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Bush Speaks to American Jews
American Jews Rally to AIPAC
"As the FBI
investigation of Washington's
Jewish organizations are charging elements of the
with orchestrating a borderline-antisemitic smear
against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
community's wall-to-wall defense of the pro-Israel lobbying
comes in response to media reports..."
Late Breaking Bush
campaign gets ready for shock waves, as the former Texas official who
says he pulled strings to get George W. Bush into the Air National
Guard finally goes public... Ben Barnes,
the former lieutenant governor of Texas, will finally break his silence
and talk to the press about what role he played in helping Bush get a
coveted slot in the Texas Air National Guard in 1968. Sources say
Barnes has already sat down for a "60 Minutes" interview that will air
Barnes made headlines last week when his videotaped comments
that he was "very ashamed" of getting Bush into the National Guard
began circulating on the Web. He said the remorse was prompted by a
recent visit to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, where he saw
the names of thousands of other young men who did not enjoy the
connections of the Bush family. Barnes made his comments in May
video was posted on a pro-Kerry Web site in June, but word of it only
began to spread widely last Friday... Salon.com.
Mid-East Realities - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 2 Sept: The American Republican Party -- today
a uniquely dangerous coalition of far right-wing Christian evangelicals
hard-line Jewish Zionist neocons -- is running hard on 9/11 and it's
double-headed Christian-Jewish crusading zeal. The extremist
ideological contradictions and realities of it all are shielded by
incessant nauseating repetition
of the numbing words 'freedom' and 'democracy' coupled with the
paralyzing slogan 'The
War on Terrorism'. All the great social issues and the
truly important things that will determine the strength and cohesion
of American society in the future are being both neglected and
short-changed. For crass short-term political gain those
who now control the
Grand Old Party (GOP) of today's flag-waving patriots is seriously
undermining the standing of their country in the world at large and the
basic underpinning structures and cultural fabric of their nation at
And yet many Americans are so simple-minded,
so nationalistically xenophobic, and so Chrisitian bible evangelical,
that this unprecedented 'Eocon' alliance may well
pull off the November election and retain the power of the world's only
current superpower. Though the cost to the basic
cohesion and stability of international
society is considerable, and though the cost in squandered resources
and credibility of the American empire itself is huge, the Eocons march
on heavily mortaging the future of us all.
Though they refuse to even discuss the historical
realities, it is in fact primarily past U.S. and Israeli policies that
lead the world to 9/11 and then transformed regional conflicts into a
much more virulent general world conflagration. And
now it is in fact current U.S. and Israeli policies that are fanning
the flames of the world fire leading us all to either a world of
unending conflict or an eruption into some new
kind of 'modern-day' World War III.
As George W. Bush prepares to
outline his 'vision' and 'agenda' to the American nation tonight from
besieged New York City he today published the following appeal to
American Jews in The Forward
newspaper. Ironically, in the same issue of The Forward, the latest Israeli and
Jewish Lobby spy scandal gets much play including the additional
Ensure Stability in Middle East By Building
Just, Free Societies
For more than a generation, the United States and Israel have
steadfast allies. Our nations are bound by our shared values and a
strong commitment to freedom. These ties that have made us natural
allies will never be broken.
Israel and the United States share a common history: We are
nations born of struggle and sacrifice. We are both founded by
immigrants escaping religious persecution in other lands. Through the
labors and strides of generations, we have both built vibrant
democracies, founded in the rule of law and market economies. And we
are both countries established with certain basic beliefs: that God
watches over the affairs of men and values every human life.
September 11, 2001, awakened Americans to the knowledge that
we can no
longer depend on geography to protect us from the heinous acts of
terrorists. We experienced the horror of a brutal attack on our own
soil — terror flooded our streets, and entered our places of work. With
this experience came a better realization of the struggles borne every
day by the people of Israel, and we developed an even stronger
determination to defeat terrorism and to eliminate the threat it poses
to free people everywhere.
