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MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 27 October: It's another big-time Israeli-designed and U.S. "approved" political scam regarding "peace" in the Middle East. There's a long history of this now and people in the region, especially the Palestinians, are well-aware of what is going on; even if at this point in history they feel quite helpless to do much about it.

But people in Western countries, especially in the United States, remain terribly misinformed and ignorant of the actual realities of the situation. And this is largely because of the complicity of the major corporate media in falsely reporting what is really up with such things as yesterday's vote in the Knesset to approve Ariel Sharon's latest scheme. Amazingly -- thanks to massive Israeli, U.S., and Jewish media propaganda -- this latest political scam is being played up in a big way and worse yet in a ridiculously positive way.

The first reality is that with this latest ploy the Israelis have completed turning Gaza into the world's largest and most densely populated prison and concentration-camp; while in recent years taking steps to emulate what they have done to Gaza to nearly all Palestinians towns and cities in the West Bank as well. Nothing like this has been done to any other people any place else in the modern world. And this situation will be worsened, not improved, when the small number of 8000 settlers have been relocated outside of Gaza ghetto.

The second reality is that the Palestinians are collectively being quite literally imprisoned, starved, bombed and tortured into greater misery and submission than ever before.
As Mahatma Gandhi's grandson recently said upon his first visit to the occupied territories, "this is ten times worse than Apartheid was."

The third reality is that while the Israeli 'left wing' worked hard with it's own 'peace' scam of the last decade to bring about a shrunken, quisling, permanently crippled, Palestinian statelet...the Israeli 'right wing' has now totally aborted even that effort -- bad as it was for the Palestinians -- making all but impossible any real Palestinian State short of Israel's destruction.

Just watching once again none other than Shimon Peres teaming up with Ariel Sharon for this latest historic deception is maddening to many. But don't expect to see anyone with such awareness and perspective on any of the many corporate media's talk shows or on the major newspaper Op Ed pages.

The price for the past political trickery has already been very high. The poison of the Israeli-Arab conflict has spread continually for decades now and played a substantial role in bringing about today's 'Clash of Civilizations' whose end is yet in sight. The eventual future price for what is happening these days threatens to be higher yet, potentially catastrophic. the United States...there are other basic political realities nearly always overlooked by the complicitous and usually cowardly corporate 'mass media'. While today's Republican Party is very much in bed with both the extremist 'fundamentalist' Christian Evangelicals as well as with the Sharon-connected Jewish neocons, the Democratic Party is nearly totally mortgaged to the other wing of the Israeli-Jewish lobby long-associated with Israel's Labor Party and Peres.

Trying hard to court both Jewish support and influence the following letter is being distributed to American Jews in a surreptitious way by operatives in the Democratic Party hoping to frighten them to vote for John Kerry because he is even better for Israel than George Bush.


The following article is being distributed to American
Jews by crafty public relations operatives and public relations
firms working with the
Democratic Party and John Kerry:

"I am a Washington lawyer -- but with a difference. Twenty years ago, I made aliyah. Ever since, I have lived in Jerusalem about half the year.

As you might well guess, I care deeply about the security of Israel. I am a member of Likud, the party of Prime Minister Sharon. Like a majority of Likud and unlike Sharon, I oppose giving back Gaza and a portion of the West Bank unilaterally. While I would support substantial territorial concessions in the context of a full settlement and full peace, I cannot agree to giving back land in return for nothing.

Because of this -- not despite it -- I strongly support the election of John Kerry.

Why? Hasn't Bush been good for Israel? That is what many American Jews and many Israelis believe. While superficially there is some truth to this conclusion, Bush's actions deeply undermine the strength of the United States and thereby the security of Israel.

Bush has made many statements supporting the right of Israel to protect itself against terrorism. Unfortunately, many of these statements have been followed by statements from the State Department saying exactly the opposite. In this way, the Administration has tried to support two irreconcilable positions. Talk of flip - flopping.

