note ~ this was Dick Cheney’s trip to the dark side to cover up White House involvement )

 And the Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (John Farmer) – who led the 9/11 staff’s inquiry – said “At some level of the government, at some point in time…there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened”. He also said “I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described …. The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years…. This is not spin. This is not true.” And he said“It’s almost a culture of concealment, for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA’s New York center the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the interrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was distorted and was completely different from the way things happened”

If even the 9/11 Commissioners don’t buy the official story, why should anyone?

 Senior intelligence officers:

 Former military analyst and famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said that the case of a certain 9/11 whistleblower is “far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers”He also said that the government is ordering the media to cover up her allegations about 9/11. And he said that some of the claims concerning government involvement in 9/11 are credible, that “very serious questions have been raised about what they [U.S. government officials] knew beforehand and how much involvement there might have been”,that engineering 9/11 would not be humanly or psychologically beyond the scope of the current administration, and that there’s enough evidence to justify a new, “hard-hitting” investigation into 9/11 with subpoenas and testimony taken under oath.

 A 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior government officials (Raymond McGovern) said “I think at simplest terms, there’s a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke”

 A 29-year CIA veteran, former National Intelligence Officer (NIO) and former Director of the CIA’s Office of Regional and Political Analysis (William Bill Christison) said “I now think there is persuasive evidence that the events of September did not unfold as the Bush administration and the 9/11 Commission would have us believe.”

 A number of intelligence officials, including a CIA Operations Officer who co-chaired a CIA multi-agency task force coordinating intelligence efforts among many intelligence and law enforcement agencies (Lynne Larkin) sent a joint letter to Congress expressing their concerns about “serious shortcomings,” “omissions,” and“major flaws” in the 9/11 Commission Report and offering their services for a new investigation (they were ignored)

 A decorated 20-year CIA veteran, who Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh called “perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East”, and whose astounding career formed the script for the Academy Award winning motion picture Syriana (Robert Baer) said that “the evidence points at” 9/11 having had aspects of being an inside job.”

 The Division Chief of the CIA’s Office of Soviet Affairs, who served as Senior Analyst from 1966 – 1990. He also served as Professor of International Security at the National War College from 1986 – 2004 (Melvin Goodman) said “The final 9/11 Commission] report is ultimately a cover-up”

If even our country’s top intelligence officers don’t buy the official story, why should anyone ?

 Congressmen:

According to the Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and former Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham, an FBI informant had hosted and rented a room to two hijackers in 2000 and that, when the Inquiry sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location, and that a high-level FBI official stated these blocking maneuvers were undertaken under orders from the White House ( Dick Cheney again ? )

 Current Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said “The two questions that the congress will not ask . . . is why did 9/11 happen on George Bush’s watch when he had clear warnings that it was going to happen? Why did they allow it to happen?”

 Current Republican Congressman Ron Paul calls for a new 9/11 investigation and states that “we see the [9/11] investigations that have been done so far as more or less cover-up and no real explanation of what went on”

 Former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel states that he supports a new 9/11 investigation and that we don’t know the truth about 9/11

 Former Republican Senator Lincoln Chaffee endorses a new 9/11 investigation.

 Former U.S. Democratic Congressman Dan Hamburg doesn’t believe the official version of events.

 Former U.S. Republican Congressman and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, and who served six years as the Chairman of the Military Research and Development Subcommittee Curt Weldon has shown that the U.S. tracked hijackers before 9/11, is open to hearing information about explosives in the Twin Towers, and is open to the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job.

If there is bipartisan questioning of the official story, why isn’t everyone questioning it?

Other government officials:

 U.S. General, Commanding General of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, decorated with the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart (General Wesley Clark) said “We’ve never finished the investigation of 9/11 and whether the administration actually misused the intelligence information it had. The evidence seems pretty clear to me. I’ve seen that for a long time”

 Former Deputy Secretary for Intelligence and Warning under Nixon, Ford, and Carter (Morton Goulder), former Deputy Director to the White House Task Force on Terrorism (Edward L. Peck), and former US Department of State Foreign Service Officer (J. Michael Springmann), as well as a who’s who of liberals and independents)jointly called for a new investigation into 9/11.

