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MER FLASHBACK - 27 Nov 1997:
9/11 WAS VERY
are many menaces loose in today's world. Among them
is the American military-industrial
complex which dominates American
society, manipulates its press, controls
its political parties, frightens its
intellectuals -- the very tyranny
of power that none other than World
War II hero turned President Dwight
Eisenhower used his last
breathes to warn so eloquently about."
American-hyped road signs all proclaim "Peace Process" and
"Freedom" and "Progress". But this U.S./Israeli-created
road actually leads
to more terrorism, more warfare, more armaments;
more repression, more
duplicity, more hatred; more exploitation,
more domination, and more control."
MER - Washington - 2 December 2004: What has happened in recent years,
indeed what happened on 9/11 and then it's aftermath, were in general
quite foreseeable, no matter how much official Washington keeps
pretending otherwise. The aggressive,
imperialistic, self-righteous, deceptive, and oh-so-arrogant
policies of the United States and Israel were at work for decades
provoking and creating a kind of historical blowback that the whole
world is now forced to live with. The following MER
Editorial was published on Thanksgiving day in November 1997.
Editorial - America
Brutal, The Ugly
T H E C A P I T A L O F G L O B A L A R R O G A
N C E "
- MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 27 November 1997:
not the American self-image, that's for sure. But much of the rest of
world, especially the most oppressed, see contemporary America through
far different visions than today's modern-day Romans see themselves.
in that bastion of American and Israeli influence, the New York
Foreign Affairs writer Thomas Friedman recently
warned of "Backlash":
you know what Iran calls America today? Not 'the Great Satan.' Iran
America 'the Capital of Global Arrogance.' Unfortunately that's also
the French, the Malaysians, the Russians, the Chinese, the Japanese and
the Germans call Washington behind its back."
its far worse than Friedman and the NY
Times are willing to even consider
publishing... for this is just the proverbial tip of the
the following MER Editorial which you'll never see on the pages of the
NY Times or other
E R E D I T O R I A L:
M E R I C A T H E B R U T A L ,
E R I C A T H E U G L Y
again the American Empire prepares for "battle." It does so against a
enemy; but one it vilifies and magnifies many times over endlessly
public opinion for the Empire's next round of "enforcement" in the name
of "peace" and "order". It does so with technological super weaponry
by the poor, the weak, the oppressed... other than through what it
"terrorism" that is.
is the same country that slaughtered millions of Vietnamese (plus less
directly millions of Cambodians and Laotians as well) after its
tricked its Congress into the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
then a generation later its top warrior of the former day (Defense
Secretary Robert McNamara) "apologized"
for having made a "terrible mistake" (but noted only the
50,000 Americans killed, not the millions of other non-Americans who
perished because of America's "terrible mistake").
is the same country that used the first nuclear weapons of mass
not on military targets, but on civilian cities. And now today,
ally Israel, this is the same country that threatens to use them again
in the Middle East, thus fueling the very arms race it claims to be
is the same country that sells more arms internationally than all
yet insists on sanctions against those who sell a few inferior
weapons to "unapproved" locations.
is the same country that single-handedly, against the opposition of all
others, dismisses U.N. Secretary-Generals; issues its "orders" far and
wide; and doesn't even pay its U.N. dues preferring threats and
to gets its way. Amazing indeed that the rest of the world continues to
allow this demeaning situation to continue; but bribery and threats
have gone a long way when Rome thunders.
finally for now, this is the same country that stands alone in the
championing Israeli militancy, camouflaging Israeli ethnic-cleansing
covering-up terrible Israeli attacks on U.N. safe-havens, constantly
Israeli gross violations of human rights against those who simply ask
be accorded the same rights that the Americans themselves constantly
are many menaces loose in today's world. Among them is the American
complex which dominates American society, manipulates its press,
its political parties, frightens its intellectuals -- the very tyranny
of power that none other than World War II hero turned President Dwight
Eisenhower used his last breathes to warn so eloquently about.
to be a Roman nearing the 21st Century! The Pro-consuls are now in the
form of "client regimes" calling themselves Kings, Guardians, and even
Presidents. Centurion legions are now in the form of giantair craft
and stealth bombers roaming the planet at will, dropping their
smart-bombs on command. With the ever-present ears of the National
Agency and eyes of the Central Intelligence Agency modern-day Rome
to bug, manipulate, and control everything and everyone even while
proclaiming its own innocence, bravery and freedom.
the giant American press institutions fan the flames of warfare and
in this brave new American order. Even its senior "journalists" - of
Sam Donaldson and George Stephanopoulos - openly join the generals in
the assassination of foreign leaders and destruction of resisting
It's President and Secretary of State seem completely oblivious to the
genocidal misery they reap on millions who will not bend to their will.
And even most of its intellectuals and academics are cowered into
while government-supported institutes and think-tanks, along with
of masked agents of the empire, spread deception and chicanery far and
wide to justify what has already been, and what is now to come.
