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How War was Turned into a Brand

by Naomi Klein, The Guardian
September 16, 2007

Political chaos means Israel is booming like it's 1999 - and the boom is in defence exports field-tested on Palestinians
Gaza in the hands of Hamas, with masked militants sitting in the president's chair; the West Bank on the edge; Israeli army camps hastily assembled in the Golan Heights; a spy satellite over Iran and Syria; war with Hizbullah a hair trigger away; a scandal-plagued political class facing a total loss of public faith. At a glance, things aren't going well for Israel. But here's a puzzle: why, in the midst of such chaos and carnage, is the Israeli economy booming like it's 1999, with a roaring stock market and growth rates nearing China's?


Many Pressures for War On Iran

comment by Larry Ross
August 19, 2007

In the US there are many political pressures for the US to make war with Iran as the following excellent article details. It indicates that the US is closer than ever to staging provocations that can be used as a pretext and justification for war with Iran . Some of the comments that follow the article are very worthwhile and perceptive.

Cheney, Lieberman and Iran War Conspiracy

August 16, 2007

I was never one of those who believed the Bush administration was getting ready to attack Iran in 2006 or early 2007. But it is now clear that at least Vice President Dick Cheney is conspiring to push through a specific plan for war with Iran. And Senator Joe Lieberman is an active part of that conspiracy.


Protest At US Torture School

comment by Larry Ross
August 14, 2007

Torture is very much a part of the methods of Bush Administration Their object is to breed fear among US citizens and opponents of US wars and expansion. The Head of the torture school at Fort Huachuca is Major General Barbara Fast who was head of Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad during the time of exposure of prison tortures. It shows that the most degrading and inhuman job, can be done by women as well as men. They know that people experiencing torture are apt to say anything they think their torturers want to hear, however unreliable. However torture creates hatred and fear, which is why the monsters do it. Catholic priests, nuns, and other devoted Christians sometimes take their faith seriously. Like Fr. Louis Vitale and Jesuit Fr. Steve Kelly, they are not afraid to walk the path of Jesus Christ.

Pre-Trial Continues for Priests Who Denounce Torture

by Sari Gelzer
August 13, 2007

Two Roman Catholic priests, who were arrested as they approached the Fort Huachuca gatehouse on November 19, 2006, will face a continuance of their pre-trial hearing this August 13 in Federal Court in Tucson, Arizona. The intent of Franciscan Fr. Louis Vitale, 74, and Jesuit Fr. Steve Kelly, 58, was to speak with enlisted personnel and deliver a letter denouncing torture to Major General Barbara Fast, commander at the post. The letter addressed to Major General Fast voices the priests' concern with what is being taught to interrogators who are being trained at Fort Huachuca, the headquarters for the intelligence services of the US military.


Superb Indictment of Western Media Deceptions

comment by Larry Ross
August 11, 2007

This is John Pilger at his best, exposing how the media spins and plays government propaganda as 'news'. How they cover up facts, genuflect to special interests and suppress or omit unwanted truths. As Western society, led by the Bush Administration moves quickly toward dictatorship, using 'wars on terror' as their cover story, it is the media that is cheer-leading the charge - repeating all lies- seldom questioning - and never doubting any official falsehood, and covering up facts which expose official lies. No wonder they want to get their dirty hands on internet and then choke to death this one source of unbiased news. You cannot read John Pilger without wanting to be active in trying to stop this cancerous growth from our culture.

BRITAIN - How truth slips down the memory hole

by John Pilger
July 26, 2007

One of the leaders of demonstrations in Gaza calling for the release of the BBC reporter Alan Johnston was a Palestinian news cameraman, Imad Ghanem. On July 5, he was shot by Israeli soldiers as he filmed them invading Gaza. A Reuters video shows bullets hitting his body as he lay on the ground. An ambulance trying to reach him was also attacked.

  Israel: Influence on US Peace Movement and US Mid-East Policies
July 10, 2007

This is one of many articles I see dealing with the influence of Israel on US Mid-East policies, and how deeply it's agents and activists have penetrated US society. Not mentioned but very important is how Christian Zionists and 'End Time' religionists, link Israel and their favourite myth of 'God's final battle of Armageddon' to Israel's preservation. It is a potent mix in which George Bush as a fervent Christian Fundamentalist End Times believer, plays a vital role.

  US Middle East Wars: Social Opposition and Political Impotence
by James Petras
July 4, 2007

Everywhere I visit from Copenhagen to Istanbul, Patagonia to Mexico City, journalists and academics, trade unionists and businesspeople, as well as ordinary citizens, inevitably ask me why the US public tolerates the killing of over a million Iraqis over the last two decades, and thousands of Afghans since 2001?

  Israeli Occupation Condemned by Uri Avnery
July 5, 2007

Uri Avnery is one of the best writers on Israel's policies, wars and illegal occupation of Palestine. He exposes the criminal and barbarous treatment of Palestinians by Israel, supported by the Bush Administration. He described Tony Blair, as Bush's obedient poodle sent to the Middle East as an Ambassador to implement the policies of Bush, and Israel. Avnery exposes that Israel's occupation of Palestine is hardly mentioned in the media. The reason for this is that Israel wants people to learn to regard occupation of Palestine as Israel's right, rather than a continuing aggression. He is a very insightful, brilliant writer.

  The Dirty Word
by Uri Avnery
July 2, 2007

THERE NEVER was a darker Middle East summit meeting. The darkest there can be.
The four leaders at Sharm al-Sheik did not sit together at an intimate round table. Each one sat alone behind a huge table of his own. That ensured a striking separation between them. The four long tables hardly touched. Each one of the leaders, with his assistants behind him, sat like a solitary island in a vast sea.
All four - Hosni Mubarak, King Abdallah of Jordan, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas - bore a severe countenance. Throughout the official part of the conference, not a single smile could be seen.

  Media Propaganda Rules Western Thought And Actions
comment by Larry Ross
June 19, 2007

Robert Fisk shows how our media completely misrepresent the situation in Palestine and the Middle East generally. The media's aim is to please the US-Israeli war machine by repeating their lies and propaganda, thus facilitating further Israeli conquest of Palestinian lands - such as levelling Arab homes and building new Jewish settlements on Arab lands, and generally oppressing the Arab citizens of the Israeli-occupied territory.  With their discreditted Abbas regime now installed in the Western Bank, the US-Israeli war machine, and their media can portray it as ' the Government' . They can now increase their war on the popular elected Hamas-controlled Gaza by aiding the Abbas regime militarily, and  oppressing the Arab citizens of the Hamas-controlled area. As Washington's Israeli-influenced neocons might say, from now on it's going to be a 'cakewalk' to gain complete Israeli control of the area.


Welcome to 'Palestine'

by Robert Fisk, The Independent
June 16, 2007

How troublesome the Muslims of the Middle East are. First, we demand that the Palestinians embrace democracy and then they elect the wrong party - Hamas - and then Hamas wins a mini-civil war and presides over the Gaza Strip. And we Westerners still want to negotiate with the discredited President, Mahmoud Abbas. Today "Palestine" - and let's keep those quotation marks in place - has two prime ministers. Welcome to the Middle East.

  Bush's War On Gaza
comment by Larry Ross
June 18, 2007
Mike Whitney has presented the facts about the conflict between Hamas and Fatah and how the Bush Administration is promoting sectarian violence both in Palestine and Iraq. It is conducting war against Hamas who were the democratic choice to rule Palestine. Palestinians recently voted to install Hamas in power. However Bush and Israel favoured Abbas. They are conducting war, subversion and other methods designed to defeat Hamas.
They are denying aid to Hamas areas and pouring in aid and arms to Abbas and to Fatah areas. "Divide and Rule", the colonial method of Britain, is being applied by the US and Israel, in both Palestine and Iraq to provoke civil wars as Mike Whitney explains. Democratic elections only apply if the people Bush favours win. If not then Bush resorts to force and subversion to get the governments he wants. In both Palestine and Iraq, warring factions are increasingly aware of Bush's 'divide and rule' tactics. Increasingly they are not reacting as programmed by the US and Israel who want to control their oil and rule their lands.

The Battle of Gaza

by Mike Whitney ICH
June 16, 2007

In less than 24 hours of fierce street-fighting, Bush's proxy-army in Gaza was routed by armed units of Hamas. It was a stunning defeat for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and for US-Israeli policymakers who have done everything in their power to overturn the “free and fair” election of the Hamas government. For now, Hamas has reestablished its authority in Gaza although Abbas is still working frantically with Bush and Olmert to consolidate his power in the West Bank. ...
The forces that Bush has put in motion will inexorably lead to the decline of “superpower rule” and the dismantling of the US imperium. The transition is already visible. The battle of Gaza is just a macrocosm of a much larger phenomenon which now extends from Mogadishu to Kabul.

