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Greater CIA Regime Being Thrust on Palestinians

"Zinni is proposing to put CIA monitors in Palestinian Authority jails and offices on a full-time basis and provide both sides with technical surveillance devices to ensure compliance with the cease-fire requirements in the Tenet plan."


MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 3/17/2002: They've together (that's the Israelis and the Americans with the help of the Europeans and the "client regimes") already chopped the Palestinians into fragmented pieces and crushed them into desperation. Now the Israelis, fronted for by the Americans, are proposing to try to save the "Authority" of Yasser Arafat by putting CIA "monitors" in Palestinian cities, offices, and jails; and CIA listening amd "monitoring" devices throughout the Palestinian bantustans and "occupied territories". Controlling and repression the Palestinians remains the central goal; and even greater more direct help for Arafat and cabal to do so is being tried.

Overall, the Ameicans are finding whatever excuses they now can to impose their CIA and military on countries throughout the Middle East and South Asia Regions. And with the American military and CIA come the even more neutered "client regimes". And with the American military and CIA and "client regimes" come the American super corporations.


With his war on terrorism at stake, the President intervenes in the Middle East. But even his advisers don't agree on a strategy

By Romesh Ratnesar

Time Magazine, Sunday, Mar. 17, 2002: The war on terror had been going so well for George W. Bush that he threw a little party last week, inviting 179 of America's closest allies to the White House for a sun-soaked pageant of remembrance and resolve. On the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush thanked the "mighty coalition of civilized nations" for joining the war's first phase in Afghanistan and rallied them for the next one. "We're winning," he said.

Self-congratulation has rarely had a shorter half-life. Within hours, Bush's plans to go global with the war on terror were crowded out by new images of violence from the Middle East, where the endless fight between Israelis and Palestinians plunged once more into the abyss of total war. Televisions in the White House and around the world showed 40 tanks and 100 armored personnel carriers rumbling into the West Bank town of Ramallah; Israeli troops blindfolding Palestinian teenagers and machine-gunning Arab homes; an Arab mob executing a suspected Israeli collaborator, then hanging his body by the feet; mothers wailing over their dead children. By the time the chairs had been cleared and the 179 flags removed from the South Lawn, at least 27 were dead from Israeli raids into Palestinian-held territory. The Middle East had crashed Bush's party.

After 18 months of carnage, nearly every sidewalk in the Holy Land seems to be stained red, but it took last week's fighting-the most massive Israeli search-and-destroy operation in 20 years, carried out in retaliation for a numbing wave of suicide attacks against Israeli citizens-to make Bush realize that he could ignore the crisis no longer. Late last week intensified U.S. diplomacy helped produce a potential opening, as the two sides were considering a meeting that might lead to a cease-fire.

Bush has spent his presidency avoiding Bill Clinton's policy of hands-on, round-the-clock engagement in the Middle East, instead allowing the adversaries to settle scores for themselves. But with the death toll now past 1,500-higher than that of the first intifadeh, which lasted from 1987 until 1993-U.S. intervention has become a strategic necessity. The conflict threatens to derail the Administration's plans to open the next phase in the war on terror-in particular, its desire to take on Iraq. If Bush were to allow the escalating combat between the Israelis and the Palestinians to explode into a full-blown war that sucks in neighboring states and inflames the Arab world, America's campaign against terror wouldn't get much further than the caves of Afghanistan.

No U.S. official was more jolted by the new reality than Dick Cheney, dispatched by Bush on an 11-country road show last week through the Arab world to promote the Administration's plans to force a showdown with Iraq. The Vice President is known as a first-class listener, able to convey that others are being taken seriously instead of being gamed. He has never needed those skills more. >From London to Amman to Cairo, Cheney was drummed with the same angry refrain: the U.S. must intervene in the conflict now, demand that Ariel Sharon pull all his troops out of Palestinian-held land and forcibly drag the two sides into something resembling a cease-fire. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who receives $2.8 billion in U.S. aid a year, presented Cheney with a litany of alleged Israeli abuses against Palestinian civilians. "This is topping our agenda because it is the core of all the turmoil," says an Egyptian official. And until it's resolved, Cheney's Arab hosts informed him, the U.S. won't get their help against Iraq. Senior Administration officials worked hard to contain their dismay as the Israeli-Palestinian issue trampled the Vice President's agenda. At a joint press conference in Yemen with Cheney and President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni leader lambasted Israel and opposed U.S. action against Iraq. But when a U.S. interpreter briefed reporters on Saleh's remarks, he omitted the harsh details. U.S. officials blamed Sharon for inciting the Arabs just as Cheney was trying to woo them. "Let's just say," a senior official said, "that he did not coordinate his actions with us."