Former Federal Prosecutor, Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan; former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, and currently a widely-sought media commentator on terrorism and intelligence services (John Loftus) says “The information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9/11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defense of incompetence”

 The Group Director on matters of national security in the U.S. Government Accountability Office said that President Bush did not respond to unprecedented warnings of the 9/11 disaster and conducted a massive cover-up instead of accepting responsibility.

 Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan (Col. Ronald D. Ray) said that the official story of 9/11 is “the dog that doesn’t hunt”

 The former director of the FBI (Louis Freeh) says there was a cover up by the 9/11 Commission.

If top government officials are skeptical, why isn’t everyone ?

 Numerous other politicians, judges, legal scholars, and attorneys also question at least some aspects of the government’s version of 9/11.

 David Ray Griffin, perhaps the leading scholar in the 9/11 Truth movement, made a plausible case in July in a183-footnote open letter for the view that “Among scientists and professionals in the relevant fields who have studied the evidence, the weight of scientific and professional opinion is now overwhelmingly on the side of the 9/11 Truth Movement.”

 A new 15-minute documentary narrated by actor Ed Asner features many 9/11Truth experts, including structural engineers, chemical engineers, material scientists, physicists, building demolition experts, firemen and others.

See this remarkable documentary on YouTube:

And finally, all the misinformation that became the 9/11 official story was laid down by the US news media within minutes after the attack. Here’s the ten minute Video with those complete details: 

Every abuse of power by the Cheney/Bush administration can be traced to the 9/11 false storyline and cover up and we, as a nation, will not be free until we fully investigate, uncover the evidence and prosecute the perpetuators of America’s greatest bamboozle ~ no matter how difficult it may be to acknowledge this evil deed.

 It was Schopenhauer who wrote ~ “The truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed ~ Second, it is violently opposed and Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

 Eleven years has elapsed since the events of September 11, 2001. There has been no hard evidence linking the claims made by the 9/11 Commission to their conclusions. Even the 9/11 Commission admits they have been lied to and “Set up to fail”.

 It is now self-evident that a missile hit the Pentagon; it is now self-evident that all three trade towers were brought down by controlled demolitions and it is now self-evident that Jonathan Briley and the thousands of others who died on 9/11 will not rest until the full extent of the 9/11 false official storyline and cover up becomes self-evident and that the true perpetrators and enablers are brought to justice.

 In that regard, the recent self-serving, deceptive and revisionist history books by George W Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney should be reminders to all Americans that the first casualty of war, and in particular illegal pre-emptive wars, is the truth.

Jonathan Briley deserves better ~

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9/11 Whistleblowers Upstage Assange

NOVANEWS
First published by Press TV

by Kevin Barrett

The US government is worried about its ability to keep secrets in the age of the internet. It is targeting three men in particular – Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Gary McKinnon – for long-term imprisonment, in order to discourage others from publicizing classified information.

A fourth whistleblower, former CIA asset Susan Lindauer, exposed US and Israeli complicity in the 9/11 attacks – and was indefinitely detained at a US military base in reprisal. Another vitally important whistleblower, US military advisor Gwenyth Todd, barely escaped Bahrain with her secrets and her life; while 9/11 eyewitness Barry Jennings was smeared by the BBC, then killed by the 9/11 cover-up team. All of these brave patriots deserve our attention.

Assange, the whistleblower who gets the most publicity in the mainstream media, is also the most controversial. Many of the best alternative media analysts, including Gordon Duff of Veterans Today, believe that Assange and Wikileaks have friendly relations with the Israeli Mossad. This explains, they say, why the material publicized by Wikileaks has never seriously damaged Israel, never exposed the Zionist-run false-flag operations of 9/11, 7/7, Madrid, Bali and Mumbai, and never targeted the Zionist-dominated organized crime syndicate that controls much of the US financial, political, and judicial apparatus.