Bush has taken the position throughout the world -- Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere -- that terrorists must be crushed by force, not negotiated with. The Republican platform states unequivocally that a second Bush Administration promises "no negotiation with terrorism***. As a result, there was no negotiation with al Queda or the Taliban or Saddam, simply the use of overwhelming military might.

Compare the Bush Administration's position on Israel. While there have been no negotiations with Arafat, Israel has been pressured repeatedly to negotiate with his underlings who are terrorists as well. The Administration's road map requires Israel to concede most of the territories in return for little more than promises of peace. How good are promises from people who have spent their lives as terrorists?

The Bush Administration has repeatedly criticized Israel for targeting Palestinians who had been directly involved in terrorist attacks because of the collateral harm to civilians that resulted. Yet this Administration's has over and over again used far more firepower in attempts to kill bin Laden and Saddam, despite far greater civilian casualties.

In other words, despite all the rhetoric, the Bush Administration has proposed one set of principles for the United States and an entirely different set for Israel.

Even though Senator Kerry has been a steadfast supporter of Israel his entire political life, I am not saying that President Kerry would have a substantially different policy. Because of the desire not to alienate Muslims anymore that they already have been, President Kerry, like Bush, will undoubtedly try to square a circle, to support Israel without stirring up America's few Muslim friends. The major difference will be to end the hypocrisy that Bush has a consistent policy of defeating terrorism by military means.

However, while the words of a Kerry Administration may not be significantly different than the words of the Bush Administration, the security of Israel will be far better served. Israel's security depends on the strength of the United States. Sadly, Israel has virtually no other friend in the world. Europe almost always opposes Israel's need to defend itself. Third-world countries almost always support Arab positions. And the situation would surely be much worse if the United States were not vetoing one-sided Security Council resolutions and pressuring its friends to at least pretend an even-handed approach.

Unfortunately, George Bush has in less than four years enormously weakened the United States in numerous ways.

First, he has made the United States a virtual pariah in the world. For almost a century, the United States has had not only the strongest military but it has been widely admired. Today, even our closest friends in Europe are doubting our leadership. I am not talking about the French and German governments. Those leaders and their policies will inevitably change. I am talking about the people of Europe and other countries who have been deeply estranged by this Administration. Who would have imagined only a few years ago that American athletes would be booed at the Olympic Games? Who would believe that a majority of the population in many European countries would no longer admire the United States?

This did not come about just from the Iraq war. Even before the war, the Bush Administration had made clear that it had no respect for other countries by repudiating previous American positions on climate change and other important agreements. With regard to the Iraq war itself, the Administration made clear that it would not take seriously the opinions of even American's best friends. It is therefore hardly surprising that when Bush wanted help from other countries to suppress the violence after the war, few countries would provide substantial assistance.

Second, the Bush Administration has not only alienated other nations but it has divided Americans. Far from being a uniter, Bush has deliberately been a divider. It is doubtful that the country has been so badly split since the Civil War. American's do not jut disagree; all too often they hate their political leaders and each other. The results can be seen in Congress where no legislation of consequence has been passed this year. While this division among Americans has not yet harmed Israel, such harm is virtually certain to occur if the United State continues to be weakened by those who believe division aids their political fortunes.

Third, the American military has been seriously weakened. At the same time that it has inadequate forces in Iraq to suppress the rebellion, it has had to force the National Guard and reserve troops to extend their service in Iraq well beyond their original assignments. As a result, Bush is reducing the number of American troops in other places overseas, including in Asia where North Korea poses a serious danger.

The result of the weakening of the American military is that American power in the world has been seriously diminished. For example, after the Iraq invasion, Iran and Syria seemed more accommodating because they had seen the overwhelming power of the United States. However, Since it is now obvious that the United States cannot act militarily against Iran and Syria, they are ignoring American demands. Iran's refusal to stop the development of nuclear technology is a far more serious threat to Israel and the world than Saddam ever was.