The Administration's desire to keep the Cheney trip on track was partly responsible for last week's diplomatic offensive, which featured the strongest criticisms of Israel by any U.S. Administration in more than a decade. By the weekend Cheney aides were scrambling to arrange a meeting between the Vice President and Palestinian officials. An Administration official told Time that Bush decided to send special envoy Anthony Zinni back to the region partly because "there was a danger that the violence could hijack the Cheney trip. We thought it was useful to show we were dealing with all these issues." After privately chiding Sharon for his campaign against Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, the U.S. last week openly denounced his incursion into Ramallah. "The Israelis crossed a line," says a senior Administration official. Secretary of State Colin Powell threatened to cancel Zinni's mission if Sharon did not pull back from all the territories occupied in recent weeks. The President chastised Sharon during a press conference Wednesday, saying the Israeli offensive was "not helpful" to the still moribund peace process.

To Israeli hard-liners, Sharon's moves last week were necessary responses to a Palestinian terrorist threat that has grown in scope and audacity-and were no more ruthless than Washington's war against al-Qaeda. Israeli leaders wonder how Washington expects them to do business with Arafat, who only two years ago rejected a Clinton-brokered deal that would have given Palestinians 90% of the occupied territories, and instead launched the latest intifadeh. Both Arabs and Israelis suspected Bush of expediency: the President didn't pay much attention to their war until it impinged on his war.

But with so much daily bloodshed, the conflict's victims are less interested in questioning American motives than in seeing the killing stop. Zinni, a retired four-star Marine general who once commanded U.S. troops in the Middle East, arrived in Jerusalem Thursday to get both sides to act on the so-called Tenet plan, named for CIA chief George Tenet, who negotiated it last June. The plan sets out steps meant to lead the two sides to a cease-fire. Diplomatic sources told Time that Zinni is proposing to put CIA monitors in Palestinian Authority jails and offices on a full-time basis and provide both sides with technical surveillance devices to ensure compliance with the cease-fire requirements in the Tenet plan. A cease-fire would give war-weary Israelis and Palestinians some breathing space, but a lasting political settlement isn't in sight.

The U.S. hasn't yet thrown its weight behind the most ballyhooed recent peace initiative-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's offer of normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab states in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from all land seized in the 1967 war. Some version of the proposal will almost certainly be endorsed at next week's Arab summit in Beirut, but squabbling between Syria and the Saudis over the language of the plan could dilute it. While Abdullah says he is offering "full normalization"-meaning official trade, political and cultural relations between nations-Syrian officials want to change the language to "complete peace," a far less generous phrase that would remain unpalatable to Israel. Though Bush expressed tentative agreement with the Abdullah plan when it was unveiled last month, his Administration hasn't offered formal support for it. Said a senior White House aide: "I've never been sure if the Crown Prince intended this to go as far as it has."

Even so, Arab diplomats say the plan has already had an impact, simply by encouraging the U.S. to rejoin the search for peace. But not all the fighters are ready to lay down their guns. In Gaza a remote-controlled bomb packed with C-4 explosive blew up an Israeli Merkava tank, killing three soldiers. Also last week Israel's Shin Bet security service foiled three separate bombing plots set to coincide with Zinni's arrival. In one incident near the Jewish settlement of Rimonin, Israeli forces blew up a car carrying an alleged suicide bomber on his way to Jerusalem.

The Israeli army's push into the West Bank and Gaza was massive but brief; by Saturday Sharon had withdrawn his forces from most of the West Bank. But few terrorist leaders appear to have been caught or killed. In Ramallah and Tulkarem, Israeli soldiers arrested 100 Palestinians who were on their wanted list but not the main militants, who apparently fled as soon as they heard the tanks outside their refugee camps. An Israeli raid on the sprawling camp in Jabalya turned up at least 10 workshops manufacturing Kassam II rockets, which Hamas has used against Israeli soldiers and civilians. Gunmen in Palestinian-held Bethlehem have taken to hiding by day in Manger Square, across from the Church of the Nativity, which sits on the place where Jesus was born, before venturing out to attack Israeli troops by night. The gunmen know it is the one place Israel wouldn't dare send its tanks, for fear of angering the world's Christians. The enemy's determination has dispirited Israeli troops. "We can conquer the whole West Bank with no problem," says an Israeli officer. "The question is, what do we do then?"