Even worse, these analysts say, Assange has “revealed” false information designed to serve the Israeli agenda. Wiki-leaked “diplomatic communications” accused Gen. Hamid Gul, a principled 9/11-truth-exposing Pakistani officer, of “quarterbacking the Taliban.” Blaming Pakistan for all the Zionist-instigated mischief in South Asia is a key strategy in the Zionist information war. (Zionists also are major shareholders in the heroin and energy pipeline projects that motivate the US war on Afghanistan.)

Assange’s Wikileaks also published material suggesting that the leaders of Saudi Arabia strongly support a prospective US-Israeli attack on Iran. Like the material libeling Gen. Hamid Gul, these documents painted a false picture that served the Zionist agenda – in this case, the failed Israeli attempts to isolate Iran and trick the US into waging war on that country.

Defenders of Assange and Wikileaks argue that it was the media, not Assange himself, that was responsible for selectively reporting items from among the millions of documents put out by Wikileaks. But by partnering with treasonous Zionist outfits like the 9/11-coverup-complicit New York Times, and bad-mouthing 9/11 truth, Assange leaves himself open to charges that his work serves the Israeli agenda.

If Wikileaks really has been working for Israel, that would explain why Assange has gotten so much easy publicity in the Western media. More important whistleblowers of unimpeachable integrity, such as Bradley Manning, Gary McKinnon, Sibel Edmonds, Susan Lindauer, Gwenyth Todd, and Barry Jennings, have garnered only a fraction of the publicity that Assange has drawn.

Bradley Manning, Assange’s biggest source, seems to have been motivated by a genuine revulsion at US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning’s leaks included videos showing the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians by war criminals disgracing US uniforms. His thanks for exposing these and other crimes has been imprisonment, often under horrific conditions, since 2010. His trial is expected to begin sometime this month.

Like Manning, Gary McKinnon still faces the threat of long-term imprisonment. McKinnon, a computer whiz, hacked into US military computers from his home in Scotland in 2002, and was later accused of perpetrating “the biggest computer hack of all time.” (The US is still trying to extradite McKinnon from the UK.)

Gary McKinnon’s case has been under-reported in the mainstream media, and when it is reported, McKinnon is usually discredited as a conspiracy nut suffering from Asberger’s Syndrome. Such reporting, ironically, serves the interest of McKinnon’s defense team, which is trying to get him off by playing for sympathy and downplaying the significance of his hacking.

In fact, McKinnon is a planetary patriot who allegedly sought, and found, evidence of official US complicity in the 9/11 attacks, as well as evidence that the US military and NASA are suppressing zero-point energy technology. (Those who doubt that 9/11 was an inside job, or that zero-point energy is real, should google “WTC-7 smoking gun” and “Disclosure Project,” and read Nick Cook’s The Hunt for Zero Point.)

An even more important whistleblower is ex-CIA asset Susan Lindauer. Though Sibel Edmonds and Colleen Rowley have gotten more publicity, America’s most dangerous female whistleblower may be Lindauer, who personally witnessed and participated in the CIA’s detailed foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks. Lindauer has testified that her CIA handler, Dr. Richard Fuisz, repeatedly discussed with her the forthcoming attacks in Lower Manhattan during the months before 9/11. And on 9/11 itself, Lindauer says, Fuisz began screaming uncontrollably about “the goddamned Israelis” while watching the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers on live television.

In 2005 and 2006, Susan Lindauer was indefinitely detained under the Patriot Act. She was locked in solitary confinement for a year at Carswell Air Force Base in retaliation for her attempts to blow the whistle on 9/11 and the 9/11-triggered wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. Rather than assassinating her, the 9/11 criminals in the US government attempted to kill her credibility by deeming her “mentally disturbed.”

