They’re back! John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney – the people who pushed the U.S. into the devastating mistake that was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, have discovered yet another existential threat ready and able to destroy the world. Back then it was Saddam Hussein and his mythical cache of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Now it is ISIS and its army of fanatical jihadists who are torturing, raping, crucifying, decapitating and genocidally killing anyone who stands in the way of the new caliphate they are building in what is left of the nations of Iraq and Syria. It is precisely because there is a political, military, and economic vacuum in the heart of the Middle East that ISIS is able to thrive and expand.
The tragedy of American foreign policy is that the people who helped create that vacuum – who set into motion a war of aggression and choice – have never been held accountable for their mistake. So here they are, this time doing the bidding of ISIS, spreading terror and fear into the hearts of the American people, priming the country for yet another war of aggression. The foreign policy of these cheerleaders is encapsulated in one sentence, which ought to be carved on the tombstone of Bill Kristol, the man who said this: “What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens?” Read More
Check out this Twitter hashtag. And then check out some of the photoshopped pieces that are a reaction to the AIPAC Pride Campaign. They are gut-wrenching. It’s a brilliant PR campaign against AIPAC. It simply uses Israel’s own propaganda against itself.
This is what your tax dollars support in the Occupied Territories.
That is all.
Wallerstein is a world systems historian so he usually has holes in his analysis, but this one? Nope. I can go all the way with it. I just wish he’d addressed the de-facto entente between Israel and the Saudis.
In the 90s we had a full blown de jure and de facto entente between Israel and Turkey. But Israel’s intransigence and arrogance blew it up during the late aughts and early teens of this century.
That entente no longer exists, in form or function.
Israel-Palestine: When the Map Lies
The US and Iran are negotiating to end the over 33 years of lack of diplomatic recognition and the US-led sanction on Iran. This effort causes the Right Wing Israeli Government to scream “Nooooooo…”.
Consequently AIPAC is putting pressure, successfully we’d assert, on the US congress to pass laws which say ‘We’ll have none of that, in THIS house, thank you,” like some dowager aunt, who has an unshakable belief in her own moral values, after being a libertine in her youth.
To us it makes good sense for Iran to have a nuclear program for two reasons, first to counter Israel’s nuclear program with which it threatens its close neighbors, including Iran, and second to provide a lever to force the US to negotiate; without an Iranian nuclear program, the US and Iran would probably not be negotiating anything.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu may find himself out in the cold in Israel as well as the rest of th world.
RT, Nov 24
The deal with Iran is not a “historic mistake”, as claimed by Benjamin Netanyahu, but brings Iran in from the cold and puts the option of military strikes off the table, Gideon Levy, journalist and columnist for the Haaretz newspaper, told RT.
Israel and particularly Netanyahu now stands increasingly isolated, and as the peace talks with the Palestinians go nowhere, it depends on Washington if Israel’s attitude will be tolerated or if the US will push Jerusalem to end occupation, he said.
RT: What do you make of Israel’s comments, from the Prime Minister? He says this is an historic mistake, do you agree with that? Read More
“Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper [The Times] reported early Sunday.
“The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and allowing the Islamic Republic to continue its nuclear program.” Israel Times, Nov 17
The Times article also reported that Jordan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates might be in on the attack as well.
A war with Iran, with or without U.S. participation, would be a disaster for the world economy. More importantly, it would compound the level of continued suffering by Arabs and Iranians since attack on Iran by Saddam Hussein’s forces.
Is this serious? We don’t know but to be so, Israeli and Saudi leadership are delusional. The blowback for both nations would be immediate and devastating; and that’s blowback from major powers. Read More
The United States and Iran were poised to turn around decades of useless conflict at Geneva negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The Geneva meetings began with European Union foreign ministers at the table with Iran. Things moved so quickly, Secretary of State Kerry was called away from meetings in Israel to finalize the deal.
The Israeli right wing of Prime Minister Netanyahu is opposed to any deal with Iran, preferring to risk the world economy and efforts to solve species threatening environmental problems for the paranoid delusions about Iran. Israeli intel and defense heavy weights oppose Netanyahu’s view. The Israeli right view didn’t matter to Kerry and Obama, hungry for a major win in foreign policy.
Guess who screwed the deal? France. Well, France acting as Israel’s proxy.
Robert Perry explains the French motive from the perspective of greed. Israel’s partner of convenience on Iran, Saudi Arabia, placed large defense orders with the French. French President François Holland found this to be a deal he couldn’t turn down.
Robert Parry provides the details behind the Holland decision. Read More
Any signs of openness to peace rather than war is welcomed. This is a pretty gutsy approach for a U.S. lobbying group in behalf of Israel. But, whatever it takes to eliminate the war mongers, war economy, and mechanisms of ultimate destruction. Three cheers for J Street!!!
From the Jerusalem Post: J Street, Israeli Left blast Netanyahu speech
Meretz leader says Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech has made the Iran threat Israel’s problem alone.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu faced criticism for his UN General Assembly address Tuesday from Labor and Meretz MKs in Israel and from the pro- Israel, pro-peace lobby J Street in Washington.
J Street released a statement expressing disappointment that Netanyahu did not spend more time addressing “the promise of a better future with the Palestinians,” especially in light of the ongoing peace process.
“The prime minister’s speech to the UN General Assembly was a missed opportunity,” the organization said. “Of its 33 minutes, he spent less than two minutes addressing the subject of peace with the Palestinians, as if to make it clear that peace is not a high priority for him.”
While we here in America rest secure in our homes, largely free from the scourge of want or shortage, we’ve become immune from and blissfully ignorant of what may well be the cause of future wars around the world: water. Joe Sixpack, when he turns on the faucet at his kitchen sink, doesn’t often think about what a precious commodity water is. We can do without many things- beer, chocolate, Fox News Channel- but no human will last long without water. In some parts of the world, particularly the Middle East, the scarcity of water is about to become an issue that exceeds religion and ideology in terms of its potential to foment armed conflict.
The bellwether in this scenario is Yemen, a country few Americans could find on a map if their life depended on it. Yemen’s inability to manage its growth, politics, and natural resources has left the country’s water supply in grave danger. The early returns are not good; in Yemen the conflicts are no longer about ideology or religion; they’re about water. In that sense, Yemen represents what the future holds for the Middle East, as regimes who have mismanaged their natural resources will soon find themselves unable to supply the water their populations require in sufficient quantity.
The next wars in the Middle East won’t be religious conflicts; they’ll be about survival.
(Read the full post at What Would Jack Do?)
From Al Akahbar English, Beirut
Published Sunday, April 7, 2013
Updated at 2:45pm: Dozens of Israeli websites were hacked in early hours Sunday, including pages of the prime minister’s office and the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in the largest cyber offensive yet against the Jewish state.
The operation is being dubbed #OpIsrael and is said to be led by hacker group Anonymous, which says it aims to wage hacking operations against human rights violators. Several official websites were covered in photos of long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi, deceased Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, and slain Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.
The names and email addresses of some 1,500 Mossad agents have also reportedly been made public in a Google Doc.