Whether Bush fully commits his office's prestige to helping the two sides end the suffering depends on how the President resolves deep divisions within his Administration. Moderates, led by Powell, have long pushed Bush to wade in deeper, arguing that inaction in the face of spiraling violence jeopardizes American credibility in the region. Bush's willingness to criticize Sharon and his decision to send Zinni back to the region emboldened the moderates, who last week scored a victory by securing White House support for a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state, the first time the U.S. has voted for such a resolution. But Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have long opposed deep U.S. engagement in the peace process. As Time reported in February, Cheney and Rumsfeld argued during a meeting of the President's national-security team in early January that the U.S. should sever ties to Arafat. Though Bush rejected that proposal, insiders say Cheney is still the key White House voice on the Middle East. Whether last week's shifts harden into a long-term commitment hangs on how the Vice President responds to the reception he received on his trip. "He's getting an earful," a U.S. official told Time, "but how that will affect his thinking only he and the President will know."

In recent months a combination of remarkable developments-the military supremacy demonstrated in Afghanistan, Bush's vertiginous approval ratings, continued public support for the war and the relative lack of opposition overseas-has persuaded Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to broaden the scope of military operations and planning. The idea isn't just to shut down al-Qaeda sanctuaries in places like the Philippines, Yemen and Georgia but also to target and remove dangerous regimes developing weapons of mass destruction that could be used against the U.S. or its allies. For proponents of this new, more assertive foreign policy-premised on the use of military power to destroy potential threats to U.S. security before they become all too real-Iraq is the most obvious place to start.

The road to Baghdad, though, leads through the nervous capitals of the Arab world. Saddam Hussein is widely reviled by neighboring regimes, but many worry that supporting a U.S.-led war to remove him while the Palestinian struggle continued to blaze would invite popular revolt in their own streets. The Administration's warnings to Iraq have rattled officials in the region. "There is basically this attitude, 'We can do anything,'" says an Arab diplomat. "I hope that will change." Last week Cheney tried to modify that perception through his self-effacing emollience. "Everybody thinks we're coming and saying, 'Let's whack Saddam,' but that's not how you do business here," a senior official accompanying Cheney said. "It's 'Here's why this is a threat. Here's why you're vulnerable.'"

U.S. officials say that leaders briefed by Cheney acknowledged that Saddam and his weapons are significant threats. But none seem ready to go to war to get rid of them. At a press conference after meeting with Cheney, Mubarak sought to slow any U.S. momentum toward war by suggesting that an Arab League effort to restart talks between the U.N. and Baghdad might get weapons inspectors back into Iraq-which could indefinitely forestall a U.S. attack. What has caught Administration officials flat-footed has been the Arab insistence on "linkage": making support for a U.S. campaign against Iraq contingent on a redoubled U.S. effort to secure a comprehensive Middle East peace deal. "We've been sending dispatches for a year telling them that the only thing the people care about here is the Palestinian question, but they've ignored it," says a U.S. official in Cairo. "There's not a single Egyptian who would be willing to say O.K. on Iraq unless they see a change in the way the U.S. deals with the Palestinians." Says a U.S. official in Amman: "All I know is if we invade Iraq, I'll be on the first evacuation plane out of here, because this place is going to explode."

The message may be getting through, if only because the Israeli-Palestinian problem has so plainly intruded on the Administration's still evolving plans for Iraq. Though the most boisterous hawks think the U.S. could take out Saddam without the participation of Arab states, military strategists told Time that even modest war strategies hinge on U.S. access to Arab bases and airspace. "All our options require some type of help from countries in the region," says a U.S. Central Command planner. The strategic logic is simple, says a civilian official in the Pentagon: "The worse things get between Israel and the Palestinians, the fewer options we have with Iraq."

The Iraq issue may ultimately have been what pulled the U.S. back into the Middle East fray, but there are other reasons for the U.S. to get involved. Since 1967, Washington has been the only effective mediator in the region. America's security, now more than ever, demands that the U.S. take steps toward bringing an end to the parlous conflict. Throughout the Muslim world, sympathy for the Palestinians and antagonism toward Israel continues to fuel extremist hatred of the U.S. Re-engagement in the peace process will not extinguish the sources of Muslim rage, but it might be a start. And it would allow Bush to show that the U.S. is prepared to tackle problems that don't bend to military solutions.