Gwenyth Todd, a former high-level White House and military advisor, is another brave American whistleblower who has been smeared to prevent her message from being heard. She stopped a 2006 neocon plot to stage a false flag attack in Bahrain intended to trigger war on Iran, and had to flee for her life to Australia. Ms. Todd revealed this week on my radio show that she has had the misfortune of working with Israeli spy Richard Clarke, the former “terror czar” of the Clinton and Bush administrations; Todd agrees with historian Webster Tarpley and others that Clarke may have been the architect and controller of the 9/11 false-flag events. Listen to her stunning revelations here: Interview with Gwenyth Todd

Another 9/11 whistleblower, Barry Jennings, was not as lucky as Todd and Lindauer. Jennings was a witness to the pre-demolition explosions that gutted the interior of World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11, before either of the Towers had collapsed. His testimony helped falsify the official story of what happened to WTC-7. In August 2008, on the eve of publication of NIST’s long-overdue, utterly ridiculous report crediting the demolition of WTC-7 to small office fires, Jennings was smeared by the BBC, and (almost simultaneously) assassinated by unknown parties. There is no official cause of death, and private detectives will not investigate the case for fear of endangering themselves and their families.

All of the above whistleblowers have suffered severe consequences for publicizing US government secrets. The government is trying to dissuade others from following in their footsteps.

But that “government” no longer has any legitimacy. It was complicit in the murder of almost 3,000 Americans on September 11th, 2001. It has waged two criminal wars of aggression, and abolished the Bill of Rights – the heart of the US Constitution. It is no longer a government, it is a criminal syndicate. And 99% of its “secrets” are classified to deceive the American people, not foreign enemies.

Under the circumstances, every American, and every citizen of planet earth, needs to publicize every US government secret they can get their hands on – especially those that would reveal the Zionist global crime syndicate’s control of compromised US leaders like Richard Clarke. Anyone who has access to these US government secrets, and who is not making every possible effort to expose them, is supporting the criminal 9/11-complicit regime and thereby committing a crime against humanity. By ripping up the veil of secrecy, and exposing these secrets, we can effect a nonviolent revolution – a revolution aimed at re-establishing transparent, Constitutional governance in the USA.

If you have any state secrets that deserve to be revealed, send them to me, Dr. Kevin Barrett, kbarrett(at)merr(dot)com, and I promise to do my best to publish them – even if I am threatened with life in prison, death, or worse. I urge all of my readers to make the same pledge on their own websites, blogs and social media pages.

Together, we can peacefully destroy the Zionist-dominated National Security State that has overthrown Constitutional governance in the USA. In so doing, we will be saving millions of lives. For those who make this peaceful revolution impossible will, as JFK said, make violent revolution inevitable.

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Obama v. Romney on Issues Mattering Most

NOVANEWS
by Stephen Lendman

 

Both candidates represent duopoly power. They’re two sides of the same coin. Differences between them are minor. On issues mattering most, they’re in lockstep.

In January 2013, America will be run by rogues whoever wins. Under either party, expect the next four years to be worse than previous ones.

Lame duck Obama will be unrestrained. Religious extremist/corporate predator Romney promises the worst of his agenda and then some.

Money power runs America. Wall Street owns both candidates. Whatever giant banks want they’ll get. Expect victory for whichever one they prefer. They get to choose, not voters.

Interlocking directorates assure all major corporate interests are served. Bottom line priorities matter most. War profiteering boosts them. Expect permanent ones because they want them.

Both candidates assure them. Differences between them reflect tone and nuance, not substance. Romney talks tough. In late August, his campaign co-chair Governor Tim Pawlenty (R. MN) said diplomacy is running out on Iran. It’s time to “start the clock ticking.”