American-hyped road signs all proclaim "Peace Process" and
"Freedom" and "Progress". But this U.S./Israeli-created road actually
to more terrorism, more warfare, more armaments; more repression, more
duplicity, more hatred; more exploitation, more domination, and more
level of hypocrisy and the self-enrichment motivations are so
these days that few within the Empire seem able to see clearly through
their own society's thick rhetorical and bureaucratic smoke screens.
no wonder there are so many around the rest of the world who now think
so much about payback time.
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(December 18, 2004)
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MER Article Causes Conf Cancellation as Palestinian Speaker Abruptly Backs Out
(December 17, 2004)
The organization it seems then quickly changed the homepage of it's elaborate website, removing the main lead picture at the top which showed members of the organization posing with senior National Security Council neocon Elliot Abrams. Also removed quickly was the picture of Khalidi.
Additionally all information about the phone conference which was advertised to feature Khalidi at 8pm Thursday evening simply disappeared; all mention of something that had previously been prominently promoted simply vanished without explanation or comment as if it never was to be.
Prof Rashid Khalidi helps Israeli and American Jewish Zionist groups
(December 16, 2004)
While courageous Israeli academics like Tanya Reinhart at Tel Aviv University, long time Israeli writers like Uri Avneri, and brilliant journalists like Robert Fisk are in fact speaking up loudly warning about what Sharon and Peres and their armies of propaganda agents and client organizations are up to; tragically Palestinian academics like Rashid Khalidi are cowering more than ever even to the extent of allowing themselves to be more blatantly used by the Zionist organizations than ever before.
Egypt pushed and bribed to Economic 'Intercourse' with Israel
(December 15, 2004)
Since the first Camp David Middle East summit estimates are that overall, including economic, military, CIA, and AID American monies, Egypt has received in one way or another approaching $100 billion for agreeing to the American-pushed 'peace agreement'... The once proud though poor greatest of the Arab countries, Egypt, constantly feels the stain of historic political prostitution.
ABBAS/ALA/SHAATH Regime Running Fast - Half Palestinian People Not Allowed to Vote
(December 14, 2004)
In a few weeks the U.S. and Israeli approved and financed 'election' will take place. The most credible and respected Palestinian leaders are gone. The widely supported Hamas organization is boycotting. 'Israeli Palestinians' are not allowed to vote. 'Jerusalem Palestinians' will have to vote absentee. And forgotten most of all are the majority of Palestinians -- most of them still living in refugee camps throughout the region from Jordan to Syria to Lebanon -- who will have no vote at all thanks to the policies of Israel, the United States, and the 'new Palestinian leadership'.
Latest Washington Israeli Spy Scandal Escalating
(December 13, 2004)
There are some in Washington who think that the current spy investigations, possibly now expanding further, can be used to put a little pressure on the Israelis when it comes to the political deal making that may lie ahead both in the region and with the Palestinians. But there are others who think the Israelis are far better at this game than the Americans and that their list of Washington skunks and scandals involving many senior government officials now and past is considerably more extensive than what the Americans can pin on them should it ever come to that.
MER Track Record and the Assassination/Coverup of Yasser Arafat
(December 13, 2004)
Looking ahead, the historical stakes have become much higher, the costs in bloodshed and treasure already far greater, and the new 'peace process' already considerably more convoluted with even greater ominous implications for all in the international community of nations.
AMERICA the TITANIC
(December 11, 2004)
From the heart of the Washington Republican 'National Security' establishment, Harlan Ullman warns that the U.S. has sailed into very dangerous times and appears like the TITANIC headed for disaster. The dangers Ullman warns are in many ways as much from within as from without. The TITANIC metaphor is a powerful one, and Ullman repeats it a number of times for emphasis.
Palestinian Push - Over and Under
(December 10, 2004)
The big U.S. and Israeli Palestinian push is on. Put in place a new 'moderate' under control Palestinian regime, pump in some money for bribes and payoffs, train more regime 'security police', declare an end to the uprising against occupation (the Intifada), hard repress any and all opposition, kill and arrest those who continue to fight, and presto maybe you have a new police-state client-regime dutifully labled 'moderate' and 'democracy' however quisling in reality.
CHENEY Did It! Smoking Gun Court Case About WMD Scandal
(December 9, 2004)
In this eye-opening story today about a very unusual court case brought by a former senior CIA analysis which could serve as the smoking gun that the Bush/Cheney administration purposefully cooked the WMD books there's not a single mention of the unprecedented 9 or more once secret visits to the CIA of VP Cheney or the real potential significance of this legal political bombshell.
Ghosts of Vietnam and the 'Evil Empire'
(December 8, 2004)
More and more even in Washington circles these days one hears...but in spoken whispers certainly not in the corporate print or TV media..."police state", "fascism", "Good Germans". As for Capitol Hill, it looks more like a "no-go-zone" these days -- beyond being 'Occupied Israeli territory' -- than the Congress of a free and brave democracy.