Terrorism has many faces, but all those who use terror as a
against free people burn with the same hatred and the same will to
destroy. To build the lasting peace that we both seek in all corners of
the globe, we must use every resource to defeat terror and ensure our
security. America has led a relentless global campaign against
terrorists and their supporters, and we are glad to have Israel at our
We are pursuing a global strategy to stop the spread of
weapons of mass
We have already stopped shipments of chemical precursors and
bound for states that sponsor terror. By standing up for our
principles, countries like Libya have renounced their weapons of mass
destruction programs. And other nations will follow.
We are mobilizing the international community to join in our
eliminate the threat of nuclear proliferation that Iran poses to the
Middle East and to the world, and we have already seen results. Through
the influence of European countries, we have obtained a commitment from
Iran to comply with the additional International Atomic Energy Agency
protocol. And the IAEA is beginning to take stronger action against
Iran, bringing us closer to ending its uranium enrichment and
For the sake of peace and security, we ended the regime of
Hussein. That regime cast a dark shadow of aggression over the Middle
East for decades. The regime invaded its neighbors and used weapons of
mass destruction not only against its neighbors, but also against its
own people. This terror-sponsoring regime defied the demands of the
free world for more than a decade. We acted to end its reign of terror,
and because of our actions, America and Israel are more secure, the
Middle East is growing more stable and the world is better off.
The peace we seek depends on defeating the violent, but the
pursue throughout the world is so much greater: the ideology of
terrorism must be conquered and overcome. Terrorists find influence and
recruits in societies where bitterness and resentment are common, and
hope and opportunity are rare. Our best hope for lasting security and
stability across the Middle East is the establishment of just and free
societies. And so across that vital region, America is standing for the
expansion of human liberty.
Freedom is at the heart of our approach to bringing peace
Israel and the Palestinian people. My administration is strongly
committed to the security of Israel as a vibrant Jewish state.
For the sake of peace, we are committed to helping the
people establish a democratic and viable state of their own. Israel
will benefit from a truly responsible partner in seeking to achieve
peace. The Palestinian people deserve democratic institutions and
responsible leaders. Progress toward this vision creates
responsibilities for Israel, the Palestinian people and Arab nations.
It is essential to the successful establishment of peace that all
parties renounce violence and mutually pursue the war against terror.
Security is the foundation for peace. All parties must embrace
democracy and reform and take the necessary steps for peace. I am
troubled by the violence in Gaza and it underscores the need for all
parties to seize every opportunity for peace. I strongly support the
plan announced by Prime Minister Sharon to withdraw military
installations and settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.
This plan is a bold and courageous step that can bring us closer to the
goal of two states — Israel and Palestine — living side by side in
peace and security.
Sharon's disengagement decision has given the Palestinian
the free world a chance to take bold steps of their own toward peace.
We must now call upon the Palestinian people to reject their corrupt
and failed leaders and insist on a leadership committed to reform,
progress and peace. When they renounce the terror and violence that
frustrate their aspirations and cost so many innocent lives, they will
have the opportunity to build a modern economy, creating the
institutions and developing the habits of liberty. The Palestinian
people deserve a better future, just as the people of Israel deserve a
better future. And democracy will deliver this future to us all.
A lasting peace in the Holy Land has been both a shining
vision and a
venerable international goal for generations. Our vision is a Middle
East where borders are crossed for purposes of trade and commerce, not
crossed for the purposes of murder and war. Our vision is a Middle East
in which the shadow cast by terror is removed, and where fear and
threats are only a distant memory. This vision is within our grasp if
we have the faith, the courage and the resolve to achieve it.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to peace is found in the hearts
of men and
women. The Jewish people have seen, over the years and over the
centuries, that hate prepares the way for violence. The refusal to
expose and confront intolerance can lead to crimes beyond imagining. So
we have a duty to expose and confront anti-Semitism, wherever it is
Anti-Semitism is not a problem of the past; the hatred of Jews
ceased. This intolerable hatred can still be found in the Middle East,
and our nation will continue to call upon Arab governments to end
libels and incitements. The demonization of Israel, using anti-Zionist
rhetoric, can be a flimsy cover for anti-Semitism, and can contribute
to an atmosphere of fear in which synagogues are desecrated,
reputations are slandered, and people are threatened. I will continue
to call upon our friends around the world to renounce and fight any
sign of anti-Semitism in their midst.