-Reported by Massimo Calabresi, John F. Dickerson, Mark Thompson and Douglas Waller/Washington; James Carney with Cheney; Matt Rees and Ahron Klein/Jerusalem; Jamil Hamad/Bethlehem; and Scott Macleod/Cairo

TIME/CNN POLL - From a telephone poll of 1,014 adult Americans

46% think Israel has gone too far in its military response to Palestinian attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians in recent weeks

65% think that peace cannot be achieved in the Middle East

19% think Israel is more responsible for the violence between Israel and the Palestinians

44% think the Palestinians are more responsible

54% think the Bush Administration is doing enough to promote peace in the Middle East

38% think the Bush Administration is not doing enough

By Eitan Hess-Ashkenazi

JERUSALEM (March 17, Associated Press) - A suicide attack in Jerusalem and a deadly shooting north of Tel Aviv on Sunday undermined the optimism surrounding U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni's third peace mission to the region.

Israel reacted angrily to the shooting attack in Kfar Saba, in which a gunman killed one person and wounded six more, one critically. Zinni was in a meeting with Israeli President Moshe Katsav when word of the attack reached him, but he left the residence without commenting to reporters.

A short time later, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus in Jerusalem, but no one was seriously injured, authorities said.

"Israel has offered a cease-fire, pulled back most of its forces in good faith, and this seems to be the answer Israel is receiving," said Dore Gold, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

There was no immediate reaction from the Palestinian Authority.

Zinni has been trying to prod the sides toward an elusive cease-fire, arriving during one of the bloodiest months in nearly 1 1/2 years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. More than 190 Palestinians and more than 60 on the Israeli side have been killed since the beginning of March.

Before Sunday's attacks, Israel was showing a willingness to accede to a key Palestinian demand to reach a cease-fire deal - full withdrawal from areas under Palestinian control.

Under U.S. pressure, Israeli forces scaled back their largest military operation in a generation on Friday, pulling out of Ramallah, Qalqilya and Tulkarem. They remained in Bethlehem and Beit Jalla.

Earlier, Sharon also dropped a demand for seven days of quiet before holding truce talks.

Zinni, whose past two truce missions have failed amid persistent violence, was to meet later Sunday with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The U.S. envoy has not commented on his talks since Friday, when he said he expected a cease-fire could be reached within days.

After meeting with Zinni Saturday night, Sharon's office issued a statement announcing a meeting Sunday between Israelis and Palestinians with a goal of setting a date for a cease-fire declaration, hopefully in the next few days. But Israel backtracked after U.S. and Palestinian officials said it was premature.

Mohammed Dahlan, the Palestinian security chief in Gaza, told Israel TV that the Palestinians would not meet the Israelis until Israel pulls out of all areas under Palestinian control and also agrees to political talks, not just truce discussions.

Israel has said it has no intention in remaining in areas under Palestinian control, and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres insisted again Sunday it was up to Palestinians to bring an end to terrorist attacks.

"If the Palestinians want to receive the territories, they have to be responsible for them," Peres told Israeli Radio. "We can't get out of the territories if all sorts of terrorist attacks continue to be launched from them."

Sharon told reporters before the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday that Israel will enter political negotiations with the Palestinians only after a cease-fire is in place. "My main aim is to achieve as soon as possible a cease-fire and implementation of the Tenet plan," he said.

The U.S. truce plan, negotiated last May by CIA director George Tenet but never carried out, calls on the Palestinians to rein in militants and collect their weapons - a difficult and politically costly course for the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian leader Arafat has been reluctant to do that at a time when Israel has been carrying out attacks against Palestinian targets, including Arafat's own offices.

Palestinian officials have said the attacks on their security apparatus have weakened their ability and motivation to act against radical groups. Furthermore, many of the recent attacks have come from groups associated with Arafat himself.

The U.S. plan also says the Israelis must pull back their forces to where they were before the fighting began. That would involve the dismantling of many military checkpoints and roadblocks in Palestinian areas.

In Kfar Saba, the unidentified gunman opened fire with a pistol on passers-by in a mixed residential and commercial district just as schools nearby were about to let out.

Police responded immediately, shooting and killing the gunman, who a witness said walked down the middle of the road returning their fire.

