Most Americans believe that Bushís Iraqi misadventure
is over. The occupation has lost the support of the electorate, the Congress,
the generals and the troops. The Democrats are sitting back waiting for Bush
to come to terms with reality. They donít want to be accused of losing the war
by forcing Bush out of Iraq. There are no more troops to commit, and when the
"surge" fails, Bush will have no recourse but to withdraw. A little
longer, everyone figures, and the senseless killing will be over.
Recent news reports indicate that this conclusion could be an even bigger miscalculation
than the original invasion.
On January 7 the London Times reported
that it has learned from "several Israeli military sources" that "Israel
has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iranís uranium enrichment facilities with
tactical nuclear weapons."
The Israeli Foreign Ministry denied the report.
The Times reports that "Israeli and American officials have met
several times to consider military action. Military analysts said the disclosure
of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment,
cajole America into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli
In other news reports
Israeli General Oded Tira is quoted as follows: "President Bush lacks the
political power to attack Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for
our existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the Democratic Party
(which is conducting itself foolishly) and US newspaper editors. We need to
do this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated
to the Iraq failure."
General Tira gives the Israel Lobby the following tasks: (1) "turn to
Hillary Clinton and other potential presidential candidates in the Democratic
Party so that they support immediate action by Bush against Iran," (2)
exert influence on European countries so that "Bush will not be isolated
in the international arena again," and (3) "clandestinely cooperate
with Saudi Arabia so that it also persuades the US to strike Iran."
Israelís part, General Tira says, is to "prepare an independent military
strike by coordinating flights in Iraqi airspace with the US. We should also
coordinate with Azerbaijan the use of air bases in its territory and also enlist
the support of the Azeri minority in Iran."
British commentators report that "the British media appears to be softening
us up for an attack on Iran." Robert
Fox writing in The First Post says, "Suddenly the smell of Britons
being prepared for an attack on Iran is all pervasive."
On January 7 the Jerusalem Post reported
that Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told the Israeli newspaper
that "Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable" and that "the
use of force against Teheran remained an option." The Post notes
that "Hoyer is considered close to the Jewish community and many Israeli
supporters have hailed his elevation in the House." Hoyer was the Israel
Lobbyís first victory over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who preferred Rep. John
Murtha for the post. Murtha was the first important Democrat to call for withdrawal
of US troops from Iraq.
On November 20 the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, reported that President
Bush said he would understand if Israel chose to attack Iran.
Bush showed that he was in Israelís pocket when he blocked the worldís attempt
to stop Israelís bombing of Lebanese civilians and civilian infrastructure.
Many commentators believe that the failure of the neoconservativesí "cakewalk
war" has destroyed their influence. This is a mistaken conclusion. The
neoconservatives are long time allies of Israelís right-wing Likud Party and
are part of the Israel Lobby in the US. The Israel Lobby represents the views
of only a minority of American Jews but nevertheless essentially owns both political
parties and most of the US media. As the neoconservatives are an important part
of this powerful lobby, they remain extremely influential.
The Lobby works to increase the neoconservativesí influence. To appreciate
the Lobbyís influence, try to find columnists in the major print media and TV
commentators who are not apologists for Israel, who do not favor attacking Iran,
and who support withdrawing from Iraq. Recently, Bill "One-Note" Kristol,
a rabid propagandist for war against Muslims, was given a column in Time
magazine. Why would Time think its readers want to read a war propagandist?
Could the reason be that the Israel Lobby arranged for Time to receive
lucrative advertising contracts in exchange for a column for Kristol?
Neoconservatives have called for World War IV against Islam. In Commentary
magazine Norman Podhoretz called for the cultural genocide of Islamic peoples.
The war is already opened on four fronts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iran.
The Bush administration has used its Ethiopian proxies to overthrow the Somali
Muslims who overthrew the warlords who drove the US from Somalia. The US Navy
and US intelligence are actively engaged with the Ethiopian troops in efforts
to hunt down and capture or kill the Somali Muslims. US Embassy spokesman Robert
Kerr in Nairobi said that the US has the right to pursue Somaliaís Islamists
as part of the war on terror.
For at least a year the Bush administration has been fomenting and financing
terrorist groups within Iran. Seymour Hersh and former CIA officials have exposed
the Bush administrationís support of ethnic minority groups within Iran that
are on the US State Departmentís list of terrorist organizations. Last April
US Representative Dennis Kucinich wrote a detailed letter to President Bush
about US interference in Iranís internal affairs. He received no reply.
The Israeli/neoconservative plan, of which Bush may be a part or simply be
a manipulated element, is to provoke a crisis with Iran in which the US Congress
will have to support Israel. Both the Israeli government and the American neoconservatives
are fanatical. It is a mistake to believe that either will be guided by reason
or any appreciation of the potentially catastrophic consequences of an attack
US aircraft carriers sitting off Iranís coast are sitting ducks for Iranís
Russian missiles. The neoconservatives would welcome another "new Pearl
The US media is totally unreliable. It cannot go against Israel, and it will
wrap itself in the flag just as it did for the invasion of Iraq. The American
public has been deceived (again) and believes that Iran is on the verge of possessing
nuclear armaments to be used to wipe Israel off the map. The fact that Americans
are such saps for propaganda makes effective opposition to the neoconservativesí
plan for WWIV practically impossible.
Large percentages of Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible
for the 9/11 attack. Recent polls show that 32% still believe that Iraq gave
substantial support to al-Qaeda, and 18% believe that Saddam Hussein was directly
involved in the 9/11 attack. WXIA-TV in Atlanta posted viewers comments about
Husseinís execution on its web site. Atlantan Janet
Wesselhoft was confident that Saddam Hussein is "the one who started
terrorism in this country, he needs to be put to rest."
Even the London Times is in the grip of Israeli propaganda. In its report
of Israelís plan to attack Iran with nuclear weapons, the Times says
that Iranian president "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that ĎIsrael must
be wiped off the map.í" It has been shown by a number of credible experts
that this quote is a made-up concoction taken completely out of context. Ahmadinejad
said no such thing.
In a world ruled by propaganda, lies become truths. The power of the Israel
Lobby is so great that it has turned former President Jimmy Carter, probably
the most decent man ever to occupy the Oval Office and certainly the president
who did the most in behalf of peace in the Middle East, into an anti-semite,
an enemy of Israel. The American media, from its "conservative" end
to its "liberal" end did its best to turn Carter into a pariah for
telling a few truths about Israelís mistreatment of the Palestinians in his
Peace Not Apartheid.
If truth be known, there is nothing to stop the Israeli/neoconservative cabal
from widening the war in the Middle East.
As I previously reported, the neoconservatives believe that the use of nuclear
weapons against Iran would force Muslims to realize that they have no recourse
but to submit to the Israeli/US will. The use of nuclear weapons is being rationalized
as necessary to destroy Iranís underground facilities, but the real purpose
is to terrorize Islam and to bring it to heel.
Until the US finds the courage to acquire a Middle East policy of its own,
Americans will continue to reap the evil sowed by the Israel Lobby.