  When it Comes to Books on Palestine Censorship Abounds
recomment by Larry Ross
May 24, 2007

At a Barnes & Noble in Bayside, N.Y. a book reading and signing of The Scar of David by Susan Abulhawa scheduled for Thursday, May 24th was reduced to a book signing only. The reason Barnes & Noble gave for canceling the reading portion of Abulhawa's visit was due to ‘sensitivity' to the Jewish Community, space limitations and the author's safety, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR-NY).

  AIPAC - Very Influential Pro-Israel Lobby Group In US
comment by Larry Ross
April 20, 2007

Billionaire George Soros, tells how Israel has managed to link US policies to Israeli foreign policy objectives. This has involved a colossal cost to the US  and its reputation and may yet destroy it and the rest of the world. Just as Israel directly with the US government, and AIPAC with legislators in the US , influenced the US decision to make war on Iraq , so AIPAC is influencing the Bush Administration to move from the present covert war, to an open war on Iran . I hope there is still time for influential Americans like George Soros and Jimmy Carter to change US war policies before they plunge the world into a nuclear inferno from which it may never recover. The US has the technological means to do this, as has Israel with its own nuclear arsenal. Will sanity prevail over fanaticism harnessed to Christian and Zionist fundamentalism? Perhaps the answer is manifest in the historical record of 5,000 wars. They show that a majority can be enflamed to want war for almost any reason, and that sane, moderate, rational and wise people have seldom prevailed over the insanity of the wicked and power-mad few. This historical lesson has not yet been learned. Sane, moderate, rational people have not yet matched the dedication and commitment of the wicked and power-mad war hawks. Will they this time? 

  US-Israel ties bad for peace: Soros
April 17, 2007

George Soros, the billionaire investor, has added his voice to the debate over the role of Israel 's lobby in shaping US foreign policy.
In the current issue of the New York Review of Books, Soros takes issue with "the pervasive influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC]" in Washington and says the Bush administration's close ties with Israel are obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

  Israel Decides US Foreign Policy
April 16, 2007

Scott Ritter, a friend of Israel, describes how Israel has clandestinely hi-jacked US foreign policy. US taxpayers give Israel about 3 billion dollars a year in military aid. That helps finance the Israeli war machine, its occupation of Palestine and its war on Lebanon. Some is channelled back to the US to help finance one of the most powerful and influential lobbies in Washington - The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). By various methods, Israel manages to influence US legislators and the executive. The US war on Iraq, and the planned war on Iran are now not approved by a majority of Americans according to recent polls.

  The Final Act of Submission
April 13, 2007

... This new Democratic leadership has failed egregiously.  Not only has the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, been unable to orchestrate any meaningful legislation to bring the war in Iraq to an end, but in mid-March she carelessly greased the tracks for a whole new conflict. By excising language from a defense appropriations bill which would have required President Bush to seek the approval of Congress prior to initiating any military attack on Iran, Pelosi terminated any hope of slowing down the Bush administration's mad rush to war.

  One Israel - Palestine State?
April 4, 2007

Israel has become a fascist-military state using the threat of its nuclear weapons to wage wars and expand into neighbouring territories such as Palestine.  It uses a string of lies, staged events and false accusations to justify these expansionist steps and fool its own people. One of it's formulas to stifle criticism is to accuse any critics as "anti-Semitic" or "anti-Jewish". Its prime target is Iran - a non-nuclear weapon nation that could not be a threat to Israel with it's arsenal of some 200-400 nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the power of Israeli lies and war propaganda is great and dominates the media in Israel. As a result the majority of Israelis believe the false propaganda and support military action against Iran.

  Controversial historian to quit Israel for UK
April 1, 2007

Ilan Pappe, a senior lecturer in the University of Haifa's Department of Political Science, says he is moving to the UK because it is "increasingly difficult to live in Israel" with his "unwelcome views and convictions."

  US Democrats Corrupted
March 21, 2007

.... This reaction either shows total and profound ignorance of the situation, or corrupt duplicity in enabling Bush to make war without hindrance or seeking permission from a Democratic Congress recently elected to stop Bush's wars. ...
It could become millions of deaths, and horrific long-term consequences for everyone, including the US public.
That is the spineless Pelosi and Democratic Party gift to the American public for their support in the last election.


The AIPAC Girl

by Patrick J. Buchanan
March 20, 2007

If George W. Bush launches a pre-emptive war on Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bear full moral responsibility for that war.
For it was Pelosi who quietly agreed to strip out of the $100 billion funding bill for Iraq a provision that would have required President Bush to seek congressional approval before launching any new war on Iran. Pelosi's capitulation came in the Appropriations Committee.
What went down, and why?

  George Bush's Samson Option
by Stephen Lendman
March 9, 2007

Full-scale war on Iran may just be a concocted terrorist attack away from starting the "shock and awe."
The Samson Option is terminology used to explain Israel's intention to use its nuclear arsenal as an ultimate defense strategy if its leaders feel threatened enough to think they have no alternative. It comes from the biblical Samson said to have used his great strength to bring down the pillars of a Philistine temple, downing its roof and killing himself and thousands of Philistine tormentors. It's a strategy saying if you try killing me, we'll all die together, or put another way, we'll all go together when we go. Richard Wagner had his apocalyptic version in the last of his four operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen - Gotterdammerung, or Twilight of the Gods based on Norse mythology referring to a prophesied war of the Gods resulting in the end of the world.

  Bishops equate Israel's actions to Holocaust
by Eldad Beck
March 6, 2007

Hours after historic visit to Jerusalem holocaust museum, group of German bishops tour Palestinian Authority, say "Israel behaving like Nazis"
BERLIN - "This morning we saw pictures of the Warsaw ghetto at Yad Vashem and this evening we are going to the Ramallah ghetto." Several hours earlier on Sunday you probably would not have heard German Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke choose such a divisive analogy.
But then on Sunday morning he was still in Israel and the rhetoric was considerably different than the one elected by the German Bishops' Conference once they crossed over in to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday evening.

  Israel and US Joint Operations to Strike Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
February 25, 2007

Some articles say the US will stage an attack on Iran, others say Israel will attack Iran. Some say it will be a joint operation. In the following article the decision to strike is Israel 's but with US permission. I doubt whether Israel would attack Iran on its own, even though Israeli hawks may reason that Israel's nuclear arsenal will protect it against any retaliation. Other nations would fear that Israel may then retaliate with nuclear weapons and wipe them out. Israel and the US are playing on this fear. Israel has the full support of the Bush regime, which has been planning to attack Iran for years.

  Israel seeks all clear for Iran air strike
by Con Coughlin in Tel Aviv
February 24, 2007

"The Telegraph" -- -- Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
To conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli war planes would need to fly across Iraq. But to do so the Israeli military authorities in Tel Aviv need permission from the Pentagon.

  Telling Americans about False Flag
Comment by Larry Ross
January 24, 2007

At last a courageous US politician, Congressman Ron Paul, has warned fellow Americans that the Bush Administration may stage a false flag operation to incriminate Iran.
Bush can then blame Iran and justify his decision to attack Iran. Many of the comments that follow this short news item suggest that the US will stage some kind of nuclear attack on its own citizens to justify Bush's planned nuclear attack on Iran. Because of the enormous casualties and very long term disastrous consequences, it seems logical for the Bush regime to stage a very big false flag attack on the US - an attack so big, that few would believe that Bush would have or could have committed such a mass killing of Americans. If that's the way it happens, Bush should get all the support he wants, for whatever wars he wants against anyone he names. As Hitler wrote: "The bigger the lie the more people will believe it" 

  House Republican Fears False Flag Operation in Persian Gulf
January 14, 2007

Ron Paul stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and, in an open session, on the record, said, “A contrived Gulf of Tonkin-type incident may well occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran.”
This is incredible, even by my standards. I watched this clip a few times, and I still don't believe it.
That's the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives! Where's the media coverage of this? * sigh * Listen to the video and read the responses.....

  Unthinkable War on Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
January 22, 2007

The twilight period of American democracy is now, when various steps, such as impeachment proceedings could still be successful.
There really is precious little time left for people to still exercise their freedoms and preferences.
I hope the dead hand of apathy ends soon, before our children's future is destroyed.

  The Unthinkable: The US- Israeli Nuclear War on Iran
by Michel Chossudovsky
January 21, 2007

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.
At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East.
There is mounting evidence that the Bush Administration in liaison with Israel and NATO is planning the launching of a nuclear war against Iran, ironically, in retaliation for its nonexistent nuclear weapons program. The US-Israeli military operation is said to be in "an advanced state of readiness".