Kfar Saba is adjacent to the West Bank town of Qalqilya, one of three Palestinian-controlled cities that Israeli forces pulled out of Friday. Police could not immediately say where the attacker came from.

A short while later in Jerusalem, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy intersection in a Jewish neighborhood in the eastern part of the city.

Police chief Mickey Levy said the bomber rushed a bus at the intersection and set off the explosives. The bus was damaged and several people suffered cuts from flying glass, he said. The bus was splattered with the flesh and blood of the attacker.

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March 2002


Saudi Future Unstable; More Money to Secretly flow to Palestinians
(March 29, 2002)
What goes on in public and on CNN/Al-Jazeera is one thing. This is political theatre meant for all to see. But like the proverbial icberg the great bulk of what is going on is beneath the waves and hidden from regular view.

Arafat Surrounded - And A Letter from Bir Zeit University near Ramallah
(March 29, 2002)
"Reports are rampant, breaking news that there is a planned incursion, occupation, total destruction... who knows of Ramallah and so we have to act and act quickly."

Saudis plead, Bin Laden emals, Arafat sits, Jesse offers...US and Israel prepare
(March 28, 2002)
With the #2 summit Saudi suffering a stroke and hospitalized (how appropriately) at the American University in Beirut, the Arab League summit was even more of a circus and disaster than we had predicted.

The "Saudi Peace Plan"...of 20 Years Ago
(March 28, 2002)
In April 1981 Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia unveiled the "Saudi Plan" which then dominated the Arab League summit held in Fez, Morocco, in November.

Saudis Humiliated, Betrayed, and now "Invited"
(March 28, 2002)
Quite literally as Saudi Royal "Crown Prince" Abdullah was following his script in Beirut no matter what, the U.S. Government was announcing in Washington that he had "accepted" to visit the Bush Presidential Ranch in Texas at the end of next month.

"The summit is heading toward total chaos"
(March 27, 2002)
Today's "Arab Leaders" always seem to manage to bumble themselves from one disaster to another. Then the controlled media and commentators they either own or manipulate in one way or another mostly cover up for them, including such subsidized and sponsored English-language publications as "Middle East International" in the UK and "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" in the U.S.

Arafat Unheard at Summit - Secret Israel Phone Calls to Cairo and Amman
(March 27, 2002)
How much is factual, how much is disinformation from Mossad, how much is twisted and spun....these are all legitimate questions needing consideration, especially these days. But there's no doubt Irish author Gordon Thomas has considerable connections in the murky world of intelligence and especially with the Israeli Mossad, and he's been on target with quite a few things in the past.

They Call This A Summit?
(March 26, 2002)
Readers of MER won't be nearly as surprised as most may be that journalists are already proclaiming the grand Arab summit in ruins and as the BBC correspondent concluded this evening, "they might as well go home now before it starts".

What a Mess the Arab World is in
(March 26, 2002)
Such a mess. "Arab Leaders" who are mostly inept and corrupt and miserably repressive. An Arab League that is impotent and crippled. Arab media that can't figure out whom to interview about what.

Huge Damascus Demo Screams About Sharon and Warns Arab Summiteers
(March 26, 2002)
History is repeating itself after 20 years, but everything is even worse today for the vast Arab world and its fast growing now over 200+ million.

"Grand Plan" For War On the Palestinians
(March 25, 2002)
As the impotent Arab League run by the corrupt and repressive Arab "client regimes" prepares to meet and do nothing real and serious as usual; the Israelis, with an American wink and much under-the-table help, are preparing even bigger assaults against the Palestinians.

Vital History - Origins of Israel's "Arab Problem"
(March 25, 2002)
In 1947, the then representative of the Zionist Organization in Washington, Nahum Goldman, urged David Ben-Gurion not to declare a "Jewish State" but rather to hold out for finding some way of accomodation with the Palestinians that could lead to a unified "bi-national state" ...

Draft Text of Arab Summit Resolution - More of the Same Sweet Nothings
(March 25, 2002)
Much too weak, fractured, and frightened to actually act in any serious and independent manner -- even in the face of such repeated Israeli and American provocations and humiliations -- the grand "Arab world", meeting in summit in Beirut later this week, is poised to essentially do nothing.

Europeans See Americans Far Better Than Americans See Themselves
(March 23, 2002)
Time magazine was wrong a few months ago, but understandably so under the circumstances and few really expect much more from the mass American media .