Iraq and Palestine - Gloomy Predictions
(December 7, 2004)
Whether the further explosions and greater yet bloodshed and civil war will erupt in weeks, or months, or years, the course is now far more clear than the corporate media usually deals with. But today the New York Times is used for major leaks from the under-purge under-blame CIA about what to really expect in occupied Iraq, and recently the brilliant British journalist Robert Fisk wrote in The Independent about what to really expect in occupied Palestine.
America's Mubarak Regime
(December 6, 2004)
Moreover Mubarak is cooperating with the Israeli-American plan to now bring in Egyptian military forces to guard Gaza's southern border and help police the Palestinians into submission. If allowed to proceed by the Palestinians they can expect European and/or U.N. forces to be forced on them in the future in the deceptive guise of an expanded 'roadmap peace plan' to control the West Bank if the new Palestinian regime isn't up to the job.
(December 4, 2004)
Now what's going on with the Presbyterians is not at all "anti-semitism" as that term has been known over the years. It is anti-Israel, and many of the American Jewish Zionist organizations will insist it is anti-Jewish -- which in a sense is true if the positions these Jewish organizations take are fair game for protest, which indeed they are.
Ziad Asali - Latest Washington Palestinian Quisling
(December 3, 2004)
One of the many reasons the Palestinian people are in the terrible predicament they find themselves has been the extraordinarily co-opted quisling persons that so tragically have been allowed to represent them in Washington and to the American media for so many years. For those wondering about this choice of words, the definition of 'quisling', admittedly very pointed and harsh, does not give the full explanation of what has happened in Washington but it will have to do for now. During the German ooccupation of Norway in World War II the head of the Nazi-installed regime was Vidkun Quisling. His very name has since come to mean: A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.
9/11 was foreseeable one way or another
(December 3, 2004)
What has happened in recent years, indeed what happened on 9/11 and then it's aftermath, were in general quite foreseeable, no matter how much official Washington keeps pretending otherwise. The aggressive, imperialistic, self-righteous, deceptive, and oh-so-arrogant policies of the United States and Israel were at work for decades provoking and creating a kind of historical blowback that the whole world is now forced to live with. The following MER Editorial was published on Thanksgiving day in November 1997.
To Book Publishers and Literary Agents
(December 3, 2004)
MER is now looking for a literary agent and a publishing house. With events in the Middle East now gripping the headlines, with another round in the Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process' now at hand, and with the crusading 'neocons' firmly empowered in Washington, serious book publication on these subjects is more timely and more needed than ever. We have a unique compendium of exclusive MER articles, plus program and speech transcriptions, in addition to a number of highly qualified individual expert authors, which we are now interested in publishing.
FBI and Israeli-Jewish Lobby Square Off
(December 2, 2004)
You'd think that when the Capitol Hill offices of the most important foreign policy/Middle East 'lobby' are invaded by the FBI, computers and files seized and subpoenas served against top officials, this would be important news in Washington.
War Crimes Escalating - From Guernica to Fallujah
(December 2, 2004)
The new American-Israeli crusade, masquerading as the bringing of 'democracy and freedom' to the Muslim and Arab peoples, is marching on with new targets now in sight: Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, Hamas, N. Korea, Pakistan (if, or is it when, Musharraf falls)...and who knows who else as all are being coerced or forced to march into the bleak unknown. Fallujah is not meant to be an end for the coalition of fundamentalist and Zionist Neocons who now have Washington firmly in their grip; it is rather another new escalating beginning.
NewsFlash - Barghouti IN! After All
(December 1, 2004)
Now with Barghouti's entrance into the Palestinian election race and with Hamas in part threatening to 'boycot' if their own interests are not met -- and with Iraq exploding in greater hatred and violence against the Americans -- the entire U.S.-Israeli strategy for January 'elections' in both occupied Palestine and Iraq is very much in doubt.
Sharon - Past and Future - MER FLASHBACK
(December 1, 2004)
"Sharon was a killer obsessed with hatred of Palestinians. I had promised Arafat that his people would not get any harm. Sharon, however, ignored this commitment entirely. Sharon's word is worth nil." -Ambassador Philip Habib, Ronald Reagan's Special Middle East Envoy*
(December 1, 2004)
Pablo Picasso's haunting painting, 'Guernica', has immortalized that Spanish city whose brutal destruction was a precursor to all the horrendous death and suffering of World War II, now a finally fading generation ago. It was on Thanksgiving Day that we published detailed foreign reports about what has been done this month by what many in the world now consider to be the imperial crusading forces of the United States and Great Britain, 'on our watch', to the Iraqi city of 'Falluja' -- Falluja in Memoriam on Thanksgiving. Now this haunting essay, "Fallujah: America's Guernica", suggests a historical twist in time and fate we all should be pondering.