Fourth, Bush has severely weakened the American economy. The most serious danger is not the slow recovery from the recession but the huge deficits which exist today and will continue far out into the future because of tax cuts for the rich. Whereas when President Clinton left office, economists were worrying about the minor possible economic harm if the entire national debt were eliminated in a decade, the problem today is that there is no money even for serious national problems -- social security, health care, education and the military.

But hasn't the Iraq war increased Israel's security? Of course, Iraq under Saddam was an enemy of Israel. Therefore, no Israeli (and few other people) are going to be sorry that he is gone. But Israel's security has hardly improved. If one were to list the Middle Eastern countries most dangerous to Israel and to world peace when the Iraq war began, Iraq would have at best ranked fourth. Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria were certainly far more dangerous. The Administration has real evidence that Iran is working on nuclear weapons and there can be no doubt that it has long-range missiles which can easily reach Israel. However, Iran knows that the United States is so tied up in Iraq that it cannot take military action against it. So it is ignoring American demands for international inspection. Saudi Arabia has been the financier of extreme Islamic groups throughout the world.

In short, the United States is a far weaker country today than it was four years ago. And because its only friend is weaker, Israel is much weaker too. George Bush's statements in support of Israel are not nearly enough to make up for this reality."

Bruce Terris

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October 2004


Iran Next - Part 1
(October 31, 2004)
In a few days the American election itself will be history. The likelihood is the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime will remain in power; hard as that still is for so many to imagine and understand. Should the Democrats win the White House Middle East policies will be largely in the hands of the neoliberals and the super money-men like Haim Saban who when it comes to the Middle East and Israel have far more in common with the neocons than has yet been realized by many who will vote for them. Whatever happens on Tuesday next the build-up to attacking and if at all possible regime changing Iran is well underway and the showdown increasingly imminent.

Osama, Bush, Kerry - Past, Present, Future
(October 30, 2004)
Few Middle East realities have been heard during this long grueling American election campaign. Most of the rhetoric has been extraordinarily self-righteous and self-serving, disingenuous and dishonest. Sad and tragic as it is to have to say, for many in the Middle East and around the world beyond American shores, tactics aside, the words of Osama Bin Laden ring more true to their experience and perspective regarding U.S. foreign policy than those of either George Bush or John Kerry.

Fahrenheit 9/11 - Watch It On Your Computer This Weekend
(October 30, 2004)
Who would have imagined on 9/11 more than three years ago now that the top front-page story in the Washington Post Saturday before the 2004 election would be a picture of Osama Bin Laden addressing the American people! Reality keeps trumping fiction time after time in our era!

Escalating War Against the World after November 2nd?
(October 29, 2004)
Whether the Americans are lead by Bush and the neocons, or by Kerry and the neoliberals, the reality is that both of the great American political parties are today dominated by their super-hawkish Israeli-connected elements and that both are heavily mortgaged to major, however competing, segments of the Israeli-Jewish lobby in Washington.

ARAFAT - Pathetic Symbolism for the 'Grand Old Man' of the Palestinians
(October 29, 2004)
There is often such pathetic symbolism surrounding Yasser Arafat even as many of his people cling to his legacy as the 'symbol of Palestinian nationalism' -- itself nearly as tattered and frail as the Grand Old Man has himself become.

Bush Uncensored; Cheney Unauthorized
(October 28, 2004)

Gaza Scam + Dem Party Emails American Jews
(October 27, 2004)
The price for the past political trickery has already been very high. The poison of the Israeli-Arab conflict has spread continually for decades now and played a substantial role in bringing about today's 'Clash of Civilizations' whose end is yet in sight. The eventual future price for what is happening these days threatens to be higher yet, potentially catastrophic.

IRAN Attack Imminent?
(October 24, 2004)
Though few in the world may fully realize it, international society is now at a historic moment and the future, even a potential World War III, is in the balance. Hence the leaks coming from Washington from those trying to warn, and to prevent, what the top neocons and Israeli operatives are pushing hard to bring about. Hence last month's extremely unusual 'Israeli Spy Scandal' which had officials in the FBI charging people working on the Iranian attack in coordination with the Israeli-Jewish lobby with espionage for Israel. Hence, as this article by a former National Security Council operative suggests: "Intelligence circles report that both intelligence agencies (CIA and Pentagon) are in open revolt against the Bush White House." It appears to have been quickly written and then quickly internet published using LebanonWire in the Middle East.