  The Dangers of a US-Israeli Nuclear Attack on Iran
articles from Global Research
January 18, 2007

The Pentagon has blurred the distinction between conventional battlefield weapons & nuclear bombs. The nuclear bunker buster bomb is presented as an instrument of peace-making & regime change, which will enhance global security.

  The U.S.-Iran-Iraq-Israeli-Syrian War
by Robert Parry
January 15, 2007

At a not-for-quotation pre-speech briefing on Jan. 10, George W. Bush and his top national security aides unnerved network anchors and other senior news executives with suggestions that a major confrontation with Iran is looming.
Commenting about the briefing on MSNBC after Bush's nationwide address, NBC's Washington bureau chief Tim Russert said “there's a strong sense in the upper echelons of the White House that Iran is going to surface relatively quickly as a major issue – in the country and the world – in a very acute way.”

  War on Iran Selected Global Research Articles
January 15, 2007

Bush administration provokes open war on Iran Irbil raid, and other operations, authorized "several months ago" - by Larry Chin - 2007-01-15

  Israel Has Job of Nuclear Attack on Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
January 11, 2007

Israel has been given the job of attacking Iran with nuclear weapons because the mid-term elections ruled out the US doing what they had been planning to do for the  last 2 years, according to this article by Michael Carmichael. Israel is the sacred cow of US politics that few dare criticize. Israel can invoke fears of another holocaust in order to gain public sympathy and dampen down criticism if they use nuclear weapons.

  Israel Has Job of Nuclear Attack on Iran
by Michael Carmichael
January 8, 2007

In the early 1990s, one of America's premiere journalists, Seymour Hersh, published a best-selling book, The Samson Option, detailing Mr Vanunu's testimony and a great deal of new information about Israel's vaunted nuclear defense capability.
While the vast majority of the peoples of the earth have known about Israel's nuclear arsenal since 1986, many Americans still do not accept the existence of WMDs under the direct control of the Israeli defense establishment. In the mid-1990s, Michael Moore - not known for his conservatism nor his reflexive support of Israel - made disparaging remarks during an interview that touched on the existence of the Israeli nuclear arsenal, because he was obviously oblivious to either Mordechai Vanunu's testimony or Mr Hersh's bestselling book.

  Top US Expert Explains Bush's Escalation of War to Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
January 9, 2007

Paul Craig Roberts has written extensively on the Bush Administration especially it's present wars and future war plans.
I've been studying US affairs, wars and nuclear issues for over 50 years and would rate Roberts as among the top US political analysts I have read during this time. His credentials are at the end of the following paper.

  Is Bush's War Winding Down or Heating Up? The Coming Attack on Iran
by Paul Craig Roberts
January 8, 2006

Most Americans believe that Bush's Iraqi misadventure is over. The occupation has lost the support of the electorate, the Congress, the generals and the troops. The Democrats are sitting back waiting for Bush to come to terms with reality. They don't want to be accused of losing the war by forcing Bush out of Iraq. There are no more troops to commit, and when the “surge” fails, Bush will have no recourse but to withdraw. A little longer, everyone figures, and the senseless killing will be over.
Recent news reports indicate that this conclusion could be an even bigger miscalculation than the original invasion.

  US Preparing Second Genocide for Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
January 8, 2007

It will be a huge mess spiralling upward and out of control. A general nuclear war that destroys all life cannot be ruled out....
The American people and Democrats have not been forewarned about 'False Flags' and how Bush may use one to deceive them. Many believe he has already successfully used this technique, been believed, and then gone on to squander billions on illegal wars.
They are apt to believe the deception, and back Bushes action to use nuclear weapons to attack Iran , or at least quietly accept it, as they have accepted his previous lies and crimes. As with leading Democrats like Hillary Clinton, many accept and still repeat his Iraq war lies.

  The Surge: Political Cover or Escalation?
by Paul Craig Roberts
January 6, 2007

The new year began on the hopeful note that Bush's illegal war in Iraq would soon be ended. The repudiation of Bush and the Republicans in the November congressional election, the Iraq Study Group's unanimous conclusion that the US needs to remove its troops from the sectarian strife Bush set in motion by invading Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld's removal as defense secretary and his replacement by Iraqi Study Group member Robert Gates, the thumbs down given by America's top military commanders to the neoconservatives' plan to send more US troops to Iraq, and new polls of the US military that reveal that only a minority supports Bush's Iraq policy, thus giving new meaning to “support the troops,” are all indications that Americans have shed the stupor that has given carte blanche to George W. Bush.

  Will Americans Wake Up In Time?
Comment by Larry Ross
January 2, 2007

.... Parry's article below reports that the Bush regime is planning to go ahead with its expansion of the Iraq  war, and by nuclear bombing Iran. This parallels many other articles on this site which say the same thing. All predict very, very serious consequences in many areas.
Parry also predicts there will be "some provocation that can be blamed on Syria and Iran , thus justifying the expanded war."
My own prediction is that the "provocation" referred to by Parry, will be a vitally important False Flag operation. It would be very carefully planned by the Bush Administration to stage some kind of an attack, perhaps a terrorist attack on the US, like 9/11, for which the Bush Regime has planned to blame Iran. ...

  Bush Could Usher in a Very Dangerous New Year
December 26, 2006

Intelligence sources say President Bush -- along with Israel's Ehud Olmert and the UK's Tony Blair -- are weighing the possibility of Israeli-led attacks on Syria and Iran in early 2007, with the United States providing logistical back-up.

  Preparations For War On Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
November 12, 2006

....The U.S. Democrats who have just won in Congress and the Senate are unlikely to stop this war as they are deeply involved in approving the Iraq war, and either repeating or not questioning Bush lies to justify it. They are doing the same thing about the new U.S. enemy - Iran . They have also approved Bush's new nuclear doctrines, his patriot laws, his preparations for the Iran war and given him virtually unlimited power. The Democrats have proved themselves to be a weak, lily-livered and wishy-washy opposition party unwilling and unable to speak the truth about the Bush Administration and the illegal wars. There are a few exceptional and honest Democratic politicians who oppose U.S. war policies, but not enough to make much difference.

  Unleashing Armageddon in the Middle East
By Dr. Elias Akleh
November 11, 2006

In mid 1970s the American Power Elite drew a “Grand Plan” to control and to monopolize global oil and nuclear energy resources, for he who controls energy resources determines the fate of nations. The base of this “Grand Plan” is the invasion of energy rich countries to directly control their resources, and to create subservient governments that would exploit their own people as cheap labor to harvest energy for the United States.
The collapse of the Soviet Union had created a window of opportunity for the United States to ensure and to affirm its global superiority through expansion and controlling energy resources without any real opposition. The attacks of 911 were necessary requirements for the Bush administration to wage a “global war against terror” that would serve as a cover up for American hegemony. President Bush borrowed Mussolini's fascist motto of “If you are not with me, you are against me” and turned it into “You are either with us or with the terrorist” to terrorize weaker nations into accepting American expansions.

  Nuclear Doctrines Threaten Humanity
Comment by Larry Ross
November 1, 2006

This is one of the most important papers we have ever re-printed, by a world authority on U.S. nuclear war policies, and U.S. plans to wage nuclear war on Iran . Michel Chossudovsky details the various nuclear war doctrines that are an integral part of Pentagon military options. No longer do the U.S. military consider nuclear weapons 'a weapon of last resort', likely to lead to escalation and an end to humanity.
Today they literally, have learned to 'love the bomb' and have radically changed past perceptions so that nuclear weapons have become just one of a number of military options military commanders may use in various battle situations. They allow the U.S. to suddenly launch a preemptive nuclear strike against a chosen enemy. The enemy may be non-nuclear or nuclear. Also, they claim the right to introduce nuclear weapons use into conventional military conflicts.


Is the Bush Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?

by Michel Chossudovsky
February 22, 2006

Will the US launch "Mini-nukes" against Iran in Retaliation for Tehran's "Non-compliance"?
At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout,  over a large part of the Middle East.
All the safeguards of the Cold War era, which categorized the nuclear bomb as "a weapon of last resort" have been scrapped. "Offensive" military actions using nuclear warheads are now described as acts of "self-defense".

  Bible Used To Justify Evil
Comment by Larry Ross
October 30, 2006

The following essays provide insight into the growth and power of U.S. Christian Zionism, its influence on U.S. foreign policy, and the influence of Israel on U.S. policy. It is very powerful, very irrational and leading humanity toward what it sees as a Biblical prophecy of End Times. It is utterly immoral and cruel toward its Palestinian victims, as it believes they are occupying land given by God to the Jews a few thousand years ago. They believe that any action to help bring about End Times and the return of the Messiah, is justified as it helps implement God's will. It is a growing insanity of righteous self-destruction that believes that if some kind of heavenly Armageddon turns our planet into a fiery hell, the chosen  believers will be raptured to a heavenly paradise.

  War IS Terrorism
Comment by Larry Ross
September 7, 2006

I saw films tonight about the U.S. bombardment, destruction and occupation of a small city in Iraq - Fallujah The suffering victims expressed themselves on film. Their homes had been bombed and shelled by the U.S. - the woman and children wounded and killed. The Americans blocked their exit roads from the city. It was Bush, Neo-conservative Terrorism on a grand scale. It wasn't so a much war, as an 'Only Made In America' slaughter house


War is not a solution for terrorism

By Howard Zinn
September 3, 2006

THERE IS SOMETHING important to be learned from the recent experience of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive military attacks, inevitably indiscriminate, are not only morally reprehensible, but useless in achieving the stated aims of those who carry them out.
The United States, in three years of war, which began with shock-and-awe bombardment and goes on with day-to-day violence and chaos, has been an utter failure in its claimed objective of bringing democracy and stability to Iraq. The Israeli invasion and bombing of Lebanon has not brought security to Israel; indeed it has increased the number of its enemies, whether in Hezbollah or Hamas or among Arabs who belong to neither of those groups.

  Allies In Space?
Comment by Larry Ross
September 7, 2006

Talk of space wars and weaponizing space, suggests that Israel will choose the path of war, conquest and domination. In the long run, that could result in disaster for all people and nations in the Middle East.


Israeli Official Urges Space-Based Weapons

By Barbara Opall-Rome
January 11, 2005

" Israel is one of the very few nations of the world that routinely abstains from voting for a resolution to ban weapons in space," noted Theresa Hitchens, vice president of the Washington-based Center for Defense Information, a public policy think tank.

  Making War On A People
Comment by Larry Ross
September 3, 2006

Throughout the Israeli offensive against Lebanon, Israel has claimed this is in retaliation against Hezbollah for capturing 2 Israeli soldiers. Only Hezbollah they claim. In fact they attacked a well-known and marked UN observation post. This killed 4 UN staff even though the staff had been in regular contact with Israel forces warning that the Israeli bombs were getting closer to the base.
Israel did not stop, but continued bombing until they killed the UN officers. They then rubbed in the outrageous crime by attacking the rescue mission. This was a deliberate attack on the UN by Israel, which Israel then claimed was a mistake.


US media: Israel's 'shocking' use of cluster bombs not newsworthy

August 31, 2006

The UN recently reported that they have "identified 359 cluster bomb strike locations with as many as 100,000 unexploded bomblets" in southern Lebanon. Amazingly, 90% of the bombs were dropped in the final 72 hours of the war. They also report that it can take years to clean them up and innocent civilians are being killed and wounded by these munitions every day.

  Amnesty: Israel Committed War Crimes
Comment by Larry Ross
September 2, 2006

We should also recognise that both the U.S. and Israel are prepared to resort to the use of nuclear weapons in their conquest. A careful analysis of the military situation and relevant papers on both our web site and others, would tend to support this finding.
I don't think people should lose sight of these factors in their attempts to stop this criminal madness before it becomes uncontrollable. 


Amnesty: 'Israel committed war crimes'

by Doug Lorimer
August 30, 2006

On August 23, human rights group Amnesty International accused Israel of committing war crimes. Amnesty said that the pattern and scope of Israel's bombing campaign in Lebanon, statements by Israeli officials and the scale of damage inflicted on civilian infrastructure “indicated that such destruction was deliberate and part of a military strategy, rather than 'collateral damage'”.


After Lebanon, What's Left?

August 17, 2006

As the month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel draws to a close—albeit with a high risk that it will reignite, or even worse, spark a new Lebanese civil war—American policymakers who supported Israel's decision to go to war should understand its long-term impact on moderates in Lebanon and in the Arab world.
Ever since 9/11 brought the Middle East to the center of U.S. foreign policy, . . .

  Zionism Influences Most Of U.S. Foreign and Military Policy
Comment by Larry Ross
August 16, 2006

The following essays show just how much Israeli thinking and influence has permeated American culture and policy.
Neo-conservatives with a strong pro-Israel bias create the policy papers which influence American thinking.  Powerful well-funded, pro-Israeli lobby groups, with direct links to Israel and to Washington, lobby and donate to politicians that influence U.S. policy decisions. There is a well-known mass media bias for pro-Israel and pro-Israeli war articles. Israel has become a shining Beacon to the Bush Administration as it leads the way into the Middle East and disaster for millions of people. These essays explore the issues.

August 15, 2006

by Evan Augustine Peterson III, J.D.
... THE MORAL OF THE STORY. In the morally-twisted worldview of the Anglo-American-Israeli Axis, some people are as if gods, whereas other people just don't matter. However, we can challenge their primitive tribalistic "us versus them" mentality, help cure the world's ills, and uplift humankind, by adopting the three-step global ethics:

  Planned War With Lebanon Before It's Soldiers Were Captured
Comment by Larry Ross
August 15, 2006

... The cost? Hundreds of Lebanese civilians and Hezbollah soldiers killed and wounded and some hundred Israeli soldiers. Billions of dollars worth of Lebanese property and infrastructure by Israeli bombs.. And the captured Israeli solders?
Still held by Hezbollah.

  WATCHING LEBANON - Washington’s interests in Israel’s war
August 14, 2006

In the days after Hezbollah crossed from Lebanon into Israel, on July 12th, to kidnap two soldiers, triggering an Israeli air attack on Lebanon and a full-scale war, the Bush Administration seemed strangely passive. “It’s a moment of clarification,” President George W. Bush said at the G-8 summit, in St. Petersburg, on July 16th. “It’s now become clear why we don’t have peace in the Middle East.” He described the relationship between Hezbollah and its supporters in Iran and Syria as one of the “root causes of instability,” and subsequently said that it was up to those countries to end the crisis. Two days later, despite calls from several governments for the United States to take the lead in negotiations to end the fighting, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a ceasefire should be put off until “the conditions are conducive.”


Israeli Propaganda Is Winning

Comment by Larry Ross
August 11, 2006

I was shocked to see the degree that Israel's intellectuals accepted the official justification for Israel's exceptionally barbarous wars on Lebanon and Palestine.
As the following article demonstrates, they justify the slaughter and every aspect of the disproportionality of Israel's response to Lebanese seizing of two Israeli soldiers. Nowhere do these intellectuals seem to admit that the war was planned well in advance. The seized solders were only an excuse for Israel to begin one of the most brutal wars in history. Why?

  Israeli Intellectuals Love the War
by Ran HaCohen
August 7, 2006

Dedicated to the too few Israeli intellectuals who do dare speak out against this war.
.... For those who imagine Israel's intellectual elite as a sane oasis of rational, moderate, peace-loving liberals, here are a few snapshots of Israel's intellectual cheerleaders on their current patriotic march supporting the devastation of Lebanon.

  U.S. Expert's Background on Lebanon and Hezbollah
Comment by Larry Ross
August 9, 2006

....Rather than welcoming Hezbollah's important shift away from the use of terrorism to advance its political agenda, however, the Bush administration and Congress?in apparent anticipation of a U.S.-Israeli assault against the group and its supporters?instead became increasingly alarmist about the supposed threat posed by this Lebanese political party. And, given the refusal by the Lebanese government to ban the political party and their inability to disband the militia, the United States has given Israel the green light to attack not just Hezbollah militia, but the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon as well."

  Was Hezbollah a Legitimate Target?
by Stephen Zunes
August 8, 2006

...While Hezbollah's ongoing rocket attacks on civilian targets in Israel are indeed illegitimate and can certainly be considered acts of terrorism, it is important to note that such attacks were launched only after the U.S.-backed Israeli assault on civilian targets in Israel began July 12.

  "Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire"
August 6, 2006

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He frequently travels and offers reflections on organizing and the state of America's soul....

  Israel Apes U.S. in Iraq
Comment by Larry Ross
August 4, 2006

George Orwell's book ":1984" has become reality in Israel.    More and more Israel is practising a form of ethnic cleansing on Palestinian and Lebanese civilians calling it part of Bush's "war on terrorism".

  UnQana - "Going from a union of nations to a bunch of gravediggers"
by Imad Khadduri
August 1, 2006

.....I'm so frustrated I can't think straight. I'm full of rage against Israel, the US, Britain, Iran and most of Europe. The world is going to go to hell for standing by and allowing the massacre of innocents. For God's sake, 34 children???

  Understanding Israel's Brutality
Comment by Larry Ross
August 2, 2006

This article examines and helps explain the pathology of Israeli irrational and brutal behaviour toward Lebanon and Palestine.
Many Israeli intelligentsia are making a similar diagnosis of Israeli society. With some 200 to 500 nuclear weapons and U.S. support Israel thinks it is invulnerable. It believes it can bomb the UN and ignore UN resolutions. It makes excuses to justify grossly disproportionate aggression and expansion.. It doesn't want independent UN witnesses in Lebanon. Israeli extremism matches that of the Bush Administration. That's one reason Bush's U.S. supports and funds anything Israel does.


The Pathology Of Israeli Power

By Issa Khalaf
July 30, 2006

As we witness the unfolding spectacle of ferocious, indiscriminate violence, destruction, and brutality in Gaza and Lebanon, it's difficult to resist the conclusion that there is something terribly wrong with the Israeli state and society. It's as though all moral and psychological constraints and boundaries have been breached, deviancy normalized. Not that state terrorism, deliberate aggression, extreme disproportionate force, and massive violations of international humanitarian law are new to the Israeli state: from 1948, the list is long, the evidence widely available.

  Israel/U.S.: Moving toward Genocide
Comment by Larry Ross
August 2, 2006

As indicated in Uri Avnery's article and the comments that follow, the Israeli attack on the people of Lebanon is part of pre-planned attack and will probably be expanded with U.S. financing and participation to make wars on Syria and Iran - long the targets of Bush's neocon administration.
As planned, nuclear weapons will probably be used, and a global nuclear disaster could soon be the result. It's time for Americans and others to wake up and take political action before the extremists destroy our world.

  A nice little war
By Uri Avnery
July 30, 2006

It is the old story about the losing gambler: he cannot stop. He continues to play, in order to win his losses back. He continues to lose and continues to gamble, until he has lost everything: his ranch, his wife, his shirt.
The same thing happens in the biggest gamble of all: war. The leaders that start a war and get stuck in the mud are compelled to fight their way ever deeper into the mud. That is a part of the very essence of war: it is impossible to stop after a failure. Public opinion demands the promised victory. Incompetent generals need to cover up their failure. Military commentators and other armchair strategists demand a massive offensive. Cynical politicians are riding the wave. The government is carried away by the flood that they themselves have let loose.

  Israeli Propaganda Urgently Requires Corrective Education
Comment by Larry Ross
July 27, 2006

I would rate Israel's false propaganda among the most deceptively effective in the world. Israel manages to get top politicians singing it's song.
The facts do not seem to matter much. Opposition to Israeli aggression in Western countries is sporadic and misinformed. This is at least partly due to Israel's success in embedding their ban, that opposition to Israeli aggression is equivalent to "anti-Semitism" "anti-Zionism" "anti-Israeli prejudice" etc.

  Five Myths That Sanction Israel's War Crimes
By Jonathan Cook
July 26, 2006

This week I had the pleasure to appear on American radio, on the Laura Ingraham show, pitted against David Horowitz, a "Semite supremacist” who most recently made his name under the banner of Campus Watch, leading McCarthyite witch-hunts against American professors who have the impertinence to suggest that maybe, just maybe, Arabs have minds and feelings like the rest of us.

  Essential Reading: Background To U.S.- Iran Dispute
Comment by Larry Ross
July 27, 2006

For a more comprehensive understanding of U.S. policy on Iran, and Iran's offers of concessions to meet U.S. concerns, the following May 27 article is essential reading.

  Iran, Israel And Nuclear Weapons
by Ethan Heitner
May 26, 2006

Iran experts at the State Department had been working throughout 2001 on increasing relations with Mohammed Khatami's Iran. Post 9/11, they immediately realized the strategic value of working with Iran against a common enemy?al-Qaida.

  U.S. Support for Israeli Wars
Comment by Larry Ross
July 26, 2006

.... If only they would tell their readers about the PNAC papers that called for U.S. domination of middle east oil resources.

  Neocons looking to expand Israel-Hezbollah war
August 4, 2006

Sidney Blumenthal's latest article claims that the NSA is working with Israel to "monitor whether Syria and Iran are supplying new armaments to Hezbollah." He describes his source as "a national security official with direct knowledge of the operation."

  Israeli Attacks Have Little to do with Captured Soldiers
Comment by Larry Ross
July 26, 2006

Israel planned to make war on Lebanon for at least a year. Their strategy of mass bombing of civilian men, women and children and the Lebanon infrastructure and claiming they were after Hezbollah is just their justification. The captured Israeli soldiers are a convenient excuse which Israel and the U.S. use to justify this mass bombing and invasion. Any opposition to U.S.-Israeli rule in the middle east is demonised by their propaganda machines, so that they can justify further aggression.

  War on Lebanon Planned for at least a Year
by Juan Cole
July 23, 2006

sraeli war planes hit the cities of Sidon, south Beirut and Baalbak on Saturday and Israeli ground troops fought a hard battle to take over the village of Maroun al-Ras, said to be a Hizbullah rocket-launching site. The Israeli bombing of Sidon hit a religious complex linked to Hizbullah. The BBC reports that 'The UN's Jan Egeland said half a million people needed assistance - and the number was likely to increase. One-third of the recent Lebanese casualties, he said, appeared to be children. '

  U.S. and Israel Step Up War On Muslim Nations
Comment by Larry Ross
July 24, 2006

The following 3 articles provide an account of the issues and background to the Israeli offensive against Lebanon.
As the New York Times reported, the Bush Administration has sent Israel a large order of precision bombs to use in this offensive. Bush also blames Hezbollah for the huge Israeli assault, because they captured 3 Israeli soldiers. He justifies this grossly disproportionate Israeli response and the invasion of Lebanon and blocks any effective international action to stop it.

  The Power Of Arrogance:
July 19, 2006

Israel Violates U.S. Law On Weapons In Mideast


Top Republican Claims Bushcons Organised 9/11 Attack

Comment by Larry Ross
July 17, 2006

Morgan Reynolds joins a growing group of well-known Americans who have exposed the truth that the 9/11 attack was an inside job. The attack's purpose was to persuade Americans that this was a new "Pearl Harbour" attack on the U.S.A. Then the Bush Administration with media cooperation used that attack to fool Americans into supporting a "war on terrorism" and specific wars on Afghanistan, Iraq and in the future, other targets. The object, as indicated in the neocon PNAC papers, was to start up a "long war" in the Middle East - to conquer the territory - and control the world's oil resources.

  Media hide the truth: 9/11 was inside job
by Kevin Barrett
May 14, 2006

Last Saturday, former Bush administration official Morgan Reynolds drew an enthusiastic capacity crowd to the Wisconsin Historical Society auditorium. It is probably the first time in Historical Society history that a political talk has drawn a full house on a Saturday afternoon at the beginning of final exams.
Reynolds, the former director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and the ex-top economist for George W. Bush's Labor Department, charged the Bush administration with gross malfeasance, and proposed the prosecution of top administration officials.

  The Last Taboo
by John Pilger
June 7, 2006

... 'What is the price that a society pays when it runs a military occupation?'
'It's an unbearable price. The list begins with moral corruption. When we don't let pregnant women through checkpoints, and their babies die, we have reduced ourselves to animals and we are no different from the suicide bombers.'

  Bush Bases Foreign Policy on Delusions
Comment by Larry Ross
May 12 , 2006

The mental hospitals have many patients who believe they are in direct contact with God - that God is telling them things and instructing them to take certain actions. When they act out these heavenly delusions and take the action that they think God has instructed them to take, often it involves violence against others. The law then sees these people as a danger to themselves, family and community and has them placed in a hospital for treatment.
When a world leader like George Bush has such delusions, that involve attacking other states without any provocation or excuse, the world is seriously threatened. When the leaders' delusion is physically expressed as invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and perhaps Iran to come, the delusions are widely believed to be based on facts, and therefore justified.

  Bush claimed God told him to invade Iraq, Afghanistan: BBC
October 7, 2005

LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan , a new BBC documentary will reveal, according to details released here.
Bush made the claim when he met Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and then foreign minister Nabil Shaath in June 2003, the ministers told the documentary series to be broadcast in Britain later this month.
The US leader also told them he had been ordered by God to create a Palestinian state, the ministers said Friday.
Shaath, now the Palestinian information minister, said: " President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God.

  Israel Influences US but not in US Interests
Comment by Larry Ross
April 28, 2006

Robert Fisk explores the potentially disastrous influence of Israel on US policies toward the middle east.
Israel wanted a hard line toward Palestine and Hamas, and a soft line toward expanding Israeli settlements on stolen Palestine territory, on Israeli military action, on Israel's ignoring of UN resolutions and building a huge wall that effectively stole Palestine land.

  United States of Israel?
By Robert Fisk
April 27, 2006

When two of America's most distinguished academics dared to suggest that US foreign policy was being driven by a powerful 'Israel Lobby' whose influence was incompatible with their nation's own interests, they knew they would face allegations of anti-Semitism. But the episode has prompted America's Jewish liberals to confront their own complacency. Might the tide be turning?

  Debating the Pro- Israel Lobby's Influence on US Mideast Policy
April 09, 2006

It is regrettably clear that the American and British governments are preparing for war, this time against Iran. It is equally clear that the American and British people believe neither that their governments should start another war, nor that this particular war would be in their nations' best interests. Moreover, the public hasn't heard any serious debate about the reasons for and against another war, so nothing like a national consensus exists. And it is unclear exactly who is pushing us into this ill-advised war.

  Study: U.S. Mideast policy motivated by pro-Israel lobby
by Haaretz
March 17, 2006

The U.S. Middle East policy is not in America's national interest and is motivated primarily by the country's pro-Israel lobby, according to a study published yesterday by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Chicago.

  Is The USA Bluffing?
April 7 , 2006

Four New Essays On War With Iran:
Is The USA Bluffing; Is There A Better Alternative; Why Can't We Debate The Reasons For This War Beforehand?

  Thousands would die if US attacked Iran: study
from Reuters
February 13, 2006
Thousands of military personnel and hundreds of civilians would be killed if the United States launched an air strike on Iran to prevent it developing nuclear arms, a British think tank said in a report released on Monday.
The report by the independent Oxford Research Group said any bombing of Iran by U.S. forces, or by their Israeli allies, would have to be part of a surprise attack on a range of facilities including urban areas that would catch many Iranians unprotected.
"I think there is at least a 50:50 risk of some sort of real crisis, probably with military action, before the end of next year," said the report's author, Professor Paul Rogers of the University of Bradford.
"There is always the possibility that the Israelis do (it). I don't think you can rule that out," he told Reuters.
  Iran War Much More Horrific than Iraq War
Comment by Larry Ross
December 30, 2005
Long term C.I.A. analysts, authors of the following dire warning against a U.S. war with Iran, are saying what many others have said on our website, that Bush plans this war with Iran; that it is linked to U.S. Israeli policy; that it could become nuclear and threaten all humanity; that this war is very much against the interests of the U.S. and others; that the neocons have pushed this policy as well as initiated the war on Iraq primarily to satisfy Israel's territorial ambitions; that most Americans fear to speak out because they have been conditioned to believe that those against Israeli policy are anti-Semitic.
  It's More Important Than Halting Nuclear Proliferation
December 29, 2005
Let's Stop a US/Israeli War on Iran
The peace movements of the entire world should be in crisis mode right now, working non-stop to prevent the U.S. and Israel from starting a war against Iran. (See the James Petras article in CounterPunch on December 24, 2005 titled Iran in the Crosshairs for the best summary of the present situation.) The reckless and unnecessary dangers arising from such a war are so obvious that one wonders why normal political forces in the two aggressor countries -- both of whom love to glorify themselves as democracies -- would not prevent such a war from happening.
  Iran in the Crosshairs
by Ryan McGreal, ICH
August 24, 2005
Iran's danger to America is not its nuclear program but its plan to introduce a euro-based energy exchange.
Starting in 2006, Iran will start up an "oil bourse", or a stock exchange for trading energy, that will be based on the euro, not the US dollar. While this may seem innocuous, it will be a grave risk to continued American global hegemony.
  U.S. Neocons Promote War With Iran For Israel
Comment by Larry Ross
December 13, 2005

One of the strongest influences in the Bush Administration are the Neo-Conservatives. They fill many of the top positions in the Bush Administration. Their war plans for the U.S. in the Middle East have so far been implemented, such as their phoney war with Iraq. It was promoted before the 9/11 attack- the "Pearl Harbour" the Neocons claimed they needed to justify the war to the American people. Although the war was based on a number of lies - now well-known and publicised, both the Republicans and Democrats want victory over Iraq - nothing less. This and John Kerry and Hillary Clinton's silence about the war lie's is one of many indications that the Democrats have sold out to the Republicans and that the American system of Democracy has been corrupted by the military/industrial complex, other corporates, the oil interests and other special interests.

  Neocons Concentrate on Promoting U.S.-Iran War
by Andrew I. Killgore, Washington Report
March 2005

Steven P. Weisman wrote in The New York Times of Nov. 19 that the “biggest challenge” in President George W. Bush’s second term is “how to contain” Iran’s nuclear program. In fact, however, Iran constitutes no threat to the United States. Its “threat” is to Israel, according to “some” (read neocons) in the administration who believe that Iran supports violence against Israel and helps the resistance in Iraq.

  Setting up Abbas
by Jeff Halper
October 23, 2005

From Sharon's point of view it's a done deal. Israel has won its century-old conflict with the Palestinians. Surveying the landscape - physical and political alike - the Israeli Prime Minister has finally fulfilled the task with which he was charged 38 years ago by Menachem Begin: ensure permanent Israel control over the entire Land of Israel while foreclosing the emergence of a viable Palestinian state.

  What You Can't Say About Israel in Australia
Posted October 20, 2005

...."The degree of abuse and outright threats now being directed at anyone - academic, analyst, reporter - who dares to criticise Israel (or dares to tell the truth about the Palestinian uprising) is fast reaching McCarthyite proportions", wrote Robert Fisk in December 2000. "The attempt to force the media to obey Israel's rules is now international". The situation has only worsened since 9/11.

World War III?
August 19, 2005

Dr. Helen Caldicott warned earlier this year, that there would probably be a nuclear war during Bush second term.
Now Paul Craig Roberts shows how it can likely happen, if Bush starts a war with Iran.
..... Roberts says, Bush is crazy. However if Bush believes he is following some kind divine plan, and/or believes he is divinely inspired, enough people in our Christian culture share his view to help make it happen.

Get Ready for World War III
by Paul Craig Roberts
August 17 , 2005

With every poll showing majorities of Americans both fed up with Bush’s war against Iraq and convinced that Bush’s invasion of Iraq has made Americans less safe, the White House moron proposes to start another war by attacking Iran. VP Cheney has already ordered the US Strategic Command to come up with plans to strike Iran with tactical nuclear weapons.

Out of Gaza into Jerusalem and the West Bank
More evidence
Posted August 19, 2005

Out of Gaza - and into Jerusalem - August 15, 2005
Democracy Subverted:
Peace Now Releases New Report on Illegal Outposts & Other Settlement Growth in the Occupied Territories - June 6, 2005
Israeli settlement - Detailed History
Photos reveal Israeli West Bank expansion - March 21, 2005
State complicit in settlements: Sharon study - March 10, 2005
West Bank
-The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05.
Israel Expands West Bank Settlements - July 26, 2004

Does Israel Plan Further Expansion Into Palestine?
July 18, 2005

To stop further slaughter in the Middle East, please take action on the possibility of massive bombing, invasion and slaughter of Palestinians by Israel. Some of Sharon's most ardent supporters believe God gave Palestinian territory to Israel 3,000 years ago, and that therefore Israel has the right to drive Palestinians off the land and then possess it as their own. The expansion of Israel into Palestine and building Jewish settlements on Palestine land, is a part of this policy and was initiated by Sharon. Israel needs resistance by the Palestinians and the consequent killing of some Jews, which they call "terrorism", in order to justify continued expansion, bulldogging Palestinian homes and stealing their land.

A Warning from Israel
by Uri Davis, Ilan Pappe, and Tamar Yaron
July 17, 2005

What May Come After the Evacuation of Jewish Settlers from the Gaza Strip
We feel that it is urgent and necessary to raise the alarm regarding what may come during and after evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip occupied by Israel in 1967, in the event that the evacuation is implemented.

July 15, 2005

"...Bilin is being strangled by Israel's wall. Though our village sits two and a half miles east of the Green Line, Israel is taking roughly 60 percent of our 1,000 acres of land in order to annex the six settlements and build the wall around them. This land is also money to us - we work it. Bilin's 1,600 residents depend on farming and harvesting our olives for our livelihood.

Robert Fisk: The reality of this barbaric bombing
by Robert Fisk
July 9, 2005

If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency won't come to us?
"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, "we will bomb yours." There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George Bush's "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.

Bombing of London - a fuller picture
July 8, 2005

"We will not allow violence to change our society and values.." Blair said
"Total-war not only destroys the enemy's military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an extremely personal point of decision, so that they are willing to accept a reversal of the cultural trends," Ledeen writes."The sparing of civilian lives cannot be the total war's first priority. . . . The purpose of total-war is to permanently force your will onto another people."
See the book, "Iraq's Nuclear Mirage"

Michael Ledeen Demands `Regime Change' in Iran
by Scott Thompson
July 11, 2003

We have already crossed the Rubicon. We are already in Hell. World War III in Eurasia is already ongoing. There was not an Iraq war; there is a continuing Iraq war. There was not an Afghanistan war; there is a continuing Afghanistan war. There's already an onset of a war with Iran, being run covertly, as a covert operation, from the United States, in Iran right now! You see it on the television screens here. That is not a spontaneous student movement. That is a U.S.-run destabilization of Iran, trying to set up the conditions for a war. The situation in Korth Korea; other situations I know of; we are now inside World War III. It is not something that we could prevent from happening. We're there.
Address by Lyndon LaRouche in Istanbul, Turkey, June 14, 2003

Fight Fascism, the Way Franklin Roosevelt Did
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
June 29, 2003

We are fighting a war, today, against fascism. In fact, it's exactly the same fascism, that Roosevelt fought against during World War II and before.

The Great Awakening to the Iraq Deception
by Justin Raimondo
June 20, 2005

The Downing Street memos have created such a stir that even Congress is rubbing its eyes and awakening from its long slumber to ask questions about the Iraq war: a hearing convened by antiwar Democrats, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), has created quite a lot of buzz, generating headlines – and howls of outrage from all the usual suspects, as well as from the Washington Post's Dana Milbank and – surprise, surprise! – Howard "The Scream" Dean. Milbank snarks:
"In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe. They pretended a small conference room was the Judiciary Committee hearing room, draping white linens over folding tables to make them look like witness tables and bringing in cardboard name tags and extra flags to make the whole thing look official."

Demolitions in Silwan Put Prospects for Peace in Jeopardy
June 12, 2005

Dear Friends
Here is just one positive example of the conscious informed Jewish voice of justice in response to the unpleasant knowledge of the Israeli violation of Palestinians that should be stopped.

Let's face it - the state has lost its mind
by John Pilger - New Statesman
May 16, 2005

In 1987, the sociologist Alex Carey, a second Orwell in his prophesies, wrote "Managing Public Opinion: the corporate offensive". He described how in the United States "great progress [had been] made towards the ideal of a propaganda-managed democracy", whose principal aim was to identify a rapacious business state "with every cherished human value". The power and meaning of true democracy, of the franchise itself, would be "transferred" to the propaganda of advertising, public relations and corporate-run news. This "model of ideological control", he predicted, would be adopted by other countries, such as Britain.

Pushing war with Iran
May 5, 2005

..... A major goal of the Israeli government is military action against Iran. AIPAC, an American proxy of the Israeli government, with Franklin's help, has been pressuring members of Congress to support military strikes against Iran.

Crazies In Charge?
March 3, 2005
This is one of the most authoritative articles I've read on Iran-US relations, the nuclear question,
Israel's nuclear arsenal, threats to Iran, US-Israel relations, and the 'crazies' (neocons) now in charge in Washington.
It explains why the 'crazies' plan for war with Iran is likely to be implemented, and the complex web of circumstances behind it. A major reason is that there is little apparent opposition to the neocon plan - and the devastation it may bring
McGovern on the Iranian and Israeli nuclear programs
March 1, 2005
.......Suddenly, after 9/11 (when the site where the World Trade Center had once stood was dubbed "ground zero" as if a nuclear explosion had taken place on American soil), nuclear weapons zoomed back to the head of the line. At least in administration rhetoric, mushroom clouds began to go off over American cities and there was a drumbeat of fear about Saddam Hussein's nuclear program (and the rest of his -- as it turned out, nonexistent -- WMD), leading of course to the invasion of Iraq under the rubric of a "counterproliferation war."
Now, another of those drumbeats, this time about the much-disputed Iranian nuclear bomb that no one yet claims actually exists, has begun. ....
M19: Global Day of Action against the Occupation of Iraq and Palestine
Posted March 2, 2005
The US lied about weapons of mass destruction to justify a bloody war in Iraq. Up to 100,000 Iraqis are dead as result of the US invasion. 1,500 US soldiers are also dead. The US now says it is bringing democracy and freedom to Iraq. This is also a lie. The US war has devastated Iraq. Lack of clean water, power and medical services mean disease and suffering are rife. Seventy percent of Iraqis are now unemployed and living in poverty.
Meanwhile, US multinationals, with links to the Bush administration, have made billions of dollars in reconstruction contracts paid for with money supposed to provide aid to Iraq. The US now also controls Iraq's huge oil revenues.
Neocon Middle East Madness
February 23, 2005

Dr Roberts analysis is brilliant and spells out the true situation briefly and with clarity. However I don't think the neocon's want to "remake the Middle East in the American image". I think they want to make a barbarous wasteland and call it "freedom and democracy" in order to fool Americans into giving support for the slaughter.
I agree that the neocons want "to provoke a Pearl Harbour" and "may orchestrate a scenario that will suck the US into a wider war". That certainly coincides with my analysis based on years of studying the situation.

Bush Outfoxed By Bin Laden
by Paul Craig Roberts
February 21, 2005

President Bush's invasion has turned Iraq into a recruiting and training ground for anti-U.S. terrorists, according to CIA Director Porter Goss in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Feb. 16. Goss' report was supported by Vice Admiral Lowell Jacoby, director of the the Defense Intelligence Agency. Jacoby told the committee that "our policies in the Middle East fuel Islamic resentment." The Iraq insurgency, Jacoby reported, has grown "in size and complexity over the past year" with daily attacks increasing 240 percent.
The situation, in other words, is out of control. One hundred fifty thousand American troops are tied down by a few thousand lightly armed insurgents. The recent Iraq election was won by Shi'ites allied with Iran. U.S. casualties continue to mount, and our troops can seldom tell friend from foe.
Why isn't Bush looking for a way out of the greatest strategic blunder in American history? Why, instead, are Bush and his government doing all they can to spread the conflict into Syria and Iran?

IAF: Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran
February 21, 2005

Israel Air Force Commander-in-Chief Major General Eliezer Shakedi said Monday that Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran in light of its nuclear activity.
But in a meeting with reporters, Shakedi wouldn't say whether he thought Israel was capable of carrying out such a mission alone, as it did when it bombed an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad in 1981.
When asked whether Israel has a plan for the Iranian nuclear program, Shakedi replied, "You know that for obvious reasons, I won't say even a word."


U.S.-Israel plan to strike Irans nuclear sites finalized

from Aljezeera
February 6, 2005

Experts from the U.S. Defense Department, the Pentagon and Israel have put final touches to a plan to launch a military strike targeting Iran’s nuclear facilities, experts at the European Commission based in Brussels, revealed on Sunday.


On Iraqi People, Resistance and Oil versus American bases

February 5, 2005

Israel occupies Palestine, builds an apartheid wall, kills civilians, uproots trees, and destroys homes and villages while at the same time they demand a ‘reasonable’ Palestinian leadership to negotiate with, while Sharon imposes armed violence with impunity and support from the US.
The US (with the UK tagging along) occupies Iraq illegally and under false pretences, destroys its fragile infrastructure, drives the alien civil strife wedge deep into Iraqi society and yet demands to have ‘reasonable’ representatives of the Iraqi people (with the blessings of Negroponti and his 3000 embassy staff members) to negotiate with on its own (US) terms, laws and conditions that were illegally put in place by Bremer and Feldman, as it hugs the Iraqi oil and economy.


Strike against Iran will have huge political costs

by Khalid Hasan
February 3, 2005

A US or Israeli military strike against Iran without UN authorisation would entail huge political costs and be seen as an act of aggression.
According to a short study by George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, such a strike would be less likely to cause Egypt and Saudi Arabia to seek nuclear weapons than would allowing Iran to acquire such weapons. It would be seen as an act of aggression in violation of the enforcement processes envisioned, but ill-defined, in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  Iran's Nuclear Sites Tough Targets
by Eric Rosenberg
January 29, 2005
Although Vice President Dick Cheney signaled that the Bush administration would approve any preemptive Israeli attack on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons facilities, such a raid would prove far more difficult than Israel's demolition bombing of Iraq's nuclear complex in 1981.

The Global Descent of America

by Aijaz Ahmad, bc
January 27, 2005

The mentality that the Americans brought into their attack on the people of Falluja was well indicated by the commanders who said on record that Falluja was ' a house of Satan'.


Mass Murdering Iranians: Nearly Half of All Americans Agree

By Kurt Nimmo, "ICH"
January 20, 2005

I have big problems with opinion polls, especially those conducted by the corporate news industry, but a recent survey by the Washington-based Opinion Research Corporation for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Results For America, which is a project of the Civil Society Institute, makes perfect sense, considering the mindset of at least half of all voting Americans, especially those in the Deliverance states. “A major new national opinion survey of 1,608 American voters released this week shows that only 42 percent would support the U.S. invasion of Iran to stop its nuclear program,” writes Anwar Iqbal for the World Peace Herald. “Nearly half—47 percent—of U.S. voters would oppose such a move and 11 percent are unsure.”