We are living through historic times. And together, the United
and Israel are being called to do important work in the world. We will
stand together against bigotry in every land and every language, and we
will not rest until we have defeated the violent men with patient,
determined justice. Through our resolute efforts, human freedom and the
peace that freedom brings will prevail.
The people of Israel should know they have a friend in the
States. We remain dedicated to peace and security in the Middle East
and in every corner of the globe.
* George W. Bush is president of the United States.
Groups Rally to Lobby's Side as FBI
Intensifies Israeli Espionage Probe
2 September - WASHINGTON —
As the FBI intensifies its
investigation of Washington's
pro-Israel lobby, Jewish organizations are charging elements of the
government with orchestrating a borderline-antisemitic smear campaign
against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
The community's wall-to-wall defense of the pro-Israel
powerhouse comes in response to media reports that the FBI is
investigating the possibility that a Pentagon analyst passed classified
material on to Aipac officials, who then handed the information over to
the Israeli embassy in Washington.
Early in the week, many Jewish communal officials were
relatively muted response, hoping the scandal would blow over quickly.
But in recent days, law enforcement officials have told reporters that
the FBI's investigation is intensifying, arrests are imminent and the
case has been assigned to federal prosecutors. In addition, according
to one top GOP congressman, the House could end up launching its own
probe of the allegations.
Depending on how the investigation plays out, Jewish communal
said, the allegations could severely undermine the influence of Aipac,
the most influential pro-Israel organization in Washington and one of
the country's most powerful lobbying groups. In turn, they added, the
scandal could damage American-Israeli relations and hamper efforts to
stop Iran's push for nuclear weapons. With the stakes running so high,
Jewish communal leaders are rallying to Aipac's defense.
Several Jewish organizational leaders are expressing outrage
reports that an Israeli diplomat and Jewish organizational officials
were under FBI surveillance. Others are also calling for a federal
probe into what they describe as an unfounded campaign of government
leaks aimed at smearing Aipac and Israel in order to weaken
neoconservative officials in the Bush administration.
"The leaks are more serious than the charges because once you
the charges, they don't amount to anything," said Abraham Foxman,
national director of the Anti-Defamation League. "When things quiet
down, we should be calling for hearings and investigations into the
The ADL director also blasted the apparent surveillance being
by the FBI. "We wake up in the morning to learn that the American
government is surveying a registered diplomat — based on what? And then
the case grows because he happens to have lunch with a bureaucrat and a
Jewish organization?" Foxman said. "All that is very troubling. I hope
if there is an investigation or hearings that we will come to some
understanding about who set this in motion."
A spokesman with one Jewish group said it was likely that
organizations were also being monitored.
The FBI refused to answer any questions about its ongoing
investigations or surveillance targets.
In an August 27 dispatch for CBS News, Leslie Stahl reported
FBI has been investigating for more than a year whether a Pentagon
analyst passed to Israel secret materials about White House
deliberations over Iran, using Aipac as a conduit. The probe was
described as an espionage investigation. But press reports during the
weekend suggested that the suspicions were less severe and that they
may involve an unauthorized leak of confidential information rather
This week, however, Justice Department sources have been
more ominous picture in leaks to reporters. According to some press
reports, the FBI was surveying an Israeli diplomat and Aipac officials
for more than a year and a half, on suspicions of spying. The
surveillance, reportedly, included phone tapping and photographing.
There was no indication of what may have triggered the probe.
In the course of the investigation, more than a year ago, FBI
were reportedly monitoring a meeting between an Israeli diplomat and an
Aipac official at a Washington restaurant. As the two were talking,
Pentagon official Lawrence Franklin, the head of the Iran desk at the
Department of Defense, joined the two. Franklin, who was previously
stationed in Israel as a specialist for the U.S. Air Force Reserve,
soon became the focus of the probe, and at one point reportedly was
seen trying to pass a classified document on the administration's Iran
policy to an Aipac staffer.
Two Aipac staffers were mentioned in press reports in
connection to the
investigation: Steve Rosen, the group's veteran director of foreign
policy affairs, who is considered second in seniority to Aipac's
executive director, Howard Kohr, and Keith Weissman, who handles Iran,
the Persian Gulf and oil issues.