Cheney Uncovered - An Unauthorized Documentary by the CBC
(October 23, 2004)
Reporter Jean Heller presented Soviet satellite photos which did not show Iraqi troops amassed on the Saudi border to the Pentagon. "It's what it (the photos) didn't show that's more important. What you expected to see were tanks on the border. There was none that we could see. I said, look, if you can prove to me that our story isn't true, we won't run it. And they just ignored it. They have never shown those (U.S. satellite images) photos. Not then and not since."

New CIA 'Shocking' Cover-Up
(October 22, 2004)
Completed in June, mandated by Congress nearly two years ago, the CIA Report that names names is being suppressed until after the election. "What all the other reports on 9/11 did not do is point the finger at individuals, and give the how and what of their responsibility. This report does that," said the intelligence official. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible."

Talk about American Imperialism and Chutzpah!
(October 22, 2004)
The reaction in many quarters must be 'Oh My God'. Bill, Hillary, and Tenet all seek higher office! Talk about American Imperialism and Chutzpah!

(October 21, 2004)
Regardless of what happens on 2 November in the U.S. election, one group or another of "the Warlords of America" will be in power in Washington. And the years now immediately ahead, regardless if the President is named Kerry or Bush, are quickly shaping up as likely to be the most dangerous in modern history.

America on the Edge
(October 20, 2004)
The amazing thing about this American election is that in view of what has happened in the U.S. and in the world the Democrats should be running away with it -- and yet they are struggling everywhere and likely to go down to defeat.

Israel on Road to being Pariah State
(October 15, 2004)
Indeed Israeli policies and attitudes have for some time now seriously poisoned political relations throughout the Middle East, substantially helped bring about the era of the 'Clash of Civilizations', and through the powerful Israeli/Jewish lobby in Washington pushed the United States into the invasion of Iraq and other militarist isolated policies whose dangerous and destructive ramifications will be felt for many years to come

The Next Generation of Palestinians
(October 13, 2004)
If what has happened in Gaza in recent years would have happened in the USA (adjusted for population size) more than 100,000 Americans would have been killed and more than a quarter million homes destroyed by a foreign occupying army using battle tanks and attack helicopters against small resistance groups in cities and towns.

(October 14, 2004)
THE CIA has greatly expanded its activities throughout the Middle East including in Jordan and Egypt as well as Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other countries throughout the region. Of course the CIA and the Mossad are working more closely together than ever to control the region and enforce what is now essentially the militarily imposed 'new world order' first announced during the current President father's days in the White House. Before President Bush I became President he was in fact the Director of the CIA, whose main headquarters is now named after him.

AOL Censors MER
(October 20, 2004)
AOL -- one of the largest internet service providers -- is blocking and censoring MER. Persons who subscribe to MER using an AOL email address can not receive MER -- it is being secretly censored from their mailboxes by AOL without notice of any kind. It is believed persons working for AOL may be censoring MER in coordination with Jewish Zionist groups. It may be that AOL has a special relationship with and other Israeli-connected groups in some way. It is all being done in secret with no notice of any kind to either AOL users or MER. A few of the messages we have received from AOL subscribers to MER follow:

Major Iraq Attacks on Hold Until After U.S. Vote
(October 11, 2004)
The Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld made an unannounced visit to Iraq in recent days. And soon after the American election the superpower military will be much more fully unleashed throughout the country preparing to push the U.S.-appointed strong-man Iyad Allawai forward in the carefully staged 'election' that will proceed if 'conditions are right'. In other words, just as Hamid Karzai was U.S. -installed and then essentially U.S.-elected in Afghanistan, the same template is now planned for Iraq.