Options so far haven’t worked, he said. He wants Congress to pass an authorization to use military force. Doing so assures it. Millions of potential deaths don’t matter. Nor do rule of law principles about attacking a nonbelligerent country posing no threat.

Romney’s policy is bombs away. So is Obama’s. His softer tone conceals it better. It hides what he has in mind. Occasionally he makes overt threats. They reveal his real intentions.

Last March he said he won’t “hesitate to use force” to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. He knows none exist or a program to develop them but won’t say.

Instead he states “all options are on the table….That includes all elements of American power,” isolating Iran, “a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure (close monitoring), an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions, and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.”

“Rest assured,” he added, “the Iranian government will know of our resolve.” Days ago, he laid down “red lines.” They’re triggers for war. They likely advanced the timeline. Long ago it was planned.

Expect it post-election or perhaps sooner against Iran and Syria. Whether one precedes the other remains to be seen. Each nation is targeted for regime change. Both parties endorse it. Obama or Romney makes no difference. It’s baked in the cake.

Not according to Nation magazine. Its editorial policy scorns truth. Since the 19th century, it turned reality on its head. Early on, it was unapologetic about slavery. It fell short of supporting labor, minorities, and women’s rights.

It championed 19th century laissez faire. It attacked the Grangers, Populists, trade unions and socialists. It 1999, it called NATO’s Serbia/Kosovo aggression “humanitarian intervention.”

Post-9/11, it backed the Big Lie. Initially, it supported imperial wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. It claimed no evidence showed America’s 2004 presidential election was stolen.

In January 2006, it ran a full-page “Arabian Fables” ad. It claimed Palestinians are prone to violence and deception. Weeks later, it said Haiti’s Jean-Bertrand Aristide was “feared and despised.” It blamed Haitians for their own misery.

It urged ending “Qaddafi’s despotic rule (and) sav(ing) the lives of those bravely resisting his onslaught.” Doing so ignored clear evidence of imperial ravaging another nonbelligerent state.

It twists reality on its head about Syria. It calls a Western sponsored invasion a “violent (sectarian) civil war.” It suggested Lakhdar Brahimi’s appointment might make a difference. It ignores his role as Washington’s point man. Like his predecessor, he’s a reliable imperial tool.

It’s less than candid suggesting Obama doesn’t want war on Iran. It doesn’t explain its lawlessness against a nonbelligerent country threatening no one. It downplays illegal sanctions. It stops short of denouncing Netanyahu’s hawkishness and Israel’s ruthless agenda.

It unabashedly supports Democrats. It pretends they’re different than Republicans. It called Obama sellout on healthcare “a historic (victory) for reform.”

It described Democrat convention phony populism as “Change We Can Believe in, 2.0.”

Editor Katrina van den Heuvel wrote it. She’s an establishment figure. Her background is elitist. She appears often on corporate TV. She gets regular Washington Post op-ed space. She’s a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member. It shows in what she endorses.

She said Democrats reminded us “that elections matter.” She called Obama “our first community organizer president.” He’s “against the plutocrats who want to buy our elections.”

He’s “committed to ‘We the people’ and a challenger convinced that ‘corporations are people.’ ”

Romney/Ryan winning “would spell full-spectrum disaster. An Obama victory….would bring few guarantees….(N)o person makes change alone…..But a second term presents an opportunity for change.”

She called one of his campaign speeches a “barn-burn(er).”

“Hope – not rosy optimism but the belief that hard work and commitment makes changes – springs eternal.”

Her unabashed support ignores four lawless years, a president beholden to big money, a consummate con man, a serial liar and moral coward. He exceeded the worst of George Bush. Imagine what he has in mind if given four more years.

Republicans, in contrast, are bashed. Nation editors call them “the Post-Truth Party.” Obama’s lies are ignored. Republican ones are highlighted.

They “pose a real challenge for the Democrats (not to) get bogged down in the minutiae of every” one….(T)here are too many of them.”