The two were reportedly interviewed by FBI agents August 27,
story broke in the media. The interviews were reportedly halted when
the two asked to talk to a lawyer. The New York Times reported
Wednesday that the FBI interviews of the two Aipac officials will
resume shortly, but for now it appears unlikely that either man will be
accused of any wrongdoing. Neither has been advised that he is a target
of the investigation, and government officials said that the men's
legal status remained uncertain, according to the Times.
Aipac spokesmen refused to comment on the identity of the
The Israeli diplomat whose name was mentioned — Naor Gilon,
Embassy's political adviser — is spending the summer in Israel. He told
Ma'ariv that he did nothing wrong. "All my activities
were well within the parameters of accepted norms and procedures," he
Franklin, a non-Jewish polyglot who friends and colleagues at
Pentagon described as a neoconservative and a staunch supporter of
Israel, is reportedly cooperating with investigators.
According to one congressional leader, House Majority Whip Roy
congressional probe is possible. Blunt, a Missouri Republican, issued a
statement saying: "While the House will want to look carefully at any
allegations that might endanger our national security, it will begin
that look with a record of great confidence in our relationship with
Blunt's press secretary said that "should the allegations
warrant" such a probe, there was talk about a possible "congressional
investigation" or "an informal fact-finding" look into suspicions of
wrongdoing by Aipac employees and Israeli officials. But other
congressional leaders said they were unaware of the possibility of such
a probe, adding that one would be unlikely as long as the FBI
investigation has not produced conclusive evidence of wrongdoing.
In a conference call Monday with Kohr and Aipac's president,
Manocherian, Jewish communal leaders from across the political spectrum
voiced staunch support for the organization and expressed confidence
that its officials had done nothing wrong. During the 45-minute call,
as well as in public statements, Jewish communal leaders did not ask
Aipac executives to lay out their version of the facts or to explain
reports that the group had been under FBI surveillance for more than
In several public statements, Aipac has not denied that its
held meetings with Franklin or relayed information from him to Israeli
officials. Instead, the organization has insisted that it did not
knowingly receive or pass along any classified information.
This explanation seemed to satisfy many Jewish communal
well as the dozens of influential lawmakers who showed up for Aipac
events in New York during the Republican convention (please see story
on Page 9).
Several participants in the conference call said they believed
allegations were part of an effort by certain elements in the CIA and
the State Department to undercut the influence of neoconservative
officials in the Bush administration.
Aipac's defenders attempted to poke a slew of holes in the
the case against the organization being put forth in the media. For
example, Aipac supporters said, Israeli officials and Aipac executives
are in a position to contact Franklin's superiors directly about the
administration's debates over Iran policy. They also asked why, if the
FBI had such explosive evidence of espionage, as its agents have
suggested in leaks to the media, the bureau has not acted on the
information after a year of investigations.
Some participants in the conference call Monday suggested
media counterattack, but were convinced by several of the more
experienced communal leaders that a better press strategy would be to
keep a low profile in hope that the story would fade away. "We all
believe that this story will quietly deflate," said the head of one
Jewish organization. "If it doesn't, however, and the accusations will
really amount to crimes, that would be devastating... for the whole
In several ways, Jewish community leaders said, the scandal is
cause damage to Israel and Aipac, as well as to the United
States-Israel relationship. American officials are likely to be worried
about the FBI monitoring in their contacts with Israelis. Aipac, an
organization that to a large degree is successful because of its image
of virtual omnipotence, is weakened when portrayed as vulnerable.
Cooperation between Israel and the United States in stopping Iran's
quest for nuclear weapons also may suffer.
In the short run, Jewish activists said, the greatest damage could be
the re-emergence of the specter of Jonathan Pollard, the American
Jewish Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for
spying on the United States for Israel. His case raised new questions
in certain quarters of the defense establishment about the loyalty of
Jewish employees. "In one way this is different, because Franklin isn't
Jewish," said a prominent American Jewish activist. "In another it's
worse: Aipac is caught in the middle, and that casts a shadow over
Jewish agencies and institutions." With
reporting from Ami Eden, Marc Perelman and E.J. Kessler in New York.
