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Powell and Sharon - Street protests?

February 21, 2001



"Clearly, the US is rushing to court unpopularity across the world, contrary to expectations that the Bush national security establishment would conduct itself with a degree of sophistication."

Former General and Joint Chief Chairman Colin Powell is racing to the Middle East to buttress the Arab "client regimes" and position the U.S. for the military skirmishes, and possibly regional war, that lie ahead. He will stop in Kuwait before returning home to celebrate the "10th anniversary" of putting the Emir and family back in charge coupled with a more visible American occupation of the region.

Former General and proposed War Criminal Ariel Sharon will race to the U.S. soon to buttress the American-Israeli alliance and position Israel for the military skirmishes, and possibly regional war, that lie ahead. He will present himself to Congress and Jewish audiences claiming an overwhelming mandate from the Israeli electorate and the need to enhance "Israeli security".

The "Arab Street" is pretty repressed and demoralized these days. And the "American Street" is pretty co-opted and mislead. But if ever street protests, heckling, and general popular harrassment were symbolically in order, now is surely the time -- before it is once again too late.

Powell tries to present himself with dignity and stature -- and clearly does a better job of that than Madeleine Albright before him. But he is very much partly responsible for the genocidal policies toward Iraq, and very much part of the American establishment which makes possible what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians and what the American-sponsored Arab regimes do to their own people. He deserves at least to be met with loud and sustained street protests.

Sharon presents himself these days as a grandfather interested in "peace" trying to bring about a "national unity government". But he even more than others personifies the "break their bones" and "make them kneel" policies the Israelis pursue ever more vigorously against the Palestinians, as well as the preparations for regional war using the backdrop of Israeli nuclear weapons and overwhelming military power. He deserves at least to be met with loud and sustained street protests coupled with civil disobedience designed to make him pay a price for visiting and speaking; and it should be coming from American Jews, not just those of Arab background and sympathies.

Until the good people of the Arab world are able and willing to seriously protest against the U.S., not just against Israel, and to raise the stakes for the American Empire, not just for the Israelis, their predicament will not improve.

Until the good people of the U.S. are able and willing to seriously protest against the military-industrial conglomerate that runs their lives and attacks those countries who will not succumb and obey, their own predicament of powerlessness and moral hypocrisy will not improve.

This brief editorial about the contemporary situation and where we may be heading is from The Times of India:


[Editorial - The Times of India - 21 Feb]: The recent bombing of Baghdad by the US and UK has evoked condemnation across the world and has raised serious questions about the direction of the Bush Administration's foreign policy. The election of hardliner Ariel Sharon as Israeli prime minister and the continuing violence in West bank have already brought the Arab world closer. The bombing of Baghdad can only serve to further ignite Arab anger. Russia, China, France and India have expressed their disapproval of this patently aggressive act. For the Iraqi people, already under the strain of inhuman sanctions, there is now no option except to unite behind Saddam Hussein. During the Gulf War, it took a lot of effort on the part of President George Bush Sr to bring the Arab nations into a single alliance under its leadership to fight for the liberation of Kuwait. General Colin Powell explained then that the allied advance was cut short and the war not pressed to conclusion to remove Saddam Hussein, mainly to sustain the unity of the alliance of Arab states. Given that background, it is now puzzling to see the US government going out of the way to alienate the Arab states, especially given that the same Mr Powell holds the all-important post of US secretary of state. There are other disquieting developments. The US has started applying pressure on Russia by citing it as a proliferator. This would seem like a selective attack, considering President Clinton, in his the last days in office, waived sanctions against China after a long-delayed finding on China's sale of missiles to Pakistan. However, singling out Russia might have the effect of bringing the two major nuclear weapon powers together, and indeed, the flow of sophisticated technology from Moscow to Beijing could increase.

