Scott Horton Interviews Richard Silverstein

Scott Horton, November 15, 2011

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Richard Silverstein, writer of the Tikun Olam blog, discusses the story he broke on the Mossad-MEK sabotage of an Iranian missile base that killed 17 soldiers and the head of Iran’s missile program; whether a foreign attack on a military installation is an act of terrorism or a declaration of war; Israel’s “black ops” strategy of assassination and sabotage, used in lieu of a direct attack on Iran – for now; Bibi Netanyahu’s frightening megalomania and aspirations of being a Jewish Winston Churchill; and why Israel can’t continue its campaign against Iran indefinitely without facing blowback in some form.

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Richard Silverstein has been writing Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, since February, 2003. It focuses on Israeli-Palestinian peace but includes commentary on U.S. politics, a world music mp3 blog, and other writing on Jewish life, literature, and culture.

22 Responses to “Richard Silverstein”

  1. "without facing blowback in some form."

    Yaa, Look Mah, NO BlowBack……… !!

    The poll shows that just 19% of the 29,000 respondents questioned view Israel positively versus 50% who perceive the country in a negative light. Together with Israel at the bottom of the list are Iran (15% positive, 56% negative), Pakistan (16% positive, 51% negative), and North Korea (17% positive, 48% negative).

  2. SILVERSTEIN
    “If getting a nuclear bomb is what Iran wants to do…”
    The only way to resolve the Iran nuclear threat… is through negotiation…”

    Most everyone outside of the Western world believes the Iran explosion was an accident, whereas, most everyone locked in darkness by our Western corporate media is sure that all-knowing, super-intelligent and superior to all Israel did it. Truth is, we the people cannot physically and factually ever know the truth.

    As USA Israel is dedicated to a one-world Zionist Empire, plunder by brutal imperialism to the max, how can Silverstein be a reliable source of enlightenment when he proclaims that Empire USA is more good the evil and not really an empire?

    Iran is religiously dead set against anyone having nukes, so why is Silverstein proclaiming darkness by suggesting that Iran may be a hypocritical liar most deceitful?

    If Iran did not exist, Empire USA would be a million times more of a nuclear threat to the Middle-East, north Africa and all the oil rich nations that oppose its brutal imperialism. So, why should Iran negotiate its nuclear electricity, when USA Israel refuse to put on the table their nuclear criminality?

  3. MY VISION
    Iran is pursuing nuclear electric plants for only one reason, to establish an absolute boundary in the war on Iran that our Empire is prosecuting. For all the world is locked in confusion by mainstream media being owned by the rich, and far better is it for Iran to face off against such darkness before the public eye, under the scrutiny of the IAEA probing eye, then to be accused of state sponsored crimes much harder to disprove

    For it was obvious to most who observed our war on Iraq that we would have invaded to plunder the oil rich nation no matter what its weapons of mass destruction might have been. And that is why Iran’s nuclear program is a shot across the bow to both USA and Israel, for if Iran will not cower down on this point, surely a second-strike determination has Iran to go all out war if bombed or invaded.

  4. MY VISION
    Iran is pursuing nuclear electric plants for only one reason, to establish an absolute boundary in the war on Iran that our Empire is prosecuting. For all the world is locked in confusion by mainstream media being owned by the rich, and far better is it for Iran to face off against such darkness before the public eye, under the scrutiny of the IAEA probing eye, then to be accused of state sponsored crimes much harder to disprove

    For it was obvious to most who observed our war on Iraq that we would have invaded to plunder the oil rich nation no matter what its weapons of mass destruction might have been. And that is why Iran’s nuclear program is a shot across the bow to both USA and Israel, for if Iran will not cower down on this point, surely a second-strike determination has Iran to go all out war if bombed or invaded.

  5. "… Israel can’t continue its campaign against Iran indefinitely without facing blowback in some form."

    Isn't attracting Iranian blowback the very impetus for the missile-base attack? I'd assume Israel would want to prompt an Iranian counterattack to any of these provocations – and use that as pretext to put Israeli fighter-bombers in the sky over Tehran.

  6. Most all polls are funded by High Society, with the results being entirely dependent upon what class of people are being polled. Ours being a very class predigest society, we see a mutual gratification between equals type mentality.

    For we have mansion people, gated community people, educated middle-class terrific homes and slum community laboring class people.

  7. WHEN WILL MISERY END

    The Old Testament calls Abraham a Hebrew, the first time in recorded history of the word Hebrew. Which is the basis for the Hebrew race being the blood descendents of all three of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Israel who was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

    Also, the Old Testament describes Abraham as the richest man on earth and strongly suggests that both Isaac and Israel were in their day also the richest on earth. And as the only way this could be possible, would be if Abram was the most intelligent man on earth, as brains like wealth and sex appeal pass from father to son, what this history book is trying to tell us is that the Hebrew race was created to rule over all the wealth giving it rule over all the world.

    And if this be true, then the only possible purpose of this world would be to reach the ultimate conclusion of evil. Not to say its true or false, just to rationalize the ultimate conclusion of such a thought.

  8. GAS — $10 a GALLON

    The goal as I see it is to keep Iran isolated and friendless, and the last thing our corporate rich want is any attack on Iran as it would “destabilize” their oil investments.

    For nothing would kill corporate profits faster then for Iran to blockade the 21 mile wide Straits of Hormuz, cutting off all oil tanker traffic. Imagine, crude oil at $225 a barrow, with cost to a refinery of $5 a gallon. And after all the petrochemicals and engine oils have been refined out — after greed is factored in — still a cost to us at the pump of $10 a gallon.

  9. MISERY — WHEN WILL IT END

    The Old Testament calls Abraham a Hebrew, it being the first time in recorded history that we see the word Hebrew. Which is the basis for the Hebrew race being the blood descendents of all three of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Israel who was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

    Also, the Old Testament describes Abraham as the richest man on earth and strongly suggests that both Isaac and Israel were in their day also the richest on earth. And as the only way this could be possible, would be if Abram was the most intelligent man on earth, as brains like wealth and sex appeal pass from father to son, what this history book is trying to tell us is that the Hebrew race was created to rule over all the wealth — giving them rule over all the world.

    And if this be true, then the only possible purpose of this world would be to reach the ultimate conclusion of evil. Not to say its true or false, just to rationalize the ultimate conclusion of such a thought.

  10. When the war with Iran finally begins in earnest the Iranians will have no nuclear experts, commanders or military experts left because they will all be assassinated by then – or at least that is the strategy so far. They are trying to kill off the top Iranian experts in military matters so that Iran wouldn't be able to defend itself as well when the invasion begins.

  11. An international gang of racist supremacist, criminally insane, mass murdering psychopaths that is armed to the teeth with nukes and most likely other forms of wmds, headquatered in the moral and spiritual sewer that they believe to be a tiny piece of their God's promised land, destined by their prophecies to rule the world, are trying to sell us on the idea that the real problem is Iran.

    The mere fact that we are collectively dumb enough to politely and even-handedly engage in any kind of discourse with these lunatics and their ubiquitous minions leads me to sometimes despair that their prophecies may be true.

  12. Just using the poll to illustrate my point, that it is NOT possible to kill, rob and steal…(did I mention torture?) without (any) blowback….. Bad PR can, and will generate blowback of one type or another… The poll was a big 1 with 29,000 respondents….

    I wonder if any Muslim "brothers" are guarding thoZ Russian nukes…????? Hey, no worry, there is no blowback…. Right…???????

  13. Surprised, I nominate your comment best of the year…Thus Far…. We want and need to hear more of your sage insights…..

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  15. This moose-ad must be powerful!! 6 million ‘juz’ and they hold the balls of 6 billion?!!?
    They say Fukushima was a moose-ad job too.
    All other [a-Z] agencies are there; just to watch moose-ad.
    Get real and show some proof or stop spreading dis-info. G-zez is this an intelligence-test?
    Obs! I failed, I guess!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Oh by the way you are doing the moose-ad bidding by spreading false rumours about their ‘might’. I hope you at least get that!

  17. Watch out for blowback, beans for lunch today at Zuccatti Park.

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  20. John, I thought the two entries above were the most ridiculous things I've ever read . . . until I got to this one. Oh, my, John! If you had ever read the Bible you could see for yourself that your claims about "wealthiest man on in world" are unfounded. I am praying for you that you that the eyes of your understanding would be opened to the Father's great love for you just as you are and that you would come to embrace His vision for your life. Believe me, it is not for you to spew hate and lies. In His Love, C

  21. @gsoClarke
    I’ll bet you would not recognise god if she were to knock on your door! Oh, and she is black!!
    I have read them, old and new, james’ and clarkes. I suggest you read some other book in which they critic “the book” and then make up your mind. Bibliee is the foremost weapon in the PatriArch or MatriArch tool-set to oppress. And what rule-set to use if “gods rule” is thrown away? Ethics! That which writers of biblee did not have.
    HELL-EL-loja

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