Iran and Syria now Targeted
(September 30, 2004)
Now the Americans and Israelis have Iran and Syria in their sights.
MER Warned About Jewish Neocons and Israeli Lobby Years Ago
(September 30, 2004)
Think back now to the days before the Bush/Cheney regime took power in Washington, before the term 'neocon' and the policy of 'pre-emption' were in wide use, and to before 9/11 was even imagined by all but a very few. MER was already long ago raising the warning flags, explaining what was really happening in Washington as well as in the Middle East, previewing what has since come to be; all while so many others were proclaiming the 'peace process is irreversible' and Yasser Arafat was the most frequent foreign guest at the American White House!
MER Articles - Sept 1998
(September 30, 2004)
Intifada II Enters Year Five
(September 28, 2004)
The figures for the Intifada are brutal. Adjusted for the size of the U.S. population, that is if the Israeli occupation were taking place in the U.S., over 300,000 Americans would have been killed in just the past 4 years alone, well over a million seriously injured, many millions imprisoned and tortured, plus considerable land confiscated, homes destroyed, and occupying Jewish 'settlers' taking over.
MER Articles - September 1997
(September 28, 2004)
These MER Articles were published in September 1997. The perspective they offer on events since is crucial.
Maps tell the Real Story 'on the ground' where it counts
(September 26, 2004)
The Israelis now control all Palestinian areas through hundreds of military Checkpoints, No-go zones, By-pass 'Jews only' Roads, Settlements, Outposts, and in recent years Fences, Walls, and Electronic Monitoring systems throughout the West Bank similar to what was done in the past to Gaza. In addition all Palestinians must even receive Israeli military permission to travel from one city and village. The situation is today far worse than Apartheid was in South Africa. As a result, no real, contiguous, and even minimally sovereign Palestinian State is possible any longer in the area that was Palestine in 1947.
Anglican group calls for Israel sanctions
(September 24, 2004)
A few months ago the American Presbyterians officially took the first major Church steps to sanction Israel, recalling how South Africa was treated in the days of Apartheid not that long ago. Now an influential Anglican group is pushing for a combination of boycott and divestment from Israel when their senior Church leaders next meet.
USA at MOMENT of NATIONAL CRISIS
(September 24, 2004)
"Over the last three years, practicing a philosophy of deliberate deception, fear-mongering and abuse of authority, the Bush administration has done more to undermine the republic of Lincoln and Jefferson than the cells of al-Qaida. It has willfully ignored our fundamental laws and squandered the nation's wealth in bloody, open-ended pursuits.... We have arrived
at a moment of national crisis."
Sy Hersh - Readers' Comments
(September 23, 2004)
Important articles and exclusive insights like this would not be easily available, or oftentimes available at all, but for MER. These Readers' Comments this week concern the recent MER article about Washington journalist Seymour Hersh and his recent interviews and talks about his new book Chain of Command:
ARAB AMERICANS - REALITIES NOT DECEPTIONS
(September 22, 2004)
The real message to the tough-minded politicos in Washington is this: There's nothing to worry about from Arab Americans...working overtime they can only mobilize quite few in numbers...they are not even protesting against the upcoming agreement itself likely to be soon signed across the street...they know nothing about the power of civil disobedience...they have no powerful or even significant allies...their leadership is naive and oftentimes foolish...and the Arab organizations we work with can be counted on to keep them under control come what may.
IRAN - The U.S. and Israel Prepare to Attack
(September 22, 2004)
The new massive arms sale of 'bunker busting' bombs to Israel has two major purposes at this point in addition to furthering the Bush/Cheney election campaign -- to prepare for real war with Iran sooner rather than later, while at the same time attempting to further intimidate one more time those in Tehran to 'comply, resistance is futile'.
About MER - Please Read and Contribute Today
(September 21, 2004)
Reorganizing and overcoming all the obstacles has come at a considerable price in time, effort, and funds. We have to appeal now for your substantial financial support; for a truly independent and hard-hitting organization must have truly independent funding or it cannot continue and have impact. Please contribute today to make MER possible and of growing impact. Thank you!
Sy Hersh - Israeli Disinformation and Cover-Up?
