. Keith Olbermann'stake on Bush just before the recent elections, YOUTUBE, Tue Nov 7, 2006 See also: Olbermann taps a well of discontent as the anti-O'Reilly See also: Keith Olbermann responds to Bush's comparison between Vietnam and Iraq. "It is a shame and it is embarrassing to us all when President Bush travels 8,000 miles only to wind up avoiding reality again." November 20, 2006 . " Don't let the recent elections in the U.S. fool you... Americans haven't changed a bit. The reason that George Bush had a (slight) setback is that Americans are upset with not having "won" their war of aggression in Iraq, yet... not with the idea that they have the right to invade and plunder the rest of the world. Americans are still the reactionary monsters that they always have been. The day that they all come to the rest of us, begging on their knees for forgiveness for the long, long list of atrocities, war crimes and other outrages that they have inflicted on the rest of the world, we'll have a reason to listen. Until then, it's "business as usual" -- the business of war, torture, arrogance and imperialism." from MadAsHell's comment, last one at November 11, 2006 11:27 AM . "I just read somewhere that some of the families of dead American soldiers are visiting the Iraqi north to see ‘what their sons and daughters died for’. If that’s the goal of the visit, then, “Ladies and gentlemen - to your right is the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, to your left is the Dawry refinery … Each of you get this, a gift bag containing a 3 by 3 color poster of Al Sayid Muqtada Al Sadr (Long May He Live And Prosper), an Ayatollah Sistani t-shirt and a map of Iran, to scale, redrawn with the Islamic Republic of South Iraq. Also… Hey you! You - the female in the back- is that a lock of hair I see? Cover it up or stay home.” And that is what they died for. " Riverbend, Novemebr 5, 2006 . ""Give me a second here, Rush, because I want to share something with you," Bush said. "I am deeply concerned about a country, the United States, leaving the Middle East." Bush said that he was "worried that rival forms of extremists will battle for power, obviously creating incredible damage if they do so; that they will topple modern governments, that they will be in a position to use oil as a tool to blackmail the West." "People say, 'What do you mean by that?'" The president continued. "I say, 'If they control oil resources, then they pull oil off the market in order to run the price up, and they will do so unless we abandon Israel (added emphasis), for example, or unless we abandon allies.'" Bush : U.S. Must Stay In Iraq To Control Oil And Protect Israel, November 2, 2006 . John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola in 1976, working for then Director of the CIA, George Bush. He spent 13 years in the agency. He gives a short history of CIA covert operations. He is a very compelling speaker and the highest level CIA officer to testify to the Congress about his actions. He estimates that over 6 million people have died in CIA covert actions, and this was in the late 1980's. The Secret Wars of The CIA, video, A lecture given in October, 1987 .
AIPAC Builds Ties With New Lawmakers AIPAC reached nearly every lawmaker elected in Tuesday’s mid-term congressional elections as part of its effort to educate political candidates on the value of the U.S.-Israel relationship. During the campaign that ended Tuesday, nearly every viable candidate met with AIPAC professional staff members and submitted a position paper summarizing his or her views on U.S. Middle East policy. A non-partisan organization, AIPAC has for decades worked with Republican and Democratic members of Congress to strengthen the ties between the United States and Israel.
Kurt Nimmo, Conyers Betrays Impeachment: “To be sure, I have substantial concerns about the way this administration has abused its authority, but impeachment would not be good for the American people. The country does not want or need any more paralyzed partisan government—it wants a check and balance and real progress on the issues that matter to their lives.”
Robert Fisk, Here come the odious excuses: ... [T]he disastrous philosophers behind the bloodbath in Iraq are now washing their hands of the whole mess and crying "Not Us!" ...
... [A] new phenomenon is creeping into the pages of The New York Times and those other great organs of state in America. For those journalists who supported the war, it's not enough to bash George. No, they've got a new flag to fly: the Iraqis don't deserve us. ...
Dr. Elias Akleh, War on Iran: In mid 1970s the American Power Elite drew a “Grand Plan” to control and to monopolize global oil and nuclear energy resources, for he who controls energy resources determines the fate of nations. The base of this “Grand Plan” is the invasion of energy rich countries to directly control their resources, and to create subservient governments that would exploit their own people as cheap labor to harvest energy for the United States.