U.S. Forces IMF into secret Iraqi debt 'forgiveness' scheme
(October 11, 2004)
But maybe most of all in the longer run, and unspoken now for all of these reasons by the powers that be, once Iraq's prior debt to other countries is 'off the books', the new U.S.-installed and CIA-controlled government in Baghdad is free to sign agreements with the Americans -- secret or otherwise -- that will essentially mortgage Iraq's future oil revenues to the U.S.A. and those it approves.

Chomsky on American Force and Pre-emption
(October 10, 2004)
"Bush planners know as well as others that the resort to force increases the threat of terror, and that their militaristic and aggressive posture and actions provoke reactions that increase the risk of catastrophe."

IRAN - Targeted by U.S. and Israel
(October 9, 2004)
You would think after the Iraq debacle that the ability of the U.S. to blackball, sanction, and then attack, occupy and regime-change another country would be considerable reduced. Not so however as this article in Z Magazine helps explain with regard to Iran. Indeed, soon after the American election the situation will quickly escalate.

The Debates - Fixed and Controlled
(October 8, 2004)
The moderators -- both from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) -- could have, and should have, asked hard, probing, unexpected questions like this:

Israeli AIPAC Spy Scandal - Update
(October 7, 2004)
It was just a month ago that the latest Washington spy scandal involving the very heart of the Israeli-Jewish Lobby had everyone buzzing. Then it faded from view as the corporate media moved on, as CBS News which originally broke the story found itself under assault, and as the election campaign and debates took center stage. Interesting, not one question from the PBS moderators about Israeli spying, nor even about the U.S. veto of the Security Council resolution condemning Israel, nor the International Court of Justice decision doing the same. Here's an update -- however inadequate -- from yesterday's L.A.Times. Though the real heart of the story should be AIPAC and the influence, tactics, and status of the Israeli-Jewish lobby; instead they focus on just the individual and not as they should on the large group of support persons and organizations. This should especially include, of course, the current cabal of largely Jewish neocons in top positions...including the one who hired Larry Franklin (Douglas Feith), and the ones who hired him (Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle).

AOL Blocks and Censors MER Articles
(October 6, 2004)
AOL is blocking and censoring MER articles because of pressures originating with Jewish and Israeli groups.

Emergency U.N. Security Council Meeting on Israel
(October 4, 2004)

The Springsteen 'Vote For Change' Concerts
(October 5, 2004)
"The press has let the country down. It's taken a very amoral stand, in that essential issues are often portrayed as simply one side says this and the other side says that. I think that Fox News and the Republican right have intimidated the press into an incredible self-consciousness about appearing objective and backed them into a corner of sorts where they have ceded some of their responsibility and righteous power." - Bruce Springsteen

Israel's Peacenik - Uri Avneri: Realities
(October 5, 2004)
"Uri Avneri, along with many Israelis and Jews, rightly fears that at some point Israel will be the direct target of blame for it's major contribution to having brought about such terrorism in the world and pushing the U.S. into invading Iraq. It is an understandable fear; for it is to a significant degree true."

Iraq is a "disaster...that will haunt the U.S. for decades" - Wall Street Journal Reporter
(October 2, 2004)
Iraq is a "disaster" that has deteriorated "into a raging barbaric guerilla war" that will haunt the United States for decades.

The Passion of the Bush
(October 2, 2004)
As the modern-day American-Israeli led Christian-Jewish crusade to remake the Middle East in the name of 'democracy and freedom' proceeds, this new documentary is telling indeed. It was first shown at the Republican Convention in New York a few weeks ago; and now, as a kind of Bush-loving counter to Fahrenhite 9/11, the DVD is being rushed out in advance of the upcoming election.

U.S. and Israel Prepare for Iran +
(October 1, 2004)
Even as the two branches of the American political establishment semi-debated last night who would fight the new wars better than the other, even as U.S. and Israeli battle tanks and attack aircraft bombed and killed in Iraq and Palestine worse than ever, preparations to either force compliance or attack Iran, Syria, Hezbollah (Lebanon), Hamas (Palestine), and North Korea soon after the American election are fast proceeding at the Pentagon and the CIA.

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