(September 21, 2004)
In fact, the more one thinks about this, the more one reaches the possible conclusion that while Hersh is on target (though incomplete) when it comes to the torture scandal, when it comes to the geostrategic, especially when it comes to matters relating to Israel, Hersh may well be being used for disinformation and continually engages in a kind of self-censorship and cover-up.
Journalists and Professors With Chilling Warnings
(September 20, 2004)
"Every generation has its test of principle in which people of good faith can no longer remain silent in the face of authoritarian ambition. If we cannot join together to fight the abomination of American camps, we have already lost what we are defending."
The 'Fucking' Crazy and Stupid Washington Neocons
(September 19, 2004)
Of course they only talk this way when they've really had it and when they think the befuddled largely ignorant general public won't hear. But the reality is these two top American Generals who have been saluting to power their whole lives, and who themselves are very much a part of the terrible corrupted system, are known to feel the senior neocons empowered by Bush and Cheney are out of control and sometimes a little fucking out of their minds!
Feith of Israel
(September 18, 2004)
MER 'Washington Scene'EXCLUSIVE:
Click to Listen to Douglas Feith at an Israeli lobby White House rally while Bill Clinton was still President, Feith was not yet back in government, and more than a year before 9/11 was to happen. For some time in Washington Feith has been a prominent member of the extended Israeli-Jewish lobby speaking at times as harshly and unrelentingly as any Israeli propagandist. Persons in the media should contact MER for more extensive information and additional audio and video clips of Feith - 202 362-5266 and press@MiddleEast.Org
Crude Politics: How Bush's Oil Cronies Hijacked the War on Terrorism
(September 17, 2004)
But, when writing about the situation in Washington and the linkages between persons and groups that brought about the Iraqi invasion/occupation, Sperry makes significant contributions in his book Crude Policies that need to be understood.
Washington's Pathetic Arabist Hustlers - National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
(September 16, 2004)
But the most tragic reality of all is that in the process of what they have done for themselves this pathetically incestuous Washington cabal of 'Arabists' has squandered crucial decades, all together more than a hundred million dollars, and even now with the Middle East on fire and Washington gripped by policy warfare very very few even want to bother to come and get their free lunch with them.
Iraqi Debacle, Iraqi Disaster
(September 16, 2004)
Most senior US military officers now believe
the war on Iraq has turned into a disaster
on an unprecedented scale
EYEWITNESS TO SLAUGHTER IN BAGHDAD
(September 15, 2004)
On Sunday as the details of this murderous U.S. attack on a Baghdad crowd were first being reported, MER asked an officer on Commanding U.S. General Abizaid's staff how could the U.S. be using attack helicopters to fire on crowds in Baghdad and still think Iraqis wouldn't hate the Americans. He suggested it must have been to protect troops still in the damaged vehicle. A few hours later when told that was not the case, that the troops had already been rescued, he suggested maybe there was a need to destroy the vehicle for 'intelligence' reasons. When told the vehicle was already destroyed and on fire he could only shrug... How telling... This unusually gripping first-hand report from the exploding streets of Baghdad:
Bin Laden More Popular Than Bush in Egypt
(September 14, 2004)
With Iraq exploding, the Americans attacking street crowds in Baghdad with bombs and missiles, and the U.S. military already stretched to the breaking point both in terms of manpower and credibility, Washington's propaganda machine is in overdrive both at home and abroad. Even so, even in long-time American ally Egypt, Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda are considerably more popular than George W. Bush and the U.S.
Iraq Exploding in Rebellion and Death
(September 12, 2004)
At least 37 people were killed in Baghdad alone. Many of them died when a U.S. helicopter fired on a disabled U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle as Iraqis swarmed around it, cheering, throwing stones and waving the black and yellow sunburst banner of Iraq's most-feared terror organization.
'Fucking Crazies' Powell Explodes - Withdraw from Iraq Financial Times Editorializes
(September 12, 2004)
The U.S. policy in the Middle East is already a disaster of historical proportions. In a new book being published in a few days no less an authority than U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell himself is quoted describing the top neo-conservatives in the Bush administration as 'fucking crazies' during the build-up to war in Iraq.