Cheney Admits US will attack Iraq 'for Israel's sake'
(March 22, 2002)
While the mostly co-opted and cowardly "Arab leaders" -- the Arab "client regimes" -- fly their lavish private jets into Beirut 20 years after the Israelis besieged the city, destroyed the country, and attempted at great cost to bring Lebanon under their and American domination ...

Threatening With Nukes Could Well Lead to Use of Nukes - Part 1
(March 22, 2002)
One dreadful day they will be used. That likelihood seems now to be growing, especially as irresponsible leaders in both the US and UK keep publicly threatening to do just that rather than insisting that such weapons should never ever be used ...

Marching toward an American Police State - Part II
(March 22, 2002)
The above title was used to headline an article published on Wednesday, the same day we now learn the federal government was raiding Muslim homes and organizations in the Washington DC area.

U.S. Shifting to Large once Secret Qatar Military Base for Regional Control
(March 21, 2002)
The Americans have apparently agreed to let the Saudis off the hook when it comes to Prince Sultan Airbase, the largest and most sophisticated in the region, as long as they are on the hook when it comes to controlling the Arab Summit and fronting politically with "the Saudi Plan".

A Plea to US and Europe: Don't Participate in Killing and Torture of our People
(March 21, 2002)
All of the American "client regimes" in the Middle East -- including the main ones in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan -- use censorship, intimidation, torture, and the omnipresent secret police, to control their societies and prevent popular expression against their policies and corruption.

NewsFlash: Some U.S. Forces Beginning to leave Saudi for Qatar
(March 20, 2002)
Just days after Vice-President Richard Cheney visited Saudi Arabia and other countries in the area there are reports coming from the region that U.S. military forces are beginning to move out of Prince Sultan Air Base, a facility the U.S. is said to have spent tens of billions of dollars to make the most modern command base in the region.

Marching toward an American Police State - "Washington Scene"
(March 20, 2002)
A FOX NEWS cameraman was accosted by Pentagon Police outside the building on Tuesday -- as he was shooting pictures of an arrest being carried out by Virginia State Police on a highway that runs alongside the Pentagon but outside Pentagon property!

Squeezing and Smothering Arafat To Death
(March 20, 2002)
The Israelis, and the Americans of course, have Yasser Arafat right where they want him now. He either does as he is told and paid or he's a way or another.

More Humiliation for the Arabs both in Palestine and at the upcoming Arab Summit
(March 19, 2002)
It's terribly humiliating of course, but the Israelis have now told Arafat, in public, that he can go to the Arab Summit in Beirut if he does as he's told and declares the fighting ended.

(March 18, 2002)
We already know it was a CIA operation back in the late 1980s that resulted in American-created anthrax spors being sent to Iraq and paid for by the U.S. Congress. We've just learned that a secret CIA team has recently gone to Northern Iraq to secretly meet with the Kurds and help prepare the coming war there.

Angry Demonstrators Condemn both Israel and U.S. in Arab world
(March 17, 2002)
For a second straight day, thousands of Arabs took to the streets across the Middle East on Saturday to burn Israeli and American flags and express anger over the rising Palestinian death toll.

Greater CIA Regime Being Thrust on Palestinians
(March 17, 2002)
Now the Israelis ... are proposing to try to save the "Authority" of Yasser Arafat by putting CIA "monitors" in Palestinian cities, offices, and jails; and CIA listening amd "monitoring" devices throughout the Palestinian bantustans and "occupied territories".

Has The U.S. Lost Its Way?
(March 16, 2002)
We comprise slightly less than 5 per cent of the world's population; but we imbibe 27 per cent of the world's annual oil production, create and consume nearly 30 per cent of its Gross World Product and - get this - spend a full 40 per cent of all the world's defence expenditures.

Transfer? Expulsion? Jordan is Palestine? Approaching the End Game
(March 16, 2002)
If the Palestinians are unable to strike further in view of Israel's and the CIA's unprecedented war to crush them into submission Sharon will undoubtedly say his tactics are working.

Massive New Super Bomb Being Built To Kill Saddam and Threaten All
(March 15, 2002)
With its soldiers beginning to even look a bit like the Centurions in the Star Wars saga, the U.S. appears intent on enforcing the new "new world order" through brute force as well as technological marvels and overpowering firepower and information gathering capabilities.

(March 15, 2002)
Like so many words, this one "conspiracy" is overused and misused by many. That makes it all the more important to know whom to trust and rely on, whom to take seriously, whom to discount.

Manger Square has become a wild, blood-drenched place
(March 14, 2002)
After nearly 35 years of increasingly brutal military occupation since the 1967 war, Palestinian society itself has been tortured and disfigured. The Israelis have used informers and all kinds of means to bring the Palestinians to their knees ...

The U.N.'s latest cowardness, impotence, and duplicity
(March 13, 2002)
It should be a Saturday Night Live skit...the U.N. uttering (or is the correct word stuttering) the term "Palestinian State" after the U.S., Europe, Ariel Sharon and nearly everyone else has other than the crazy Israeli racist fundamentalists.

The Latest As Israel's Slaughter of the Palestinians Escalates Still Further
(March 12, 2002)
Israeli forces killed 31 Palestinians on Tuesday in their biggest offensive in the West Bank and Gaza since Israel captured the territories in the 1967 Middle East war.

Journalists Carefully Targeted by Israelis
(March 12, 2002)
Israeli forces fired for 10 to 15 minutes from tank-mounted machine guns on a hotel where journalists were photographing armor targeting the al-Amari refugee camp early Tuesday.

"Nazi Behavior" Charges Arafat As Israelis Crush Palestinians into Submission
(March 12, 2002)
Nothing like this has happened to the Palestinians since the 1967 War. And this time the cowardly "Arab leaders" are simply watching and pretending; while those who claim to be supportive of the Palestinians in the U.S. are, disorganized, inept, impotent, demoralized, and used up.

Two Poems
(March 11, 2002)
These two unpublished poems were written by a 25 year old Israeliwoman at the time of the first Intifada.

Black Friday and Saturday in the once Holy Land
(March 10, 2002)
The war in 1973 was intense and almost lead to a nuclear confrontation -- remember the infamous "Kissinger nuclear alert"? But for most Palestinians alive today there hasn't been such a bloody day in their lives as on Friday at least 44 Palestinians were killed, hundreds injured.

Israelis Kill and Rampage - U.S. Rhetorically Complains but in Reality Helps
(March 9, 2002)
Serious and urgent questions need to be asked: Why have not the governments of Egypt and Jordan at the very least broken political relations with Israel; and why in fact are these governments actually preventing demonstrations against what the Israelis are doing?

The Israeli Spy CoverUp
(March 9, 2002)
In addition to the "spy coverup" there is now a "media coverup". "We stand by the story" said a FOX News spokesman on 20 December. But now "The Story No Longer Exists" and FOX News has covered up the story of what happened, and why.

American Univ in Washington - Second Rate and Third Class
(March 8, 2002)
When it comes to international affairs and matters relating to the Middle East serious and honest people should keep away from American University in Washington, DC.

Now the US Says it was the Iranians and the Palestinians not the Libyans. Right!
(March 8, 2002)
You just gotta love the Americans, no shame at all. All these years they have been repeatedly and loudly insisting it was the Libyans who bombed Pan Am 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland - more than a decade of sanctions ensued in fact.

Israeli Spying on US - Spiked Story from FOX News - Who Done It?
(March 7, 2002)
Just who pressured FOX News? Why did FOX News cave in so easily? What now months later when an expanded story is not just coming back to life in foreign publications but appears to be the greatest spy scandal ever involving the Israelis spying on the Americans?

Israeli Spying On The U.S. - Essential Background
(March 6, 2002)
The world of spying, like the world of "black ops", is full of confusion, disinformation, and false leads. Those in the media, even the biggest establishment news outlets, usually lack the means (as well as the will) to penetrate very far into this world on their own.

LeMonde on the Israeli Spy Ring in U.S.
(March 5, 2002)
Tremendous pressure was brought to bear in a coverup in which the U.S. government is now thought to have participated.

Israeli Spy Rings Rolled Up in U.S.
(March 5, 2002)
Israeli spying on the U.S. has long been going on; but it is usually covered up or glossed over by the major American news media.

Arafat in Dog Kennel, Sharon in Twilight Zone, Hosni Lost in Space
(March 5, 2002)
After some 20 years in power Hosni Mubarak, chatting with George Bush II today at the White House, has helped lead his country to nowhere, the Palestinians to disaster, and the Arab world to impotent feebleness. More on Mubarak and his shameless Egypt to come -- for he as well as Saudi Abdullah are Lost in Space.

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