All this comes at a time when anti-US feelings are rising in Japan as a result of a US nuclear submarine sinking a Japanese research trawler in an accident and causing casualties. Europe is also worried about the provocative policies of the US vis-a-vis Russia and China raising tensions. Clearly, the US is rushing to court unpopularity across the world, contrary to expectations that the Bush national security establishment would conduct itself with a degree of sophistication. There is little sign of the maturity, balance and sobriety expected of the `reluctant warrior' Colin Powell. Instead, these developments bear the stamp of defence secretary Rumsfeld's earlier avatar as the cold warrior who outmanoeuvred Henry Kissinger and killed the SALT II negotiations. Raising tension in West Asia and pushing up the oil prices may suit the interests of Texan George Bush. But higher oil prices are unlikely to help the US economy, which is slowing down very rapidly, not to mention their effect on the rest of the world. The US policy in the first month of President George Bush is suggestive at once of a lack of coherence and hegemonic arrogance. Only time will tell whether this is disorientation caused by the GOP's eight years out of office or this is the US as the new cowboy on the rampage. The Bush administration has possibly set a record for alienating so many nations in such a short period.

February 2001


(February 27, 2001)
Was it the Likud Party, or the Labor Party, that authorized more illegal settlements in the occupied territories since the Gulf War and the Madrid Peace Conference?

(February 26, 2001)
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Defectors say Iraq tested Nuclear Bomb
(February 25, 2001)
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"Go back, we don't want you"
(February 24, 2001)
General Colin Powell, now combining even more closely than usual the Pentagon with the State Department, was afraid to go to Gaza; and rightly so.

The Hebron MASSACRE - 7 long years ago
(February 24, 2001)
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Council on foreign relations help legitimize Sharon
(February 23, 2001)
The Council on Foreign Relations, New York-power elite-based but in recent years integrating more with the Washington government and corporate elite, has been for quite some time, to put it bluntly, a rather tricky and chicanery Israeli-oriented Zionist center when it comes to matters relevant to Israel.

Iraq - The great Cover-Up
(February 23, 2001)
As terrible as what the Israelis, with their superpower American ally (and European connivance), are doing to the Palestinians, what has been and is being done to the Iraqis and the Chechnyans is also truly appauling.

Arab expulsion admitted by Sharon Ally
(February 22, 2001)
One day maybe Israel -- like South Africa and Chile before it -- will have some kind of "truth finding" commission to try to purge itself of the past.

Protests in Jordan
(February 22, 2001)
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Powell and Sharon - Street protests?
(February 21, 2001)
Clearly, the US is rushing to court unpopularity across the world, contrary to expectations that the Bush national security establishment would conduct itself with a degree of sophistication.

"This is only the beginning"
(February 21, 2001)
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Gaza Ghetto, Gaza Concentration Camp, Gaza Prison
(February 19, 2001)
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Locked in an Orwellian eternal war
(February 19, 2001)
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Arafat collapsing
(February 16, 2001)
The Arafat Regime is collapsing. Here are some of the details, twisted somewhat of course because the reports are from Israel's best newspaper, Ha'aretz, in view of the fact that Palestinian and Arab news sources are unable and unwilling to provide such insights.

The realization, "perhaps the dream"
(February 16, 2001)
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"Collective suicide" or Zionism united?
(February 15, 2001)
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Death and assissination
(February 14, 2001)
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Israelis strike, Palestinians without strategy
(February 13, 2001)
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Dozens of Palestinians wounded
(February 12, 2001)
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"Holy war" is forever
(February 12, 2001)
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War preparations continue
(February 11, 2001)
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The PA is about to collapse
(February 10, 2001)
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(February 9, 2001)
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(February 9, 2001)
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(February 9, 2001)
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(February 8, 2001)
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Sharon wastes no time - Arafat bows
(February 7, 2001)
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Holy war for Jerusalem
(February 7, 2001)
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The cold logic of Sharon
(February 7, 2001)
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Sharon wins and Peres wants in
(February 6, 2001)
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All sides now committed to escalation
(February 6, 2001)
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The legacy of Ariel Sharon
(February 5, 2001)
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BBC casts doubt of Pan AM convictions
(February 5, 2001)
In advance of whatever the Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is going to produce as "evidence" of innocence today, the BBC has published the following story quoting the very Scottish law professor who arranged the trial in The Netherlands casting great doubt about the veracity of the verdict reached:

What's left of Israel's left
(February 5, 2001)
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The Pan Am 103 Verdict
(February 3, 2001)
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Rivers of blood
(February 2, 2001)
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Waiting for Sharon
(February 2, 2001)
They believe a Sharon victory will be a boon for their cause. 'He will expose the true face of Israel,' says an activist in Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement in Nablus, 'and force the world, including the US, to address its real responsibilities to the peace process...

Israeli Arabs boycott Barak, await Sharon
(February 1, 2001)
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