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Jefferson Morley on the CIA and Mossad: Tradeoffs in the Formation of the US-Israel...

Delivered to The Israel Lobby and American Policy 2018 conference March 2, 2018 at the National Press Club The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference...

Secret Mossad op in Raqqa uncovered laptop bomb plot, prompting device ban on UK...

Published time: 24 Nov, 2017 10:07 Edited time: 25 Nov, 2017 12:21 Ever wondered why...

Weinstein Hired ex-Mossad Agents to Silence Abuse Allegations

An “army of spies” tried to silence actresses and reporters making allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a report claims. Security firm Black Cube,...

Weinstein hired ex-Mossad agents to silence abuse allegations – report — RT US News

An “army of spies” tried to silence actresses and reporters making allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a...

Video: Were Tehran ISIS terrorists backed by CIA, Mossad, MI6, Western secret services?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Tehran terrorist attacks. In a message to President Hassan Rouhani, Putin said such crimes prove the ... Via...

Video: World better not pry into how we decide to pull trigger on someone...

In a world where terrorism can strike at any moment – where terrorists resort to stabbing, ramming attacks, and mass shooting – no one...

British MPs given Mossad self-defense training following Jo Cox murder

British MPs are being taught unarmed street-fighting techniques used by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in a bid to protect them from stalkers, terrorists,...

The Mossad Caucus Exposed

Once again, a scandal involving spying and the state of Israel is rocking Capitol Hill, with one big difference. This time, instead of the usual...

Israel’s Mossad and Saudi Arabia Plan to Attack Iran

Tehran's research reactor centre (AFP Photo) Israel's Mossad, along with Saudi officials, is working on contingency plans that could include an attack on Iran if...

Commemorating September 11, 2001: Too Many Years Of Lies: from Mossadeq to 9/11

Washington has been at war for 12 years. According to experts such as Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, these wars have cost Americans...

Too Many Years Of Lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11

Update, 12 September 2013 Five New Consensus Points Released September 11, 2013 on SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 The 22-member 9/11 Consensus Panel has conducted three rounds of review, during which the Panelists were blind to one another, to produce five new Consensus Points refuting the official evidence of 9/11: Seismic evidence of large underground explosions…

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Too Many Years Of Lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11

Too Many Years Of Lies from Mossadeq to 9/11 Paul Craig Roberts Washington has been at war for 12 years. According to experts...

Commit a War Crime to Cover Up a War Crime? Phoney Syria Poison Gas...

This is where it all started: The Israeli intelligence front the Debkafile, which is the source of the story that implicated the Assad government...

Mossad 'working with US over spying'

An American journalist has accused the Israeli spy agency of Mossad of cooperating with the US government over spying on people. Å“Israel was heavily...

'Lebanese grilled by Mossad agents'

Two Lebanese men say they were harshly grilled by Mossad agents in Nigeria.Two Lebanese nationals, who are on trial in Nigeria, have told a...

'Lebanese grilled by Mossad agents'

Two Lebanese men say they were harshly grilled by Mossad agents in Nigeria.Two Lebanese nationals, who are on trial in Nigeria, have told a...

‘Israel jails Mossad agent Prisoner X2’

Ayalon Prison situated near Tel-Aviv, Israel (file photo).Israel has imprisoned a Mossad agent in the same prison where the intelligence agent Ben Zygier known...

Mossad director meets Turkish intel chief

The director of Israelâ„¢s Mossad intelligence agency has met secretly with the Turkish intelligence agencyâ„¢s undersecretary and discussed the latest regional developments. Turkish Hurriyet newspaper...

Mossad, Shin Bet warn Bibi on strike

Israelâ„¢s spy agency Mossad Director Tamir Pardo (L) and Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen in al-Quds (Jerusalem) (file photo)Senior Israeli intelligence and security officials...

Mossad, Shin Bet warn Bibi on strike

Israelâ„¢s spy agency Mossad Director Tamir Pardo (L) and Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen in al-Quds (Jerusalem) (file photo)Senior Israeli intelligence and security officials...

Iran hangs two CIA, Mossad spies

Iran executes two spies who worked for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli spy agency, the Mossad. (File photo)Iran has executed...

Alleged Mossad spies arrested in Tunisia

Media in Tunisia say two Tunisians have been arrested on suspicion of leaking sensitive information to the Israeli regimeâ„¢s Mossad spy agency, Press TV...

Mossad website hacked: Anonymous

The Anonymous hacking group has claimed that it hacked into the website of Israel‘s Mossad spy agency, gaining access to top-secret documents.

The Internet hacking group said on its twitter page that it gained access to the personal data of more than 30,000 Israeli officials, including military officials, politicians and Mossad agents, and that it will release the information gradually.

Hacking group Anonymous has launched a series of cyber attacks against Israeli websites since November 2012 in retaliation for Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Anonymous said it had launched the OpIsrael campaign following threats by Tel Aviv to cut all Gaza's telecommunication links. OpIsrael campaign aims at wipping Israel off the cyber world by April 7.

Shortly after the pro-Palestinian campaign was launched, dozens of Israeli websites were defaced or attacked. Many of the sites had their homepages replaced with messages in support of Hamas and the Palestinians.


Cossiga: US, Mossad behind 9/11

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga says global intelligence agencies assert the 9/11 attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad. Although Osama bin Laden...

Bush Administration Ignores Mossad-Al Qaeda Terrorist Link

By Tom Heneghan It can now be reported that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified an Israeli Mossad cell operating in...

MI6 chief makes secret Israel visit to discuss Iran nuclear program: Report

The head of Britain's foreign spy agency MI6 has reportedly made a secret visit to Tel Aviv and exchanged views with Israeli intelligence officials...

Arms & Secret Deals – Consortiumnews

Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark CurtisBritish Foreign Policy Declassified Forty...

A Tough Time to Be a Spy, NPR Reports – Current and former CIA...

by Belén Fernández NPR (1/3/19) reports on the CIA finding it harder to sneak into other countries to commit espionage. Imagine, for a moment, that a prominent...

Stunning Investigation Exposes Israel’s Secretive Assassination Program

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We’re continuing our discussion with...

How to Be a Reliable “Mainstream” Journalist

There are certain rules you need to follow as a journalist if you are going to demonstrate to your editors, and the media owners...

UK MoD breached 37 times last year, redacted reports reveal — RT UK News

The Ministry of Defence has been exposed multiple times, as it was revealed that last...

Pompeo’s speech at anti-Iran group interrupted by protesters (VIDEO) — RT US News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the summit of a neo-conservative pro-Israel pressure group...

Sun deletes model’s ‘Putin wants to kill me’ story amid claims of Salisbury poisoning...

In one of the least surprising developments in an ongoing story, the Sun newspaper has...

Why Democracy Needs Solidarity for Julian Assange’s Freedom

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in solitary confinement inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum in 2012 against the threat...

‘Other things’ in Iran? Bolton says regime change ‘not US policy,’ but has more...

National security advisor John Bolton declared that regime change in Iran is not a US objective....

Neocons hate Russia even more than they hate any other nation.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democratic Party U.S. Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983),...

The Deep State’s Long Enmity

Resignation matter or fake news? Attack on Corbyn over ‘terrorist wreath laying’ — RT...

The latest anti-Semitism story to hit Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has polarised debate. His critics want...

Neocons hate Russia more than they hate any other nation.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democratic Party U.S. Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983),...

Regime Change and Capitalism | Dissident Voice

by T. Mayheart Dardar / July 8th, 2018 Regime change, both the term and the strategy it describes, has become all too familiar to those...

Taxpayer-Funded Mercenaries Serving Both U.S. & Foreign Aristocracies

Eric Zuesse The U.S. military is by far the most-respected of all institutions in America. But the U.S. military of today is actually not only...

War Clouds Gather Around Iran – Consortiumnews

With Israel and Iran exchanging direct fire, Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and John Bolton promoting regime...

Iran Will Never Trust America Again

TEHRAN — “We were naive to think the United States would keep its promises in a deal with us,” Hasan, a retired captain in...

Giuliani Takes Cash to Speak to Terrorist Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy

Politico (5/5/18) referred to Giuliani’s audience as “a group that aims to promote democracy” rather than as a front for a cult responsible for...

10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns

For casually threatening economic ruin, inciting violence against entire populations, pushing for bombing faceless Muslims, or downplaying racism and child rape, there’s no better...

Doctor Death From Damascus?

Butcher of Damascus.  Gasser of children.  Baby Killer of Syria.   Tool of Moscow.  Cruel despot.  Monster.   These are all names the western media and politicians...

UK plans to increase migrant numbers as home secretary vows to open borders —...

The UK could take in thousands more refugees after an initial 20,000 from Syria, according...

Undercover Israeli Journalist Travels to Germany as Syrian Refugee to ‘Join’ Islamists

Prominent Israeli journalist Zvi Jecheskeli, who went undercover as a devout Muslim, has revealed how easy it may be for Islamists to...

The Algiers Accords: Decades of Violations and Silence

This week marks the 37th anniversary of a pledge made by the United States in 1981: The United States pledges that it is and from...

Coverage of Iran Protests Illustrated With Protests Not in Iran––Organized by Fringe Cultists

When it comes to covering protests in other countries, it seems any vague picture of brown people protesting can stand in for those actually...

Trump Already Fading into Irrelevance

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at This will be a nonpartisan commentary about U.S. politics, as viewed by an American historian who is disgusted with...

Britain is seeking to ‘overthrow’ Tehran, Iran’s supreme leader claims — RT UK News

Iran has foiled attempts by Britain and the US to create unrest during a wave...

Who will pay the $250+ billion reconstruction cost in Syria?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The United States Government says that Syria’s Government caused the U.N.-estimated "at least $250 billion" cost to restore Syria...

Pentagon sexual misconduct on the rise, Defense watchdog says — RT US News

Published time: 26 Nov, 2017 07:37 The US Department of Defense has revealed that allegations of...

America’s Trump, w. 37% Favorable Rating, Seeks Overthrow of Iran’s Rouhani, w. 62% Favorable...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The investigative journalist Gareth Porter says that  U.S. President Donald Trump, whose favorable-rating among Americans is 37%, is determined...

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a...

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony


North Korea’s Rational Nuclear Strategy

A favorite tactic of U.S. propaganda is to label a foreign adversary “crazy” to justify a military attack — as...

US opens 1st permanent military base in Israel as tensions with Iran rise

Even though the US has routinely deployed forces to Israel, it is only now opening an...

Vassal Aristocracies Increasingly Resist Control by U.S. Aristocracy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker The tumultuous events that dominate international news today cannot be accurately understood outside of their underlying context, which...

Far-right meeting on Princess Diana murder conspiracies called off on ‘police advice’

Published time: 11 Aug, 2017 15:12 A far-right meeting arranged to discuss conspiracy theories surrounding...

Media mogul asked Thatcher for $20bn to save Soviet Union

A Labour MP and media mogul, the late Robert Maxwell, attempted to secure a $20...

The Russians Didn’t Do It

The Russians did not overthrow the government of elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh in order to put Shah Reza Pahlavi on the Peacock Throne,...

Shoddy Alt-News ‘Journalism’ Boosts Mainstream ‘Journalism’ (Propaganda)

Eric Zuesse, originally posted in two parts at Part One: INTRODUCTION Whereas mainstream ‘journalism’ about international affairs is thoroughly controlled by (and usually owned by) the...

Canadian Global Affairs Institute: A Think Tank Driving Militarist Foreign Policy

A registered “charity” with buckets of donations from arms manufacturers and other corporate sources is aggressively trying to push Canadian foreign policy further towards...

Trump Now A Captive Of The Deep State

When the gullible and insouciant American public and the presstitutes who participate in the deceptions permitted the Deep State to get away with the...

Peter Van Buren on Putin Paranoia

Things about America we’ve learned since November. Our nation, the republic, democracy, our very system of government is more fragile than at any other time...

Resisting Trump: The Great American Awakening

Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet. The news...

Netanyahu Proves Israel Is Corrupt To Its Rotten Core

(RINF) - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more...

Israel’s Damaging Influence on British Politics

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - When a UK Prime Minister, such as the Conservative David Cameron, does the work of a foreign power, working for that...

How many British MPs are working for Israel?

Al Jazeera is to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in...

Envoy killed in a “parallel universe”

The Russian ambassador was killed in Ankara on the evening of Dec. 19 .  The killer, a 22-year-old Turkish graduate of the police academy...

Where is this Digital Watergate Propaganda Campaign Going?

The Russians are coming! Once again, the structural bias of the American news media in favor of the ‘official version’ turns them into a...

Foreign Meddling in Our Vote? Remember How This Feels.

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell...

German Economist & Politician: “Stop Copying America’s Decline! Leave NATO!”

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Sahra Wagenknecht, Vice President of the German parliament’s Leftist Party, said in Parliament on Wednesday November 23rd, that Germany’s...

Lesson for the Transition Team?

This originally appeared in the March 1994 issue of The Rothbard-Rockwell Report. On December 16, President Clinton named retired Admiral Bobby Ray Inman to fill...

How Trump Knows that Continued Global Warming Will Make Earth Uninhabitable 100 Years From...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at He knows it because his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon — a polymath — was personally involved in proving it. Bannon...

The Power Elite’s War

“A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society.” Journalist Chris Hedges As the ruling...

US Propaganda Goes into Overdrive

Over the weekend the Western press is blasting Russia and Syria for alleged war crimes in their assault on the terrorist controlled part of...

Israeli Civil War Approaching?

Something strange happens to retired chiefs of the Israeli internal Security Service, Shin Bet. The service is by definition a central pillar of...

Problem, Reaction, Solution: How Will MP ‘Death Threats’ Be Used To Manipulate Your Freedom...

At least 25 British MPs have been sent identical messages threatening to kill them and their families, alongside a picture of a severed head. The...

Comrade Vladimir and Comrade Donald

It is a dark night in New York, a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But on the top floor of Trump...

People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper the Turkish-Palestinian Bond

Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and...

People above Politics: Political Deal will not Hamper the Turkish-Palestinian Bond

Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and for Gazans, in particular. There...

Social Justice Lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani

Azadeh Shahshahani is a practicing human rights lawyer who has worked for over a decade in the US South.  She was the first woman...

Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defence minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Yaalon...

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books (“Whose Sarin?” and...

Hillary Clinton's wealthy donors revealed in Panama Papers

Names in the Panama Papers link Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fresh off a big win...

Is Hillary Clinton the Democrats’ Richard Nixon?

Eric Zuesse Richard Nixon’s similarities to Hillary Clinton are remarkable: 1: Both were highly successful politicians who had exceptionally negative net-approval ratings from the U.S. public,...

CIA’s Work With Filmmakers Puts All Media Workers at Risk

John Goodman played a moviemaker working with CIA agent Ben Affleck to produce a fake film in the Oscar-winning Argo. It turns out there...

The Strange Case of a Nazi Who Became an Israeli Hitman

On September 11, 1962, a German scientist vanished. The basic facts were simple: Heinz Krug had been at his office, and he never came...

German Economic News Reports Obama Has Abandoned His ‘Neocons’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the most reliable news-source on geostrategic matters, reported, on March 31st, that U.S....

What Sanders Would Have Told AIPAC… In Which He Talked About Palestinian Rights

"To be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people," declared Sanders in a...

British Gov’ thinks David Icke is an extremist who must be silenced – and...

Mick Meaney (RINF) - In a Youtube videocast, author and researcher David Icke questioned the potential motive behind a verbal attack last week by Prime Minister...

Clinton-Bush Hardliner Attacks Congress for Blocking Invasion of Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at In a Huffington Post interview on February 23rd, the Clinton-Bush former head of the NSA and CIA, and defender of their...

A Coherent Explanation of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse Foreign policy is both economic and military. An interpretation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy will be presented here that explains both...

Gallup Poll Shows Americans Prefer Terrorist Nations Over Iran. Why?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at A February 17th Gallup Poll showed that Americans prefer the chief nation that sponsors international terrorism, when given a choice...

Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes

Eric Zuesse Many commentators have mentioned (such as here and here and here and here) that Hillary Clinton left behind no major achievement as the U.S. Secretary of State;...

An American Big Lie About ‘Terrorism’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Micah Zenko is a blogger who posts on a main site of America’s foreign-policy establishment, the Council on Foreign...

Obama’s Invasion Plan of Syria Was Drawn Up by Kim Roosevelt in 1957

Eric Zuesse The same person, Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson, who planned and headed the CIA coup to overthrow Iran’s progressive secular democratic anti-communist President Mohammed Mossadegh...

New World Disorder

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. will clamor for such laws if their...

Israelis celebrated 9/11 attacks, not Muslims: Investigative journalist

Israelis in the US state of New Jersey celebrated the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, not Muslims, as falsely claimed by US Republican presidential...

NYT Fairy Tale about Paris Attacks

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - The NYT is America’s longstanding leading voice for wealth, power and privilege exclusively - state-supportive propaganda its specialty, the most...

After Paris and Beirut, It’s Time to Rein in Saudi Arabia

Inge Fryklund After the carnage in Paris, Western governments turned immediately to debating the usual tactics for “bringing the terrorists to justice.” Should we employ...

The New Yorker Doesn’t Factcheck What ‘Everyone Knows’ Is True

Detail from a New Yorker photo illustration accompanying Dexter Filkins’ article “Death of a Prosecutor” (7/20/15). (illustration: Alex Williamson) Dexter Filkins has been one of...

Ex-US President Lyndon B. Johnson led a ‘coup d’etat’ against JFK: Scholar

Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, with the CIA’s assistance, was involved in a “coup d'etat” to assassinate former President John F. Kennedy, an...

US polices against Syria ‘total failure’: Scholar

The Obama administration’s plan to end a Pentagon program to train militants in Syria is a formal acknowledgment of the total failure of US...

PolitiFact Is Right That Ted Cruz Is Wrong, But Still Botches Iran Deal Facts

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and the Tampa Bay Times‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning factchecking website PolitiFact were at each others’ throats this month over comments...

Israel Protecting Killers of Immolated Palestinians

Stephen Lendman (RINF) - On July 31, unidentified Israeli settlers set the Dawabsha family home ablaze - killing husband and wife Saad and Riham as...

Who’s Still Afraid of 9/11 “Conspiracy Theories”?

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. –Queen Gertrude, Hamlet Whenever someone insists too strongly about something not being true, we tend to suspect that maybe...

The ‘Refugee’ Crisis and the Creation of Greater Israel

Kyle Hunt It has become increasingly obvious that the flood of refugees from the Middle East is serving the jewish agenda of creating Greater Israel...

Ukraine Rightists Kill Police; Putin Blamed

Exclusive: As rightists riot in Ukraine — killing three policemen in a protest against making any concessions to ethnic Russians in the east —...

Zionists Latest Anti-Semitic Inducing Provocation: Trying to Destroy a Highly Worthy and Sane Nuclear...

The same Neo-Con-Artists, and the same lying and blackmail game players AIPAC Lobby, and the same mainstream news media newspapers and televisions stations are...

‘Friends of Israel’ worried by Corbyn – and that can only be a good...

The chair of Labour Friends of Israel has urged party members not to back anti-war advocate Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership race because he...

Putin Giving Up on Assad, Says Erdogan

Eric Zuesse Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was asked by an interviewer last week, “On the question of Syria, have you seen changes in the...

‘Swiftboating’ J Street to Smear Iran Deal as ‘Anti-Israel’

Opponents of the Iran deal hope to do to the Jewish peace group J Street… On July 23, the New York Times published an op-ed...

US Republican candidates guarantee WWIII: Former CIA contractor

Republican presidential candidates do guarantee a third world war by losing the White House to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, says a former CIA contractor. “It’s...

Talks extension good sign; Israel afraid of Iran’s influence: Fetzer

An American scholar says an extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the global powers is a “good sign”. As it had been voiced...

Irresponsible US Iran Bashing

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Continuing P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran don't suggest Washington wants normalized relations after 36 years of hostility. The State Department's just...

Former Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to jail

By Jean Shaoul (WSWS) - Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has received an eight-month jail sentence for fraud and breach of trust for actions taken...

Israeli Defense Minister Threatens to Nuke Iran

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon is a holdover from Netanyahu's previous extremist coalition regime. He's part of Israel's lunatic fringe running...

Obama to Recognize Palestinian Statehood?

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - It's hard remembering how many times Obama pledged full support for Israel - at the same time spurning Palestinian rights....

The U.S-Israel Alliance: War, Chaos and Netanyahu’s Big Lie

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The relationship between the U.S. and Israel in the last 6 years under the Obama administration has never been stronger.  In 2012, The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) declared that President Obama’s aid package for Israel was the largest in U.S. history, a fact that is hard to ignore: 

President Barack Obama requested a record $3.1 billion in military assistance to Israel for the 2013 fiscal year. The requested amount is not just the largest assistance request for Israel ever; it is the largest foreign assistance request ever in U.S. history

President Barack H. Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged tenuous relationship is not what it seems.  Sure they probably annoy each other, but Obama has provided U.S. foreign aid just as every U.S. President before him.  The invitation granted by the speaker of the house John Boehner to Netanyahu so that he can present his case against Iran to the U.S. congress to prove that Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program was a “bad deal.”    According to Netanyahu, Iran threatens Israel’s existence and the world.  Netanyahu’s speech was political theater.  Several democrats did not attend Netanyahu’s show.  Those that did criticized Netanyahu for trying to undermine the Obama administration is once again, all political theater.  The democrats who skipped Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech to show solidarity with President Obama’s policy towards Iran were going to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) event featuring an appearance by Netanyahu the following week as the Washington Examiner reported earlier this month:   

All of the members skipping Netanyahu’s congressional speech the Examiner interviewed were quick to say their anger toward the prime minister and his attempt to scuttle the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program did not extend to pro-Israel committee.

“Why would I not want to meet with my friends? They’re coming to see me next week and why wouldn’t I see them?” asked Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., referring to two American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists he’s known and worked with for 25 years

Since 1948, U.S and Israeli actions taken in the Middle East has proven to be a tragic period for all people of the Middle East whether Arab, Christian, Jew, Kurdish, Sunni or Shiite.  Nothing but wars and Sectarian conflicts, poverty and Western-funded extremists has destroyed Arab countries and killed millions of Muslim men, women and children that are physically and emotionally scarred for the rest of their young and innocent lives. 

Can anyone think of the U.S. and its Democratic ideals as a success?  The U.S. has done everything it can to create “order out of chaos.”  In 1947 following the “creation of Israel” by Great Britain when the Foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour confirmed a “national home of the Jewish People” when he sent the Balfour Declaration to Walter Rothschild, head of the Rothschild banking dynasty, the Palestinian people have been living in hell.  Palestine became a prison enforced by Israel’s security apparatus that resembles what George Orwell described as a total police state in his classic book “1984.”  Palestine has been divided; 1.7 million Palestinians live in an open air prison in the Gaza strip while others live in the West Bank under a police state controlled by heavily armed Israeli soldiers and police.  The Palestinians have been losing lands in an unprecedented fashion and in recent decades only to be accelerated under Netanyahu’s watch with a 40% increase in 2014 alone, outpacing the prior year. 

Israel’s ambitions for nuclear weapons capability began after Israel became a Western sponsored state with the U.S, U.K. and France as its main allies.  Many conflicts in the Middle East soon followed.  The Israeli war of Independence against the Arab countries included Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria which led to the 1949 Armistice which outlined the borders of Israel.    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soon began military operations against Egypt, Lebanon and Jordon to prevent terrorist attacks against its Jewish citizens.  In 1956, Great Britain and France joined Israel in attacking Egypt after its government decided to nationalize the Suez Canal after the U.S. and Great Britain declined to fund the Aswan Dam.  Israel was forced to retreat from the attack by the U.S. and the USSR.  Soon after, the Six-Day War in 1967 began when Israel fought againstEgypt, Syria and Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and others contributed weapons and troops to the Arab forces.  Israel defeated the Arab armies and expanded its territory in the West Bank which included East Jerusalem to Jordan, the Golan Heights in Syria, the Sinai and the Gaza strip.  Then the War of Attrition (1967-1970), the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the War in Lebanon (1982) which the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) invaded Southern Lebanon to eliminate Palestinian guerrilla fighters (the resistance) from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which led to the Israeli Security Zone in South Lebanon.  Then the South Lebanon conflict with Hezbollah that lasted for at least 20 years.  It still continues today.   The first and Second Intifadas began with the Palestinian uprising against a brutal Israeli occupation and the disappearance of their lands.  Several wars soon followed.  The last war called ‘Operation Protective Edge’ which Israel launched against the Gaza Strip.  According to the State of Palestine Ministry of Health who reported on August 17, 2014 that there were 2,300 deaths and over 19,000 injured in Gaza which was a devastating conflict that traumatized the Palestinian people especially the children.  It is a tragic consequence that will last a lifetime for many.    

During all of the conflicts, Israel was seeking weapons to defend their new “Jewish” nation.  Israel was eventually exposed as an undeclared nuclear power thanks to an Israeli man named Mordechai Vanunu who spent 18 years in the Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, with 10 of those years in solitary confinement.  Mordechai exposed Israel’s secrets nuclear program to the British press in 1986.

Israel is the aggressor.  It’s an illegal occupation which began under the British government and it is supported by other Western-powers, mainly the U.S. and France.  Israel’s history is filled with conflicts and terrorism against the Arab world.  Israel has committed political assassinations, supported extremists to topple governments including its current support to “moderate rebels” to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  It has control over the natural resources including vital water supplies that Palestinians solely depend on to survive.  So my question is why everyone is surprised by Netanyahu’s speech he recently gave in the U.S. House of congress?  Several members of congress were “appalled” or “upset” because he disrespected U.S. lawmakers, but the reality is that the majority of elected officials in congress and every administration even before Obama have approved military aid for Israel’s security since Israel was created in 1948.  Who are they fooling?  Netanyahu sounded like he was the U.S. president with constant standing ovations and thunderous applauds by the AIPAC controlled congress.  Those on both sides of the aisle whether democrat or republican always look forward to Jewish (Zionist) support for campaign funds.  There are several members of congress who have dual citizenships that seek to protect Israel at all costs (although the actual “costs” come at the expense of U.S. taxpayers). The U.S. has been involved in the Middle East for a long time.  Do not expect peace or stability.  War and conquest is the true nature of both the Americans and Israeli’s regarding Middle East policies.  ISIS is a perfect example of how the U.S. operates by bringing democracy to an already volatile region with its support of the Syrian rebels, al-Nusra and the decade old “al-Qaeda” with weapons to topple governments not in line with Washington only proves that war is on the agenda.  Not only does the U.S. and its allies support ISIS and other terrorist organizations to topple Arab governments they protect them according to an article by Michel Chossudovsky titled Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is protected by the US and its Alliesand made an important point when he said:

What would have been required from a military standpoint to wipe out an ISIS convoy with no effective anti-aircraft capabilities?  Without an understanding of military issues, common sense prevails.  If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June

The U.S. and Israel clearly want chaos in the Middle East.  It is obvious.  However, Netanyahu did say that:

The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.  Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American — of America’s people and of America’s presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama

Yes, the alliance between the U.S. and Israel is “above politics” and I agree it’s supposed to achieve “Full Spectrum Dominance” with the West and Israel controlling every aspect of Arab life including its lands, economy, and its natural resources in the Middle East.  This is the “destiny” which Netanyahu speaks of.  There is a vast amount of resources including the obvious oil, water and natural gas in the Middle East for which both the U.S. and Israel is solely interested in.  It also provides a market for the Military-Industrial Complex and corporate interests.  Netanyahu’s speech in Washington resembles what a genuine hypocrite that will claim it is he who is a victim of hatred, while committing heinous crimes against those he hates.  Netanyahu thanked President Obama for his support over the years which are no surprise:                  

We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.  Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.  Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.

I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.  In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.  Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists

‘Operation Protective Edge’ was supported by the Obama administration.  They have collaborated on various programs including Israel security forces that provided training to U.S. Police forces.  I was not surprised by the recent revelations in Chicago, Illinois concerning its secret black sites used by the Chicago police department to detain and even torture suspects.  This happened under former White House Chief of Staff and also an IDF civilian volunteer and Israel supporter Rahm Emanuel whose father Benjamin M. Emanuel was once a member of the Irgun, a terrorist organization that operated in Mandate Palestine.  As Netanyahu continued:

But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime. 

The people of Iran are very talented people. They’re heirs to one of the world’s great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots — religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship

Netanyahu said that “religious Zealots” imposed a dark brutal dictatorship?  Well I guess the Western-backed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi or the “Shah of Iran” and his secret police force the Savak who terrorized the Iranian people was their preference to keep Iran under their control.  Savak was trained and supported by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli Mossad.  The most brutal dictatorship in the Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia is an ideal model for the U.S. and Israel.  If you look at the dictatorships the U.S. has supported to spread “American-Style Democracy” in the last 100 years.  The results of “American-style democracy” were disastrous causing human rights violations, countless deaths and disease.  Those same nations the U.S. either invaded or helped overthrow their respective governments (many of them democracies) still suffer from Washington’s “medicine.”  From Pinochet in Chile, to the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua, Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier regime in Haiti to the Gulf Monarchies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and the list goes on, U.S. policy is about dominating nations for geopolitical interests including for the control of their natural resources.  The U.S. and Israel have an interest in the Middle East and that is to dominate it under their so-called “World Order.”   If they remove Syria and then Iran, the Middle East would become a region that would look like Iraq or Libya.  It would be a cash bonanza for the Military-Industrial Complex if they keep the civil wars among different sects and tribes going, creating a market for weapons exports.  Netanyahu said Iran is a “grave threat” to World peace.  Can someone say “Samson Option”?  Seymour M. Hersh’s ‘The Samson Option’ noted a commentary by Norman Podhoretz that summarizes how Israel would respond if they were on the verge of defeat at the hands of Arab nations in the Middle East:    

For Israel’s nuclear advocates, the Samson Option became another way of saying “Never again.”  [In a 1976 essay in Commentary, Norman Podhoretz accurately summarized the pronuclear argument in describing what Israel would do if abandoned by the United States and overrun by Arabs: "The Israelis would fight . . . with conventional weapons for as long as they could, and if the tide were turning decisively against them, and if help in the form of resupply from the United States or any other guarantors were not forthcoming, it is safe to predict that they would fight with nuclear weapons in the end. ... It used to be said that the Israelis had a Masada complex . . .but if the Israelis are to be understood in terms of a 'complex' involving suicide rather than surrender and rooted in a relevant precedent of Jewish history, the example of Sarnson, whose suicide brought about the destruction of his enemies, would be more appropriate than Masada, where in committing suicide the Zealots killed only themselves and took no Romans with them." 

Podhoretz, asked years later about his essay, said that his conclusions about the Samson Option were just that—his conclusions, and not based on any specific information from Israelis or anyone else about Israel's nuclear capability 

What Mr. Podhoretz was describing was a “if we go down, everyone else is going down with us” scenario which is a dangerous policy for the world peace.  Netanyahu also says that Assad who is backed by Iran is slaughtering Syrians.  This serves the Obama Administration’s long-term goal to remove Assad from power: 

Iran's goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world's oil supply

Netanyahu claim that the Jewish people can defend themselves which I agree especially when you have nuclear weapons that can destroy the entire Middle East:

We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves

Iran, Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah) and Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza) are targets for the U.S. and Israel.  They want to destabilize Syria and Iran and turn it into an Iraq and Libya with tribal and sectarian infighting among the populations.  The U.S. destroyed Iraq with the intention of dividing the people.  They create the conflict, develop hatred along Sunni and Shiite sects, and enforce a government subservient to Western interests.  How does this benefits Israel?  They keep the wars going by destabilizing regimes through ISIS and other Western-funded terrorist groups while Israel expands its territories beyond its borders.  Once Syria and Iran are destroyed, the U.S. and Israel will have no use for ISIS.  No more weapons will be shipped to ISIS and other groups and the U.S. and Israel with its military capabilities can easily defeat ISIS as Chossudovsky mentioned in his article.  It sounds cynical but it’s the truth.  It is what I call “Mafia-Style” politics, something the U.S. and Israel are very good at.  The world is not fooled by the bickering between the democrats and republicans because as we all know, they are one, united with an “unbreakable bond “with Israel as Obama declared in 2013.  We all know that without U.S. support, Israeli occupation of Palestine would end tomorrow.  But that will not happen unless the U.S. Empire falls from power and only then, a lasting peace will ensue.     

Netanyahu concluded with “May God bless the state of Israel and may God bless the United States of America” And no one else, right Mr. Netanyahu?  What kind of God would bless two nations that have committed genocide against its indigenous populations?  Why would God bless a nation that lies to its people and declares war on nations that want their sovereignty respected?  If this is the God we as humans supposed to honor, then God is not who we think he is. 

In conclusion, Netanyahu should listen to an interview conducted by Press TV based in Tehran, Iran in 2014 with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, associate director of ‘Neturei Karta International: Jews United against Zionism’ ( and was asked about U.N. monitor Richard Falk who accused Israel of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.  His response was as follows:

With the help of the almighty, I pray to the almighty to bestow upon me his truth, his wisdom. We are always confounded by this seeming ignorance of the issues and the ignoring of what is happening. The issues are clear from day one.  Well over one hundred years ago when this Zionist ideology came about of Jewish people creating their own sovereignty and then eventually deciding to make their sovereignty in the Holy Land, the biblical authorities in the Holy Land, the chief rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi Dushinsky..., of that time, and later in 1947 prior to the ratification of... Israel by the United Nations, the chief rabbi was Rabbi Dushinsky; he went to a meeting in Jerusalem [al-Quds] with the members of the United Nations and he pleaded with them in the name of Judaism and the religious community that we do not want, in any form, a state …, that it is illegal, it is illegitimate. Judaism does not permit us to have to have a Jewish sovereignty, Judaism does not permit us to oppress other people, steal the land, or in any manner being uncompassionate to the people.

On the contrary we were living together with the Muslim community, with the Arabs and Muslims for hundreds and hundreds of years in Palestine and every Muslim state in total harmony without any human rights group to protect us and since this creation of Zionism and then eventually … Israel, there is an endless river of bloodshed. It is impossible to subjugate people and expect that there will be peace. Now, we are condoning what is emanating from this fact that there is a state but the fact is that it defies logic; it flies in the face of …,  righteousness and everything that the humanity calls for, by occupying Palestine and so our rabbis universally opposed the existence of … Israel and that the world should totally confuse this issue.

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Manufacturing Crisis Irresponsibly

Manufacturing Crisis Irresponsibly

by Stephen Lendman

It's longstanding US policy. Enemies are invented when none exist. War on terror duplicity continues.

It's fake. It creates fear. It's used to justify the unjustifiable. It's to advance America's imperium. One country after another is ravaged and destroyed.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. So is Syria. Iran's turn awaits. Washington wants its sovereign independence eliminated. 

It wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing it. Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. 

It has no military component. It never did. Claims otherwise are Big Lies. Sixteen US intelligence agencies once said so. No longer. 

They dispel notions about a weaponized Iranian nuclear program. They do annually. It doesn't matter. 

Neocons infest Washington. Big Lies about Iran's nuclear policy persist. They do so despite public knowledge otherwise. 

Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. It wants it kept this way. It deplores nuclear weapons. It wants a nuclear-free world. 

It wants peace. It abhors war. Managed news misinformation claims otherwise.

Iran opposes violence and instability. It wants rapprochement with all nations. Especially hostile Western ones.

Ongoing P5+1 talks continue. So do efforts to subvert them. By Israel most of all. Netanyahu knows Iran's program is peaceful.

So do other Israeli hardliners. It doesn't matter. They want a Middle East rival eliminated. They want regional hegemony.

Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) spreads Big Lies. Iran is a prime target. On May 24, it headlined "The Big Charade: Nuclear diplomacy is a flop, the finale is secretly postponed to 2015."

"All hands on board the project for proving that Iran is amenable to dialogue and concessions on its nuclear program worked overtime this week to mask the truth, which is that negotiations were going nowhere," said DF.

Mid-May talks ended inconclusively, it added. It failed to explain why. Washington keeps raising the bar. 

New demands are made. Ones unrelated to Iran's nuclear program are introduced. Doing so shows bad faith. 

DF blames Iran. It does so irresponsibly. It claimed Obama officials "reached two important decisions." To change the earlier agreed on July deadline.

To "postpone (it) to January 15, 2015." Israel calls it "extremely problematic."

Iran's agreement "not to use its advanced IR2 centrifuges for rapid uranium enrichment…was valid for only six months," said DF.

According to its "military sources," Iran "will be able to reach the nuclear threshold in two to three months' time, i.e. by July-August."

Last year, Netanyahu claimed about the same thing. DF claims Obama wants congressional approval to attack Iran unilaterally "if Tehran (is) found cheating on its nuclear commitment."

He won't use it, claimed DF. It said nothing about Iran's peaceful nuclear program. It hyped nonexistent threats.

It's longstanding Israeli policy. It's like Washington's policy. Duplicity defines them.

On May 23, the IAEA said transparency measures "have been implemented by Iran as planned." It's fully complying with P5+1 interim agreement terms.

"Iran's engagement with the agency, including the provision of information, and the Agency's ongoing analysis is helping the agency to gain a better understanding of Iran's nuclear program."

Political analyst Gareth Porter calls Iranian nuclear program tensions a CIA-Mossad plot.

His new book titled "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of Iran Nuclear Scare" discusses it.

It covers the history of Iran's nuclear program. It includes declassified US intelligence reports. Congressional speeches and documents. IAEA information.

It dispels anti-Iranian hype. Irresponsible fear-mongering. It shows Tehran's program is entirely peaceful.

No evidence whatever suggests otherwise. Plenty proves Iran's program has no military component.

Journalist Andrew Cockburn interviewed Porter. Questions focused on his new book.

He asked if Iran ever had a nuclear weapons program. In his book, Porter showed claims were "based on false history and falsified records."

They bear "no resemblance to the essential historical facts." For example:

"One would never know from the narrative available to the public over the years that Iran had been prepared in the early 1980s to rely entirely on a French-based company for enriched uranium fuel for its Bushehr reactor, rather than on enriching uranium itself," said Porter.

"Nor would one learn that the Reagan Administration sought to strangle Iran's nuclear program, which was admitted to have presented no proliferation threat, in its cradle by pressuring Germany and France to refuse to cooperate in any way."

Doing so forced Iran to the "black market." It defied "unilateral US policy." Doing so was deliberately misinterpreted. 

According to popular narrative Big Lies, it showed Tehran sought nuclear weapons.

History was reinvented to claim it. About the Iran/Iraq war. With regard to chemical weapons use.

US claims that both sides used them were false. Iraq alone did so. Not Iran. According to Porter:

"(T)he evidence is very clear that Iran never used chemical weapons during the war." Claims otherwise are Big Lies.

Since the early 1990s, "senior Iranian officials (made) cogent arguments against nuclear weapons based on strategic grounds…"

Where did fake US evidence come from, asked Cockburn?

Falsified intelligence, said Porter. In 2004, it "appeared mysteriously." Supposedly from an "purloined (Iranian) laptop…"

Porter learned otherwise. Exiled Iranian "terrorist organization Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK)" fabricated them.

They gave them to German intelligence. Mossad was involved. It uses MEK. It does so "to launder intelligence it (doesn't) want attributed to Israel."

"Israel (is) the only country…known to have a special office responsible for influencing news coverage of Iran’s nuclear program."

It hypes nonexistent threats. It proliferates fake evidence. It does so about Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Why did IAEA earlier believe Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program and may still have one, asked Cockburn?

IAEA was "crucial," said Porter. Because it's allegedly neutral. Mohamed ElBaradei headed the agency from December 1997 through November 2009.

He dismissed anti-Iranian evidence. Of suspicious origin, he believed. Things changed under Yukiya Amano.

Washington chose him. According to Porter:

"A WikiLeaks cable from July 2009 reveals that Amano promised US officials he would be firmly in their camp on Iran in return for American support of his election as director general."

" 'In their camp' could only have meant that he would support the publication of the intelligence dossier - based entirely on intelligence reports and documents from Israel - that ElBaradei had refused to authorize."

Its November 2011 publication was well-timed. It supported Washington wanting "crippling international sanctions" imposed.

"How do you compare the performance of the US intelligence community on Iran with its record on Iraq," asked Cockburn?

"The same political and institutional dynamics drove both failures," said Porter. Big Lies substituted for truth.

"(T)he most ambiguous evidence" about Iran's intentions was twisted to fit US policy.

Misinformation became facts. Iran's peaceful nuclear program was called heading toward becoming weaponized.

"In other words," said Porter, "intelligence followed the policy, not the other way around."

Hard evidence about Iran's peaceful program was suppressed. So was everything contradicting Washington's official narrative.

Claims about Iran having an earlier nuclear weapons program and stopping it were falsified.

Nothing suggests Tehran ever had such a program. Plenty shows otherwise. It was systematically buried.

It bears repeating. Big Lies substitute for hard truths. They proliferated under Bush and earlier administrations.

They continued throughout Obama's tenure. They do so irresponsibly.

"How (have major media) comported (themselves) with respect to Iran," asked Cockburn?

They've been "virtually unanimous," said Porter. They regurgitate official lies. Due diligence is nonexistent.

Fact-checking is verboten. Late 2007 and early 2008 New York Times and Washington Post misinformation was deplorable.

It was "(s)ome of the most egregious," said Porter. Its sole sources were Bush administration officials.

It substituted rubbish for hard truths. It's the same today. Fiction substitutes for fact. Iran is irresponsibly vilified.

How will Iran bashing affect P5+1 talks, asked Cockburn?

"It creates serious obstacles," said Porter. It lets Israel manipulate US policy.

Claims about an Iranian "breakout" are falsified. They repeat with disturbing regularity. Neocon think tanks do so.

So-called experts are well-paid to lie. Reliable analysts are ignored. Obama is "intimidated by…breakout" misinformation, said Porter.

"(F)ear-mongering propagandists may well succeed in pushing the United States into a situation of increased tension with Iran…"

Including possible military confrontation. It's what Netanyahu "long sought," Porter stressed.

It's madness if happens. It assures regional conflict. Perhaps global. Washington's agenda risks the worst of all possible outcomes. 

Fascist regimes operate this way. America is by far the world's worst. Peace hangs by a thread. Perhaps humanity's survival.

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US State-Sponsored Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

Washington notoriously points fingers the wrong way. It whitewashes its own crimes. 

Its latest Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 omits the world's leading sponsor. More on it below. 

Terrorism is what they do, not us, it's claimed. Reasons why imperial wars are waged are suppressed. 

Might justifies right. Nations are destroyed to free them. Lives and freedoms lost don't matter. They're small prices to pay.

Mind manipulation turns truth on its head. People are convinced wrongs are right. Wars are glorified in the name of peace.

Peaceful countries become cauldrons of violence. Instability rocks them. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and others are US imperial victims.

So is Ukraine. It's a global flashpoint. Potentially it's worst of all. It threatens to spin out-of-control. It risks regional conflict. Possible East/West confrontation looms.

Washington bears full responsibility for numerous world hot spots. Imperialism works this way. It instigates violence. It fosters instability.

It promotes state-sponsored terrorism. It's what we do, not them. More on this below.

On April 30, the State Department issued its "annual assessment of trends and events in international terrorism…" It covers the period January 1 - December 31, 2013. 

"It includes a strategic assessment, country-by-country breakdowns of counterterrorism efforts, and sections on state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist safe havens, and foreign terrorist organizations."

It bears repeating. The world's top sponsor by far is omitted. None in human history compare.

Washington uses Al Qaeda and similar groups strategically. They're allies and enemies at the same time. They're core elements of American imperial wars. 

Tina Kaidanow is US ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism. In 2013, terrorism evolved rapidly, she said. 

"The international community’s successful efforts to degrade al-Qaida, or AQ, senior leadership in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance and instability in the Middle East and Northwest Africa have accelerated the decentralization of what we refer to as al-Qaida core," she added. 

"This has led to the affiliates in the AQ network becoming more operationally autonomous from AQ core and increasingly focused on local and regional objectives."

"The past several years have seen the emergence of a more aggressive set of AQ affiliates and likeminded groups, most notably in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Northwest Africa, and Somalia."

"Iran's state-sponsorship of terrorism and Hezbollah's activities are also of significant concern," she claimed. 

"Interdictions in the past year have found Iran attempting to smuggle arms and Iranian explosives to Syria, to Yemen, and also to arm Shia opposition groups in Bahrain." 

"And the IRGC Qods Force, Hezbollah, and Iraqi Shia militant groups have all been providing a broad range of critical support to the Assad regime since the start of the conflict."

Fake Washington-hyped terror threats persist. It's done to generate fear. America's only enemies are ones it invents. Demagogic duplicity claims otherwise. It turns truth on its head.

Inconvenient truths are buried. Michael Parenti exposed the terrorism trap. He did so post-9/11. Wars are waged "to keep the world safe for the Fortune 500," he said.

"To make sure that the transnational corporations and international global finance capital continues to control the land, labor, resources, and markets of most of the world, and ultimately, all of the world on terms that are extremely favorable to them." 

"The goal is to destroy, to obliterate, to thwart any social movement or national leader who is trying for an alternative way of using the land, the labor, the natural resources, the markets, the capital of his or her country."

To institute a homeland police state apparatus. To destroy freedom in the name of stability. To lose both at the same time. To continue waging war on humanity. 

To claim it's about spreading democracy. To tolerate it nowhere. To crush it wherever it emerges. To institute Washington rules. To enforce hardline rule. 

To demand absolute obedience. To tolerate no outliers. To ravage humanity in the name of saving it. To make planet earth unfit to live on.

State-sponsored terrorism defines US policy. Demagogic duplicity conceals it.

US law calls "international terrorism" activities involving:

(A) "violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;"

(B) are intended to -

(i) "intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

(ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

(iii) affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States...."

The US Army Operational Concept for Terrorism (TRADOC Pamphlet No. 525-37, 1984) called it "the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature....through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear."

Merriam-Webster calls it "the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion."

The Oxford Dictionary calls it "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims."

In his book "Terrorism, Theirs and Ours," the late Eqbal Ahmad called state-sponsored terrorism most important of all. 

It includes "torture, burning of villages, destruction of entire peoples, (and) genocide" on a massive scale.

It's called "self-defense," protecting "national security," and/or "promoting democracy." Doing so conceals America's dark side. War on humanity follows.

"Who will define the parameters of terrorism, or decide where terrorists lurk," asked Ahmad? 

"Why none other than the United States, which can from the rooftops of the world set out its claim to be sheriff, judge and hangman, all at one and the same time."

Martin Luther King called America "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He did so for good reason. 

It's more menacing than ever. At stake is humanity's survival. Aggression is called humanitarian intervention. Freedom is crushed for our own good.

Big Lies substitute for truth. They proliferate to advance America's imperium. Mind manipulation convinces people to go along.

Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are called terrorists. US-led NATO takes full advantage. 

Eastern European deployments continue. Doing so encroaches provocatively closer to Russia's borders.

Georgia and Russia share a common one. Its Defense Minister Irakli Alasania wants more NATO troops deployed internally.

He calls them "defensive actions," saying:

"(T)his is something we need to put in Georgia and Russians will understand that you are serious."

Americans and Europeans must work together, he stressed. It's "important for the United States to show leadership…to make sure (NATO's) next steps will be an adequate response to what's happening in Ukraine."

"We are talking about the Membership Action Plan, but we don’t really know how these discussions will end up, while, honestly, in fact after (developments in) Ukraine we should be talking about accession talks of Georgia and other aspirants to NATO."

According to NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow:

"We need to step up our support for defense reforms and military modernization of Russia's neighbors, and not just of Ukraine, but also Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan."

On April 27, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined "Russian and Ukrainian armies shaping up for initial military clash over Slavyansk," saying:

"The outcome will determine who controls the Donetsk region and possibly all of East of Ukraine…"

"(I)t might be the last straw that undermines (Kiev's) shaky rule." Ukraine's military is no match against Russia's.

"Its threat to blockade the more than a dozen towns where separatists are entrenched in official buildings is unconvincing."

DF sees no broad international coalition for a "strong stand" against Russia forthcoming. Obama may be largely on his own.

On April 30, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Americans Want to Pull Back From World Stage, Poll Finds."

"Nearly Half Surveyed in WSJ/NBC Poll Back Anti-Interventionist Stance That Sweeps Across Party Lines."

Only 38% of Americans approve how Obama handles foreign policy. It's the low water mark of his presidency.

According to Democrat pollster Fred Yang:

"The juxtaposition of an America that wants to turn inward and away from world affairs, and a strong feeling of powerlessness domestically, is a powerful current that so far has eluded the grasp of Democrats and Republicans."

"The message from the American public to their leaders in this poll seems to be: You need to take care of business here at home."

Public support for Obama's handling Ukrainian crisis conditions dropped to 37%. In March it was 43%.

On April 30, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Washington isn't "concerned (about) the fate of Ukraine…but (has) a strong desire to prove (it) decides how things should be - always and everywhere."

Lavrov wants US officials to "discipline" putschists it elevated to power. Do it instead of sanctioning Russia, he stressed.

Moscow urges constructive dialogue, he added. "US and EU representatives have blocked this initiative," he said.

"We’ll continue to call for the full implementation of the Geneva Declaration, which our partners are trying to distance themselves from."

"But we cannot decide for the self-defense forces. Those people live under a constant threat coming from Kiev that the military and armored vehicles will be used against them; under constant threat from the extremists."

At the same time, Russia bashing persists. Eight Republican senators introduced hostile legislation. 

If enacted, it'll strengthen NATO, enhance missile defense for offense, provide military aide to Ukraine, and sanction Russia's banking and energy sectors.

On Wednesday, coup-appointed president Oleksandr Turchynov said Ukraine's military went on full alert. 

"Special tactical exercises" were held. Military forces were deployed on Kiev streets.

On Tuesday, Moscow's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said Kiev, "encouraged by Western 'friends,' is persistently pushing the country towards a catastrophe."

US imperialism bears full responsibility. State terrorism defines it. War on humanity persists. 

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Flashpoint conditions risk spreading things out-of-control. 

Obama's latest imperial adventurism risks global war. He's mindless about what's potentially unfolding.

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Jonathan Pollard's Imminent Release?

by Stephen Lendman

On Monday, John Kerry traveled to Israel for the 11th time. He did so relating to sham peace talks. Last July they began. No progress whatever was achieved.

Kerry wants Palestinians relinquishing fundamental rights too important to sacrifice. He's Israel's man in Washington.

An April 29 deadline approaches. Kerry wants it extended. He wants more time for bullying and bluster.

He spent Monday in discussions with Netanyahu and Palestinian negotiators. He left Tuesday. He did so to attend day two Brussels NATO ministers talks. 

He'll return on Wednesday for further discussions. Or will he? On Tuesday evening, he said he won't return after PLO officials said they'll apply for membership to 15 world organizations. They include the International Criminal Court.

It's their legal right to do so. Kerry isn't pleased. He wants Palestinians denied all rights. Talks will continue, he said. It's "up to the parties" to make progress, he added.

Speculation grows about an imminent Pollard release. In 1985, he was arrested. He's an American convicted on spying for Israel. 

He's the only person in US history sentenced to life imprisonment for spying on an ally. Customary punishment is 10 years except in cases involving a US agent's death.

Or with regard to "nuclear weaponry…war plans, communications intelligence or cryptographic information." According to a CIA 1987 damage assessment, Pollard wasn't asked to spy on US military activities.

Just collect US information on Arab states, Soviet Russia and Pakistan, especially key weapons systems. 

Israel asked for a signals intelligence manual. They wanted it to monitor Soviet advisers in Syria. 

CIA's assessment said Israelis "never expressed interest in US military activities, plans, capabilities or equipment."

Pollard was voluntarily willing to supply information beyond what his handlers requested. 

He provided over 1,500 daily Middle East and North Africa Summar(ies) (MENAS), Mediterranean Littoral Intelligence Summar(ies) (MELOS), Indian Ocean Littoral Intelligence Summar(ies), plus over 800 over stolen documents on other targets.

CIA's assessment suggested his personal life and professional behavior warranted alerting his superiors about a potential security risk.

Naval intelligence Task Force 168 was involved in HUMINT (human intelligence) collection. During a 1980 assignment with the operation, Pollard made false statements.

Rafi Eitan headed Mossad's operation to kidnap Adolph Eichmann. He was Prime Minister Menachem Begin's terrorism advisor. 

He assumed responsibility for the Pollard affair. He resigned over what happened. He's now aged 87.

In 2006, he said Pollard provided "information of such high quality and accuracy, so good and so important to (Israel's) security (that) my desire, my appetite to get more and more material overcame me."

US officials said documents he collected would have measured 6 x 6 feet wide and 10 feet high.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said "Pollard was convicted of espionage and is serving his sentence. I do not have any update for you on his status.  

Hardline Israeli officials said releasing Palestinian prisoners they want incarcerated is too high a price for his freedom.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said he'd quit Netanyahu's coalition government if they're freed. Combining it with Pollard's release doesn't matter, he stressed.

On April 1, Haaretz headlined "Senior Israeli official: Deal on settlement freeze for Pollard's release nearly sealed." 

Unnamed "senior Israeli officials" said Kerry and Netanyahu sealed "most…details of the deal to extend peace talks," Haaretz reported. 

Palestinians were blackmailed to accept. They were bullied to do so. Disobeying Washington means unspecified consequences. Terms allegedly agreed on include:

  • Palestinians extending talks another year;

  • legitimate UN diplomatic moves they're entitled to pursue won't follow;

  • Washington will release Pollard before Passover begins on April 14;

  • Israel will release 26 more Palestinian prisoners; they'll include 14 Israeli Arab citizens;

  • another 400 close to completing their imprisonments will be freed; choices exclude sick prisoners and significant political ones supporters demand be released;

  • for the next eight months, Israel will freeze most settlement construction, government tenders, and marketing of lands and planning except for East Jerusalem;

Fact check: Settlement expansions continue unabated. It's longstanding Israeli policy. Netanyahu demands it. 

Previous announced freezes were Big Lies. Netanyahu's promises rang hollow. They're no different now. 

His word isn't worth the paper it's written on. He can't be trusted. He's like Obama. He's a serial liar. He says one thing. He does another. Expect no policy change going forward.

"Who is Jonathan Pollard," asked Haaretz? As a student in 1970, he first visited Israel. He came as part of a Weizmann Institute science program.

On September 19, 1979, US Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office's Anti-Terrorism Alert Center hired him as an analyst.

In 1984, Israeli air force veteran Aviam Sella recruited him to spy on America. He was told Washington denies Israel vital national security related information it needs.

On November 21, 1985 he was arrested. It was on suspicion of spying for Israel. In 1987, he was convicted on one espionage charge.

Because his crime occurred before November 1, 1987, he's eligible for parole after 30 years confinement. It's provided good conduct warrants doing so.

Under these terms, he can be freed on November 21, 2015. At his lawyer's request, Israel granted him citizenship in 1995. In 1998, he admitted spying for Israel for the first time.

Many Israelis consider him a national hero. They call his sentence disproportionately harsh. 

He acted out of loyalty to Israel, they say. He meant America no harm. He obtained documents on countries other than his own. Numerous Israeli prime ministers lobbied for his release.

According to US officials, he did more damage to America than people realize. Admiral Thomas Brooks (ret.) claims Edward Snowden alone exceeded it.

He said he obtained information on US collection methods. He claimed an estimated 1.7 million documents dealing with US surveillance capabilities and those of its adversaries.

During Clinton's presidency, then CIA chief George Tenet threatened to resign if he was released.

In 1999, Seymour Hersh said Soviet Russia might have obtained information he sent Israel. Former US naval intelligence officers said the volume he provided alone warranted his longterm incarceration.

To force Palestinian negotiators to accept what no legitimate ones would consider, Washington may be willing to release him.

At stake is getting Netanyahu to agree on sticky issues he can later renege on. 

Note: Hours after he allegedly agreed to freeze most government tenders, Israel issued 708 new residential ones beyond the Green Line. It's on stolen Palestinian land.

Another promise made. Another broken. This one perhaps in record time. In 2013, lawless West Bank settlement starts more than doubled. 

Expect 2014 repeating what happened or exceeding it. Israel rages to steal as much Palestinian land. It wants it as quickly as possible. 

It wants all valued Judea and Samaria territory colonized for Jews only. It wants Palestinians ethnically cleansed. 

It wants them confined to worthless isolated bantustans. Ideally it wants them gone altogether. 

It wants the worst of occupation harshness continued. It wants Jews alone given rights. It wants Muslims ruthlessly persecuted. It wants war, not peace. 

It remains to be seen how Palestinian negotiators react to the latest betrayal. If past is prologue, expect business as usual to continue. Collaborators operate this way.

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Rogue State Israeli Policies

Rogue State Israeli Policies

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is no democracy. Right-wing ideologues govern. They're militantly over-the-top. They represent Israel's lunatic fringe.

They abhor peace. They endorse war. They threaten regional security. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon ordered Israel's military to prepare war plans on Iran.

Nearly $3 billion was allocated. It's around one-firth of Israel's budget. Both officials want Iran's nuclear facilities targeted. They want them eliminated.

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan warned earlier. Attacking Iran assures blowback. Iran will counterattack. 

Hundreds of missiles will strike Israeli cities and strategic facilities. Dimona and other Israeli nuclear facilities will be targeted.

Regional conflict may escalate beyond what stoppable. The entire region may be embroiled. So will America. 

Attacking Iran is madness. Lunatics don't consider consequences. In March 2012, The New York Times headlined, "US War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike Against Iran," saying:

A "classified war simulation held this month" assessed significant repercussions of Israel attacking Iran. Doing so means regional war. America could get embroiled. Hundreds of US casualties would follow.

US Central Command's war game tested communication and coordination between its Tampa, FL headquarters and Persian Gulf forces.

Exercises were held. Then Central Command head General James Mattis was especially troubled. He told aides that "an Israeli first strike would be likely to have dire consequences across the region and for United States forces there."

Attacking Iran's nuclear facilities could affect millions catastrophically. If retaliatory Tehran strikes seriously damage or destroy Dimona and other Israeli nuclear sites, radiation will contaminate large parts of the region.

War games can't predict how nations will respond. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned earlier that Iran will retaliate if attacked. "(W)e will attack them at the same level as they attack us," he said.

Netanyahu wants ongoing Iranian nuclear attacks subverted. He called last November's Geneva agreement a "historic mistake."

At the time, Saudi Arabia called it "West(ern) treachery." An Israeli/Saudi alliance formed to subvert it. Doing so could serve as pretext for conflict.

Bottom line US/Israeli strategy hasn't changed. Both countries want Iranian governance they control. How achieved is optional. 

Hawks in both countries urge war. Attack plans were readied years ago. They can be implemented straightaway if ordered. 

False flag deception may precipitate it. Duplicity is longstanding US/Israeli tradition. Trustworthiness isn't their long suit. 

Deals they offer aren't worth the paper they're written on. Anti-Iranian sentiment is decades old. Obama and Netanyahu prioritize war. They deplore peace.

Rapprochement with Tehran faces long odds. Israeli and US saber rattling show what Iranians face.

George Clemenceau once said America is the only nation that went "from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization." The same applies to Israel.

Threats risk becoming policy. The IDF got direct orders from Netanyahu and Ya'alon. Prepare to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. Ignore ongoing P5+1 talks.

Netanyahu rejects last November's interim nuclear agreement. He's not bound by it, he said. 

"…I believe that letting Iran enrich uranium would open up the floodgates," he said. "That must not happen. And we will make sure it does not happen."

"Letting the worst terrorist regime on the planet get atomic bombs would endanger everyone," he added. 

He repeatedly repeats the Big Lie about Iran openly "call(ing) for our destruction." Claiming it wore thin years ago. It doesn't stop endless regurgitation.

Ya'alon added: "Weakness certainly does not pay in the world.
No one can replace the US as the world's policeman. I hope the US will come to its senses."

"We think that the United States should be the one leading the campaign against Iran."

"But the US has entered talks with them and unfortunately, in the haggling in the Persian bazaar, the Iranians were better." 

"Therefore, on this matter, we have to behave as though we have nobody to look out for us but ourselves."

Iran remains hopeful about achieving a final agreement around mid-year. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Vienna talks this week made substantial progress.

"Today the other side has finally grasped what we had been trying to say, especially when it comes to the practical needs of having a nuclear program which is logical and peaceful. And this by itself is a major progress."

Discussions about major issues were clarified, he added. They include enrichment, sanctions, international peaceful nuclear cooperation and Iran's Arak reactor.

Dismantling parts of Tehran's nuclear program isn't being considered. "(W)e are not at the stage yet to draft a statement to predict how big the differences still are," Zarif said.

Reports suggest major ones remain. A senior US official called this week's Vienna talks "intense." 

On January 20, multiple rounds began. They're expected to continue until July 20. Final resolution remains elusive.

Iran won't relinquish its nuclear rights. They fully comply with NPT provisions. No military component exists.

Iran is between a rock and a hard place. Eighty-three senators wrote Obama. They laid out "core principles."

They lied claiming "Iran has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty." Tehran calls doing so fundamental. It won't sacrifice its legitimate rights.

Washington wants Fordow enrichment facility and Arak's heavy water reactor abandoned. Iran has no intention of doing either.

President Hassan Rohani said Iran won't relinquish its legal rights. 

"The world has admitted that Iran is, and will be, among the countries which have nuclear technology, including enrichment, and there is no doubt about this for anyone."

He urges equitable resolution. It's long overdue. Whether possible given hardline US/Israeli policy remains to be seen. An unnamed US official in Vienna said:

Talks were serious. They were civil. "Everybody (was) very professional, very focused, no histrionics, no walking out, no yelling and screaming." 

"People understand the stakes are pretty profound; there is a sense of the tremendous responsibility on people's shoulders."

Ukrainian tensions were temporarily ignored. How much longer remains uncertain. 

P5+1 and Iranian nuclear experts will meet in Vienna from April 3 - 5. Negotiators will conduct more talks from from April 7 - 9.

Iran's main goal is "normalizing (its) case similar to every other member state of the NPT," Zarif stressed.

Tehran's fundamental rights won't be sacrificed. Israel wants Iran having none. Washington may add new demands not yet revealed. 

Final resolution remains elusive. Netanyahu plans making it impossible. Key is whether Obama agrees.

A Final Comment

Israeli rogue state policies are multifaceted. Fundamental rule of law principles are systematically violated. Human and civil rights don't matter.

Palestinians have none whatever. Conditions go from bad to worse. Militarized occupation harshness bears full responsibility. 

A new Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) is disturbing. It discusses "The Likelihood, Consequences and Policy Implications of PA Collapse or Dissolution."

Financial and political pressures may precipitate it. PSR envisions three possible scenarios:

(1) Israel and/or Washington may impose "severe or crippling financial and political sanctions."

(2) PLO leadership may abandon a two-state solution. Achieving it on Israeli terms is impossible. Hundreds of thousands of settlers on stolen Palestinian land alone does so. Rights sought may be sought other ways.

(3) Economic, financial and political crises may be inevitable. Public outrage may follow. Perhaps a third Intifada. Fundamental demands unable to be met may cause PA collapse.

PSR got opinions from 30 experts. Dozens of others were involved. They represent finance, economics, internal security, law enforcement, health, education, communications, judicial affairs, local government, water, electricity, civil and domestic political affairs, as well as whether or not a two-state solution remains feasible. 

For sure not on Israeli terms. PSR director Khalil Shikaki conducted the study. Palestinians require PA help, he said. 

They depend on it for "financial well being, social and political status in society, and there are circles that depend on their relation to PA," he said. 

"Anything that happens to the PA will take all of that away from them. These could be organizations, business interests or individuals who have positions of power that allow them to reward sympathizers."

"If they could call the shots, they would do their best to prevent (the PA's collapse)." 

"But even those who have a vested interest in satisfying Israel, for the sake of preserving the PA, cannot do it for too long."

Palestinians get painfully little help. At the same time, they rely on whatever is forthcoming. It's better than nothing.

"People do not want to see themselves without a central authority that prevents chaos and anarchy in the streets, even if they have a lot of criticism of the PA and its functioning," said Shikaki. 

"But the Palestinians are willing to risk it collapsing completely, if it happens in the midst of a struggle for a change in the status quo." 

"If there is a good reason for it to collapse, then (Palestinians say) let it be."

Public discontent began years ago. Over time, it intensified. PA officials are Israeli enforcers. In over 20 years, they failed. They haven't achieved fundamental goals.

Things are much worse now than then. Economic and financial conditions alone cause horrific harm. Exploitation substitutes for social justice. Political rights don't exist.

PSR's " 'Day After' Final Report" is troubling. PA collapse may be inevitable. At the same time, "(a)ll Palestinians who participated in the discussion shared the view that Israel and the PA have a common interest in keeping the PA functioning," said Shikaki.

"Palestinian society in general understands that the PA is able to exist as long as Israel is happy with it, and as long as Palestinians find it useful to them."

Study participants assumed that "at all levels there will be an attempt to prevent collapse."

At the same time, both sides believe "they can do a lot of harm to the other without risking" it. In other words, Israel will save the day if necessary. 

If PA officials voluntarily decide to dismantle, "Palestinians might seek to force Israel to either deepen its occupation, reverting to the situation that prevailed before 1994, or change its policies by seriously negotiating the end of its occupation, or unilaterally withdraw from most of the West Bank."

Impending collapse "might force Israel to re-examine its options."

Avoiding it requires PA officials abandoning counterproductive policies. They include poor planning, lack of transparency, excessive centralization, conflicting interests, rampant corruption, and benefitting Israel at the expense of their own people.

Hamas would benefit greatly from PA collapse. Israel's likely response would be another matter entirely. 

Palestinians suffered injustice for decades. Nothing ahead suggests achieving their liberating struggle. It continues unresolved.

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Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat

Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat

by Stephen Lendman

On Thursday, Israeli Lt. Col. Peter Lerner lied. He claimed Israeli naval forces intercepted an Iranian arms vessel. 

It was heading for Gaza via Sudan, he said. It carried medium-range missiles, he added. So-called Klos-C surface-to-surface M302 rockets were named.

The alleged incident happened in the Red Sea 1,500 kilometers from Israel's coastline, he claimed.

"We have conclusive evidence that there were rockets on board the ship, and we have proof and can say with certainty that Iran is behind this operation," he said.

He continued claiming rockets originated from Syria. They were placed on planes at Damascus airport. They were shipped to Iran. 

They were loaded aboard its cargo ship. It set sail days ago for Sudan. It diverted north to Iraq. Rockets were covered with cement bags to disguise them. The vessel continued en route to Sudan.

Who knows what happened, if anything. Nothing links Iran or Syria with shipping rockets to Gaza. Israel has no evidence whatever proving it. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash.

The report's timing raised obvious suspicions. Netanyahu was in Washington. He met with Obama. He hyperventilated. He lied. 

He said Iran is developing nuclear weapons. He repeats the Bog Lie often. He knows its nuclear program has no military component. He pretends otherwise. Iran bashing is longstanding Israeli policy.

He was silent about Israel's formidable arsenal.  He claimed Iran threatens to bring Israel "to the brink of destruction."

He'll "do whatever (he) must to defend the Jewish state," he said. Its only enemies are ones it invents.

He addressed AIPAC's annual conference. His comments sparked a furious Palestinian response.

"It's time for Palestinians to stop denying history," he said. "Just as Israel is prepared to recognize a Palestinian state, the Palestinians must be willing to recognize a Jewish one."

He told Abbas to recognize a Jewish state and "abandon the fantasy of flooding Israel with refugees."

Palestinian official Nabil Shaath called his demand "an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations."

PLO senior member Hanan Ashrawi said it's "like telling Palestinians they did not exist all these hundreds of thousands of years, that this historically has been (an exclusive) Jewish land."

Following the AIPAC conference, Netanyahu told reporters:

Discovering so-called weapons revealed "the true face of Iran. (It's) been exposed for what it is."

"It smiles in Geneva talks about its own nuclear ambitions, gives soothing words, and as they are doing that, they're shipping these deadly weapons to the world's worst terrorists."

It's hard matching his bluster. His hyperventilating wore thin long ago. Even current and former Israeli officials don't trust him.

He's way over-the-top. He's his own worst enemy. His bullying/bluster offends. He repeats one Big Lie after another. It's habitual.

He considers Arabs subhuman. He obsesses over Iran. He heads Israel's rogue state government. He's a regional existential threat.

On Thursday, he was in Los Angeles. He spoke at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. His bluster continued.

He outrageously compared Iran's leaders to Hitler. He nonsensically claimed he called for Israel's destruction before it existed.

He lied claiming Iran calls for the same thing. "We shall not allow Iran to arm itself with the capability to destroy us," he said.

"We cannot be tolerant to the intolerant. We cannot be tolerant to the fanatics."

They infest Israel. They threaten regional peace and security. Netanyahu didn't explain.

"These people are out to destroy a section of people called the Jewish people," he bellowed. "We will not let them. We shall expose them and we will fight them."

"And I'll tell you another thing. We shall beat them."

Netanyahu met separately with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz and Mossad head Tamir Pardo. 

He's going all-out to subvert P5+1 talks. He hyped a nonexistent Iranian threat, saying:

"At a time when Iran is talking with world powers, is smiling and uttering pleasantries, it is also sending deadly weapons to terrorist organization - via an elaborate network of secret operations around that world that aim to funnel rockets, missiles and other deadly weapons to be used to harm innocent civilians." 

"This is the real Iran, and this country must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons." 

"We will continue to do everything we must to protect the citizens of Israel."

Washington and Israel jointly concocted the alleged Iranian rockets seizure story. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed US military forces were ready to intervene.

They let Israel "take the lead." It bears repeating. Who knows what happened. Believing Israel and Washington requires a giant leap of faith. 

International law prohibits interdicting vessels in open waters. Doing so constitutes maritme piracy.

Under Article 101 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), it includes "any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation...against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State (and) any act of inciting or of intentionally facilitating (such) an act."

Usually it refers to robbery or criminal violence committed by private parties. It applies to states committing lawless acts. 

UNCLOS permits interdiction at sea to prevent illegal arms and drug smuggling, the slave trade, or terrorist activities. 

Verifiable proof is required. Israel has none. Inventing it doesn't wash. 

Under maritime law, ships have "innocent passage" rights through international and coastal area waters. Certain restrictions apply. 

UNCLOS defines "innocent passage" as expeditious, continuous passage through waters in ways not "prejudicial to the peace, good order or the security" of a coastal state.

America's Defense Department defines it as:

"The right of all ships to engage in continuous and expeditious surface passage through the territorial sea and archipelagic water of foreign coastal states in a manner not prejudicial to its peace, good order, or security." 

"Passage includes stopping and anchoring, but only if incidental to ordinary navigation or necessary for force majeure (a natural or unavoidable catastrophe) or distress, or for the purpose of rendering assistance to persons, ships, or aircraft in danger of distress."

Legal interdictions may occur only within 12 nautical miles from shore. In international waters, they're prohibited.

Israel ignores international law. So does America. Both countries hype one Big Lie after another. 

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney repeated what US officials say often. It doesn't wash. He wrongfully accused Iran of being a "major state sponsor of terrorism."

"Even as we continue efforts to resolve our concerns over Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy, we will continue to stand up to Iran's support for destabilizing activities in the region, in coordination with our partners and allies, and made clear that these illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s UN Security Council obligations," he said. 

Iran responded to Tel Aviv's outrageous accusation. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed it as "failed lies." His Twitter comment said:

"Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti-Iran campaign. Amazing coincidence! Or same failed lies."

During an official visit to Jakarta, he said:

"Netanyahu (was) in Washington...and all of a sudden as a godsend, they (allegedly) capture a ship from Iran with missiles."

"Just a coincidence? If Netanyahu is a saint and can produce miracles, I believe the Israelis themselves will be amused by that."

"So if you cannot believe in miracles by Netanyahu, the only thing that you can believe s that this is a lie. And it is a lie."

"For the arms to go through Sudan and from Sudan back to somewhere and from that somewhere to Gaza - this is more like delusional thinking rather than even serious propaganda."

Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian denounced Israel's lie. He stressed how Zionist media circulate it. They do it to vilify Iran, he said.

Iran's military categorically rejected Israel's claim. It called allegations of Tehran shipping weapons to Gaza a "sheer lie."

A Hamas spokesman called it a "silly joke." Islamic Jihad denounced Israel's fabrication.

According to Gaza Ministry of Interior spokesman Islam Shahwan, Israeli lies reflect a "dangerous move" to justify its lawless seven year siege.

He urged journalists to avoid "being tricked by the Israeli narrative about capturing a ship carrying weapons to Gaza."

Israeli naval vessels blockade its coastline. Anything approaching gets interdicted. Border areas with Egypt are heavily monitored.

An unnamed Islamic Jihad official said he knows nothing about an alleged weapons shipment. 

If "the information is true," he added, "it is a medal of honor to the one who sent the shipment."

Israel's latest Big Lie came at the same time as its belligerent West Bank incursions. Air strikes against Hezbollah occurred days earlier. So did others targeting Gaza.

Since January, Israel killed eight Palestinian civilians. It did so in cold blood. Children were shot in the back and killed.

Rogue states operate this way. Washington and Israel partner in each other's crimes.

On Friday, US House of Representatives members voted to expand weapons and military related technologies to Israel as America's strategic partner.

They did so 410 to one. Expect Senate rubber-stamp approval. Discussions are ongoing to increase US aid. 

Israel already gets billions annually and much more. US taxpayers funds its lawlessness.

AIPAC gloated after House members voted. They "once again reaffirmed (their) commitment to an unbreakable US-Israeli relationship," it said.

Israel's killing machine got an added boost. For sure it'll take full advantage.

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The CIA’s Destruction of Democracy

For years now, I have tried to expose the real purpose of the CIA in American life and geopolitical events. If you're still not convinced of that the CIA essentially destroyed American democracy, read the quotes below. These men were insiders, and they had no reason to lie.

“It is common knowledge among all the [intelligence services] of America and Europe…that the disastrous 9-11 terrorist attack has been planned and realized from the CIA and Mossad.”
--former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, speaking to the Italian press

"An intelligence service is the ideal vehicle for a conspiracy."
--Allen Dulles, Director of the CIA, 1953-61

“In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We're not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn't the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same. I've learned enough about the machinations of the CIA in the past year to know that this is no longer the dreamworld America I once believed in. The imperatives of the population explosion, which almost inevitably will lessen our belief in the sanctity of the individual human life, combined with the awesome power of the CIA and the defense establishment, seem destined to seal the fate of the America I knew as a child and bring us into a new Orwellian world where the citizen exists for the state and where raw power justifies any and every immoral act. I've always had a kind of knee-jerk trust in my Government's basic integrity, whatever political blunders it may make. But I've come to realize that in Washington, deceiving and manipulating the public are viewed by some as the natural prerogatives of office. Huey Long once said, ‘Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism.’ I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.”
--Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney, 1967

"But what counter-insurgency really comes down to is the protection of the capitalists back in America, their property and their privileges. US national security, as preached by US leaders, is the security of the capitalist class in the US, not the security of the rest of the people."
--Philip Agee, CIA Counterintelligence Officer, 1975

“Fundamentally, the founding fathers of U.S. intelligence were liars. The better you lied and the more you betrayed, the more likely you would be promoted. These people attracted and promoted each other. Outside of their duplicity, the o¬nly thing they had in common was a desire for absolute power. I did things that, in looking back o¬n my life, I regret. But I was part of it and I loved being in it. . . Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, Carmel Offie, and Frank Wisner were the grand masters. If you were in a room with them you were in a room full of people that you had to believe would deservedly end up in hell.” Angleton slowly sipped his tea and then said, “I guess I will see them there, soon.”

--James J. Angleton, CIA Counter Intelligence-Chief, 1985

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The tide turns against Israel

Counterpunch – 13 February 2014

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rarely been so politically embattled. His travails indicate the Israeli right’s inability to respond to a shifting political landscape, both in the region and globally.

The context for his troubles was his commitment in 2009, under great pressure from a newly elected US president, Barack Obama, to support the creation of a Palestinian state. It was a concession he never wanted to make and one he has regretted ever since.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has exploited that pledge by imposing the current peace talks. Now Netanyahu faces an imminent “framework agreement” that may require him to make further commitments towards an outcome he abhors.

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, is not helping. Rather than digging in his own heels, he offers constant accommodation. Last week Abbas told the New York Times that Israel could take a leisurely five years removing its soldiers and settlers from a key piece of Palestinian territory, the Jordan Valley. The Palestinian state would remain demilitarised, while Nato troops could stay “for a long time, and wherever they want”.

The Arab League is another thorn. It has obliged by renewing its offer from 2002, the Arab Peace Initiative, that promises Israel peaceful relations with the Arab world in return for its agreement to Palestinian statehood.

Meanwhile, the European Union is gently turning the screws on the occupation. It regularly trumpets condemnation of Israel’s settlement-building frenzies, including last week’s announcement of 558 settler homes in East Jerusalem. And in the background sanctions loom over settlement goods.

European financial institutions are providing a useful barometer of the mood among the 28 EU member states. They have become the unexpected pioneers of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, with a steady trickle of banks and pension funds pulling out their investments in recent weeks.

Pointing out that boycotts and “delegitimisation” campaigns are only going to gather pace, Kerry has warned that Israel’s traditional policy is “unsustainable”.

That message rings true with many Israeli business leaders, who have thrown their weight behind the US diplomatic plan. They believe that a Palestinian state is the key to Israel gaining access to lucrative regional markets and continued economic growth.

Netanyahu must have been disconcerted by the news that among those meeting Kerry to express support at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month was Shlomi Fogel, the prime minister’s long-time intimate.

Pressure on these various fronts may explain Netanyahu’s hasty convening last weekend of his senior ministers to devise a strategy to counter the boycott trend. Proposals include a $28 million media campaign, legal action against boycotting institutions, and intensified surveillance of overseas activists by the Mossad.

On the domestic scene, Netanyahu – who is known to prize political survival above all other concerns – is getting a rough ride as well. He is being undermined on his right flank by rivals inside the coalition.

Naftali Bennett, the settlers’ leader, provoked a chafing public feud with Netanyahu this month, accusing him of losing his “moral compass” in the negotiations. At the same time, Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister from the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, has dramatically changed tack, cosying up to Kerry, whom he has called “a true friend of Israel”. Lieberman’s unlikely statesmanship has made Netanyahu’s run-ins with the US look, in the words of a local analyst, “childish and irresponsible”.

It is in the light of these mounting pressures on Netanyahu that one should understand his increasingly erratic behaviour – and the growing rift with the US.

A damaging falling-out last month, following insults from the defence minister against Kerry, has not subsided. Last week Netanyahu unleashed his closest cabinet allies to savage Kerry again, with one calling the US secretary of state’s pronouncements “offensive and intolerable”.

Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, tweeted her displeasure with a shot across the bows. The Israeli government’s attacks were “totally unfounded and unacceptable”, she noted. Any doubt she was speaking for the president was later dispelled when Obama praised Kerry’s “extraordinary passion and principled diplomacy”.

But despite outward signs, Netanyahu is less alone than he looks – and far from ready to compromise.

He has the bulk of the Israeli public behind him, helped by media moguls like his friend Sheldon Adelson who are stoking the national mood of besiegement and victimhood.

But most importantly he has a large chunk of Israel’s security and economic establishment on side too.

The settlers and their ideological allies have deeply penetrated the higher ranks of both the army and the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret intelligence service. The Haaretz newspaper revealed this month the disturbing news that three of the four heads of the Shin Bet now subscribe to this extremist ideology.

Moreover, powerful elements within the security establishment are financially as well as ideologically invested in the occupation. In recent years the defence budget has rocketed to record levels as a whole layer of the senior military exploits the occupation to justify feathering its nest with grossly inflated salaries and pensions.

There are also vast business profits in the status quo, from hi-tech to resource-grabbing industries. Indications of what is at stake were illuminated recently with the announcement that the Palestinians will have to buy from Israel at great cost two key natural resources – gas and water – they should have in plentiful supply were it not for the occupation.

With these interest groups at his back, a defiant Netanyahu can probably face off the US diplomatic assault this time. But Kerry is not wrong to warn that in the long term yet another victory for Israeli intransigence will prove pyrrhic.

These negotiations may not lead to an agreement, but they will mark a historic turning-point nonetheless. The delegitimisation of Israel is truly under way, and the party doing most of the damage is the Israeli leadership itself.

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A People’s Movement to End All War

When people sign the declaration of peace at they have the opportunity to type in a brief statement in their own words. Thousands have done so, including those pasted below. (And a few great quotes from the past have been added here in graphic form.)

“I support this proposal and agree with this great and important initiative to abolish militarism and war.  I will continue to speak out for an end to the institution of militarism and war and for institutions built on international law and human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution.” — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

“As a 29 year veteran of the US Army/Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel and having served as a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and resigning in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war, I firmly believe war does not resolve political issues.  We must work diligently to force the governments of our nations to use diplomacy, not weapons.” —Ann Wright

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” — Noam Chomsky


“It is so inspiring to see a new group coming together not to focus on a particular war or weapons system, but on all war–everywhere. And it’s great to have such beautifully crafted arguments about why war is not inevitable and how war contributes to so many other global ills. This coalition is worthy of Martin Luther King’s call to end violence and instead put our energies and resources into ‘life-affirming activities.’ Bravo!” —Medea Benjamin

“We must work to end all war because: 1. In war there are no winners, only losers. 2. To thrive, humans need peace, which cannot be created by war. 3. We need all our ingenuity, creativity, technology and will to find a solution to runaway climate change. We cannot afford the military-industrial complex.” — Sally Reynolds, Abingdon Peace Group

“The abolition of war is an idea whose time has come. We are at a transformative moment in history. Our Mother Earth is under siege from destructive global warming and industrialization. It is essential that we mobilize to save our planet. War is a cruel and untenable distraction, draining trillions of dollars and incalculable losses of intellectual firepower away from the essential work that needs to be done to create a livable future for humanity.” — Alice Slater, Global Council of Abolition 2000

“War is a crime against humanity. When 90% of the casualties of war are civilians including children, its time to End ALL WARS! The world badly needs the resources to meet human and environmental needs. Wars are not making us more secure, but creating more enemies. There are more effective means of achieving security than war and killing other people’s children. As former President Eisenhower said, ‘I like to believe that the people of the world will want peace so much that governments will have to get out of the way and let them have it.’ When the people of the world decide to end war, we can end it. At least 99% of the world’s people do not benefit at all from all the wars our governments are waging. The time is NOW. Please join us.” —David Hartsough

“If anything can halt climate change it’s redirecting the unfathomable pile of money and energy now wasted on a war machine that kills for fossil fuels and consumes a good share of them in the process.  The symptoms of militarism addressed by human rights and civil liberties groups would end if the disease were treated.  Our culture of violence, our government of secrecy, our provocation of animosity around the world: these would end if we stopped slaughtering people under the banner of war.  If a fraction of those damaged by war work to end war, it will quickly become a thing of the past — seen then as the unmitigated barbarism that many find it hard to recognize as long as war is accepted by those in positions of power.” — David Swanson, author of War No More: The Case for Abolition

“History has shown us that the institution of war created by humans is not only morally reprehensible, but utterly ineffective in resolving any kind of disputes. The human, social, environmental and economic costs of war are too high. We now know more about the reality of a global peace system built upon global collaboration, social change and constructive conflict transformation. It is time for a re-energized effort to build a world beyond war by challenging the war system and supporting the infrastructure of peace.” — Patrick Hiller, Peace Scientist and Director of War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation

“War is a great destroyer. And human history has arrived at a pivotal moment. We can choose a path built on cooperation, where our caring and sharing side uplifts us, or we can continue to embrace a worldview where domination using violence imprisons us in cycles of killing and destruction. I’m a biologist, and war is not genetically fixed. War is a cultural invention. It’s time to end this abomination, and this World Beyond War movement is uniquely focused on unifying the human community to create one of the biggest revolutions in history. I’m in. Join us!” — Judith Hand, Founder: A Future Without


“Change will not come from a President Gandhi.  Rather, the initiate for change will come from the bottom up as citizens force politicians to act.  We just need to put our voices together and get sufficiently organized.  Ultimately change will come from the ingenuity, compassion and ability of the American people to self-correct and chart a more secure and sustainable course for the future.” — Russell Faure-Brac, author of Transition to Peace

“Our greatest enemy today is not a particular group of people in a far-off country. Our greatest enemy is war itself.” — Paul Chappell, author of The Art of Waging Peace

“We must work to end all war because the health, welfare, and safety of the children is the most important element of a society. The children can be the focus for mobilizing, conflict resolution, and uniting for the future of humanity. The children allow the people of the world to show kindness, generosity, and compassion.” — Andre Sheldon, Director of Global Strategy of Nonviolence

“We must end war because war is an abrogation of the inviolable bonds of connection between all people, all living things and the planet. To participate in it is a denial of the trust in continuity deeded to us by our forebears and expected of us by future generations. Every act of war and aggression diminishes the humanity of the individuals involved, destabilizes communities and nations; and scars the entire human family. We are committed not to ending wars but to ending war itself, and to addressing the fear, greed, misunderstanding and drive for power that lead to violent conflict and war.” — Rena Guay, Executive Director, Center for Conscience in Action

“Richard Wendell Fogg, Center for the Study of Conflict, years ago said rather than saying we need to abolish war, we should talk of REPLACING war. In the field of conflict analysis and transformation, there are creative strategies we can apply to solutions that can solve problems and make war unnecessary. With increasing lethality of weapons, evolving technology and communications, war is obsolete. It is a solution worse than any problem it presumes to  solve. We can address conflicts constructively. Beyond diplomacy, we can use mediation, negotiation and problem-solving strategies to transcend war.” —Diane Perlman

“Humanity can no longer afford war for two reasons. 1) We need all our resources to deal with the consequences of climate change and peak oil, and 2) War is too wasteful of both human and physical resources to be further utilized or tolerated by the human species. Indeed, nuclear war, which remains a major threat to the world as we know it, would likely make our planet uninhabitable for our own species and many others.” —Peter Bergel

“War is at the heart of all global problems, impeding humanity from a full realization of just, equitable and sustainable communities.” —Kent D. Shifferd


“There is enough for everyone to have what they need without exploitation. Adequate distribution of resources, including education, without violence can lead to a sustainable system that doesn’t stress the ecosphere. Alternately, continued violence feeds population surges and hoarding the products of exploitative extraction, which endanger the survival of our species. In short, if we want a future with humans on Earth, we’ve got to stop war.” —Vernon Huffman

“Life on earth is not sustainable continuing down this path. War destroys people, the air, the ground, the water. It destroys history. It inhales money/resources literally taking food out of the mouths of the people. It takes generations to recover if that is even possible. Enough.” —Barbara Cummings

“War is the worst act of terrorism and among the greatest causes of human suffering and death and ecological degradation. Wars are declared by the rich and fought by the poor. There will be no real justice and protection of human rights and the rights of nature until a sustainable global peace has been achieved.” —Brian J. Trautman

“I know from my lengthy experience as a journalist, researcher, and human being working in various war-torn or recently war-battered countries that all wars inflict terrible, long-lasting damage on all the residents of the war-zone– with the weakest members of society always suffering the most. There is no such thing as a ‘humanitarian’ war. In cases of conflict or bitter oppression, the very best way to mend broken relationships while building a solid basis for a better situation going forward is to use all nonviolent means possible to de-escalate tensions and work for a better life going forward on the basis of the equality and equal worth of all human persons.” —Helena Cobban

“War murders our children and sickens the survivors. ‘Peace or Perish: Abolish War on Planet and Poor’ (Theme of the 2014 Veterans For Peace National Convention, Asheville, NC, July 2–27).” —John Heuer

“The main obstacle to disarmament is the general/common belief that it is impossible. And it is — just as impossible as ending slavery, apartheid, the Cold War, and tearing the Iron Curtain. Humanity suffers under poverty, unhealth, pollution, depletion of resources, climate change. Instead of being an extremely expensive and deadly risk on top of all those threats militarism is clearly the best option/chance/opportunity to do something substantial — if all countries would join in abolition of military force and forces (the idea that Nobel in his will for ‘the champions of peace’ called ‘creating the brotherhood of nations’).” —Fredrik S. Heffermehl

“Militarism is the world’s biggest problem…morally, socially, economically, and environmentally.” —Ward Reilly


“Creating a world beyond war may be the noblest endeavor we can work on. Can you imagine what future generations will think if we succeed? We will leave them a world where trillions of dollars are not wasted annually on weapons and war, where tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands are no longer slaughtered in unnecessary wars. Surely we can imagine solving conflicts between nations in a more mature way; we can imagine the human race evolving to a higher consciousness that no longer requires war. We can imagine a world without war, now we have to work toward such a world. It will be a global challenge, uniting the world to accomplish this great new reality.” —Kevin Zeese,

“War is a lie. War is a racket. War is hell. War is waste. War is a crime. War is terrorism. War is not the answer.” —Coleen Rowley

“War destroys. War obliterates. War is ruination. And war begets more war. After thousands of years of experience proving this, and reams of literature and countless works of art exposing it, when are people going to learn?” —Lisa Simeone

“War is a barbaric tool of the war profiteers and Empires who employ them. War pits young people from the working class against other similarly poor, or disadvantaged humans, for nothing but the greed of the few. Only we the people can make war obsolete by not participating in the profound crimes of the profiteers and other war mongers.” —Cindy Sheehan

“War causes pain, suffering, and gross violations to human needs and rights. War causes a violent domino effect for years to come. Humans have no business being involved in war. We are an evolved species that needs to focus on peace and justice in our world. We must honor and show respect for our planet and all living and nonliving entities. We need to shift away from violence and focus on the beauty of nonviolence. War and destructive violence are not solutions to any problem. War must be ended. When that happens we will lift the pain and suffering of our world and allow humanity to begin to heal. It is time we wake up and raise our thoughts to a higher consciousness. If we do not end war now, it will end us. Call on me. I am ready to help end all war!” —Joy Henry

“We need a movement if we are going to stop wars and this may be it. So many of us are working in small groups and we need to come together as one.” —JoAnne Lingle

“The future existence of our planet depends upon ending war. War and violence are not a solution to conflict. They contribute to more violence, more death, more poverty, more suffering physically and psychologically, more patriotism, more borders, more ignorance, and more stupidity. How tragic is all of that. The ecology of our planet is in jeopardy and the pollution of the war machine world wide is a huge contributor to climate change.” —Ann Tiffany

“As professor of global peace studies at the International Islamic University of Malaysia I am committed to the ending of war also through criminalization of war, an approach that has not been sufficiently used in spite of the UN Charter outlawing war — with too many loopholes used buy aggressive countries.” —Johan Galtung, Founder of TRANSCEND International

“I applaud the establishment of a global movement to end all war, but note that citizens of the United States have a special responsibility to make this happen. Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has bombed more than 25 countries. In those 68 years, no other nation has killed and injured more people living outside of its borders. Most Americans remain silent while we spend more on war, and have more soldiers in other countries, than all other nations combined. War and soldiers are glorified in the U.S. Please recognize and honor those who have had the courage to take a public stand against one or more U.S. We celebrate these role models in hopes of inspiring other Americans to speak out against war and for peace.” —Michael D. Knox, US Peace Memorial Foundation


“War is about nothing but violence. War is terrible! I have a first-hand war experience and I know what war is all about! I dream of peace!” —Fidaa Abuassi

“War, and preparation for war is draining resources that are life giving from countries, statesnd cities. The world we help create is the world we leave for those who come after us. I am committed to living non-violently in response to the violence in my neighborhood, my city, my state, my country, my hemisphere and my world because non-violent love in action is the most powerful force for change that exists.” —Joyce Ellwanger

“As Ernest Hemingway wrote, ‘Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead…’” —Christopher Flynn

“The biosphere can no longer tolerate the toxic affects of modern warfare, which threaten the continued existence of all humanity and many animals and plants on which we are dependent.” —Richard Ochs

“War benefits no one, with the exception of military contractors and their shareholders. It makes our communities poor, our nation less safe, and ourselves less fully human. We must commit to diplomacy, peacemaking and development!” —Diane Farsetta

“This atavistic practice has always been horrible, but technology makes it even more destructive and savage. it is time for humanity to become civilized.” —Sally-Alice Thompson

“We need to solve some of the world’s problems like climate change, world hunger, homelessness, income disparity, the influence of money ine lections, destruction of the environment, etc. and stop wasting our resources on killing people and destroying the environment.” —Jean Gordon

“The U.S. has become the most egregious war-monger and terrorist nation in the world, as well as the long-time leading purveyor of weapons of war throughout the world, and because here at home, we have 50 million of our citizens living in poverty, one in four children surviving on Food Stamps, a collapsing education system, poor health care, and many other disasters, none of which can be addressed as long as the country keeps pouring trillions of dollars into war and militarism. This madness and criminality must end!” —Dave Lindorff


“It’s obvious: war is a waste of human and earth resources that results only in suffering. There are other ways to disagree.” —Karen Malpede

“As John F. Kennedy said, it will end us instead. ‘If mankind does not put an end to war, then war will put an end to mankind.’ Modern war is ecocide, genocide and ethnocide and is not sustainable. The costs of war are enormous, not just financial but social, ecological and global. War must become obsolete if the world is to survive.” —John Judge

“We’re destroying life on earth in all its forms. By supporting war we are creating poverty that includes fear and anxiety about the future which leads to depression, poor health, food insecurity, and homelessnes. People all over the world are experiencing the destructive effects of investing most of our country’s resources in war resulting in the failure to create a healthy, well-educated and secure environment for humanity around the world.” —Nancy Schoerke

“We must shift from ‘war is a necessary evil’ to ‘peace is a necessary good.’” —Swami Beyondananda, Steve Bhaerman

“The myth that war creates justice, solves problems, improves security and enables peace is absurd. If we weren’t so bombarded with propaganda to the contrary, everyone would know that. We need to insist on a new story, the true story. We must forbid the few to profit from war so that we may all begin to profit from peace.” —Robert Shetterly

“We have seen enough of war to know that it doesn’t work to resolve conflicts. It only exacerbates them. It is time we find other solutions and dedicate ourselves to life–not death.” —Peter Kuznick

“To the extent that today’s world is civilized at all, it’s largely thanks to yesterday’s opponents of war and misery: the soldiers who refused to fight, the civilians who refused to accept war and occupation, and all those who worked for a global order based on peace and equity. Yet the institutions and forces that produce war have not been eradicated. Today we must build an international movement that will not only prevent future wars but transform the very structures on which war, militarism, and imperial domination are based. This struggle will not be won quickly, but in the process even small acts and partial victories can help save numerous lives.” —Kevin Young

“It is clear to me that war creates violence and does not solve problems. I have lived and worked in Iran. Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine and have seen first hard the broken bodies of children and the anger at our impact as a nation on people’s lives. Thank you for putting this opportunity together. Peace” —Ann Huntwork


“I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘just war’. Murder is murder, whether sanctioned by a government or not. All people should have the right to life and liberty, so long as they do no harm to others, and war extinguishes both.” —Ethan Bell

“War promotes rascism all around the globe.” —Muhammad Ali Khan

“The greatest threat to humanity today is climate change. Militarism exacerbates that threat, and is in no way useful for addressing that threat. The resources invested in militarism must be redirected to combat climate change and global warming.” —Larry A. Unruh

“As a very young man I signed a declaration – ‘I renounce war and will never support another’. That was in 1939 and I have maintained this stand throughout the whole period, including WW2, as a Conscientious Objector.Worked to achieve Peace since. It is necessary for individuals to take this stand and maintain it. War never solves anything – it accentuates any problem, whatever it is, and makes matters worse. There is no moral or humanitarian justification for it.” —Donald Saunders

“Having survived WWII as a child I am TOTALLY against ALL wars, there is not excuse for killing and injuring humans, all innocent, for life. I am still traumatized from the war and the bombing and starvation.” —Ingrid Kepler-May

“We still carry ancient beliefs from thousands and thousands of years ago when war was the only thing known. We have options now. This organization will help shift the collective consciousness toward greater humanity and peace. War has indoctrinated the U.S. government as well as other countries. There is no integral intention that exists behind war. It is a contradiction and therefor useless. Its time to evolve greatly. ‘Love precious humanity’” —Leslie Naugle

“I want a world without war. War never works it just kills. I want my children to never have to have a close contact with war. I want my children and future generations to grow up free and in a peaceful world. War is not freedom it is a malignant force imposed by men in power. We must change the views of people in power now and let them know that in a diplomatic and peaceful way issues can be solved.” —Ana Martins

“I am working with the higher education system in Afghanistan. My work in this world is teaching and serving as a role model for peace, particularly in this environment that has been devastated by the ravages of 30+ years of horrific conflict. I have a number of close Afghan friends and they, probably more than any people I have ever met, want peace for themselves, their families and their country. I am privileged to know them and am inspired by their endurance and resilience. Endless war serves only to enrich those who champion it and it is long past time that it be stopped.” —James Stapp


“We know, deep down inside, it’s wrong! There’s nothing you can say to ever make it right! Killing is killing, no matter how you slice it! And the ones doing all the killing should be locked up, and be forced to watch the world transform from, This evil place they’ve created, To the wonderful place we should be creating!” —Ronald Richter

“Why must we work to end all war? War keeps us from progressing as a race. We can’t reach a point of sustainability with war taking up so much of our time. It attributes to the division of wealth providing greater conflict between classes and it hands over authority to the wealthy class. It makes them richer while the working class is left to die. War need to end because it’s a tool used to control the masses with fear. It distracts us from the problems within the social hierarchical systems that have been established. We must end all war because we’ll never have peace without it. War is expensive and destroys makes the economy unstable. War is a tool of capital gain, it’s marketable and from youth we are encouraged to take and defend our ruling authority without question. There are other ways to solve conflicts. Civilians are the ones who suffer the most damage. War and violence is terrible for you Psyche due to the traumatizing events. And Finally the main reason we should end all war is because it will kill us if we don’t.” —Jessica Gartner

“While I was always aware that there was a sickness that pervades every social institution I just could not make the connection to myself and this ‘sickness’ until my beautiful child was murdered in the ‘theater’ of ‘War’. This experience was eviscerating. I was disgorged of this ‘sickness’. I could see that ‘war’ is just goddamn MEAN. It bears no resemblance to what lives in my heart and mind so why was I able to accept it as a way of life? Why was I able to accept my son being part of a force for death…for entropy? I see it all clearly now, though. There is a deep sickness that pervades all social institutions and these sicknesses have made us mentally ‘disturbed’ – working out of balance with the gift of life. My granddaughter, Eva, is now four and has no father. She has no protector in this mean world where men prey upon life with a sense of entitlement that desires are to be quenched at all costs. Who will protect my granddaughter now? Through the physical death of my beloved son I have learned that misogyny is the root of warring behavior – and this thought process, this behavior is just goddamn mean.” —Jamie Santos

“Every person who dies is someone’s son, dad, mom, brother or sister.” —Gaston Locklear

“Nelson Mandela said: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’  Peace is possible.” —John Bonifaz

“Every modern war has had its root in exploitation. The Civil War was fought to decide whether the slaveholders of the South or the capitalists of the North should exploit the West. The Spanish-American War decided that the United States should exploit Cuba.” —Larry Egly, Veterans For Peace Chapter 961 Codirector

“Another war will likely lead to the end of the human race.” —Lewis Patrie, WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility


“LAW opposes the illegal use of force supports the use of national and international law to settle disputes, prosecute offenders and protect rights.” —Gail Davidson, Lawyers against the War

“As a 70 year old woman, I have seen just what the destruction of war has done to my home country and also those we have invaded in the name of democracy! None of this has been done with my consent, so for the rest of my life I want to promote peace.” —Katherine Schock

“War takes people’s lives and destroys property, but it does not resolve the world’s problems. If anything is achieved through war, it is to plant the seeds for the next violent conflict as the vanquished and their children will usually not accept the outcome.” —Bruce Van Voorhis

“War is an irrational, counter-productive way to handle conflicts.” —Lawrence Wittner, Professor of History emeritus, SUNY/Albany

“Because we are being used as pawns in an endless game of bloodletting. One generation has to stop this. Please let it be ours.” —Lynne Thomas

“War traumatizes soldier and civilian alike; warfare is a profit-making racket; warfare resolves nothing that negotiations can’t resolve better; the weapons we have now make non-violence the only option to planetary annihilation.” —Madeline Taylor, Topanga Peace Alliance

“Those who exploit our susceptibility to the us-them fallacy to enlarge themselves are today no worse than those who have done the same down through the ages. But the world is different.” —Roger Arnold

“I know war. I was in one in 1991 in Bosnia. It is something that has to stop now. Noone should experience something like that ever again.” —Hatidza Isic

“War is the worst thing that human beings can do to each other, and the worst form of exploitation by the rich and the powerful.” —Nicolas J Sandy Davies


“As a geologist I have travelled the world and lived and worked amongst wonderful but disadvantaged peoples. I am emotionally moved to welcome this campaign.” —Kenneth Buckland

“It is time for the thinking man to realise that what we do to other living things and our environment we do to ourselves. As previous civilisations have learnt, the only way is to create harmony in our world and move beyond hypocrisy.” —Nozar Mossadeghi

“War must become obsolete in the 21st Century. Modern War is genocide, ecocide and ethnocide. Wars profit the few and destroy the many. ‘The hour is getting late,’ sang Bob Dylan. War is destroying the future of humanity.” —John Judge

“We owe it to our children and their children. The end of war is an end to poverty. War is a crime against humanity.” —Jean Andrew

“It’s time, at this 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, for us all to join together to fight only war itself.” —Marie Reinsdorf

“War ain’t good for shit!” —Bryant White


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Angleton and Dulles–Two Despicable CIA Rats Exposed

My Australian counterpart, Greg Maybury, recently wrote a compelling blog about ex-CIA counterintellingence chief James Jesus Angleton, one of the most ruthless, paranoid, and admired spies in Coporations Invisible Army (CIA). I am reprinting a portion of the blog here, along with my reaction to it.

Maybury writes, "...the CIA’s legendary chief of counter-intelligence – its brain for years – was James Jesus Angleton (aka The Kingfisher)...the narrative of the CIA would not be complete without him to be sure.

"He began his career shortly after the formation of the CIA in 1947, and was the station chief in Italy just after the war ended. Here he was instrumental in the undermining of the bourgeoning communist movement taking root in the later 40s, and amongst the tactics he used was eliciting the support of Italy’s Mafia, thereby setting a long-time precedent for the agency that was to feature frequently in its clandestine operations for decades to come.

"He was amongst the most out-there of people, a TS Eliot quoting/loving, chain-smoking, hard-drinking, orchid-growing, fly-fishing, gem collecting, insomniac raconteur who burned the spy-candle at both ends. Exceedingly well read and (counter?) intelligent, he was something of a polymath. In his day many considered this dude the sharpest tool in the spy shed, bar none! JJ’s motto: ‘absolute security at any cost’, one that would prove to be his undoing, as we will see.

"The term ‘Angeltonian’ even entered the espionage vernacular to become a byword in spy circles for overly conspiratorial and/or obsessively paranoid behaviour. Angleton was like DCI Allen Dulles alter ego – he was the uber-counter-spy, the spookiest of spooks in the spookier end of the spook business.

"If his boss Dulles was the Dagger in the Cloak and Dagger business, JJ was the Cloak! His spycraft was apparently second to none in the non-communist world. Even the Soviets had a fan club going of sorts; he was that good at what he did, they even copied his methods, proving that even in the spy world, the ‘imitation as the sincerest form of flattery’ thing still applies. He was once quoted as saying that: ‘Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state’.

"The origin of his nick-name The Kingfisher is uncertain, but interestingly they are a bird species that have evolved unique visual faculties whereby they can see equally well in polar opposite environments, in their case air and water. A nice metaphor one suspects given his line of work, especially if it was not intended.

"On a more mundane level his nick-name may have been because of his striking features, which were indeed bird-like, if not ‘kingfisherish’. He eventually rose to the position of chief of Counter-intelligence at The Company, and although it’s not known if he ever sought the position or was even offered it, he would have been a prime candidate for Director either way. He could even have interrogated/interviewed himself for the job, a bonus. The motherfucker was that good.

- Spy v Spy Redux -

"He served under Dulles, and then later on Dulles successors, firstly John McCone, then Richard Helms, and for a brief time William Colby. A cryptographer by training (and it has to be said) inclination, he was also very knowledgeable about nuclear technology, having worked on the Manhattan Project (of which more in a later episode), and was apparently involved in the breaking of the Germans’ Enigma code, which did so much to aid the allied effort in the latter part of the War.

"Both these skills were handy during a Cold War. If there is such a thing as spy heaven (a safe house or waiting room in the afterlife maybe?), most of them be coming up to the Kingfisher, high-fiving his avian-eyed ass and be saying how much they ‘love his work’.
As indicated he was as paranoid as they come, for the most part a truly valuable character trait in the counter-spy business, given that the counter espionage and counter intelligence business is all about stopping the targets of your spying from doing what you’re trying to do to them, which is to spy on them. By definition, this means being permanently paranoid.

"Or more accurately, the counter spy/espionage/intelligence ‘schtick’ is more about ensuring that the spies on the other side enjoy minimal success at recruiting your own spies to spy on you and not them as you’d prefer them to continue doing without you finding out about it until it is too late.

"However, like JJ often did, I digress!

"And if Angleton trusted anyone, it is not known whether it worked to their advantage or not, and we’re not even talking about the Soviets here. We’re talking his own – indeed, especially his own – CIA colleagues. He was one of the coldest and most calculating of the Langley Cold Warriors. A strong pro-war hawk on Vietnam, he was also notoriously known for his surveillance of anti-war protesters, political activists and domestic dissidents (of which there were no shortages) during the Vietnam War and throughout the 60’s and early 70’s. He has also been frequently mentioned as having involvement in, knowledge of, and/or connections to the JFK hit and the Norma Jean suicide/accidental death/murder.

- The Hollow Man -

"As good as Angleton was, he wasn’t good enough though to pick up on arguably the biggest spies in the West before they defected to the USSR, who were located in the UK, and operating out of the august Cambridge University.

"As CIA CI chief, part of his responsibility was liaison with foreign intelligence and security officials and spooks, including with Mossad, SAVAK and MI6. Although some say he had his suspicions about the Cambridge group before anyone else did including the British – yes, he was that paranoid – he failed to act on these in time to prevent their subsequent defection. This was an outcome from which he never recovered, and indeed amongst many other missteps, it brought about his downfall eventually, but not for a long time to come.

"After the belated discovery of the aforementioned Cambridge spies (one of whom – Philby – Angleton worked with closely in London during the war, and later got pissed with on a frequent basis, and with whom he shared secrets that got many Western agents killed), Angleton became even more paranoid, seeing spies all over the Langley complex, which began to irritate a lot of people, managing to piss off not only then DCI Richard Helms, but also J Edgar Hoover over at the FBI HQ as well, with Hoover pulling the pin on any further cooperation with the super-spook.

"To piss Edgar off, or to have him pull the pin on you as we’ve seen in an earlier episode, was not all that difficult and certainly not always a good career move to repeat it inside or outside of the FBI. And as for being paranoid, there were few more so than Edgar. But Angleton survived Edgar; he was that ‘good’! And that paranoid! History tells us that paranoia is often proven most justified when it is the most ignored, but many would argue the lessons of history don’t appear to have become a collective political wisdom in the West, and especially some might say in Washington D.C., or for that matter in Langley.

"Not even Angleton though could last forever in the CIA. The culture didn’t make allowances for that. His increasingly pathological paranoia eventually brought him unstuck."

Maybury's apt portrayal of JJ Angleton left me chilled and angry. To think that America was literally turned over, post-WWII, to rats like him and the Dulles brothers never stops infuriating me. Shrewd, ruthless, paranoid, warmongering sociopaths controlled our foreign and domestic policy for over half a century and still do. Of course, they could not have done it in a vacuum. When considering the sources and consequences of Corporation Invisible Army's consolidation of power, one must remember that Operation MK-ULTRA (the covert experimentation with and drugging of innocent Americans) relied on Operation Mockingbird (the subversion of the free press); Operation PBSUCCESS (the overthrow of duly elected foreign governments) went hand in hand with Operation Paperclip (the secret recruitment of Nazi war criminals to serve in our intelligence, medicine, military and aerospace spheres). Angleton and Dulles made sure they could run roughshod over democracy in secret. In so doing, they amassed power unprecedented in our history. More power than presidents, legislative bodies, the Pentagon, and the media combined.

While I concur with most of the content, I take exception to three assertions--one) von Braun was a Nazi...his reputation was softened by a compliant press (which assiduously, and at Dulles's insistence, referred to him as a "German" scientist) once he emigrated to America and his new position at NASA; two) ALL Nazis were war criminals because they either knew of the death camps or participated in the executions; three) Dulles was sympathetic to Hitler and the Reich because his Sullivan and Cromwell clients had big-time investments to protect. Dulles's "Heil Hitler" salutation in correspondences with the Fuhrer is telling.

May Angleton and Dulles and all the other rats burn in hell for eternity.

Book Review: The Brothers– John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

In a different time, a time when we escape the cultural waste excreted by decadent capitalism, a time without Fast and Furious 23 and the abominable cable television mini-series Spartacus, some creative and capable filmmaker might make a fascinating bio-pic out of the lives of the Dulles brothers, Allen and John Foster. Until then, we must make do with a new biography of the important duo (The Brothers, Times Books, 2013) written by Stephen Kinzer, and another, hopefully soon-to-be-available book on the subject by David Talbot.
Kinzer's book gives a fascinating, but unsatisfying look at the lives of two public figures who wielded an unprecedented concentration of global power. For the better part of a decade-- from 1953 to 1959-- the two brothers together shaped nearly the entire US policy toward the rest of the world. As director of the Central Intelligence Agency, brother Allen decided the US clandestine activities toward friends and foes alike. At the same time, he shaped the extent and few limits of the newly founded agency.
Brother John Foster did the same for the US's overt role in the world. As President D. D. Eisenhower's Secretary of State from 1953 until Dulles's death in 1959, he served the same goals and interests as his brother.
The unusual circumstance of such complete and convergent power sharing was neither coincidental nor the result of a ruthless power grab. In fact, it was consensual.
But who gave the necessary consent? Certainly not the electorate, since neither brother held elected office. Nor was it the tacit consent of the public given Allen Dulles's secretive role and publicly unknown activities. The consent question can only be answered by positing the existence in the US of a mechanism capable of deciding questions of ultimate leadership, a mechanism that could entrust US foreign policy to these two long-groomed brothers. While we cannot be sure of who exactly operates this mechanism and how it specifically functions, we can be sure that it exists with the same certainty that we can affirm the unseen existence of gravity.
It should be equally obvious that the work of the Dulles brothers through their eight years of common leadership coincided broadly with the “interests” of the US as defined by the privately-held, corporately organized heights of the US economy. While their policies only occasionally directly benefited individual capitalists (usually former legal clients), their actions were decidedly intent on benefiting the capitalist class as a whole.
It is through this mechanism that the interests of the capitalist class are protected and promoted. It is, in the end, the way in which a ruling class rules. In the end, it constitutes the best Marxist evidence for the existence of a ruling class.
Ruling class-deniers are compelled to explain how the Dulles brothers came to enjoy such exceptional power precisely at a time when US elites felt most threatened by the specter of Communism. They must offer an alternative account that brings two imposing figures associated with power, wealth, and anti-Communism to the pinnacle of power outside of the bourgeois democratic process.
Kinzer, a reliable foot soldier in the New York Times corporate empire, does not hide the uniqueness and oddity of the ascent of the brothers. But he would certainly have nothing to do with the forbidden idea of a ruling class in the US.
Nonetheless, his account offers revealing hints about how the Dulles brothers were vetted and selected, how one qualifies to be trusted agents for ruling class interests.
As early as 1921, the Dulles brothers participated in the creation of an important part of the mechanism of capitalist class rule: The Council on Foreign Relations and its subsequent public discussion journal, Foreign Affairs. To this day, the Council and its publication remain essential elements in crafting and debating foreign policy options congruent with the interests of capital.
Armed with Ivy League, foreign policy and clandestine service credentials, the Dulles brothers easily passed through the filters of ruling class trust. For John Foster, this brought him to the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, perhaps the leading legal agent for the international interests of US capital at the time. While rising to the top of the firm, the elder Foster ensured that US corporations, especially financial firms, were advanced and protected overseas. Kinzer recounts how the law firm could always call on the US military to back up its deal making. Moreover, he doesn't hide the close, welcoming relationship of Sullivan and Cromwell with fascist regimes. Even in the inter-war period, Foster was obsessed with forging unity with any enemies of Communism. Like the Council on Foreign Affairs, Sullivan and Cromwell was another component of the ruling class mechanism. Allen worked for the firm as well.
With much of the history of the ruthless, violent, and undemocratic trajectory of US foreign policy in the 1950s now widely acknowledged, Kinzer cannot mask the devious and bloody role of the brothers in orchestrating it. Instead, he does a shrewd job of softening it by focusing on only six covert plots against foreign “monsters” perceived as standing in the way of US interests. The six-- Iran's Mossadegh, Guatemala's Arbenz, Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh, Indonesia's Sukharno, Congo's Lumumba, and Cuba's Fidel-- are specifically targeted by the Dulles brothers for having the audacity to defy the US. All six cases are well-documented independently, with the Sukharno case the least well-known (Kinzer fails to fully indict the CIA in its collaboration in assassinating a million Indonesian Communists and their allies).
This spin on CIA extra-legal killings, coups, and assassination attempts feeds a simple-minded psychological explanation of the Dulles disposition to rearrange the world to suit US capital. Drawing on a bizarre interpretation of the celebrated movie, High Noon, Kinzer paints the Dulles brothers as counterparts to the cowboy hero “...reluctant to fight, but moved to do so because otherwise good people will suffer.” What makes this particular allusion so twisted is that the screenwriter, Carl Foreman, intended the film to be a less-than-veiled attack on the cowardice of those lacking the spine to confront anti-Communist blacklisting and McCarthyism. What was meant as an attack on the Cold War mentality is converted by Kinzer into an excuse for that Cold War mentality. Oddly, many right wingers see High Noon as Kinzer does. But the old loud-mouthed red-baiter, John Wayne, knew better-- he refused the lead because he smelled an anti-blacklist allegory.
Kinzer postures his account as a study of an aberration, a time when well-meaning people did some now embarrassing things because they exaggerated the Soviet threat. But none of these postures are proven by Kinzer; they are merely stated as fact. There seems no good reason to view two Cold Warriors as well-meaning when they brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and caused the deaths of literally millions. There is no compelling reason to conclude that there really was a Soviet threat to the security of the US, unless one assumes the Soviet desire for world socialism was somehow more intrinsically aggressive than the US desire for a capitalist world. But posturing the Dulles's foreign policy as an aberration is preposterous. The aggressiveness of the CIA and the US military after the reign of the brothers only intensified. Kinzer surely can't be blind to the US interventions in Vietnam, Angola, Panama, Grenada, Chile, and right up to the more recent aggressions against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, and Syria. The Dulles brothers provided a blue print and not an aberration.
So why does a distinguished writer for The New York Times writing for Times Books choose to write a critical, but sympathetic biography of these two ruthless Cold Warriors?
One finds the answer in the final chapter. Kinzer quotes Senator William Fulbright, an often lonely critic of the Fosters and US foreign policy, as saying that John Foster “misleads public opinion, confuses it, [and] feeds it pap.” But if Dulles fed the public “pap,” he did it through the intermediary of the US news media, including The New York Times. It is transparently obvious that the media of the Dulles era not only failed to challenge the Dulles world view but actively promoted and disseminated it. In that regard, Kinzer's employer is complicit in fanning the flames of Cold War fervor and sanctioning the violence and lawlessness that emerged from it.
To escape this unpleasant judgment on the Cold War media, Kinzer finds a convenient, handy scapegoat: the US public. Amidst splashes of psycho-babble, Kinzer explains:
Part of the answer lies in their personal backgrounds, part in the realm of psychology. The most important explanation, however, may be: they did it because they are us. If they were shortsighted, open to violence, and blind to the subtle realities of the world, it was because these qualities help define American foreign policy and the United States itself.
The Dulles brothers personified ideals and traits that many Americans shared during the 1950s, and still share... they embodied the national ethos. What they wanted, Americans wanted.
In all of this, the Dulles brothers were one with their fellow Americans. Their attitudes were rooted in the American character. They were pure products of the United States.
Now this is a shabby, dishonest piece of writing. Their “fellow Americans”-- millions of ordinary people-- were not like the Dulles brothers. They were not privileged Ivy League graduates born in the midst of the elite of the elites. Nor is it fair to the millions of US citizens who never had the opportunity to walk the path or through the doors open to the brothers to say that these citizens were “shortsighted,” “open to violence,” or “blind to subtle realities.” Certainly millions of their fellow citizens unwisely trusted these pillars of high society to not succumb to these character flaws. They were betrayed, just as they were betrayed by a compliant, cowardly media.
In his tortured finale, Kinzer persists in excusing the brothers and their Cold War enablers, the media. To his credit, he recognizes some of the great harm incurred on their watch; to his shame, he places the blame at the doorstep of the US public: “The blame, however, does not end with them. To gaze at their portraits and think, 'They did it,' would be reassuring. It would also be unfair. Americans who seek to understand the roots of their country's trouble in the world should look not at Foster and Allen's portraits but in a mirror.”
Kinzer would like us to believe that we collectively bear the blame for despicable deeds that were done behind our backs and without our consent, deeds that a compliant media, including his patron, The New York Times, were only too eager to ignore, distort, and approve.
Following Kinzer's logic, the public is responsible for the hyper-spying of the NSA so recently revealed by Snowden. The fact that it was kept from public scrutiny by the government and the media matters not. If we are indignant over authorities collecting our phone calls and other electronic communications, we should look “in a mirror” and accept the blame.
Of course this is ridiculous.
Kinzer serves a cold dish of obfuscation and blame-deflection with his book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and their Secret World War. Readers should be wary of this calculated apology for imperialism and its high commanders. There is little new in Kinzer's account apart from some anecdotal hi-jinks. And much of the ugly side of US foreign policy is omitted. There is no indictment of an enthusiastically collaborative Cold War media either, only an embarrassing silence about their role.
Stephen Kinzer's patrons will be happy.

Zoltan Zigedy

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by Stephen Lendman

It wasn't the first time. It won't be the last. It's done it numerous times before. It strikes aggressively. It does it lawlessly. It's longstanding Israeli policy.

Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud attacks were major acts of aggression. Many other strikes were modest by comparison.

Israel lies claiming only militants are targeted in response to attacks on its territory. 

Non-combatants, residential communities, hospitals, mosques, schools, fishing vessels, refugee camps, other civilian targets, and vital infrastructure unrelated to military necessity are systematically attacked. They're considered prime targets.

For days, Israeli soldiers fired on Gazan farmers. Children were targeted. So were other civilians. One non-combatant was murdered in cold blood. Others were earlier. 

In response, gunfire from Gaza killed an IDF contract worker. Israeli warplanes attacked Gaza. According to an army spokesperson, tanks and ground forces did so from its side of the border.

Whether true or not isn't clear. Militarized Israeli forces enter Gaza often. They strike civilian areas. They destroy crops. They lay waste to agricultural land. 

They attack government, commercial, academic, medical and residential buildings. They strike refugee camps. They consider non-combatant targets fair game.

Al-Maghazi refugee camp was struck. A Palestinian woman and son were wounded. Her three-year old daughter was killed. At least 10 others were injured.

A home near a chicken farm was bombarded. These and similar attacks are crimes of war and against humanity. Israel commits them with impunity.

An IDF spokesman lied claiming terrorists and "terror infrastructure" sites were targeted. Israel considers noncombatant men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm terrorists.

A senior IDF officer said:

Israeli forces launched "a wave of attacks and are currently considering our next steps." 

While army forces want no further escalation, he added, its Gaza division remains on high alert. It's ready to act "in case the situation deteriorates."

In other words, it can easily invent pretexts to attack Palestinian civilians whenever it wishes. 

IDF forces do so with disturbing regularity. They do it throughout occupied Palestine. Gazan are prime targets. They suffer most.

The Palestinian Resistance Committees (PRC) took responsibility for killing IDF contractor Salah Abu Latif.

"One of our snipers hit an Israeli officer, who is in the Engineering Forces of the Israeli army, and seriously wounded him, near the border between eastern Gaza and Israel," it said.

A single shot was fired. No exchange of gunfire followed. Latif was involved in repairing Israel's damaged security fence. 

He was airlifted to Soroka Medical Center for treatment. It was too late. He succumbed to severe wounds sustained.

He's the second Israeli killed this month. He's the sixth since September. Since September 2000, Israel murdered nearly 7,000 Palestinians. 

Tens of thousands more were injured, arrested, imprisoned, tortured and otherwise brutalized. Israel calls premeditated aggression self-defense.

It calls justifiable Palestinian responses terrorism. It holds Hamas responsible for Gaza launched attacks. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said:

"We will not let life in the south be disrupted, and we will respond aggressively and painfully to any attack on our authority and against our civilians and soldiers." 

"I suggest Hamas not test our patience and use its authority in the territory. If there is no quiet in Israel, there will be no quiet in Gaza."

Netanyahu called Latif's shooting "an extremely grave incident." Israel won't "ignore it," he said.

It's "policy" is shoot first and ask questions later. "(T)his is how we will act in this case as well," he stressed.

He was visiting Sderot near Gaza's border when Latif was shot. His employer said:

"We worked for there for a long time and nothing happened, and then suddenly everything started." 

"We got used to wandering around the area freely, but after what happened I don’t think we'll go back there. It's scary."

He stopped of placing blame where it belongs. Palestinians don't act aggressively. Hamas goes way out of its way to avoid confrontations. So do other Palestinian resistance groups.

They respond solely to repeated Israeli provocations. They have every right to do so in self-defense. 

They resent being used for Israeli target practice. One incident too many draws responses. Several occurred in recent days. Expect more if Israeli viciousness continues.

On December 20, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) blamed Israel for "excessive force." 

IDF soldiers attacked two civilians. They were collecting scrap metal and plastics near Israel's border fence. They threatened no one. PCHR described what happened as follows:

"Israeli forces killed 'Odah Jihad Hamad (27) and wounded his Brother, Raddad (22), while being near the border fence."  

"(A)t approximately (noon) on Friday, 20 December 2013, Raddad went with his brother 'Odah to the landfill near the border area, east of Beit Hanoun, in order to collect plastics and steels for livelihood."  

"At approximately (5:30PM), when the area was very calm, Israeli forces stationed at the borderline opened fire at them without any prior warning."  

"As a result, 'Odah was wounded by a bullet to the head and fell onto the ground while Raddad was hiding in a low area." 

He "tried to reach his brother to rescue him, but Israeli forces opened fire at him (and) wound(ed) him by a bullet to the right hand."  

"He immediately fled and managed to call the Palestine Red Crescent Society to send him an ambulance."  

It "was delayed by Israeli forces till at approximately (6:15PM) when it obtained coordination through the International Committee of the Red Cross." 

Its "staff searched for 'Odah...(They found) him wounded and then transferred him to the Beit Hanoun Governmental Hospital."  

"He was entered into the Intensive Care Unit, but a few minutes later, he was pronounced dead."

Separately on the same day, IDF troops wounded three other civilians, including a child. They fired "at civilians who threw stones at the military site on the borderline, east of Jabalia," said PCHR. 

On December 24, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined "Israel holds back on punishment for Palestinian murder to save Mid East talks." 

Peace talks? What peace talks? None exist. Legitimate ones were never held. Sham ones substitute every time.

Israel wants violence and instability. It deplores calm and peace. It wants brutalizing occupation continued. It wants Palestinians denied all rights.

It wants them treated like non-persons. It wants them ruthlessly exploited. It wants racist persecution continued. It lies claiming otherwise.

"…Israeli government and military chiefs (agonized) over how to fight back against surging Palestinian terrorism attacks without derailing ongoing US-sponsored Middle East peace talks," said DF.

It bears repeating. Palestinians show remarkable restraint. They respond only after repeated Israeli provocations. They have every right to do so in self-defense.

Israel is a longstanding rogue aggressor. Don't expect DF to explain. It called air and ground attacks on multiple sites "a relatively mild response."

It lied claiming Palestinians established a new Gaza and Istanbul "terrorist command."

Next week, more Palestinian political prisoners are scheduled to be released. Their crime is wanting to live free on their own land. They want it in peace and security.

DF calls them "terrorists." It ignores repeated acts of Israeli aggression. They include air and ground assaults, daily community incursions, mass arrests, imprisonments and overall police state thuggishness.

Palestinian suffering continues. Gaza's attack is the latest incident. Expect more to follow. Expect Palestinians to be blamed for Israeli crimes.

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Kurt Blome, Nazi chemist who performed cruel experiments on death camp prisoners. He was hired by the U.S. Army to develop chemical warfare weapons.

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Heinrich Rupp, another Nazi war criminal who went to work for the CIA after World War II. In 1980 he accompanied George H.W. Bush, Vice Presidential candidate at the time, to cut a deal with Iran to delay the release of American hostages until after the election of the Reagan/Bush ticket in America in November 1980. The hostages were released on January 20, 1981, just minutes after Reagan and Bush were sworn into office. In return, Rupp promised release of Iran's frozen assets, laying the groundwork for the Iran-Contra deal. So Rupp, the Paperclip Nazi, helped steal an election, control U.S. foreign policy, and helped precipitate one of the worst scandals of the 1980s.

Arthur Rudolph, Operations Director at Mittelwerk factory at the Dora/Nordhausen concentration camps where thousands were worked to death.

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The following is an excerpt from an important article* originally appearing at Veterans Today on January 30, 2013.-JFT

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But last night, I caught it.  During the listening to the plethora of radio scanner audio recordings, I finally had a chance to hear the infamous plate run of the black Honda.  I had for weeks taken for granted that others who heard it would have validated it as either fakery or reality but nobody caught the fact it is in it’s entirely, FAKE.

Police and Dispatch, nation wide, use a very time honored ALPHA PHONETIC System to enunciate alpha numeric data between the officers and the dispatchers.  It is different from what military use, and it is so ingrained and dyed into the wool of real law enforcement and dispatchers for a good reason.  Any error can cost not only the officer his life, but potentially cost others their lives either by sending people to the wrong address or by implicating the wrong person in a crime, or missing a criminal during a CODE TEN run on the person through the system.

During the course of the running of the black Honda, this ALPHA PHONETIC police and dispatch protocol was totally out the window and not used at all.  I listened to that audio last night in utter disbelief.  Between the alleged officers running the plate through dispatch, and the dispatcher herself, the data was read to and fro like any normal citizen would read data on a radio.  They did not use the ALPHA PHONETIC protocol that is ingrained in both the officer and the dispatcher. While other questions have been raised about these communications, this one is decisive:

Suppose for the record that had the officer deviated and read data to dispatch improperly, the dispatcher would have read it back with PROPER PHONETIC enunciation to the officer under any and all circumstances, not as a correction of the officer but to make it clear that to all on the circuit who are listening that they pay attention to the data readback, as many backup units in the vicinity may need that data to properly B.O.L.O. find a car they need to intercept. B.O.L.O. is Be On Look Out, by the way. So on the 14th of December, we know that 5 hours earlier, a comprehensive frequency change plan for all emergency communications in Connecticut, State Wide, got implemented.  It wasn’t just a coincidence.

As it would now appear, a ‘shadow’ dispatch center went into operation on December 14th., presumably run entirely by FEMA and DHS or MOSSAD possibly, because they used non trained, non familiar with the ALPHA PHONETIC protocols police use, to do radio transmissions that day, which now clearly must have all been staged for us like the rest of this hoax was.  This is a strong allegation to make, but I make it now based on the way this information was transferred by clearly non law enforcement personnel, intentionally in a way that was interceptable and recorded by someone, if not wholly fed to us via calibrated feed or leak by the perpetrators of the hoax.

It is pretty clear that the entire emergency radio apparatus of Connecticut was unplugged altogether on December 14th., with possibly a back channel to allow non HOAX or NON DRILL emergency information to be handled by real law enforcers and real dispatchers.  As is now certified by this analysis, clearly there is evidence of circumvention just as NEADS was circumvented and not allowed to have live radar feeds from radar facilities on 9/11, but had data that was 26 seconds OLD, for good reason:  that being to cull out and remove real targets that the perpetrators needed never to be intercepted, while loading the system up with pre recorded exercise radar tracks and artificial targets to confuse not just military but CIVILIAN ATC personnel on 9/11.

So back to this HOAX in Newtown CT, for example, when a police officer calls in ‘A B C D’ to dispatch, he or she phonetically enunciates it as; “ADAM BAKER CHARLES DAVID” over the radio, and the dispatcher will read back the same PHONETIC information for clarification.  On December 14th., the plate data was not read to and from dispatch like this at all. The way the officer and dispatcher read this data was; ‘A B C D’ AYE BEE CEE DEE’ and that is clearly not correct and NEVER EVER DONE as it is too easy to mistakenly misunderstand transmissions coded thusly. This is now a record, not conjecture, not speculation, but stuff everyone has in their possession that was disseminated and NOT CHALLENGED by Lt. Vance of the CT STATE PATROL or other law enforcers now for several weeks, had it been not their transmissions.  Why is this such an important issue?  Dispatchers and Law Enforcement personnel are trained and trained and trained and trained. Even in high stress environments which they train in simulations, by the way, they are ingrained to not deviate from these procedures.

So it is important to point out here that the people on the radio in Connecticut that day clearly were not law enforcement or dispatcher personnel.  They could not have been. They so grossly deviated in the data reads over the radio that no law enforcer or dispatcher would so deviate like that.  Absolutely never.   Much of these recordings clearly are indicative of non law enforcement personnel on radios.  Persons without intensive training as to how to report information to dispatchers and other officers.  Other people familiar with the normal POLICE alpha phonetic system also concur with my evaluation that these are not police nor are they trained dispatch personnel on these recordings.

FEMA or DHS Personnel in Charge

They are FEMA personnel most likely or DHS personnel, or maybe even MOSSAD agents, given the dynamic of how much control they have here in the U.S., in direct collusion with this government.  They provide intelligence to the acting director of DHS, Janet Napoletano, and they are integral to most of the fusion centers in the U.S., effectively legitimizing a foreign secret police force on U.S. soil who’s sole purpose is to spy on and harass American Citizens, who, for many reasons, do not like what is going on in this hijacked by Israeli spies,  nation. The 33 frequency change modification to the communications plan for Connecticut that went into effect 5 hours before the staged hoax went down, happened for a reason.

It entirely CIRCUMVENTED ALL NORMAL RADIO DISPATCH and POLICE FUNCTIONS in Connecticut on this day. The screen shots of these 33 frequency changes, which were made just hours before the event, and of the ‘dummy’ non-named frequency allocation to one “phantom” that would not normally be blanked out like this in any normal frequency allocation chart, are published here. To whom does it belong? DHS? FEMA? FBI? This is the de-facto smoking gun that virtually all scanner radio traffic heard on police scanners or whomever provided these to us, are STAGED. And here is a scan of the Connecticut Statewide Emergency Radio Network at the time:

For comparison, here’s a parallel scan for the Fairview County Simulcast, which under normal conditions it would resemble:

Plus there was an addition that day of one more communications site for which the data is mysteriously absence altogether:

It would not be unreasonable to conclude that Site 1-22 was the DHS or FEMA master control site, which was monitoring every communication related to Sandy Hook that day and make sure that no information that would blow its cover got out.

*From “The Nexus of Tyranny: The Strategy Behind Tucson, Aurora, and Sandy Hook.”

Dennis Cimino, who has extensive engineering and support experience with military electronics, predominantly US Navy Combat Systems, was the Navy’s top EMI troubleshooter before he went to work for Raytheon in the 1980s.
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France Lies for Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Overall French/Israeli ties are longstanding. France's ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonneuve, said President Francois Hollande "is a close friend of the State of Israel."

Netanyahu said both countries work closely together "to advance and deepen bilateral strategic and economic relations."

The relationship includes supporting the worst crimes both countries commit. Their rap sheets are long and loathesome.

Israel murdered Yasser Arafat. Polonium poisoning killed him. Switzerland's Radiophysique (SR) analysis proved it. SR director Dr. Francois Bochud said:

"I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids."

On November 6, Al Jazeera headlined "Exclusive: Swiss study says Polonium found in Arafat's bones."

Scientists examined his remains. They found levels at least 18 times above normal. It's clear evidence he was poisoned.

Lausanne-based University Centre of Legal Medicine published a 108-page report. Al Jazeera obtained a copy.

Unnaturally high polonium levels were found in Arafat's ribs, pelvis, and "soil stained with his decaying organs."

France claims otherwise. Coverup and denial is longstanding official policy. More on that below. 

Ariel Sharon targeted Arafat for elimination. Previous articles discussed it. Labor party MK Haim Ramon said:

"Sharon wants Arafat to disappear and for a moderate Palestinian leadership to replace him." 

"What is happening is what we see now: the de facto destruction of what is left of the Palestinian Authority and Israel's full or almost full re-occupation of the West Bank and Gaza."

Veteran Israeli journalist/Sharon confidant/one time spokesman Uri Dan believed Sharon killed Arafat.

He discussed it in his book titled "Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait." He believed George Bush approved it. He said Arafat was poisoned.

His longtime physician, Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, said so. On August 12, 2007, Haaretz headlined "Arafat's doctor: There was HIV in his blood, but poison killed him."

In September 2005, he said "any doctor would tell you that (Arafat's symptoms reflected) poisoning."

On November 19, Michel Chossudovsky quoted Tanya Reinhart's comment on a 2000 Israeli document. 

It was "prepared by the (Israeli) security services, at the request of then Prime Minister Ehud Barak." 

It said " 'Arafat, the person, is a severe threat to the security of the state (of Israel) and the damage which will result from his disappearance is less than the damage caused by his existence.' "

Assassinating Arafat "was part of the 2001 Dagan Plan," said Chossudovsky. "In all likelihood, it was carried out by Israeli Intelligence."

Mossad has a long bloodstained targeted assassination history. Coldblooded murder is official Israeli policy.

Before his death, Arafat said he survived 40 attempts on his life. His former aide, Hani al-Hassan, said he personally witnessed it 13 times.

Arafat became more liability than asset. Israel wanted a subservient Palestinian puppet leader replacing him. 

They chose longtime collaborator Mahmoud Abbas. They rigged his election. He has no legitimacy whatever. 

He enforces Israeli policy. He betrays his own people in the process. He accumulated enormous wealth doing so. 

He belongs in prison, not high office. Why Palestinians put up with him, they must explain. 

Perhaps he collaborated with Mossad against Arafat. Maybe he was directly involved. It wouldn't surprise. 

In 2004, he was complicit in covering up what happened. He had everything to gain. Israel got what it paid for.

On December 3, Reuters headlined "Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude."

Saying so counters clear Swiss evidence. "A senior Palestinian official dismissed the report as 'politicized,' " said Reuters.

Arafat's widow, Suha, challenged France's claim, saying:

"You can imagine how much I am shaken by the contradictions between the findings of the best experts in Europe in this domain."

"I am accusing no one. This is in the hands of justice and it is just the beginning."

In late 2004, Arafat became seriously ill in Ramallah. He was flown to Paris for treatment. On November 11, 2004, he died. 

It wasn't natural. He was assassinated. Israel had clear opportunity motive, and expertise. Failed previous attempts showed they wanted him dead. 

Polonium is slow-acting. It took its time killing him. In mid-October 2004, Arafat became suspiciously ill after ingesting a meal. 

Initial symptoms were nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 
Hours earlier he was in good health. 

Scientists called acute gastrointestinal symptoms "compatible with ingestion of a large quantity of radioactivity."

"No other cause to explain the onset of the symptoms could be identified."

French doctors claimed they couldn't diagnose his illness. Why they inadequately explained. They claimed he died of a massive stroke. They were complicit in coverup.

No autopsy followed Arafat's death. No cause was announced. His medical records weren't released.

Suspicions of foul play surfaced. In July 2012, his widow, Suha, ordered his body exhumed. Al Jazeera published new information, saying:

"A nine-month investigation suggests that the late Palestinian leader may have been poisoned with polonium."

His personal belongings were examined. They included his clothes, kaffiyeh and toothbrush. Polonium traces were found. 

It's extremely toxic. It's most lethal when ingested or inhaled. It's hard to detect. It doesn't emit gamma rays. 

It emits only alpha particles. Normal radiation detectors don't recognize them. Hospital equipment only detects gamma rays. 

Ingesting or inhaling alpha particles causes significant radiation damage. Special equipment is needed to recognize it.

Switzerland's Radiophysique (SR) analyzed Arafat's belongings. Blood, sweat, saliva and urine samples were obtained. Tests confirmed abnormal polonium levels.

French denials don't wash. Its report won't be published. Failure to do so is suspicious. It concluded: "In sum, death was not due to poisoning with Polonium…"

"Measurements of Polonium 201 and other radioactive substances taken from biological samples of the body are consistent with a natural environmental origin."

Palestine Liberation Front leader Wasel Abu Yousef dismissed France's findings, saying:

"The French report is politicized, and is contrary to all the evidence which confirms that the president was killed by poisoning."

"This report is an attempt to cover up what happened in (Paris') Percy hospital."

Suha Arafat's lawyer Saad Djebbar said:

"We have no doubt that the most comprehensive and thorough report that examined all aspects of this case remains the Swiss report. (It's) the only show in town."

Switzerland's Radiophysique (SR) spokesperson Darcy Christen said: 

"Our team's original findings still stand. A key question here is whether the French team went as far as we did in our analysis."

Both found elevated polonium-210 levels in Arafat's remains. France incredibly called its presence "natural." 

They claimed radiation occurred post-mortem. They turned a blind to truth. They blamed air and soil. 

Swiss experts forthrightly said otherwise. Polonium related deaths are extremely rare. Foul play isn't natural.

A Final Comment

Israel's history is odious. It's bloodstained. False flags and targeted assassinations are specialties. They repeat with disturbing regularity.

Pre-emptive murder is official policy. On December 3, Al Manar headlined "Hezbollah Official Assassinated in Hadath, Israel held responsible."

Hezbollah announced the following:

"Haj Hassan Hawlo Lakkis was assassinated Tuesday midnight in front of his home in St. Therese-Hadath while he was on his way back from his work."

"Israel is automatically held complete(ly) responsibility for this heinous crime." Previous "assassination attempts" failed, it added. 

"This enemy should bear full responsibility and all consequences of this heinous crime, and this repeated targeting of dear resistance leaders and cadres."

Israel wanted Lakkis dead. Numerous previous attempts to kill him failed. Tuesday's attack around midnight succeeded. 

Doing so reflects longstanding Israeli state terrorism. Its rap sheet includes crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Accountability is long overdue.

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by Stephen Lendman

Dark forces run both countries. They want Geneva agreed on terms subverted. On November 30, Fars News headlined "Riyadh, Tel Aviv Cooperating to Sabotage Iran's (Nuclear) Program."

They're cooperating on a new computer worm. They want one more destructive than Stuxnet. In 2010, it infected Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility.

Operations were halted. Israel was blamed. So was Washington. Had the facility gone online infected, Iran's entire electrical power grid could have been shut down.

Experts say Flame malware is 20 times more harmful than Stuxnet. Perhaps Israeli and Saudi dark forces want something even more destructive.

Fars News quoted an unnamed "informed source," saying:

"Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency Tamir Bardo sent their representatives to a meeting in Vienna on November 24 to increase the two sides' cooperation in intelligence and sabotage operations against Iran’s nuclear program."

"One of the proposals raised in the meeting was the production of a malware worse than the Stuxnet (a comprehensive US-Israeli program designed to disrupt Iran's nuclear technology) to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran's nuclear program."

Netanyahu called Geneva a "historic mistake." Bandar called it "West(ern) treachery." An Israeli/Saudi alliance plans to subvert it.

Washington's approach represents new wine in old bottles. Longstanding objectives remain unchanged. 

Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once said "(i)t doesn't matter if a cat is black or white so long as it catches mice."

America wants Iranian governance it controls. How it's achieved is optional. War is currently unpopular. 

US-style diplomacy substitutes. It includes more than meets the eye. It's more duplicitous than sincere. How long current tactics continue remains to be seen.

Bottom line objectives haven't changed. If current strategy fails, expect Plan B. It'll be more confrontational. I'll include stiffer sanctions. 

Expect hawks to urge war. Attack plans were readied years ago. They can be implemented straightaway if ordered. 

False flag deception may precipitate it. Duplicity is longstanding US tradition. Trustworthiness isn't its long suit. 

Deals it offers aren't worth the paper they're written on. Anti-Iranian sentiment is decades old. Geneva reflected marked overt change from past policy. It did so tactically.

Plans may shift going forward. Don't expect smooth sailing. Obama is no peacemaker. He's waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He's done so since day one in office.

Syria is his war. He wants Assad toppled. Planned January peace talks change nothing. Conflict persists. Dozens die daily.

On Thursday, insurgents attacked Russia's Damascus embassy. A statement followed, saying:

"Today, the area where the embassy is located has undergone yet another intense mortar fire." 

"One mine exploded on the territory of the diplomatic mission." 

"There are no injuries on the site of the explosion. Another mine exploded near the fence outside the embassy."

US support makes these type incidents possible. The State Department issued a disingenuous statement, saying:

"We condemn any attack against individuals or facilities protected by international law." 

"The United States continues to emphasize that those responsible for atrocities on all sides must be held accountable."

One side alone bears full responsibility. It's done so for over two and half years. Washington's dirty hands facilitate things. High-level US manipulation controls what's ongoing.

America's imperial policy remains firm. It wants Syrian and Iranian regime change. It wants governments in place it controls. 

Waging multiple regional direct and proxy wars shows how far US policy goes to achieve strategic aims. 

Iranian officials know what challenges they face going forward. They know Washington and Israel can't be trusted.

Negotiating with America in Geneva wasn't easy. Nor were reported secret talks preceding them. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif excludes Israel from future negotiations. He does so for good reason.

"We will not attend a meeting in which the occupying regime participates," he said. His remark responded to possible future Israeli involvement.

It negotiates like Washington. It's up to no good. It demands. It's all take and no give. Decades of failed Palestinian peace talks reflect its duplicity.

It deplores conflict resolution. So does Washington. Violence, instability and deception serve their agenda. Longstanding policy calls for toppling Iran's government.

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) "advocate(s) on behalf of a strong US military, a robust national security policy and a strong US security relationship with Israel and other like-minded democracies."

It supports the worst of US and Israeli crimes. It's militantly anti-Iranian. In October, it issued a report titled "The 2013 JINSA Generals and Admirals Trip to Israel and Jordan."

Pentagon officials involved recently retired. They're not household names. They're all high-ranking. 

They met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. IDF chief of staff General Benny Gantz was involved. So were various other senior Israeli military and intelligence officials.

JINSA's report covered lots of ground. One section dealt with Iran. It largely focused on its nuclear program. It called Geneva an "ugly deal."

It referred to enrichment as one element. It wants strict limits imposed. It wants operational centrifuges restricted to between 1,000 and 3,000. 

Iran wants thousands more for nuclear power generation. It wants an adequate supply of medical isotopes produced. It wants rights no different from other states operating nuclear facilities. It has every right to demand them.

Israel falsely calls an Iranian "nuclear weapons capability (an) existential threat...and cannot be allowed."

"Containment is not a viable option." Israeli consensus is that attacking Iran at most will delay its (nonexistent) "weapons program" three to five years.

Plans going forward require stiffer sanctions, "diplomatic engagement, covert operations, regime change, and a credible military option," it said.

Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. Annual US intelligence assessments say so. IAEA inspectors concur. Israeli officials know it. So do visiting retired US generals and admirals.

They falsely blamed Iran for a regional arms buildup. America is by far the world's leading merchant of death and destruction.

Tens of billions of dollars annually are involved. It's big business. The Commerce and State Departments actively promote arms sales.

In October, the Obama administration relaxed exporting rules. Doing so bypassed longstanding federal export controls.

According to the State Department, new rules "strengthen the US defense and aerospace industrial base." They let Washington "focus (its) export control resources on the most sensitive items."

Independent groups explain otherwise. Arms and munitions exports serve Washington's imperial agenda. They fatten warprofiteers' bottom lines. They prop up friendly dictators. 

They further regional conflicts. They prevent peace and stability. Israel is a major beneficiary. 

According to JINSA:

"Covert operations have had a demonstrable effect on the pace of Iran’s nuclear development." 

Iran's "goal of 40,000 operational centrifuges by summer 2012 has been reduced to the 12,000 to 13,000 today by a wide range of special operations, though Iran recently began installing more advanced centrifuges."

Tehran "exploits the P5+1's eagerness for diplomatic engagement to buy time for additional uranium enrichment."

"Therefore the regime feigns interest in continued negotiations, only to drag its heels before ultimately rejecting compromise settlements proposed by the P5+1."

Washington dominates negotiations. It's dirty hands prevented resolution numerous times before. 

Israel wants Iran's nuclear program entirely dismantled. Its Lobby exerts enormous pressure in Washington.

Last May, Israel said Iran "would only consider a deal if sanctions generated far more pressure and if the US conveyed a much more credible threat of military action."

Iran never wanted confrontation in the first place. It sought rapprochement years ago. Washington precipitated conflict. It stoked it for years. It subverted normalized relations. It still does.

Iran is blamed for US duplicity. Syria is blamed for US-backed terrorist atrocities. All governments America targets face false charges. 

Big Lies substitute for truth and full disclosure. Doing so aims to advance America's imperium. It comes at the expense of world peace, equity and justice.

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JFK and 9/11: The Common Threads

Criminals leave signatures.  There is consistency in their motives, methods and alibis and they fine tune their techniques which they use repeatedly.  A detective from the Spanish National Police said that investigators knew within minutes of reaching the mangled remains of commuter trains in Madrid where almost  200 commuters were killed that the Basque terrorist group ETA had not carried out the attack-  a fact which was concealed by the Spanish government for several days in a vain attempt to save an election.  The investigators immediately saw that the signature was wrong.

President Kennedy was murdered on November 22, 1963 and less than two years later American Marines entered South Vietnam beginning the US intervention that would end ten years later with the fall of Saigon and millions dead.  Less than two years after the September 11th attacks in New York and Washington, the United States began the Iraq War, which would end eight years later with the withdrawal of the coalition forces, leaving Iraq destabilized and clearly within the sphere of Iranian influence.

Apart from the similar aftermaths, both events have common elements both in their buildup, and execution as well their social ramifications.

Precision Beyond the Apparent Capacity of the Perpetrators

The Warren Commission argues that Oswald fired on the President’s motorcade from a distance of about 80 meters, getting off three shots in 8.3 seconds with an Italian bolt action rifle made in 1940 which he bought for $19.95.  On behalf of the Warren Commission, Army rifleman were not able to reproduce Oswald’s feat and Italian tests on the rifle determined it would have been impossible to get the shots off in such a short time span.

The Marine Corp rates shooting ability on the following scale:

Expert: a score of 220 to 250.
Sharpshooter: 210 to 219.
Marksman: 190 to 209.

Oswald was last rated in 1959 and scored 191, barely reaching the lowest level of marksmanship.  Marine Colonel Allison Folsom interpreted the results by explaining that Oswald “was not a particularly outstanding shot”.  If Oswald did in fact fire all the shots, it was a highly unlikely, even extraordinary feat.

Hani Hanjour was considered a terrible pilot and neither he, nor any other of the other two pilots who successfully guided their jets into buildings on that day had ever flown a jet before.  According to 9/11 Commission Report, “To our knowledge none of them [the hijackers] had ever flown an actual airliner before.”  Yet they were able to commandeer the aircraft, and on their first time ever in the cockpit of an actual jetliner, navigate towards their destinations and maneuver the planes under extreme conditions in terms of velocity and altitude before guiding the airliners perfectly into their targets.

One of the air traffic controllers from Dulles said the following when describing Hani Hanjour’s maneuver which  brought American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon, “The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane. You don’t fly a 757 in that manner. It’s unsafe.”

CBS News described Hanjour’s maneuver this way:

“...flying at more than 400 mph, was too fast and too high when it neared the Pentagon at 9:35. The hijacker-pilots were then forced to execute a difficult high-speed descending turn. Radar shows Flight 77 did a downward spiral, turning almost a complete circle and dropping the last 7,000 feet in two-and-a-half minutes. The steep turn was so smooth, the sources say, it’s clear there was no fight for control going on. And the complex maneuver suggests the hijackers had better flying skills than many investigators first believed. The jetliner disappeared from radar at 9:37 and less than a minute later it clipped the tops of street lights and plowed into the Pentagon at 460 mph.”

And retired Navy pilot, Ted Muga, explained it this way:

"The maneuver at the Pentagon was just a tight spiral coming down out of 7,000 feet. And a commercial aircraft, while they can in fact structurally somewhat handle that maneuver, they are very, very, very difficult. And it would take considerable training. In other words, commercial aircraft are designed for a particular purpose and that is for comfort and for passengers and it's not for military maneuvers. And while they are structurally capable of doing them, it takes some very, very talented pilots to do that... to think that you're going to get an amateur up into the cockpit and fly, much less navigate, it to a designated target, the probability is so low, that it's bordering on impossible."

Yet Hani Hanjour, one month before the attacks, was not allowed to fly a Cessna alone after a test flight with instructors.  As reported by NewsDay, his instructors stated that “they found he had trouble controlling and landing the single-engine Cessna 172.”

Oswald could have hit the President in the upper body on two out of three shots fired within 8.3 seconds, and Hani Hanjour could have made an exceptional maneuver moments before his death the first time he ever flew an airliner, but it takes a leap of faith to believe amateurs actually carried out these actions with such professional precision.  More importantly, it casts enough doubt on the official version of events for a reasonable person to have reasonable doubts about the accepted view of what happened on those fateful days.

Immediate Identification of the Villains

Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended seventy minutes after the assassination when his supervisor at The Texas School Book Depository alerted the police that he had gone missing.  By that evening he had been charged with killing police officer J.D. Tippit  and assassinating the President.  Oswald’s troubled and short life would end two days later when he was killed by Jack Ruby, a man with significant ties to organized crime.  This terrible murder with many potential culprits was solved in 90 minutes and justice was served in two days.  Oswald is a true enigma, so complex a figure, so multi-layered that it is almost impossible to separate the real from the surreal, the man from the hologram.

Two days after the 9/11 attacks Colin Powell identified Bin Laden as the key suspect in the attacks and the following day the FBI released the names of the hijackers.  Apparently, there was no need for an investigation, evidence or witnesses to tie Bin Laden to the crime.

The two most horrendous, violent, and nebulous events in American history are officially solved within hours, yet years later they continue to confound.

Silenced Suspects who are Never Tried

The institutions of government so clearly saw the truth that neither perpetrator was ever tried.  For a society based on rule of law, it’s ironic that Americas’s two greatest crimes were resolved by politically appointed commissions and not  courts of law.

Bin Laden released three tapes in the days and weeks after the 9/11 attacks, in the first of which he denied responsibility for the the attacks of 9/11 and in the subsequent two he took no responsibility for them.  Then, on November 9, 2001, American forces found a tape in a house in Afghanistan.  In the video tape Osama Bin Laden supposedly takes responsibility for the attacks though many have argued about the translation.  Finally, on October 29th,  just days before the 2004 US Presidential elections al Jazeera broadcast a tape of Bin Laden explaining to the American people why he had made the attacks.  The extremely fortunate timing and discovery of the self contradicting Bin Laden tapes has created much doubt and confusion.

What would Oswald have said if he had taken the stand?  Which Bin Laden would have appeared in court, the one who claimed innocence or the one who explained how he came up with the ideas of taking down the World Trade Center?  We will never know.

On May 2, 2011 American commandos captured Bin Laden and assassinated him.  Leon Panetta, CIA Director at the time, explained that capturing him alive was not considered, as he explained, “we always assumed from the beginning that the likelihood was that he was going to be killed.”  From details of the raid it seems clear that Bin Laden was not armed when he was captured.  So why wasn't he captured, brought to the United States and tried publicly for the crime he was accused of committing?

The American people were deprived of the opportunity to test the case the government had formed within days of the attack, a case whose consequences were two wars and hundreds of thousands killed.


The Magic Bullet - "According to the single-bullet theory, a three-centimeter (1.2″)-long copper-jacketed lead-core 6.5-millimeter rifle bullet fired from the sixth floor of theTexas School Book Depository passed through President Kennedy’s neck and Governor Connally’s chest and wrist and embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. If so, this bullet traversed 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin, and approximately 15 inches of tissue, struck a necktie knot, removed 4 inches of rib, and shattered a radius bone. The bullet was found on a gurney in the corridor at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, in Dallas, after the assassination." From Wikipedia

In October of 1963 someone claiming to be Lee Harvey Oswald called and went to the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City asking for a visa.  The problem was, it wasn’t the same Lee Harvey Oswald who was captured in Dallas.  Less than 24 hours after having supposedly killed the President, Lyndon Johnson had this conversation with J Edgar Hoover:

LBJ:  Have you established any more about the visit to the Soviet embassy in Mexico in September?
Hoover:  No, that’s one angle that’s very confusing, for this reason—we have up here the tape and the photograph of the man who was at the Soviet embassy, using Oswald’s name.  That picture and the tape do not correspond to this man’s voice, nor to his appearance.  In other words, it appears that there is a second person who was at the Soviet embassy down there.

And then there is this FBI report:

“The Central Intelligence Agency advised that on October 1, 1963, an extremely sensitive source had reported that an individual identified himself as Lee Oswald, who contacted the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City inquiring as to any messages.  Special Agents of this Bureau, who have conversed with Oswald in Dallas, Texas, have observed photographs of the individual referred to above and have listened to his voice.  These Special Agents are of the opinion that the above-referred-to-individual was not Lee Harvey Oswald…..”

The “extremely sensitive” source was the CIA itself as they were filming the visitors and tapping the phones of the two embassies Oswald visited. Why would the CIA want to make it appear that Oswald was colluding with the enemy a month before he kills the President?

Oswald, who had top secret clearance working for the CIA on U2 flights, defects to the Soviet Union, announces to US Embassy that he is renouncing his citizenship and going to reveal U2 secrets to the Soviets but later decides to leave the Soviet Union and  is welcomed with open arms and even given a loan to come back to the US.  Why wasn't he tried as a traitor?  He then moves to Texas where he is surrounded by people with connections to the the FBI and the CIA.

The incredible way Building 7 collapsed on 9/11, at almost free fall speed and very similar to the way buildings collapse in controlled demolition caused many to question the official version of events.  Building 7 wasn't hit by a plane and the BBC even reported it had collapsed twenty minutes before it actually did.  The lack of film footage of the attack on the Pentagon, which one can assume has extensive video surveillance, was also very surprising.

These are only a few of the outstanding quagmires embedded in these two crimes. None of this proves a conspiracy, but it does make it reasonable for a person to doubt the official  version of events.

 The Taboo of not Believing

Due to the many inconsistencies and oddities in the Warren Commission, more and more Americans in the late 1960’s began doubting the ‘lone shooter’ thesis it described.  This worried the CIA which created a “dispatch”,  numbered 1035-960 in order to counteract the growing skepticism and marginalize those who questioned the official story.  As Kevin R. Ryan explains:

“This cultural phenomenon goes back to 1967. At that time, in response to questions about the Warren Commission Report (which President Ford helped create), the CIA issued a memorandum calling for mainstream media sources to begin countering “conspiracy theorists.”  In the 45 years before the CIA memo came out, the phrase “conspiracy theory” appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times only 50 times, or about once per year. In the 45 years after the CIA memo, the phrase appeared 2,630 times, or about once per week.”

As a consequence, those that spoke out against the Warren Commission’s conclusions were tainted with the derogatory term of  ‘conspiracy theorist’ which implied they lacked  the psychological and intellectual capacity to the understand a complex world.  It became more mature, patriotic, and coherent to assume that a momentous crime with cataclysmic consequences was only within the purview of lone nut.  If a journalist or academic suggested that the CIA played a role in the assassination then they were considered outside the mainstream in spite of the fact that the CIA had a hand in the overthrows of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, Mossadegh in Iran, Lumumba in the Congo, Jacob Arbenz in Guatemala, Joao Goulart in Brazil,  and Sukarno in Indonesia.  It was deemed socially and intellectually unsound to believe that such an organization would ever use its skills at home in order to move forward its agenda.

Following the the 9/11 attacks the meme repeated itself with an Orwellian flavor by calling those who doubted The 9/11 Commission Report ‘Truthers’.  No major American newspaper has an editorial writer that questions the official version of events on 9/11.  It’s a taboo topic that if breached, pushes one beyond the pale and into the margins of public  rhetoric.

Why was it so absurd to think that the CIA, which had been running Operation Mockingbird to manipulate the press in the United States from the 1950’s through the 1970’s and which, through its Project MKUltra, had tried to create ‘Manchurian Candidates’ would also stoop to violence against the American people to achieve it’s goals?

It’s perfectly acceptable in the mainstream to deny the existence of evolution, yet it is grounds for expulsion from major media if one doubts the official version of how Building 7 collapsed or if one implies that the CIA may have had a hand in the Kennedy assassination.

Kennedy himself spoke to the need for a free press to push the limits, but that same press ignored his words when they were confronted with the complexities of his death.

"Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment-- the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution--not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"--but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

Lost and Senseless Wars: Cui Bono?

In the days previous to the Bay of Pigs fiasco the CIA knew that Castro had information regarding the invasion but they withheld it from Kennedy in the hopes that he would bow to their pressure to intervene-he didn't acquiesce.   In the aftermath Kennedy fired CIA Director Allen Dulles saying, "I want to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."   Dulles would later become a member of the Warren Commission which would establish the official narrative of the ‘lone gunman’ Oswald.

During the Cuban missile crisis the generals clamored for war, pushing their Commander and Chief to invade the island.  Curtis Lemay, Chief of Staff of the Air Force argued vehemently with the President:

"This is almost as bad as the appeasement at Munich…We don't have any choice but direct military action. I see no other solution. This blockade and political action I see leading to war."

As James Douglass eloquently argues in his book, JFK and the Unspeakable, Kennedy changed during his time in the White House from a hawk to man determined to establish peace and end the Cold War.  He had begun communicating with Khrushchev through back- channels  and had sent feelers out to do the same with Castro.  He became increasingly pessimistic about Vietnam and on Oct. 11, 1963 he signed directive NSAM-263 which called for the immediate withdrawal of 1,000 advisers from Vietnam and the removal of the remaining 15,000 by the end of 1965.  Four days after his death, his successor Lyndon Johnson signed directive NSAM 273 which overturned Kennedy’s directive and increased military involvement in Vietnam.

As Kennedy lost faith in his generals and the CIA, he moved away from military solutions and this evolution culminated in his American University speech where he laid out his plans for peaceful coexistence with the communist world- heresy to the military and the CIA.

"What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children—not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time."

Kennedy was killed and the generals got their war.  They used the domino theory to justify it, arguing that if Vietnam fell to the communists, the rest of South East Asia would also fall,  threatening American security.  Vietnam fell in 1975 to the communists after millions were killed,  the domino theory long discredited.

In the 1990’s the Neo-Cons pushed for the invasion of Iraq.  In 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, they also got their war.  They had their own version of the domino theory as they argued that if Saddam Hussein was ousted, the Iraqi Shiites would rise up, creating a vibrant democracy that would empower the Iranian and Syrian youth to overthrow their respective regimes.  Instead Iran wound up controlling Iraq and Assad remains in power in Syria.  Another theory was laid to waste over the corpses of hundreds of thousands.


The late 1950’s and late 1990’s had much in common.  America experienced prosperity, peace, wealth, the admiration of the world and clear military superiority over all nations.  They were by far the ‘best of times’ of the postwar period, guided by two term presidents who were blessed with such immense economic growth that their most important role was to keep their hands off the controls and let peace and prosperity bloom.  Both periods ended abruptly, violently, and were followed by long, ill conceived wars, the  expansion of the security state, internal strife, extreme partisanship, ballooning debt and inflated and an overextended military.

The only beneficiaries of these two violent turns were the military industrial complex.  In light of much of the transcripts and documents released from the Kennedy era, it’s clear that JFK was on a path of peace, not only in Vietnam, but with the Soviet Union and Cuba.  Similarly, it was hard to imagine in the year 2000 that the US would entangle itself in an two new wars lasting almost a decade, forgetting all the terrible lessons of Vietnam and once again descending into the hell of violence.  It was as if some dark hand swooped down in a malevolent fury, angry at the peace and prosperity the nation was enjoying.

No matter who committed these heinous crimes, what is clear is that their aftermaths were cataclysmic for the nation and the dissent of those seeing more than a lone gunman or a band of religious fanatics operating out of caves was met with fierce resistance and marginalization.  Why was this dissent shunned with such opprobrium?  Could it be that those who ventured beyond the strict confines of the mainstream of ideas might see the obvious and shout it out from the rooftops?

The most disturbing common thread in the aftermath of these two crimes was the reticence to thoroughly and openly investigate them.  Both crimes were ‘solved’ within hours, the basic outline of events decided on in days and etched in stone, never to be disturbed.  Even to  mention a doubt as to the perpetrators was to question the very essence of the nation because it seemed clear that to disbelieve the guilt of Oswald or the Bin Laden had one very dangerous consequence- the implosion of the modern myth upholding the entire state apparatus.

It’s hard not to make the comparison with a family ravaged by an abusive father, avoiding the obvious in a desperate attempt to maintain its existence as a unit.

The mystic Thomas Merton called it the ‘unspeakable’  and described it with sublime understanding in his 1965 essay:

“Those who are at present so eager to be reconciled with the world at any price must take care not to be reconciled with it under this particular aspect: as the nest of The Unspeakable. This is what too few are willing to see….

“You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God. You agree? Good. Then go with my blessing. But I warn you, do not expect to make many friends. As for the Unspeakable—his implacable presence will not be disturbed by a little fellow like you!”

Robert Bonomo is a blogger, novelist and esotericist.  Download his latest novel, Your Love Incomplete, for free here.

A “Nuclear-Free Zone” in the Middle East? Why Israel will not Join the Non-Proliferation...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - Iran’s New President Hassan Rouhani has requested that Israel to sign and become a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as he spoke for a second time at the United Nation General Assembly. “As long as nuclear weapons exist, the threat of their use exists,” Rouhani said, citing the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  Rouhani is calling for “nuclear-free zone” in the Middle East.  Israel is the only country in the Middle East that had not and will not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  Israel would use nuclear weapons if it felt it was threatened by any nation in the Middle East.  The nuclear capability of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) defensive capabilities just reached another plateau this past April.  It purchased its 5th nuclear submarine that can be deployed anywhere in the world with first strike capability.  The Israel News Agency reported that Israel purchased a fifth Dolphin class submarine called the “INS Rahav” from Germany.  The article headlined “Israel Launches Ninth Submarine, Ready To Strike Iran Nuclear Weapons.”  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “The submarines are a strong, strategic tool for the IDF. The State of Israel is ready to act anytime, anywhere – on land, sea and air – in order to ensure the security of Israel’s citizens.”  The submarines are equipped with Israeli-designed Popeye missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.  It is no secret that Israel has nuclear weapons.  Some estimates suggest that Israel has between 100 and 400 nuclear weapons.  No one knows exactly how many nuclear bombs Israel possesses, but we do know they have the capability to produce them at a moment’s notice.

Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli technician at the Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev desert exposed Israel’s nuclear program to the world in the 1986 Sunday Times (UK).  Vanunu was kidnapped in Italy by Mossad agents and brought to Israel to face an Israeli court.  He was convicted and imprisoned for more than 18 years at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, Israel.  Half of his prison term was in solitary confinement.  He was eventually released in 2004.  Since then, Vanunu has been arrested and even imprisoned for violating his parole.  He was also arrested for trying to leave Israel at one time.  Former Israeli Prime Minister and Noble Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres said “he was a traitor to this country”.

Since Israel is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; the Dimona Nuclear Research center is not subject to inspections from the international community such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  According to the Federation of American Scientists in a 2007 report, Israel has between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads, but some estimates have their nuclear warheads at less than 200. It is also known that Israel has the ability to deliver them by intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of 5,500 kilometers or 3,400 miles, the Jericho III missile named after the biblical city of Jericho, various aircrafts and of course submarines.  The report stated the following:

By the late 1990s the U.S. Intelligence Community estimated that Israel possessed between 75-130 weapons, based on production estimates. The stockpile would certainly include warheads for mobile Jericho-1 and Jericho-2 missiles, as well as bombs for Israeli aircraft, and may include other tactical nuclear weapons of various types. Some published estimates even claimed that Israel might have as many as 400 nuclear weapons by the late 1990s. We believe these numbers are exaggerated, and that Israel’s nuclear weapons inventory may include less than 100 nuclear weapons. Stockpiled plutonium could be used to build additional weapons if so decided

Israel’s nuclear program began after World War II.  Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion once said “What Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Teller, the three of them are Jews, made for the United States, could also be done by scientists in Israel, for their own people”.  David Ben-Gurion wanted to establish a Jewish State with a military force that would repel an attack by any of its adversaries especially in the Arab world.  Ben-Gurion’s speech to the elected assembly of Palestine Jews on October 2nd, 1947 made it clear on the intentions of a new Jewish state:

Political developments have swept us on to a momentous parting of the ways – from Mandate to independence. Today, beyond our ceaseless work in immigration, settlement and campaign, we are set three blazing tasks, whereof fulfillment will condition our perpetuity: defense, a Jewish State and Arab-Jewish Cupertino, in that order of importance and urgency.

Security is our chief problem. I do not minimize the virtue of statehood even within something less than all the territory of the Land of Israel on either bank of the Jordan; but security comes unarguably first. It dominated our concerns since the Yishuv [Jewish community in Palestine] began from the start of colonization we knew we must, in the main, guarantee it ourselves. But recent upsets and upheavals in Palestine, in the Middle East and in the wide world, and in British and international politics as well, magnify it from a local problem of current safety into Zionism’s hinge of destiny. In scope, in intensity, in purport, it is entirely different now. Just think of the new factors that invest the problem with a political significance of unprecedented gravity – and I could add a dozen others: the anti-Zionist policy pursued by the Mandatory Government during the past ten years, the obliteration of European Jewry with the willing aid of the acknowledged leader of the Palestine Arabs, the establishment of an Arab League active and united only in combating Zionism, Bevin’s ugly war against the Jews, the crisis in Britain and its political and economic aftermath, the creation of armed forces in the neighboring States, the intrusion of the Arab Legion. And not a single Jewish unit exists.

We can stand up to any aggression launched from Palestine or its border, but more in potential than yet in fact. The conversion from potential to actual is now our major, blinding headache. It will mean the swiftest, widest mobilization, here and abroad, of capacity to organize, of our resources in economics and manpower, our science and technology, our civic sense. It must be an all-out effort, sparing no man.

Several months later on May 14th, 1948, the state of Israel became a reality with David Ben-Gurion as its first Prime Minister.  Ben-Gurion, Executive head of the World Zionist Organization in 1946 until 1956 and the head of the influential Weizmann Institute of Science and Defense Ministry Scientist Ernest David Bergmann recruited Jewish Scientists from abroad during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.  Israel recruited and funded Jewish scientists to help Israel establish a nuclear program.  By 1949, the Israel Defense Forces Science Corps or ‘Hemed Gimmel’ was in search of Uranium in the Negev Desert, but only small amounts were discovered in phosphate deposits.  Hemed Gimmel financed several students to study nuclear technology overseas.  One of the students attended the University of Chicago to study under Enrico Fermi, who developed the Chicago Pile-1, the first nuclear reactor.  Fermi also made scientific contributions to nuclear, quantum and particle physics among others.  By the late 1950s Shimon Peres had established LEKEM, or the ‘Science liaison Bureau’ a new intelligence service that would search for technology, materials and equipment needed for Israel’s nuclear program.  By 1952, Hemed Gimmel was under Israel’s Ministry of Defense to become the Division of Research and Infrastructure (EMET).    By June 1952, The Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) was established with Ernest David Bergmann as the first chairman.  Hemed Gimmel was renamed Machon 4 which became the “chief laboratory” of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).  France was a major partner for Israel’s nuclear program.  France also sold weapons to Israel.  The France-Israel relationship was instrumental in the development of the Dimona Nuclear Research Center.  Israel signed American President Dwight Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace, an agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Israel along with Turkey to build a “small swimming pool research reactor” at Nachal Soreq.  It was the first step to building the Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev desert in collaboration with France who faced political turmoil in its former colonies in North Africa.  Israel also faced Arab hostilities in the Middle East, so the cooperation on matters regarding new military technology complemented each other.  On March 20, 1957 a public signing ceremony to build a “small swimming-pool research reactor” took place between France and Israel.  But the reality was that France and Israel collaborated to build a larger facility at Dimona.  In ‘Israel and the Bomb’ by Avner Cohen, he describes Ben Gurion’s ambitious plan regarding Israel’s nuclear program was advanced through the Atoms for Peace Initiative:

With the return of Ben Gurion to power in 1955, nuclear energy became a matter of national priority.  Ben Gurion gave political backing and financial support to those in the Ministry of Defense who were committed to promoting nuclear energy-Peres, Bergmann, Mardor, and the nuclear enthusiasts at Machon 4.  There was also a change in the international climate concerning nuclear energy, in the wake of Eisenhower’s December 1953 Atoms-for-Peace initiative.  Until then, nuclear energy in the United States, Canada, and Britain, the three major countries dealing with nuclear energy, was largely closed to other countries.  The Atoms for Peace Initiative made nuclear energy technology available to the rest of the world.     

The United States under President Eisenhower allowed Israel to seek a nuclear program that would advance its defense capabilities militarily.  By 1958, the construction of the Negev Nuclear Research Center located in the Negev desert in secret through the Protocol of Sevres agreement.   It was a secret agreement between Israel, France and Great Britain at Sevres, France to overthrow Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser through an invasion of Egypt after Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. Four days after the Sèvres meeting, Israeli forces invaded Egyptian territory.  French and British forces invaded shortly after they vetoed a US sponsored UN Security Council resolution under the guise that they would separate both Israeli and Egyptian forces after Egypt refused their call to withdraw from the Suez Canal.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became President of France.  Almost immediately after he assumed office, he wanted to end France’s assistance to Israel’s nuclear program.  He would only support Israel’s nuclear program if international inspectors were allowed to inspect Dimona and that Israel would declare that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and that under no circumstances reprocess plutonium.  Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres negotiated with the French government allowing a window of opportunity for French companies to continue its work until 1966 with the Israeli government.  Israel also had declared its nuclear program was “peaceful”.  BBC News received secret documents that the British government also supported Israel’s nuclear program by sending illegal and restricted materials that started in the 1950′s.  In 1961, the Ben-Gurion informed the Canadian government that a pilot plutonium-separation plant would be built at the Dimona facility.  By 1962, the nuclear reactor at Dimona went “critical” meaning a critical mass with a small amount of fissile material was needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction.  Shortly after, Israel secretly acquired more than 90 tons of uranium oxide (yellowcake) from Argentina to fuel the reactor.  By 1965 the Israeli reprocessing plant was completed and ready to convert the reactor’s fuel rods into weapons grade plutonium for a nuclear bomb.  After the Six-Day War, Israel went live producing nuclear weapons.  A new era began in the Middle East.  One that was a dangerous step to a nuclear disaster if Israel decided to use its nuclear weapons against an Arab country.      

In Seymour M. Hersh’s ‘The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy’ stated the concerns Israel’s leaders had, especially Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion if they did not obtain nuclear weapons.  Hersh wrote:

“What is Israel?” he was quoted by an aide as asking. “. . . Only a small spot. One dot! How can it survive in this Arab world?” Ben-Gurion believed that he understood Arab character and was persuaded that as long as Arabs thought they could destroy the Jewish state, there would be no peace and no recognition of Israel. Many Israelis, survivors of the Holocaust, came to believe in ein brera, or “no alternative,” the doctrine that Israel was surrounded by implacable enemies and therefore had no choice but to strike out. In their view, Hitler and Nasser were interchangeable. 

For these Israelis, a nuclear arsenal was essential to the survival of the state. In public speeches throughout the 1950s, Ben Gurion repeatedly linked Israel’s security to its progress in science.  “Our security and independence require that more young people devote themselves to  science and research, atomic and electronic research, research of solar energy . . . and the like,” he told the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in November 1955.

 Ernst Bergmann explicitly articulated the ein brera fears in a letter two years later: “I am convinced . . . that the State of Israel needs a defense research program of its own, so that we shall never again be as lambs led to the slaughter.” 

Ben-Gurion, Shimon Peres, and Ernst Bergmann believed that Israel’s independent arsenal finally could provide what President Eisenhower would not—the nuclear umbrella.

Israel’s nuclear program was built on the belief that it had “no alternative” but to build a nuclear weapon to deter Arab aggression.  Their experience with the Holocaust justifies their intentions on maintaining their nuclear weapons.  Israel’s believes that another Holocaust can be prevented, this time not from Germany but from Iran.  But many Israeli’s during the development stages of nuclear weapons were not keen on obtaining a nuclear bomb because of the Holocaust:

Less compelling to the military men was the moral argument against the bomb raised by some on the left and in academia: that the Jewish people, victims of the Holocaust, had an obligation to prevent the degeneration of the Arab-Israeli dispute into a war of mass destruction” Stated Hersh.  “ Those who held that view did not underestimate the danger of a conventional arms race, but believed that, as Simha Flapan, their passionate spokesman, wrote, “the qualitative advantages of Israel—social cohesion and organization, education and technical skills, intelligence and moral incentive—can be brought into play only in a conventional war fought by men.”

Another aspect of Israel’s foreign policy one should consider is the ‘Samson Option,’ a policy that calls for a retaliation using nuclear weapons against an enemy who threatens the Jewish homeland of its existence.  Hersh explains:

Dimona’s supporters had convinced most of the leadership that only nuclear weapons could provide the absolute and final deterrent to the Arab threat, and only nuclear weapons could convince the Arabs—who were bolstered by rapidly growing Soviet economic and military aid—that they must renounce all plans for military conquest of Israel and agree to a peace settlement. With a nuclear arsenal there would be no more Masadas in Israel’s history, a reference to the decision of more than nine hundred Jewish defenders—known as the Zealots—to commit suicide in A.D. 73 rather than endure defeat at the hands of the Romans.

In its place, argued the nuclear advocates, would be the Samson Option. Samson, according to the Bible, had been captured by the Philistines after a bloody fight and put on display, with his eyes torn out, for public entertainment in Dagon’s Temple in Gaza. He asked God to give him back his strength for the last time and cried out, “Let my soul die with the Philistines.” With that, he pushed apart the temple pillars, bringing down the roof and killing himself and his enemies.  For Israel’s nuclear advocates, the Samson Option became another way of saying “Never again.”

[In a 1976 essay in Commentary, Norman Podhoretz accurately summarized the pronuclear argument in describing what Israel would do if abandoned by the United States and overrun by Arabs: "The Israelis would fight . . . with conventional weapons for as long as they could, and if the tide were turning decisively against them, and if help in the form of resupply from the United States or any other guarantors were not forthcoming, it is safe to predict that they would fight with nuclear weapons in the end. ... It used to be said that the Israelis had a Masada complex . . .but if the Israelis are to be understood in terms of a 'complex' involving suicide rather than surrender and rooted in a relevant precedent of Jewish history, the example of Sarnson, whose suicide brought about the destruction of his enemies, would be more appropriate than Masada, where in committing suicide the Zealots killed only themselves and took no Romans with them." Podhoretz, asked years later about his essay, said that his conclusions about the Samson Option were just that—his conclusions, and not based on any specific information from Israelis or anyone else about Israel's nuclear capability.] 

In a White House press conference on May 18, 2009, US President Barack Obama’s concern about “the potential pursuit of a nuclear weapon by Iran.”  The United States and other Western nations have not announced any plans to disarm Israel’s nuclear weapons but rather focused its attention on Iran’s nuclear program.  Obama said “Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon would not only be a threat to Israel and a threat to the United States, but would be profoundly destabilizing in the international community as a whole and could set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”  Israel already won the arms race in the Middle East.  What is to stop Israel’s “Zealot” mentality from using nuclear weapons in the Middle East?  Israel has threatened Iran in the past.  In a 2006 interview with Reuters former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres “the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map.” It was a response after a false claim Israel and its allies made on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comment in a 2005 speech at the Ministry of Interior conference hall in Tehran called “The World without Zionism” when he said Israel must be “wiped off the map” which was misinterpreted.  Earlier this year, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak said that the US and Israel would take action against Iran, “I don’t see it as a binary kind of situation: either they [the Iranians] turn nuclear or we have a fully fledged war the size of the Iraqi war or even the war in Afghanistan,” Barak continued “What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be a readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them.”  Rouhani is seeking negotiations that would put Iran, the United States and Israel on a path to a peaceful resolution.  One that will recognize Iran’s right to a “peaceful” nuclear program for its country so that they can export more oil and use the revenues it earned for the benefit of the Iranian people.  But do not expect any significant breakthrough between Iran and the US/Israel alliance that seeks to dominate the Middle East politically, economically and militarily.

The Obama administration is not seeking any negotiations with Iran unless they stop its nuclear program which will not happen.  Iran will insist that they are signatories to the NPT and have an “inalienable right” to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.  Israel will not be a signatory to the NPT because “This resolution is deeply flawed and hypocritical. It ignores the realities of the Middle East and the real threats facing the region and the entire world” according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Another reason Israel will not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty is because they are victims of the Holocaust which is why they have violated hundreds of U.N. Security Council resolutions and has used chemical weapons on the Palestinians.  The talks between Iran and the US that will be held in Geneva will fail come this October because the US wants to dominate Iran.  Iran has its principles it will stand by, but so will the US on Israel’s behalf.  The US and its staunch allies want Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza strip and the West Bank and every nation on earth under their rule.  That is the plan.

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Anti-Iranian Israeli-Saudi Alliance

Anti-Iranian Israeli/Saudi Alliance

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed an unholy Israeli/Saudi alliance. It's an axis of evil. They're strange bedfellows. They have no formal relations.

It's believed Saudi Prince Bandar ibn Sultan visited Israel covertly. Doing so broke a decades long taboo. 

Both countries have common regional interests. They include toppling Syria's Assad. They want Iran's government replaced.

Reports suggest both countries formed an anti-Iranian military alliance. On November 17, the London Sunday Times headlined "Two old foes unite against Tehran," saying:

"Convinced that Iran is tricking the world over nuclear weapons, Israel and Saudi Arabia may work together to curb its ambitions." 

None exist. Both countries know it. At issue is eliminating a regional rival. More on that below.

Multiple rounds of Iranian nuclear talks failed. On November 20, another attempt begins. The myth about Iran pursuing nuclear weapons persists.  Israel wants America's Iran policy toughened. AIPAC wants new sanctions enacted.

According to an unnamed senior State Department official:

"We are going to send teams around the world to make sure the sanctions stay in place, (so) that the whole sanctions regime will not collapse."

Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen added:

"The relief we are considering as part of an initial phase would be limited, temporary, targeted and reversible."

"We will continue to monitor Iran's financial activity and take action, as we always have, to target Iranian attempts to evade sanctions." 

"The overwhelming economic pressure from our sanctions will remain in place, and we will continue to leverage these sanctions until we have a full, verifiable and peaceful resolution to international concerns surrounding Iran's nuclear program."

So-called concerns are contrived. Expect no letup in Washington's longstanding anti-Iranian agenda.

In July, House members overwhelmingly passed new sanctions 400 - 20. They target Iran's mining and construction sectors. They call for banning Iranian oil sales by 2015.

Similar Senate legislation is expected. It may be tougher. It may prohibit international investments in more economic sectors.

It may block Iran's foreign accounts entirely. It may restrict Obama's ability to unilaterally waive requirements for allies and key trading partners.

Israel's US ambassador Ron Dermer, its Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, and AIPAC are exerting enormous pressure on US lawmakers. They're spreading false information.

Over the past few days, they've gone all out to discredit whatever emerges from upcoming Iranian nuclear talks.

According to the Sunday Times, Saudi Arabia and Israel are preparing contingency plans to attack Iran. A diplomatic source was quoted saying:

"Once the Geneva agreement is signed, the military option will be back on the table. The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs."

Riyadh allegedly offered Israel tactical support. Included is use of its air space, drones, rescue helicopters and tanker planes.

Mossad and Saudi officials are reportedly cooperating. On November 17, Netanyahu appeared on CNN's State of the Union. He lied saying:

"I’m the prime minister of Israel, and I have to care for the survival of my country. Iran maintaining its nuclear weapons capability - that is the capacity to produce nuclear weapons threatens directly the future of the Jewish state."

The Jerusalem Post discussed his November 16 Le Figero interview.

"We all think that Iran should not be allowed to have the capacities to make nuclear weapons," he said. 

"We all think that a tougher stance should be taken by the international community. We all believe that if Iran were to have nuclear weapons, this could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, making the Middle East a nuclear tinderbox."

"We live here. We know something about this region. We know a great deal about Iran and its plans. It’s worthwhile to pay attention to what we say."

He claimed a "meeting of the minds" between Israel and "leading states in the Arab world" on Iran. He called it "one of the few cases in memory, if not the first case in modern times."

So-called "leading states" include rogue regional monarchies Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Jordan. 

So is Egypt's coup d'etat regime. A potential regional war looms. Launching one could spread globally. 

In July 2013, Michel Chossudovsky reposted his August 2010 article. It's relevant today. It headlined "Global Warfare. Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran."

"Humanity is at a dangerous crossroads," he said. It remains so today. "War preparations to attack Iran are in 'an advanced state of readiness.' "

"Hi tech weapons systems including nuclear warheads are fully deployed. This military adventure has been on the Pentagon's drawing board since the mid-1990s." 

War is America's strategy of choice. Israel operates the same way. They're partnered against regional rivals. They want pro-Western puppet governments replacing them.

They want unchallenged regional dominance. They're willing to risk global war to get it.

"Since 2005, the US and its allies, including America's NATO partners and Israel, have been involved in the extensive deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems," said Chossudovsky. 

"The air defense systems of the US, NATO member countries and Israel are fully integrated."

America's permanent war agenda is longstanding. Post-9/11, Dick Cheney warned of wars that won't end in our lifetime.

Former CIA director James Woolsey said America "is engaged in World War IV, and it could continue for years."

In summer 1990, America headed for war on Iraq. On September 11, then President GHW Bush addressed a joint session of Congress.

He delivered what's known as his "Toward a New World Order" address.

He discussed Saddam's August 2 Kuwait incursion. He omitted explaining how Washington duped him.

At issue was a dispute over Kuwait cross-drilling into Iraqi territory. Washington's dirty hands encouraged it.

Then US Iranian ambassador April Glaspie OK'd Saddam's retaliation. It was after diplomacy to do so failed.

Saddam was deceived. Nearly 23 years of war, mass killing and destruction, sanctions, occupation, violence, disease, deep poverty, puppet governance, and unspeakable human misery followed.

In his September 11, 1990 address, Bush said "(w)e stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The regional "crisis offers a rare opportunity (for) a new world order."

He called it one "freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace." 

"An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony."

"A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak."

He lied. He hid America's true intentions. Plans then and now involve replacing all sovereign independent governments with pro-Western vassal ones.

Iraqi and Libyan ones were toppled. Both countries remain cauldrons of violence and instability. 

War rages against Assad. Sudan and Lebanon are targeted. Iran is regional enemy number one.

At issue is unchallenged dominance. It's the oil, stupid. Iran has huge resources. It ranks fourth after Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

It ranks second after Russia in gas reserves. January 2013 estimates put them at 33.6 trillion cubic meters. Huge additional amounts remain to be developed. 

Washington covets control of Iran's energy and other resources. It's willing to wage war to get them.

In September 1990, GHW Bush signaled what lay ahead. He said "our involvement in the Gulf is not transitory...Long after all our troops come home, there will be a lasting role for the United States" in the region.

He lied saying why America intends to stay. He claimed it's "to deter future aggression to help our friends in their own self-defense, (and) to curb the proliferation of chemical, biological, ballistic missile and, above all, nuclear technologies."

Israel is the region's sole nuclear power. Its arsenal includes formidable nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It uses banned weapons in all its conflicts.

American nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction infest the region. Israel and Washington represent the key Middle East threat.

Iran threatens no one. It hasn't attacked another country in centuries. It's nuclear program is peaceful. Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for regime change.

Wars rage without end. The Pentagon calls it a "long war." Obama is America's latest warrior president. He exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He follows a long tradition.

America glorifies war in the name of peace. Historian Charles Beard (1874 - 1948) once called it "perpetual war for perpetual peace." Imagine what he'd say now.

Waging war requires selling it. Pretexts are easy to fabricate. Against Iraq, it was nonexistent WMDs. War on Libya followed a litany of lies.

Iran is falsely accused of pursuing nuclear weapons. Multiple negotiating rounds to resolve differences failed. On November 20, another begins.

At issue is Iranian sovereign independence. On October 18, Channel News Asia (CNA) headlined "US to sell US$10.8b in missiles, bombs to Saudis, UAE." 

Plans include so-called deep-penetrating "bunker-buster" bombs. "The move follows a series of US weapons deals in recent years that have bolstered the air power and missile arsenals of Gulf states, which view Iran as a menacing rival with nuclear ambitions," said CNA.

"The pending sale comes as the United States and five other major powers pursue high-stakes diplomacy on Iran's disputed nuclear program."

"Officials said the Defense Department notified Congress this week of the planned deal that will provide a thousand bunker-buster GBU-39 bombs to the Saudis and 5,000 to the UAE."

"The sale will also include sophisticated air-launched cruise missiles that can hit targets from a long distance."

"The weapons are designed for use by US-made F-15 and F-16 fighter jets previously purchased by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)."

"In 2010, Israel bought the same bunker-buster 'precision-guided glide bombs,' fueling speculation that it was preparing for potential pre-emptive air strikes against underground nuclear sites in Iran."

"The Saudis and the UAE will purchase hundreds of Standoff Land Attack missiles, or SLAM-ERs, and Joint Standoff Weapons." 

"These advanced missiles will enable their warplanes to hit radar installations and other targets from beyond the range of air defense systems."

Washington, Israel, key NATO partners and rogue regional allies are preparing for war. Timing depends on strategically deciding when. 

Perhaps another false flag pretext will precede it. If wrongheaded economic policies trigger crisis conditions, expect war as a diversionary tactic. Fear distracts people from less pressing concerns.

Peace remains elusive. Washington deplores it. So does Israel. Humanity's survival hangs in the balance.

A Final Comment

On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande arrived in Israel. It's his first official visit as head of state. 

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius accompanied him. Netanyahu warmly welcomed them. 

He lied telling Hollande he's leading "a courageous stand against Iran's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons."

"Israel sees France as a true friend. France, like Israel, aspires for a stable Middle East that lives in peace and security."

Both counties deplore it. They thrive on violence, conquests and dominance. Recent polls show Hollande's popularity at a record low. 

In October, it was 26%. Survey numbers published on November 14 had him at 15%. 

At issue are mass layoffs, tax increases and force-fed austerity. Don't expect allying with Israel against Iran to change things. 

He's widely detested. Perhaps he'll drop to single digits. Anti-Hollande sentiment is explosive.

Both leaders commented on Iran. Netanyahu said "a good deal is an agreement that dismantles (its) ability to get fissile material for a nuclear bomb."

Israel won't be bound by "a bad agreement." He called the proposed deal "bad and dangerous."  

Hollande said "(w)e will never accept Iran's possessing nuclear weapons. This is a threat to the security of Israel and a threat to the entire world."

"A true agreement will be possible only if Iran gives up on nuclear weapons forever."

France and Israel are nuclear armed and dangerous. Both leaders know Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. It has no military component. They lied claiming otherwise.

According to Mossad connected DebkaFile, Hollande and Netanyahu may form "a joint French-Israeli-Arab front against Iran."

At issue is whether they have war in mind. The fullness of time will tell.

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by Stephen Lendman

AIPAC wants them stiffened. More on that below. Congressional Democrats and Republicans want tougher ones.

Senator Mark Kirk (R. IL) said:

"Given Iran’s continued refusal to halt its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the Senate should immediately move forward with a new round of economic sanctions targeting all remaining Iranian government revenue and reserves."

Senator Mark Rubio (R. FL) added:

"Tehran has broken its word far too many times to be trusted. Due to its complete disregard for previous international agreements, we must take a firm stand in all negotiations regarding the nuclear capabilities Iran is permitted to retain."

Six Democrat and four Republican senators insist Iran halt all uranium enrichment. On October 11, they wrote Obama demanding it.

They lied saying Iran's program "threatens regional stability and international security." They falsely claimed it harms "US national security interests."

They reject Iran's legitimate right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. They demand tougher sanctions for noncompliance.

Signatories include:

Robert Menendez (D. NJ - Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman)

Lindsey Graham (R. SC)

Charles E. Schumer (D. NY - aka the senator from AIPAC)

Roy Blunt (R. MO)

Patty Murray (D. WA)

John McCain (R. AZ)

Barbara A. Mikulski (D. MD)

Kelly Ayotte (R. NH)

Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D. PA)

Christopher A. Coons (D. DE)

In July, House legislation overwhelmingly passed (400 - 20). It targeted Iran's mining and construction sectors. It called for banning Iranian oil sales by 2015.

Similar Senate legislation is expected. It may be tougher. It may prohibit international investments in more economic sectors.

It may block Iran's foreign accounts entirely. It may restrict Obama's ability to unilaterally waive requirements for allies and key trading partners.

Israel demands tougher than ever harshness. So does AIPAC. Don't expect Obama to object. Throughout his tenure, he supported multiple new sanctions rounds.

His deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said Washington isn't looking to ease sanctions "at the front end" of nuclear talks.

"Before we could pursue sanctions relief, we'd have to see concrete steps by the Iranians to get at the state of their nuclear program," he said.

The White House wants "flexibility." It's code language for unconditional surrender to US demands. 

Washington wants what no country would accept. It wants Iran abandoning its legitimate rights.

For nearly 35 years, Tehran refused to do so. Don't expect surrender now. Rhodes added:

Whatever Iran does or doesn't agree to, it "doesn’t mean that Congress won't consider new sanctions." 

"It means that as they do, they should take into account the progress we're making on diplomacy, and that we need to have some flexibility to pursue an agreement."

Obama on the one hand sounds conciliatory. On the other, he says all options remain on the table. Washington won't let Iran acquire nuclear weapons, he stresses. No evidence whatever suggests it seeks them.

On November 7 and 8, more P5+1 talks are scheduled in Geneva. A previous article discussed Iran's sincere outreach. It deserves a reciprocal response. 

For nearly 35 years, it never got one. It's hard imagining this time is different. Previous articles explained why. Iran's peaceful nuclear program is red herring cover for regime change.

Washington tolerates no sovereign independent governments. It wants pro-Western puppet ones replacing them. 

It overthrows governments to establish them. It wages wars when other strategies don't work. 

Iran's been targeted for decades. One day war may follow. Haaretz misled its readers. It headlined "Iran may be one month from nuclear bomb."

It cited US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) misinformation. It's done so other times before. David Albright heads ISIS. He lacks credibility.

He impersonates a nuclear expert. He's a former pseudo-UN weapons investigator. Iraq chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter called him a "nuclear expert who never was."

His "track record (reveals) half-baked analyses derived from questionable sources...He breathes false legitimacy into these factually challenged stories by" claiming fake credentials.

He founded ISIS. He serves as president. He's funded to lie. He shuns truth. He fronts for power, privilege, and war profiteers. He lacks scientific expertise. He pretends otherwise. 

He's part of Washington's anti-Iranian agenda. He reports what administration officials want to hear. In Iraq, he played the same role. He's a pro-imperial opportunist. 

Earlier he lied saying Iran can to produce five nuclear bombs. He implied doing so could be imminent. All nations operating commercial nuclear reactors produce enough fissionable material for bomb-making. 

Only a handful do it. Iran isn't one of them. Nothing suggests otherwise. Albright's up to his old tricks. He claims Tehran can build a bomb in about a month.

He falsely claimed it has weapons-grade uranium. He called its capabilities at or around "breakout time."

It's the amount of time needed to convert enough uranium to weapons-grade, he said. Iran's close to crossing the threshold, he claims. 

It can have a bomb within one to 1.6 months, he stresses. He does so with no credible evidence. His previous accusations proved false. This one is fabricated like earlier ones.

His role is demonizing Iran. It's generating fear. "Shortening breakout times have implications for any negotiation," he said.

Talks "should result it:

  • lengthening the breakout times;

  • shortening the time to detect breakout; and

  • gaining assurance that a secret centrifuge plant is unlikely to be built or finished."

Goals can be achieved in a number of ways, he added. All options involve significantly reducing Iranian centrifuges.

He urged P5+1 negotiators to act against breakout time. He wants measures taken to prevent a so-called "secret centrifuge plant" from being built or completed.

Iran long ago showed its program is peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise. Not according to Albright. He wants Tehran forced to go further to prove its good intentions. 

On Thursday, a senior Iranian parliamentarian said Tehran stopped enriching uranium to 20%. Enough is available for medical purposes.

On October 27, IAEA head Yukiya Amano and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi will meet in Vienna.

It's IAEA headquarters. A statement said "(t)he meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange views on the way forward." No further details were provided.

An AIPAC October 23 editorial implied that Iran's nuclear program advances toward weapons capability. No evidence whatever suggests it.

"The United States cannot afford to accept Iran's rhetorical overtures while ignoring its actions," said AIPAC. It demands Tehran "freeze(s) its program in place."

If it agrees, "the international community could freeze sanctions at current levels. If, however, Iran fails to do so, sanctions must be increased."

"(N)egotiations are much more likely to succeed if the United States maintains a military option that Tehran believes is credible and viable."

"(W)ithout verifiable evidence that Iran's nuclear progress has stopped, we must increase the sanctions against the Iranian government and pressure the regime to change course."

It bears repeating. Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. World powers know it. Claiming otherwise is red herring cover for long sought regime change.

Israel wants a regional challenger eliminated. Washington wants global dominance. At issue is Iran's sovereign independence. 

If it had no nuclear program, another pretext would falsely claim an existential threat. None whatever exists. 

On October 23, the Washington Post headlined "Rift widens on Iranian nuclear deal as Israel, Arabs warn against allowing enrichment."

Netanyahu remains adamant. "Iran must not have a nuclear weapons capability, which means that they shouldn’t have centrifuges for enrichment."

"(A) partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal."

John Kerry said any agreement must include strict curbs and aggressive monitoring. America will "pursue a diplomatic initiative but with eyes wide open," he stressed.

Iran long ago proved its good intentions. It's not enough. Kerry demands more, adding:

"We are adamant that words are no substitute for actions. We will need to know that actions are being taken which make it crystal clear -  undeniably clear, fail-safe to the world - that whatever program is pursued is indeed a peaceful program."

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states joined Israel in demanding Iran entirely suspend its legitimate nuclear enrichment. The only fail safe solution is its complete dismantlement, they say.

Iran has an estimated 11 ton nuclear fuel stockpile. It's low-enriched uranium. It entirely for commercial reactor operations and medical purposes. 

No military program exists. None is planned. None is wanted. World leaders know it. They falsely suggest otherwise.

Ray Takeyh is a former State Department official/National Security Council staffer. He taught at the National War College. He's a Council on Foreign Relations member.

He's written extensively on Iran and Middle East issues. He's very much hard right. On October 14, he headlined a Washington Post op-ed "The world must tell Iran: No more half-steps," saying:

"Despite its softened rhetoric, the new Iranian regime can be expected to continue asserting its nuclear 'rights' and to press its advantages in a contested Middle East."

"This is a government that will seek to negotiate a settlement of the nuclear issue by testing the limits of the great powers' prohibitions."

"Washington need not accede to such Iranian conceptions." America and its allies negotiate from a "strong position." They can use "the threat of additional sanctions and Israeli military force."

It's time "for the great powers to have a maximalist approach. It is too late for more Iranian half-steps and half-measures."

Tehran must "be compelled to make irreversible concessions that permanently degrade its ability to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program at a more convenient time. Anything less would be a lost opportunity."

International affairs Professor Flynt Leverett calls Takeyh the major media's "long-time 'go to' (if also perennially mistaken) Iran expert." 

He remarked how ideologically similar he is with "the most hegemonically-minded Israeli prime minister in recent memory." He's one among other so-called experts fronting for Israeli policy.

Sheldon Adelson is a gaming tycoon multi-billionaire. He's one of America's richest. He's ideologically over-the-top. 

He's militantly hard right. He bankrolled Newt Gingrich's failed 2012 Republican presidential candidacy bid.

He advocates nuking Iran. He wants an atom bomb detonated in an Iranian desert area. He wants it "serv(ing) as a shot across the bow." 

"Then you say, 'See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So we mean business.' "

Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies (INNS) late October conference headlined "Iran at a crossroads." It featured a rogue's gallery of speakers. They included:

  • INSS Director Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin;

  • former Mossad head Major General (ret.) Meir Dagan;

  • Major General (ret.) Amos Gilad;

  • pro-Israeli front group Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Mehdi Khalaji; and

  • Brookings Institution's Robert Einhorn.

Gilad's views were typical of others expressed. Iran won't forgo its bid for nuclear weapons, he said. "Will the Iranians disarm? I think not. They will say they have the right to enrich."

The only difference between Ahmadinejad and Rohani is Iran's new president is a sophisticated "marketing man," he said. 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei opposition to nuclear weapons is "spin to divert international attention from Iran's bid to gain nuclear military know-how." 

"His fatwa is a lie. (Iranians) are developing infrastructure which will allow them to leap forward quickly."

"All Iran is doing at the moment is trying to get out of the noose. We must not allow them to fool us as they have done so far."

"The difference between Israel and the others is that we cannot afford to be mistaken about the Iranian threat. Even one mistake is impossible."

On November 7 and 8, P5+1 talks resume in Geneva. Iran faces three unacceptable choices: 

  • the impossible task of proving a negative; 

  • abandoning important parts of its legitimate nuclear program; and/or

  • acceding entirely to Washington's unreasonable demands.

Iran's program fully complies with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions. It has every right to pursue it. Don't expect Washington to agree.

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Iranian Nuclear Talks: Hold the Cheers

Iranian Nuclear Talks: Hold the Cheers

by Stephen Lendman

Old time US radio hero Lamont Cranston (aka the Shadow) used to ask "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows."

Perhaps he had US policymakers in mind. Duplicity defines their agenda. 

For nearly 35 years, Iran has wrongfully been vilified. It remains America's main Middle East bete noire. Just concluded nuclear talks changed nothing. More on that below.

Following two days of talks in Geneva, P5+1 countries and Iran called them positive.

A joint statement said the following:

"Delegations of the E3+3 (Britain, France and Germany + America, China and Russia) and the Islamic Republic of Iran held two days of substantive and forward looking negotiations (on) 15 and 16 October 2013.

"Building on the positive atmosphere of the first ministerial meeting held in New York on 26 September, (Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) presented an outline of a plan as a proposed basis for negotiation, which is being carefully considered by the E3+3 as an important contribution."

"It was decided to convene the next meeting in Geneva on November 7 and 8."

"The participants also agreed that E3+3 and Iranian nuclear, scientific and sanctions experts will convene before the next meeting to address differences and to develop practical steps."

An unnamed State Department official said:

"Over the past two days, we've had serious and substantive discussions with our P5 counterparts and with Iran." 

"We had detailed technical discussions at a level we have not had before." 

"And we discussed concrete steps and actions that are necessary for Iran to address the international community's concerns about its nuclear program."

"Although there remain many differences in each area and in what sanctions relief might be appropriate, specific and candid discussions took place."

"There is more work - much more work - to do, as we knew there would be." 

"We have always said that there would be no agreement overnight, and we've been clear that this process is going to take some time." 

"The issues are complex, very technical, and require sound verification." 

"Any agreement has to give the United States and the world every confidence that Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon."

It bears repeating what previous articles explained. Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.

Annual US intelligence assessments say so. Ongoing IAEA monitoring confirms it.

Washington, other Western countries and Israel know it. They suggest otherwise. They make baseless accusations.

They do it duplicitously. Targeting Iran's nuclear program is red herring cover for longstanding US regime change plans.

It wants Iranian sovereignty eliminated. It wants pro-Western puppet governance replacing it. Sanctions imposed are lawless. 

They harm ordinary Iranians most. Doing so is a crime against humanity. Don't expect media scoundrels to explain.

Iran negotiates in good faith. Foreign Minister Zarif expressed hope for "the beginning of a new phase in our relations towards closing an unnecessary crisis and opening new horizons."

He stressed Iran's right to peaceful nuclear activities, adding:

“The right of Iran to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, including enrichment, can, in fact, be exercised with the necessary political will without any proliferation concerns."

"We feel there is no need for concerns about our nuclear program."

"It is logical to remove any concerns though. I am hopeful that we can reach the mutual objectives. The detailed part is the most difficult part."

"We need to take reciprocal steps, but this is a very important test in our eyes for the 5+1 to win back the trust of Iran. I believe an important step was taken in this round."

All parties agreed to keep Iran's proposal secret for now. What's known is as follows:

Tehran submitted a three-phase approach. It's to be implemented within six months to a year.

(1) Confidence-building measures include Iran's willingness to limit nuclear enrichment, reduce its operating centrifuges, agree to spot IAEA inspections, and pledge not to include plutonium separation capability at its Arak facility under construction.

(2) All parties will implement interim measures.

(3) End game agreement terms under which Iran signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Additional Protocol.

It grants IAEA "complementary inspection authority." Its aim is to provide added assurance about "both declared and possible undeclared activities."

It does so by "grant(ing) expanded rights of access to information and sites."

They include all parts of the nuclear fuel cycle: uranium mines, fuel fabrication and enrichment plants, nuclear waste sites, and other locations where nuclear material may be present.

Spot inspections are permitted. Activities may include examination of records, visual observation, environmental sampling, radiation detection and measurement, and application of seals and other identifying and tamper-indicating devices.

Access to non-declared nuclear sites is permitted for purposes of environmental sampling. Satellite and other communication systems may be used.

In return for Iran's cooperation, it want sanctions relief. It wants them all removed. They never should have been imposed in the first place.

NPT signatories aren't obliged to accept Additional Protocol provisions. Doing so is voluntary. 

Most countries operating nuclear facilities abstain from doing so. Iran's willingness in return for reciprocal fairness shows its good intentions.

Iranian parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Presiding Board member Mohammad Hassan Asafari said:

"Accepting the Additional Protocol depends on (world powers) recogni(zing) all the nuclear rights of the Iranian nation, including (uranium) enrichment."

He stressed Iran's inalienable nuclear energy rights. 

"Acceptance of the Additional Protocol needs the parliament's approval, and if the talks take place within this framework and the Iranian nation's rights are respected, this can be studied," he added.

He said parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission will review Geneva talk discussions on Sunday.

"In this session the subjects and topics discussed in the negotiations will go under precise study," he stressed.

"Supervision over the performance of the country's diplomatic apparatus is a duty of the parliament and its National Security and Foreign Policy Commission."

According to Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) "Geneva talks fail(ed) to break (the) standoff on Iran's nuclear program."

All parties will "evaluate whether it is possible to bridge the gaps between Iran's proposals and the American position." They remain "wide."

Western officials "saw nothing more than partial frameworks lacking concrete details." Iran's "partial concessions" are a "last step." 

They're in return for sanctions relief. Good faith demands it on both sides. Don't expect Washington to oblige.

It's been hostile for nearly 35 years. Change isn't likely now. At least not enough to matter. 

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister/chief negotiator Sergei Ryabkov was less than upbeat, saying:

Talks went "better than many people thought, but worse than what we hoped for."

Iranian and Western positions remain "wide apart from each other. The distance can be measured in kilometers, while advances forward can be measured in steps - half a meter each."

"(T)alks were difficult, at times tense, at times unpredictable."

In July, US House members passed new sanctions. They targeted Iran's mining and construction sectors. 

They expressed commitment to preclude all Iranian oil exports by 2015. They want Iran's economy to scream.

Senate Banking Committee members are expected to consider similar measures this fall. Hardliners demand stiffer sanctions.

On Wednesday, Marco Rubio (F. FL) introduced a resolution for more sanctions, saying:

"No one should be impressed by what Iran appears to have brought to the table in Geneva."

"Tehran has broken its word far too many times to be trusted. Due to its complete disregard for previous international agreements, we must take a firm stand in all negotiations regarding the nuclear capabilities Iran is permitted to retain."

This type duplicitous rhetoric bodes ill. Lies substitute for truth. Despite Iran's good intentions, vilification continues.

China's official press agency Xinhua headlined "Mutual trust needed to carry on Iran nuke talks." 

After decades of mistrust, it's time for America and its allies to do so.

Despite positive comments following talks, "scholars and advisers are more cautiously optimistic about the US-Iran rapprochement."

"(D)ecades-long antagonism (remains) a hurdle." US lawmakers are hardline. Netanyahu's toughness is over-the-top.

"(T)rust between Iran and the West, especially the United States  is still hard to secure, and the road to a final agreement" may prove illusive.

China's Foreign Ministry Department of Arms Control and Disarmament Director-General Pang Sen headed Beijing's delegation.

He said resolving Iran's nuclear issue requires constructive dialogue. Respecting the interests and concerns of all sides is vital, he stressed.

China is willing to help facilitate a positive outcome, he said. It wants differences resolved peacefully.

Doing so may be a leap too far. America doesn't negotiate. It demands. Its longstanding Iranian position is firm. It's hardline. 

It's to assure unchallenged regional dominance. Washington wants it globally. It wants control of world resources. Energy matters most. It's a strategic source of world power.

Iran's proved oil reserves are the world's fourth-largest. It's second to Russia in natural gas resources. It has vast untapped supplies.

America's imperial grand strategy prioritizes controlling them. Doing so requires regime change. It assures no letup in toughness to achieve it.

Hegemons operate that way. America is by far the most ruthless. Expect no substantive letup in anti-Iranian hostility. 

AIPAC and other Israel Lobby members demand no less. Expect Congress and administration officials to willingly oblige.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Israeli officials are reported to be increasingly nervous that international efforts to destroy of Syria’s chemical weapons might serve as a prelude to demands on Israel to eliminate its own, undeclared weapons of mass destruction.

Israel maintains a posture it terms ‘ambiguity’ on the question of whether it possesses either nuclear or chemical weapons. But Israel is widely believed to have a large arsenal of nuclear bombs, concealed from international scrutiny, and there are strong suspicions that it has secretly developed a chemical weapons programme.

Those concerns intensified following the disclosure this month of a confidential CIA report suggesting that Israel had created a significant stockpile of chemical weapons by the early 1980s. Israel has refused both to sign the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, covering the regulation of nuclear arms, and to ratify the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, which obligates states to submit to international oversight and destroy chemical agents in their possession.

Over the past few days there have been a series of moves by other states in the Middle East to bring international attention to Israel’s WMD.

Those efforts followed Damascus’ ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention last week and the announcement at the weekend of a timetable agreed by Russia and the United States to disarm Syria of its chemical stockpiles by the middle of next year.

Israel is now one of only six states refusing to implement the convention, along with Egypt, Myanmar, Angola, North Korea and South Sudan. That has prompted concerns that Israel could rapidly become a pariah state on the issue.

The Haaretz daily newspaper reported this week that the prospect of mounting international pressure on Israel to come clean on its WMD was “keeping quite a few top Israeli defence officials awake at night”.

Shlomo Brom, a former Israeli general and now a researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, called Israel’s current policy on chemical weapons “unwise”.

“The reality in the Middle East has changed since Israel refused to ratify the convention. There is no longer a good reason for Israel to remain with the handful of regimes that oppose it.”

This week Arab states submitted a resolution to the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog body, the International Atomic Energy Agency, calling on Israel to place its nuclear facilities under the IAEA’s inspection regime as part of efforts to create a nuclear arms-free zone in the region.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Israel has refused to sign, was drawn up in 1968, the year after Israel is widely believed to have produced its first warhead.

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US officials, however, rebuffed the Arab states’s move at IAEA. Joseph Macmanus, the US envoy to the agency, said the resolution “does not advance our shared goal of progress toward a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. Instead, it undermines efforts at constructive dialogue toward that common objective.”

An Egyptian plan laying the groundwork for establishing a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction was sponsored by the US in 2010, over Israel’s opposition. However, Washington announced last year it was postponing action to an unspecified date. Meanwhile, last Sunday, Iran’s foreign ministry urged the international community to “adopt serious measures” to force Israel to back the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Following Syria’s ratification of the convention, its ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said “the main danger of WMD is the Israeli nuclear arsenal”, adding that Israel possessed chemical weapons but most other states were not prepared to speak about it.

That may yet change. Israeli government officials are said to be worried that the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, could demand ratification from Israel as part of US efforts to clear the Middle East of chemical weapons. “Now, Kerry may say, the US needs Israel’s help by ratifying the treaty prohibiting the use of chemical weapons,” the Haaretz newspaper reported.

According to reports in the Israeli media, Israeli embassies overseas have been issued with guidelines to evade questions posed by journalists and diplomats related to Israeli chemical weapons.

The Israeli defence ministry refused to comment to Al-Jazeera, referring questions to the prime minister’s office. David Baker, a spokesman for Netanyahu, also declined to comment, calling all such discussion “speculation”. He would not say whether Israel had issued guidelines to officials.

In a rare public statement, Amir Peretz, a former defence minister, told Israel Radio this week: “I very much hope and am certain that the international community will not make this a central question and we will maintain the status quo.” Unlike Syria, he said, Israel was a “democratic, responsible regime”.

Uri Avnery, an Israeli journalist and former politician, said Israelis strongly assumed that their country secretly possessed such weapons.”The Israeli government has always maintained that Israel is an exception, that it is a responsible government and therefore does not need to subject itself to international conventions, whether nuclear, biological or chemical. Israelis believe that because of the Holocaust they have a right to extra protection, which in practice means access to every kind of weapon.”

Israel’s secrecy is, in part, motivated by a promise to avoid embarrassing the US by declaring its weapons of mass destruction. Washington would be violating US law by giving Israel the billions of dollars in aid it receives each year if Israel possesses nuclear weapons outside the non-proliferation regime.

Short-sighted position

Calling Israel’s refusal to ratify the chemical weapons convention alongside Syria “a short sighted position of dubious usefulness”, an editorial in the Haaretz said a change of policy would show Israel was “doing its part in the general effort to rid the region of weapons of mass destruction”.

Suspicions that Israel may be hiding a chemical weapons programme have grown following a recent report in Foreign Policy, a US magazine, revealing that US spy satellites located a suspected chemical weapons site in Israel’s Negev desert for the first time in 1982.

A confidential CIA report from 1983 disclosed to the magazine identified “a probable CW [chemical weapon] nerve agent production facility and a storage facility” near the Israeli town of Dimona, itself close to Israel’s nuclear reactor. The magazine said Israel’s chemical industries were also believed to be involved in the production of weapons.

According to intercepts of Israeli military communications made by the US National Security Agency at that time, Israel Air Force bombers had conducted missions simulating chemical weapons bombing runs in the Negev.

The report suggests “several indicators lead us to believe that they have available to them at least persistent and nonpersistent nerve agents, a mustard agent, and several riot-control agents, marched with suitable delivery systems”.

Although it is not possible to know whether the chemical weapons storage site identified by the CIA in the early 1980s still functions, there are indications Israel has continued to work on nerve agents in subsequent years.

Israel is known to have an Institute for Biological Research at Ness Ziona, about 20km south of Tel Aviv, which describes itself as a government research centre. Officially the institute conducts medical and defence research, including helping Israel prepare against the effects of an attack using chemical or biological weapons.

The institute is believed to have secretly developed offensive capabilities too, most famously used in an assassination attempt on a Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, in Jordan in 1997.

Meshal, who had a toxin sprayed into his ear in a Mossad operation, was only saved because the two agents involved were captured while still in Jordan. Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister then as now, agreed to hand over an antidote in return for the agents’ release.

Experimental weapons

There have been suspicions that Israel used a similarly hard-to-detect toxin in the still-unexplained death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.

The connection between Israel and chemical weapons also surfaced following a crash by a Israeli plane near Amsterdam in 1992.

The Dutch media reported that the El Al plane had been carrying substantial quantities of a major chemical component of sarin, the nerve agent used near Damascus last month for which the Syrian government has been widely blamed. The US company that supplied the chemical said it had been for delivery to the Institute for Biological Research at Ness Ziona.

A spate of reports, including by the BBC, early in the second Palestinian intifada, a decade ago, also accused Israel of using what appeared to be an experimental form of tear gas that led to severe convulsions in many of those who inhaled it.

More recently, Israel’s repeated attacks on Gaza have fuelled claims that it is using Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) munitions, an experimental weapon not yet covered by international treaties. Its blast causes severe internal damage to victims and leaves traces of carcinogenic metals such as tungsten in the bodies of those who survive.

In winter 2008-09, Israel was also widely criticised for using white phosphorus in built-up areas of Gaza. Although allowed if used to create a smokescreen on the battlefield, white phosphorus is considered a chemical weapon when used in areas where civilians are likely to be present. Burning lumps of the chemical sear through flesh and lungs and are difficult to extinguish.

Under international pressure, the Israeli military promised to end the chemical’s use earlier this year.

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