9/11 - 'War of the Worlds'
(September 11, 2004)
Immediately when 9/11 occurred the publisher of MER was asked to quickly write about it's meaning and ramifications for the about-to-be-published October issue of a European Edition of Playboy Magazine.
9/11 began a long time ago and for very real reasons
(September 11, 2004)
Those who were reading MER six years ago were giving a prescient foretaste of what has since come, and why. This MER article was originally published on 25 August 1998. Read it now keeping in mind that what has been happening since was being caused and was foreseeable then; just as what is being done now is creating the still bleaker future now ahead if today's course in Washington is not significantly altered...and soon.
Chechnya - Crucible for Hatred and Terrorism
(September 10, 2004)
It is a genocidal war Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for more than any other. But then neither the U.S. nor the European powers nor the U.N. for that matter have had the vision, the determination, and the courage to step in. And thus the fingers of responsibility and blame should be pointing in many simultaneous directions at this time.
Israeli Spying in USA Fox Series Spiked and Covered-Up
(September 10, 2004)
AIPAC and Israel's many official and unofficial lobbyists are now mounting a major campaign to bring the FBI investigation to an end with only minor charges involving 'mishandling' of classified documents. The pressures on everyone in Washington are no doubt intense; especially in this election year. And so what happened in November 2002 should be especially instructive; and in view of the most recent charges and investigations should be resurrected:
Chechnya - Crucible for Hatred and Terrorism
(September 8, 2004)
This look back on the terribly brutal Russian war in Chechnya to prevent Chechnyan independence must be understood to be the crucible in which the horrifying events of recent days were brewed. It is a genocidal war Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for more than any other; but then neither the U.S. nor the European powers nor the U.N. for that matter have had the vision, the determination, and the courage to step in. And thus the fingers of responsibility and blame should be pointing in many simultaneous directions.
Aljazeera Caves Again
(September 8, 2004)
Coerced self-censorship and forcing the media to constantly be wary of offending the powers that be is a long-time hallmark not only in the Middle East, Russia, and China, but also in the West and the United States. The techniques and methods are different, especially when it comes to the American scene, but in many cases the results are similar.
Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir - Occupations All
(September 7, 2004)
Brutal occupations all -- Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq, Kashmir. All examples of when overwhelming military force is used by a major power to put down popular resistance to historical subjugation and injustice.
(September 6, 2004)
Major efforts are now underway in Washington to head off, cover up, derail, what we earlier today for the first time called ISRAELGATE.
IsraelGate is potentially the most significant scandal to rock relations between the U.S. and Israel ever -- since the Lavon Affair and 1956 war when President Eisenhower faced down the Israelis, then 1967 with the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, and then the Pollard spy affair nearly twenty years ago now.
But now the stakes are much much higher than ever for the following three reasons:
(September 5, 2004)
Now that the new Israeli spy scandal has broken into public view, the top-level connections between the Jewish neocons at the Pentagon and the National Security Council -- among them Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Elliott Abrams -- the following and associated stories first published earlier this year deserve much more than a second look. They should in fact be the basis for a full-fledged journalistic investigation into what could yet be called ISRAELGATE.
Israel, Neocons, Lobby, and Spying
(September 4, 2004)
For there are those in Washington and in the media who know very well that it was the Israelis and the Jewish neocons, working in tandem, who worked relentlessly to push the U.S. into the invasion and occupation of Iraq. And there are those who are well aware that the Israelis and the Jewish neocons are now working in tandem to push and cajole the U.S. to take on Iran, Syria, and all who stand in the way of their plans for the U.S. and Israel in partnership to control the Middle East strategically, politically, and economically.
Revered Muslim Cleric Calls On Muslims To Fight The U.S.Occupier
(September 3, 2004)
"Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures
who in August called on Muslims around the world to
support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its
apppointed interim Iraqi government."
Bush Speaks, Eocons (Christian Evangelicals + Jewish Neocons) Rule
(September 2, 2004)
As George W. Bush prepares to outline his 'vision' and 'agenda' to the American nation tonight from besieged New York City he today published the following appeal to American Jews in The Forward newspaper. Ironically, in the same issue of The Forward, the latest Israeli and Jewish Lobby spy scandal gets much play including the additional article below: