ANOTHER BUSH WAR?
Right Wing Extremists
in The US and Israel Are Plotting It Now.
Will US Generals Obey
An Illegal Presidential Act of War?
from McClellan's inside account of the workings of the Bush
White House, that Bush and Cheney abandoned "candor and honesty" to stage
the build-up to the "unnecessary war" on Iraq. We should be very
as they move towards a new war with Iran.
A single remark by a minor Israeli cabinet minister (Transport Minister Shaul
Mofaz) suggesting that either the US or Israel should soon attack Iran sent oil up
A real attack would send it up to $200 and probably $300/b.
In an interview published Friday in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Mofaz said
"If Iran continues its nuclear arms program we will attack it...The sanctions
effective. There will be no choice but to attack Iran to halt the Iranian nuclear
Today, Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert chose not to renounce
Mofaz's statement. Mofaz is a former Israel military chief and defense
Mofaz has been Israel's chief representative in a strategic dialogue on Iran with U.S.
officials. While calling for tighter international sanctions, including
businessmen and financial transactions and blocking the country's imports of refined
petroleum, the Israeli Prime Minister also warned that a more
was drawing closer, but would not elaborate.
Ominously, Olmert himself has hinted after meeting with Bush this past week
that there is a timetable for a concerted strike against Iran to take outs its nuclear
Olmert reportedly said:
"George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian
and the need to vanquish it, and intends to act on the matter before the end
of his term in the White House."
Iran has every right (under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty) to develop nuclear
technology for peaceful purposes. If Israel and the USA would permit the IAEA
to do its job, they could verify its intentions. U.S. action against Iran is
said another Israeli
IS THE US BEING BROUGHT
INTO A WAR
TO SERVE THE POLITICAL INTERESTS OF
AN UNPOPULAR RIGHT-WING CROOK?
Many judge Olmert's threats toward Iran as a dangerous effort to raise his
personal popularity among right-leaning Israelis. The costly length of the 2006
Israeli war on, and occupation of, Lebanon has caused the other right-wing party,
the Likud Party under Benjamin Netanyah, to be ahead in the polls (On 2 May 2007,
Commission accused Olmert of failing to properly manage
the Second Lebanese War, which
prompted a mass rally of over 100,000 people
calling for his resignation.
Olmert is weakened by several investigations connecting him to bribes and
influence peddling. On May
23, Israel's National Fraud Squad investigators
interrogated Olmert for an hour in his Jerusalem residence for a second time
about corruption allegations. It was the 5th probe since he became prime minister
but no charges have been yet filed. On May 27, Morris
Talansky testified in
front of court that over the last 15 years he gave Olmert more than $150000 in cash
It should be noted that it is not just in the US that progressive leaders are
killed by right-wing zealots (John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy).
Labor's Yitzhak Rabinm was assassinated in 1995 because he sought to advance
peace talks with Palestinians. Olmert's Kadima Party has the most members in
the current Knesset, with 29. Labor is second with 19. The far-right Likud
and ultra-orthodox Shas Parties each have 12. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knesset )
Including Bush and Cheney
WANT WAR WITH IRAN
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Bush is planning an air strike against
Iran by August. "The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant
secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously,
said last week that that the US plans an air strike against the
Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the
Quds force...After receiving secret briefings on the planned air strike, Senator Diane
Democrat of California, and Senator Richard Lugar, Republican of Indiana, said they would
write a New York Times op-ed piece within days, the source said last week, to
their opposition." ( http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/27/9220/
War is "definite" according to neoconservative, ex-CIA analyst Daniel
He said this in an interview with the very conservative National Review.
Pipes predicted, take matters into his own hands and start its this attack in conjunction
with Israel, if Obama is elected President. (It may well be that the
only reason Bush
and Cheney have not already launched an attack is that it might doom McCain's candidacy.)
Of course, the Bush Administration denies it has started a count-down to an
attack. It does admit that it is not taking the possibility off the table.
apparently can do no wrong in the eyes of Bush and Cheney. They were silent
throughout the long and bloody Israeli attack on Lebanon. Many Israeilis did not
support this war on its neighbor.
Unbelievably, Pipes argues that if there is war, it will the fault of Russia
and China for not getting Iran's "cooperation". Mr. Pipes has a special
way of twisting
all evidence to serve his intent, to spark a US war with Iran to serve the interests of
right-wing Israeli politicians. A few months ago, it was revealed that a
assessment of Iran's nuclear intentions challenged the White House's assumptions
about how close Iran is to building a nuclear bomb. On
hearing this, Pipes claimed
that this proved the CIA was asleep and not being diligently watchful. Pipes argues
that the CIA report "makes war against Iran more likely", because it takes
off of China or Russia to intervene to get Iran to stop its military-nuclear program.
Neo-Conservative, pro-Vietnam war and pro-Arms-for-Hostages, Pipes is
best known in the academic world for launching "Campus Watch", an organization
whose purpose is to "expose the
analytical failures and political bias of the field of Middle
Eastern studies (and) singling out ... professors critical of American and Israeli
course, he heartily backed the war on Iraq and "claimed that Saddam Hussein posed an
"imminent threat" to America."
Open-minded Israelis, who publish the Israeli Insider, are
highly critical of Pipes'
collaboration with right wing Israeli pundits and his efforts to silence academics
in the US who disagree with his eagerness for war.
( Source: http://web.israelinsider.com/Editorials/4982.htm
Will Bush Still Dare?
In May, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers
if Bush attacks Iran. Here is his letter to his colleagues.
"As we mark five years of war in Iraq, I have become
concerned that the President may possibly take unilateral, preemptive
military action against Iran. During the last seven years, the Bush
Administration has exercised unprecedented assertions of Executive
Branch power and shown an unparalleled aversion to the checks and
balances put in place by the Constitutions framers. The letter that follows
asks President Bush to seek congressional authorization before
launching any possible military strike against Iran and affirms Senator Bidens
statement last year that impeachment proceedings should be considered
if the President fails to do so."
Will The US Generals Carry out
An Illegal Presidential Order To Start A New War?
"SOME of Americas most senior military commanders are prepared
to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according
to highly placed defense and intelligence sources...There are four or five
generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an
attack on Iran, a source with close ties to
British intelligence said. There is
simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether
such an attack would be effective or even possible....A British defense
confirmed that there were deep misgivings inside the Pentagon about a military strike.
All the generals are perfectly clear that they dont have the military capacity
Iran on in any meaningful fashion. Nobody wants to do it and it would be a matter
of conscience for them. .. A generals revolt on such a scale would be
Perhaps, the recent firings of two Air Force generals really occurred
because they opposed such an attack?
( Sources: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/33952
John McCain's Support for War.
of The US Corporate Media
I waited in vain to hear anything this past weekend about
Bush and Cheney's rush towards a new war. CNN and CNBC only
continued their tiresome dissection of Hillary's failings and
future. Walter Cronkite and JR Murrow would be fired or
never hired. Some say it is the Jewish elite that won't let a discussion
take place of how Israel controls US foreign policy in the Middle
East. I don't think so. The US corporate media is controlled by
its right wing executives. They are McCain Republicans and take
the same positions about war and peace in the Middle East that
right wing parties do in Israel.
"War is not the answer. "
It creates more enemies. "Hezbollah remains firmly
rooted in Lebanon and has successfully rearmed -- the Iranian-backed
Shiite militia now has even more missiles than it had before last summer's
war. To many Israelis, it seems as if that war, and the destruction
it brought, were all for nothing...Several senior officials acknowledged
unequivocally that Israel lost the war against Hezbollah, and confirmed
that this is a widely held view inside the Israeli government -- despite many
public pronouncements to the contrary by Israeli leaders."
Rafi Eitan, the head of Israel's Retirement Party, and a Cabinet
minister now is quietly critical of George Bush's policies of confrontation
rather than conversation. Unless his policies change, Israel will become
more and more at risk.
A senior Israeli diplomat
is quoted as saying: "We
lost the war,..
We all know that" The failure to defeat Hezbollah milirarily is the
"core reason" for the deepening pessimism inside the government.
This sharply contrasts with the official government line. As recently
as Feb. 1, speaking to an Israeli commission investigating the war effort,
Prime Minister Olmert, insisted once again that "Israel won the war."
Blaming Olmert's politics, the diplomat continued, "Do you know
why we lost? Because soldiers don't want to die for these leaders.
"We live in a corrupt society, where those with merit don't get
anywhere," he said. "It's a very sad time for the Jewish state."
progressives and most Americans in the US don't
want a war with Iran. Democrats who support a right-wing Israeli
attack on Iran are revealed for what they are, closet right-wing
war-mongers, not progressives.
The Israeli Lobby in The US
See the discussion of the limits
of the role of the Israel
lobby in the making of the Iraq war that appeared in the
( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-bromwich/iraq-israel-iran_b_62995.html )
At the same time, how can we trust CNN's reporting of Middle East
news since Wolf
Blitzer was once an editor for the Israeli lobby (AIPAC)?
I noted with interest a few days ago when a CNN reporter,
Jessica Yellin claimed that MSNBC executives killed stories critical
of the White House and its rush to war with Iraq. Now MSNBC's
Keith Oberman regularly attacks the White House in prime time.
He calls Bush a "pathological liar" and rails against its war-mongering.
We will see what he says about the Bush-Cheney-Olmert plans for
a war with Iran.
Nancy Pelosi and The Israeli Lobby (AIPAC)
Democratic Speaker of the House has long protected Bush
from impeachment. The reason is that she is very beholden to
the right-wing American-Israeli Lobby. "The
American Israel Public
Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, is right up there with the gun lobby
in terms of political power. ",
says the Chrstian Science Monitor.
"The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, is right up
with the gun lobby in terms of political power. But while the National Rifle Association
faces tough if underdog competitors, AIPAC has long stood as the
king of the Hill. This is not healthy for the political discourse that shapes
Last fall, two professors from Chicago and Harvard universities helped explain why.
In a controversial book, "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy," John
and Stephen Walt argued that the US is overly influenced by a loose alignment of groups
that includes neoconservatives, many conservative, evangelical Christians, and AIPAC,
which represents the views of many American Jews largely loyal to Israel's right-wing.
"Washington's near adherence to the lobby's themes often unconditional support
for Israel, reluctance to push Israel hard on behalf of the Palestinians, and an overly
confrontational stance toward Israel's adversaries works against US interests, the
authors say. It inspires Islamist terrorism, undermines the US as an honest broker, and
complicates diplomatic relations. One thing that would help, the book suggested, is an
additional lobby, one that can open up the debate. "
( Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0612/p08s01-comv.html
The Jerusalem Post reported that she said:
to stop Irans nuclear march, short of a military strike you have
to go all the way. And people have to know you are deadly serious
that if you want to be our friend, if you want the benefit of our friendship,
a central pillar of our foreign policy is to stop the proliferation of weapons
of mass destruction (to Iran). She has met with the Ultra-Right
wing, pro-War Likud Party now led by Benjamin Netanyahu who
says he will not be bound by previous agreements with Arabs.
Ehud Olmert - Olmert became the interim Israeili Prime Minister on 14 April 2006 but had been exercising the
powers of the office as Acting Prime Minister since they were transferred to him on 4 January 2006 after Ariel Sharon
suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke
For years he was a member of the right-wing Lekud Party. Olmert opposed withdrawing
from land captured in the Six-Day War, and voted against the Camp David Peace Accords in 1978. At the time
he opposed an Israeli pullout
of the Sinai. When Sharon announced his leaving the Likud and forming a new party, Kadima, Olmert was one of
the first to join him. n his first major policy address since becoming Israel's acting
prime minister, Olmert said at the Herzliya conference on 24 January that he
backed the creation of a Palestinian state, and that Israel would have to relinquish parts
of the West Bank to maintain its Jewish majority. At the same time, he said, "We
firmly stand by the historic right of the people of Israel to the entire Land of Israel."
As PM, Olmert stated that as Israel is willing to compromise for peace, the Palestinians
must be flexible in their positions as well. He stated that if the Palestinians, with Hamas now leading the Palestinian Authority, refuse to recognize the State of
Israel, then Israel "will take her own fate in her hands" directly, implying
Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Rembrandt 1637 oil on canvas
66 x 52 cm at Louvre Paris
Testament story of Abraham and Isaac, aptly raises the question of
whether Jews, Christians and Muslims - since they all embrace this story - are justified
in taking a life in the name of God. In the Bible, Abraham obeys God's
sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah, but at the last moment an angel stops him, saying
Abraham has proven his faith. A ram is killed instead.
The Lesson of The Maccabees
In the 2nd century BC, the Jewish Maccabees revolted against the Greek heirs
to the empire of Alexander the Great. They waged guerrilla warfare with self-sacrificial
and won. "This encouraged them to view the Abraham-Isaac story -- in Hebrew, the
"binding" -- in new ways. They produced variants of the story that emphasized
and Isaac's willingness to die. In some, Abraham kills his son, whom God later restores to
The Maccabees inspired the Jews to commit mass suicide when besieged by the Romans
at Masada in AD 73. Similarly, Jewish victims of medieval pogroms in Europe killed
their children before the Christians could. In a similar vein, an extremist
assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 because Rabin proposed
giving back too much land to the Palestinians.
Christianity and Violence
The early Christian church came to "view Isaac's near-death as an imperfect
precursor of that ultimate sacrifice, the Crucifixion." The early
Christians gloried in
their own brutal persecution and martyrdom. With August, the Cross became
an emblem of Roman soldiers. Later it became the standard for the Crusades,
the pograms, the subjugation of darker-skinned natives in Far-Away lands
and the barbarity of the Inquisition. And so, too, now Americans go to Iraq and kill
local people in the name of civilization and Democracy.
If you were a believer in more than one God, as far back as the 7th Century,
Islam could order your death if you did not accept the one God, Allah. No Angels
appeared to say, "No, a Goat will do." Martyrdom is now embraced in
and advocated by some Mullah.
I wishto credit the Jewish Theatre for these insights. See