Bush/Cheney administration is adamant on invading Iran. Invasion was originally planned to take place sometime during the end of April 2006 immediately after the end of the grace period UN gave to Iran to stop its nuclear program. The plan consisted of 5 days continuous aerial bombardment by joint air planes of Israel, UK, and US that might include tactical nuclear bunker buster bombs. Land invasion would follow from west (Iraq), from east (Afghanistan) and from sea (Persian Gulf from west and Gulf of Oman from south). The plan was to heavily bombard the Iranians into overthrowing their government.
In an attempt to stop this attack Iran flexed its military muscles in war games conducted in April 2006. Iran effectively demonstrated its capability of waging war on land, sea, and air with sophisticated weapons. Iran also conducted other war games in August 2006 in coordination with China and Russia on all of Iran’s geo-strategic borders giving a warning signal that any possible invasion of its territory would be very costly. The American administration discovered that it had underestimated Iran’s military power, and that Iran is a larger and a stronger country than the embargo-weakened Iraq. Therefore the administration decided to adjust its war plans and to bring in more allies such as EU and some Arab states.
Contrary to the misleading American propaganda about the threat of irrational extremist Iranian government Iranian leaders have been very pragmatic politicians, who seek peace, stability, and nuclear-free Middle East. There is no doubt that Iran has supported Palestinian families (victims of Israeli terror), Shiite Lebanese south of Lebanon, and Shiite Iraqis in an attempt to protect its own interests and to counter balance warring Israel, UK, and US. ...
Ahmadinejad’s plans to build a nuclear bomb and use it to incinerate and “to wipe Israel off the map” as Tzipi Linvi – the Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister and Vice Prime Minister- likes to keep reminding the world of, is totally baseless. It is an intentional misinterpretation and distortion of Ahmadinejad’s speech. In the New York Times of June 11th, 2006 Juan Cole, a Middle East specialist at the University of Michigan, stated that “Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to wipe Israel off the map, because no such idiom exists in Persian. He did say he hoped its regime i.e. a Jewish-Zionist state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse.” ...
... The powder keg is ready and all it needs is a match to ignite it. This could come in the form of an “arranged” terrorist act in Lebanon – e.g. another political assassination or toppling of government- to be blamed against Syria and Iran. American warnings of such an act are already in the media.
The present American administration is an extremist theocratic apocalyptic neoconservative Christian-Zionist war mongering law-breaking power hungry administration with a bragging “war president” adopting the doctrines of “pre-emptive” strikes and perpetual war against “global terror”. This war will take place far away from the American home-land, and will generate large profits for the American military corporations. The war against Iran will engulf the whole Middle East and may overflow to its neighboring countries. Controlling Iran is a very important strategic move to assure American global hegemony. This war is scheduled to start between February and April of 2007, and it seems that there is nothing to stop it.
Recently The Lancet put the number of "excess" deaths following the 2003 US-led war on Iraq at 650,000. Added to the massive civilian toll of the preceding 13 years of sanctions, does such a figure not reflect the intent necessary to be deemed genocide?
I think sanctions were genocidal. Clearly. They took a million and a half lives or more. The Food and Agricultural Organisation reported in October of 1996, just six years into sanctions, that 570,000 children under the age of five had died as a direct result of the sanctions. Given that this was foreseeable a commitment is suggested to destroying in whole or part Iraqis as a national, racial or religious group. Now we're three and half years into "Shock and Awe" and it would be hard to argue there are not half a million dead already, and the rate is accelerating.
Even worse than the idea of genocide is the "let them kill each other" (emphasis added) strategy, and that's obviously a strong element that's involved here. Kissinger said at the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war, "I hope they kill each other," by which he meant that its our policy that they should kill each other. ...
U.S. seeks better ties by aiding militaries: Concern about leftist victories in Latin America has prompted President Bush to quietly grant a waiver that allows the United States to resume training militaries from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
an iraqi tear, DRUNK Americans New MASSACRE In Heet: Heet, one of the oldest Iraqi inhabitant towns; from there the Sumerians brought the tar to use it as a conjugation while building the ziqurates, palaces and houses. It was before the occupation one of the most beautiful and peaceful towns on the Euphrates where the huge water wheels were watering the fields.. The Baghdadis used to spend their weekends there; when living was possible in Iraq..
Malcom Lagauche, TOO EARLY TO CELEBRATE: The U.S. is in Iraq to stay, regardless of what the Democrats said (actually, few or none stated the U.S. should withdraw immediately and unconditionally). Many voters cast their ballots because they were conned into believing that the Democrats would get the U.S. out of Iraq. If one listened carefully to the campaign statements, the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq was not on the agenda.
Jerusalem Post, Arabs to lift financial blockade on Palestinians: Top Arab diplomats on Sunday decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestinians in response to a US veto on a UN Security Council draft resolution condemning Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
"We decided not to cooperate with it (the blockade). There will no longer be an international siege," said Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
On Saturday, the US vetoed the Security Council draft resolution that condemned the Israeli military offensive and demands that Israeli troops pull out of the territory.
Sunday's discussions on the offensive were attended by 11 Arab foreign ministers and other senior officials and diplomats at the Cairo headquarters of the Arab League.
Howard Zinn, A Veteran Remembers: ... [W]ar in our time -- whatever "humanitarian" motives are claimed by our political leaders -- is always a war against children: the child amputees created by our bombing of Yugoslavia, the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children dead as a result of our postwar sanctions. Veterans Day should be an occasion for a national vow: No more war victims on the other side; no more war veterans on our side.
The Daily Life of Kawther Salam, Beit Hanoun Massacre: If you find the images in this article revolting, like me, think of the following: people everywhere in Palestine see such images on a daily basis not as pictures but live and anywhere they go, and that this genocide is supported equally by ALL western countries, the EU and the UN. If you live in Europe or the US, your taxes are very probably financing what you see here. Speak with your politicians if you do not like what you see. When the the psychopaths and moral degenerates who commit these acts with the help of your government stop commiting them, I (and others) will stop publishing these images.
Larry Chin, Post-election 2006: “Changes in course” and other post-election delusions: The view of an increasing number of elites is that administration’s “war on terrorism” “went off course” when Bush-Cheney “mishandled” the war by going into Iraq in a “sloppy” fashion. It is time, therefore, to restore the war consensus created by 9/11 and take back the “squandered opportunity” to wage the “real” war.
Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats have unanimously and aggressively pushed for an “even more aggressive "war on terrorism" to “really go after Osama." The Democrats, like the Bush administration, intend to “make America safe” by militarizing it, and continuing to gut the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The only course dictated by the American Empire is the road to hell, made possible by deception and denial, and the 9/11 atrocity that it planned, executed and continues to use to justify endless war and endless resource conquest. Count on the pro-war Democrats working with Bush to keep America on this road, disenfranchised, false-flagged, and still stupid.
Gideon Levy, No one is guilty in Israel: No one is guilty in Israel. There is never anyone guilty in Israel. The prime minister who is responsible for the brutal policy toward the Palestinians, the defense minister who knew about and approved the bombardments, the chief of staff, the chief of command and the commander of the division who gave the orders to bombard - not one of them is guilty. They will continue with the work of killing as though nothing has happened: The sun shone, the system flourished and the ritual slaughterer slaughtered. They will continue to pursue the routine of their daily lives, accepted in society like anyone else, and remain in their posts despite the blood on their hands.
A few hours after the disaster, while the Gaza Strip was still enveloped in sorrow and deep in shock, the air force was already hastening to carry out another targeted killing, an arrogant demonstration of just how much this disaster does not concern us.
The heedless and arrogant reaction to such deeds contains a dangerous moral message. If it is possible to dismiss mass killing with a wealth of technical excuses, and not take any drastic measure against those who are truly guilty of it, then Israel is saying that, as far as it is concerned, nothing happened apart from the faulty component in the radar system or the glitch in balancing the sights. But what happened at Beit Hanun, what happened in Israel on the day after and what is continuing to happen in Gaza day after day is a far more frightening distortion than the calibrating of a gun sight.
So the threat of a witch-hunt happening is real. Despite differences between the Bush administration and its Democratic foes, both come together in one realm: satisfying the Israeli lobby which funds both Democrats and Republicans alike through a network of political action committees and exercising its clout on Capitol Hill through pressure groups such as the APIAC, the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League.
KATHLEEN & BILL CHRISTISON, Screw the Palestinians, Full Steam Ahead: Gaza, of course, is not the only Palestinian territory being raped and pillaged. Its 1.4 million residents are the most distraught -- living imprisoned in a territory with the highest population density in the world, walled in with no exit except as Israel sporadically allows, being deliberately starved by the official policy of Israel, which dictates to the U.S., which dictates to Europe, vulnerable to constant Israeli assault. But the West Bank's 2.5 million Palestinians are not much better off. They continue to be killed by Israelis and squeezed by Israel's separation wall, by settlement expansion, by movement restrictions, by theft of agricultural land, by diminishing economic opportunity, and by massive Israeli-fostered unemployment. Their death toll is only minimally less than Gaza's.
This obscenity of oppression and murder does not faze the Democrats or any of Israel's Zionist supporters in the U.S. Whatever Israel wants is all right with the Democrats. The 110th Congress will screw the Palestinians just the way the Republican 109th did.
Supremely good question - xymphora, Why do we keep believing them?: Yet more revelations that the Lockerbie trial was a CIA/FBI-managed frame-up of Libya (more here). MI6 assisted the CIA in the spin. We should never forget that all these guys are professional liars. Lying is what they do. Gates lying about the strength of the old Soviet Union, Amos Gilad lying to Clinton and Barak about what Israeli intelligence knew about Arafat’s willingness to make a deal at Camp David (a lie which ruined the chances of a settlement that would have led to the peace that the Zionists have never wanted), MI5 lying about terrorist treats to Britain. Why do we keep believing people who we know are paid to lie?
(Further on: "Was it an important act of political protest, or the tragic end of a mentally ill person?" Not knowing Malachi Ritscher, I cannot answer the question. But I do have an opinion. In all decent human terms, our aggression against the Iraqi people is itself an act of total insanity. To feel as Ritscher apparently did is humanly intelligible, an extraordinarily sane response to unimaginable barbarity.)
Imad Praise the Lord. Support for Israel is "God's Foreign Policy", so, by definition, even the slightest opposition to anything Israel does, is "the Devil's Foreign Policy". It's "good" (Israel and the U.S.A.) versus "evil" (them A-rabs and them lib-rals) -- it's that simple!
So, all you American Whitemen, remember to cheer for the Rev. John Hagee (and don't forget to send those crisp new dollar bills!), when (see below) he demands that Israel "do its job of destroying the Lebanese milita" (along with, of course, thousands of innocent Lebanese civilians), with liberal use of cluster bombs on women and children [such as the scores slaughtered at Qana, or, more recently, how about the 18 Palestinian children slaughtered by "errant" Israeli artillery shells, fired indiscriminately into a Gaza refugee camp (oops!)].
After all, that's what Jesus would do, right? "If a man slaps you on the cheek, cut off his head", isn't that the quote?
The New York Times By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK Published: November 14, 2006
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 — As Israeli bombs fell on Lebanon for a second week last July, the Rev. John Hagee of San Antonio arrived in Washington with 3,500 evangelicals for the first annual conference of his newly founded organization, Christians United For Israel.
At a dinner addressed by the Israeli ambassador, a handful of Republican senators and the chairman of the Republican Party, Mr. Hagee read greetings from President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and dispatched the crowd with a message for their representatives in Congress. Tell them “to let Israel do their job” of destroying the Lebanese militia, Hezbollah, Mr. Hagee said.
He called the conflict “a battle between good and evil” and said support for Israel was “God’s foreign policy.”
The next day he took the same message to the White House.
Many conservative Christians say they believe that the president’s support for Israel fulfills a biblical injunction to protect the Jewish state, which some of them think will play a pivotal role in the second coming. ... the alliance of Israel, its evangelical Christian supporters and President Bush has never been closer or more potent. In the wake of the summer war in southern Lebanon, reports that Hezbollah’s sponsor, Iran, may be pushing for nuclear weapons have galvanized conservative Christian support for Israel into a political force that will be hard to ignore."
SPIEGEL: The Republicans have lost the majority in Congress and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has resigned. Was this good news for Iraq?
Shameri: The Americans are the reason for the disaster in our country. Rumsfeld made many mistakes, and we are pleased to see him go. The Americans understand nothing about Iraq. They are not protecting us, but just themselves. The Democrats' victory will make things easier for us.
In response to a question about whether the United States had asked him to moderate military activity in Gaza, Olmert said he didn't recall a specific request but that it might have been raised during the meeting.
He said Bush expressed pride in the American veto at the UN Security Council regarding a condemnation of the Israeli shelling of the Gaza town of Beit Hanun. The issue of evacuating outposts was not raised during the meeting with Bush or during Olmert's meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday, Olmert said.
Stephen Lendman, James Petras' New Book: The Power of Israel in the United States: It's all part of Washington's design to destroy the country's cultural identity as an Arab state, separate its oil resources from any large population base, and divide the nation into more easily governed parts just the way it was done in the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. It's now been reported that longtime Bush family consigliere James Baker, co-chairing an Iraq Study Group, will formerly propose the kind of plan the Iraq puppet government just passed putting a quasi-official US imprimatur on it as part of a US - Israeli divide and conquer strategy that may not be as easy to pull off as as the one in the former Yugoslavia or in the simple north - south divisions of Korea and Vietnam after WW II.
What's happening today in Iraq and Palestine is so outrageous and chaotic, Petras refers to a "House of Horrors" in both countries with the Zionist militarists at the Pentagon and their Israeli counterparts in charge of their respective "Horror Shows....under the big tent of a 'Mid-East Democratic Reform Initiative.' " This is the modus operandi of empire building and colonization - blast and tear a nation to shreds so it can never again exist as it once did. Then terrorize the people into submission and kill off all the ones who resist. It's a barbaric thumb in the eye to humanity, but this is the way rogue empires do things, especially when they're too powerful to challenge.
Chris Floyd, No Exit: The Baker Commission and the Trap of Reality: ... No "bipartisan panel" – certainly not one led by the lifelong peddler of Bush Family snake oil, Jim Baker, and the Democratic whitewasher for all seasons, Lee Hamilton – is going to find some new, unlooked-for way to untangle this knotted gut. ...
... [I]mmediate withdrawal, while still the "best" option on the table, is far worse now than it would have been a year ago, two years ago, three years ago. Again, this is the reality. This is what we can't escape. There is no good way out. There is no good way forward. Tonight, tomorrow night, and for nights uncounted to come, some innocent will die in agony because of what we've done.
US Administration: Detainees have no rights: In court documents filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Justice Department defended the military's authority to arrest people overseas and detain them indefinitely without access to courts.
TRUTH MATTERS - Who is Saddam - really? Folk like myself need to recall the source of most of what we 'know' about this man: the MSM, fed by the CIA and political expediency. David Hungerford, The Myth of the "Anfal Genocide"; Saddam Hussein Did Not "Kill the Kurds": Very little about Iraq and nothing at all about Saddam Hussein should ever be accepted on the basis of authority. There are no such authorities in the U.S. government. There are no such authorities in the U.S. media. There are no such academic authorities. There are no such authorities in the antiwar movement. Throw away all "authoritative" ideas about Saddam Hussein!
Prof. Francis A. Boyle, Palestine Independence Day: On November 15, 1988, the independent state of Palestine was proclaimed by the Palestine National Council (PNC), meeting in Algiers, by a vote of 253 to 46, as well as in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the capital of the new state, after the close of prayers, in testament to the monumental importance of Al Aqsa Mosque to the Palestinian people. A remarkable opportunity for peace was created by the Palestinian Declaration of Independence because therein the PNC officially endorsed a two-state solution in order to resolve the basic conflict. Right now the goal of obtaining peace with justice for all peoples in the Middle East can be achieved on the basis of a two-state solution for the Palestinian people and the Jewish people, respectively.
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Organisation de Libération de la Palestine CONSEIL NATIONAL PALESTINIEN 18 SESSION EXTRAORDINAIRE Session de L'INTIFADA Alger du 12 au 18 novembre 1988 PALESTINIAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE [ . . . ]
The State of Palestine proclaims its commitment to the principles and purposes of the United Nations, and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It proclaims its commitment as well to the principles and policies of the Non-Aligned Movement. It further announces itself to be a peace-loving state, in adherence to the principles of peaceful co-existence. It will join with all states and peoples in order to assure a permanent peace based upon justice and the respect of rights so that humanity's potential for well-being may be assured, an earnest competition for excellence be maintained, and in which confidence in the future will eliminate fear for those who are just and for whom justice is the only recourse. In the context of its struggle for peace in the land of love and peace, the State of Palestine calls upon the United Nations to bear special responsibility for the Palestinian Arab people and its homeland. It calls upon all peace- and freedom-loving peoples and states to assist it in the attainment of its objectives, to provide it with security, to alleviate the tragedy of its people, and to help to terminate Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The State of Palestine herewith declares that it believes in the settlement of regional and international disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with the UN Charter and resolutions. Without prejudice to its natural right to defend its territorial integrity and independence, it therefore rejects the threat or use of force, violence and terrorism against its territorial integrity, or political independence, as it also rejects their use against the territorial integrity of other states. [ . . . ]
Sadaga Allahu Al-Azim
Statehood Declaration is Part of PLO's Carefully Researched Plan Sada Alwatan, Vol. IV, No. 189 November 26-December 2, 1988 By M. Kay Siblani Editor, Sada Alwatan