Democrats by implication are squeaky clean. In fact, they’re in lockstep on destroying social America. Medicare, Medicaid, and other New Deal/Great Society programs are on the chopping block for elimination.

Job creation is moribund. Both parties oppose creating them. Since Obama took office, 261,000 fewer exist. Tax cuts for the rich, banker bailouts, other corporate handouts, and permanent imperial wars come at the expense of popular needs gone begging.

Half the country is impoverished or bordering on it because both parties planned it that way. Obama’s no less ruthless and heartless than Romney. He just hides it better.

Nation editors claim Democrats made a good start toward financial reform. Wall Street wrote the legislation. It benefits them. Grand theft remains policy. Neither party curbs it. Crooks when they’re caught aren’t punished.

Since crisis conditions emerged in fall 2007, no high-level corporate official faced prosecution. They’re free to keep stealing because who’ll stop them. The Libor scandal alone revealed government/banker complicity.

Nothing changed. The dirty game continues. It’s institutionalized. Both parties endorse it without saying so. Nation editors pretend Democrats are different. They call Republicans liars.

They claim Obama’s “telling the truth.” Doing so reveals an agenda supporting his, and the worst of what political Washington represents.

On September 6, Nation’s John Nichols headlined “Obama Manufactures an Argument for His Re-election,” saying:

He stands in stark contrast to “Romney’s empty rhetoric.” His convention speech “touched the important themes” for reelection. He “made the case for himself as a job creator.”

In all respects, he’s a destroyer, not a creator. He’s a demagogic con man dressed up in well-scripted political mumbo jumbo. His speech was duplicitous from start to finish. Reality faced by millions of households was ignored.

Working people have no friend in Obama. He’s gone all out against them. He wage war on labor rights. He’s dismissive of popular needs. Apologists claiming he’s different than Romney accept illusions about a heartless, soulless president.

Both parties represent two wings of money power. Privilege matters, not people needs.

“Obama talked the talk Thursday night,” said Nichols. He made promises he’ll likely keep. So far he broke every major one made. Nichols thinks, or perhaps hopes, this time is different.

He told voters they have to “choose between two different paths for America.” He was right, said Nichols. “The choice between an Obama-Biden future and a Romney-Ryan (one) is stark.”

“His speech was a start.” He has to show he “really does worry more about Main Street than Wall Street.” He’s done mirror opposite.

Give him another four years and he’ll outdo the worst of what he’s done so far. What does he have to lose? Faux progressives support whatever he does. Why anyone believes them who knows.

A Final Comment

On war and peace issues, Obama and Romney are in lockstep. Obama’s softer rhetoric belies his belligerence. Romney is blunter. He supports direct intervention against Syria.

He calls Iran an existential threat to Israel. Its ballistic missile capability endangers Europe and eventually America. It’s provoking a regional arms race. It’s creating “a nightmarish cascade of nuclear tensions in the world’s most volatile region.”

He accused Iran of sponsoring international terrorism. He calls doing so “terrifying.” As president, he says, he’ll “end Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, eliminate the threat of Iranian nuclear terrorism against the United States and our allies, and prevent nuclear proliferation across the region.”

Iran must understand that “a military option to deal with (its) nuclear program remains on the table. This message” has to be more than tough words. Actions must follow.

Romney wants tougher sanctions, absolute support for Israel, and war if other policies fail.

He and Obama know no Iranian threat exists. America, by its presence, and Israel are the only nuclear armed and dangerous regional countries. They’re the only regional menaces. Their history reflects belligerence.

Iran endorses peace, not war. So does Syria. Neither nation shows hostile intent toward anyone.

Whether Obama’s reelected or Romney succeeds him, expect more regional war than already. Doing so risks potential catastrophic consequences. Cooler heads understand what neither candidate publicly admits or implies.

Expect nightmarish conditions ahead exceeding the worst of what’s already happened. At issue is whether humanity can survive. There’s no guarantee.

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