Why Terrorists May Be Coming Soon to a Mall Near You

By Kurt Nimmo, "ICH"
January 18, 2005

If you live near a military base or installation, as I do here in New Mexico, you shouldn’t be surprised if terrorists attack, drive a suicide truck through the front gates and kill a whole lot of people.
Fair is fair, as they say, in love and war, especially war.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Pentagon is now attacking the “military infrastructure” in Iran, as crack investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports. Of course, when the Pentagon says “military infrastructure,” it means not only missile sites, ammo depots, etc., but also humans, the largest and most crucial part of any “military infrastructure.”


THE COMING WARS     What the Pentagon can now do in secret.

Posted January 17, 2005

“Rumsfeld will no longer have to refer anything through the government’s intelligence wringer,” the former official went on. “The intelligence system was designed to put competing agencies in competition. What’s missing will be the dynamic tension that insures everyone’s priorities—in the C.I.A., the D.O.D., the F.B.I., and even the Department of Homeland Security—are discussed. The most insidious implication of the new system is that Rumsfeld no longer has to tell people what he’s doing so they can ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ or ‘What are your priorities?’ Now he can keep all of the mattress mice out of it.”


Israel's Nuclear Arsenal

Comment by Larry Ross
January 12, 2005

Patrick Seale's article is brilliant, but does not take into account that Israel's nuclear weapons may be the cause of Arab reluctance to resist Israel aggression - such as the recent attack on Syria. Also, there is the massive US nuclear arsenal that can be used to intimidate Arab states. With Bush lowering the nuclear barrier and changing the nuclear rules of engagement to allow him to pre-emptively use nuclear weapons, the US is preparing for the possibility of using them, or threatening to use them, to impose US-Israeli plans to reorder the Middle East. Already the US and UK threatened to use nuclear weapons if they encountered WMD resistance to their illegal and unjustified attack on Iraq. If the US launches a new war against Syria or Iran as is threatened, they may place US forces in a an impossible situation, where the US will use nuclear weapons to avoid defeat.

  Rethinking Middle East Security
December 31, 2004

...The new imperialists are paying a heavy price for their arrogant overreach. Iraq is proving the graveyard of the US army, and also the graveyard of US-Arab relations. Israel, in turn, has been brutalised by its occupation, turning it into a racist, quasi-fascist state, in the grip of religious fanatics. But the problems which the oppressors have brought upon themselves offer little consolation to their Arab victims.


New Israeli/US Offensives in Mid-East

Comment from Larry Ross
January 1 , 2005

Uri Avnery is one of the leading Israeli writers opposing Sharon's murderous actions, exposing his lies and real plans. The following is an excellent example of Avnery's work.
See: for more excellent articles by top journalists and writers.

by Uri Avnery
December 11, 2004

When the fruit sellers at the Tel Aviv market shout "the boss has gone crazy!" they mean that they are selling their merchandise at ridiculously low prices.
In the world’s capitals, a similar cry is now being heard: "The boss has gone crazy!" – but it is not about the price of tomatoes.
It refers to the new situation, after the reelection of George W. Bush for four more years.


War Is Peace:

December 23, 2004

The Pax Americana Imperium Wishes You An Orwellian Christmas!
Americans have run the entire cycle of Christmas-deconstruction by spiritualizing, sentimentalizing, universalizing, and -- ultimately -- commercializing the holiday. Today, our version of Christmas bears almost no relationship to the nativity story in the synoptic Gospels.

by Tom Carter
December 10 , 2004

Iran's relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapon is the biggest danger facing Israel, the Middle East and the world, a senior foreign-policy adviser to the Israeli government said yesterday.
"We have no doubt that Iran is trying to move ahead on building nuclear capability," Zalman Shoval, a former ambassador to the United States, said in a luncheon meeting with reporters and editors at The Washington Times yesterday.
Since January 2002, when President Bush declared that Iran was part of an "axis of evil," Iran — with Russian help — has been pursuing what it describes as a peaceful nuclear program. But the United States and others suspect that the nation's real goal is to develop nuclear weapons.

Comment by Larry Ross
November 29, 2004

This chink in the neocon armour, is of fundamental importance and well worth a read. The neocons have been singularly successful in foisting a litany of lies about Iraq WMD, links to al-Qaeda, links to 9/11 attacks, links to terrorism and future attacks. They continue their buoyant attitudes as their killing, bombing and general mass destruction increases. Now they are claiming that the American people have given them, and their spokesman Bush, a mandate to continue, and impose the rest of their agenda on the world.

by Danny Postel
October 28, 2004

The Iraq war opened a fratricidal split among United States neo–conservatives. Danny Postel examines the bitter dispute between two leading neocons, Francis Fukuyama and Charles Krauthammer, and suggests that Fukuyama’s critique of the Iraq war and decision not to vote for George W Bush is a significant political as well as intellectual moment.

  Bush exploits suffering of 9/11, says Carter
By Oliver Burkeman
October 25, 2004

"The Guardian" -- George Bush has exploited the suffering of September 11 and turned back decades of efforts to make the world a safer place, the former president Jimmy Carter says in an interview with the Guardian published today. Attacking Mr Bush and Tony Blair over Iraq, Mr Carter calls the war "a completely unjust adventure based on misleading statements".
He also criticises Mr Bush for "lack of effort" on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and accuses him of abandoning nuclear non-proliferation initiatives championed by five presidents.

  War with Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
October21, 2004

Noam Chomsky and Professor Francis Boyle, an international lawyer, both agree that "if Bush decides it is necessary to go to war in order to win in November, he will go to war" with Iran, Syria or North Korea. In my writings I have predicted the same thing.

  Bush Censure Is Not Enough
August 28, 2004

....there is now considerable writing that the US will authorize an Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr. Also, the US will now be engaging in major naval maneuvers right off the coast of North Korea in late October. So Syria, Iran, and North Korea--the last two  part of the "axis of evil", along with Iraq. I stand by my conclusion, which Chomsky agrees with, that if Bush decides it is necessary to go to war in order to win in November, he will go to war.

  Pre-emptive Nuclear War?
Comment by Larry Ross
October 20, 2004

To even consider a "pre-emptive nuclear first strike" indicates the flawed thinking of some of the top military and political people in the European Union (EU).

  EU Preemptive Nuclear War
October 10, 2004

PARIS (Own report) - Military strategists of the European Union define the EU defense strategy initiated by Berlin and are considering a preemptive nuclear first strike. The EU military doctrine initiated by Berlin - the first one in the history of the EU - specifically envisions the possibility of conducting preventive wars. A recently presented "European Defense Paper", written with the participation of a former German minister of state, included nuclear arms in the first strike strategy of the EU. It states that British and French nuclear powers could be included "explicitly or implicitly" in this preventive military option.

  US Behind Rising Wave of Global Terrorism: Boutros-Ghali
by Hamdi Al-Husseiny,
September 18, 2004

Former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali held the US administration accountable for rising wave of terrorism, saying Washington’s unilateral approach has fuelled civil wars across the world.
Boutros-Ghali also asked American President George W. Bush to order his forces out of Iraq and to allow Arab countries mediate a peaceful settlement to the crisis gripping the war-scarred country.

  Israel intensifies land seizures
  by Khalid Amayreh
September 15, 2004

Israel has stepped up annexation of Palestinian farms and fields in various parts of the West Bank, ignoring a landmark ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

The top neocons mentioned in the following article all have strong links to Israel.
All were authors of US policy toward the mid-east and all were in favour of making war on Iraq. US policy supports and reflects Israeli (Sharon's) policy. So it is no surprize that Bush and Ashcroft want to supress the FBI investigation.
  An FBI investigation into suspected security breaches
  by Guy Dinmore
September 7, 2004

An FBI investigation into suspected security breaches involving Pentagon officials and Israel is unlikely to result in prosecution of senior figures following pressure from the White House, according to people familiar with the case.


  The Untermensch Syndrome
  by Manuel Valenzuela
August 22, 2004

The labeling as anti-Semitic of anyone critical of the state of Israel’s policies in the continued destruction of Palestinian identity and the increasing domination into American foreign policy no longer has the sting of threat or intimidation it once mastered. For too long this masquerade has been used to silence those opposing anything Israel, shouted at anyone disseminating truth and seeking justice. Like the boy who cried wolf, this charade has lost its power or hypnotic control, and today only serves to breed more anger and resentment against the apologists and smear mongers protecting the cancerous tentacles of Zionism and the crimes against humanity it spawns.
Also see The Other Superpower: Fraternity, Solidarity and the World's People
Other articles by Manuel Valenzuela and Manuel Valenzuela Archives


  Comment on Slipping Toward Armageddon:  
July 7, 2004

Bush's uncritical support of Sharon's iron fist shows that even the pretense of impartiality has now evaporated. And, to the shame of every American who cares about justice, candidate Kerry has seconded Bush on Israel without qualification.
The US allows Israeli agents to operate in Iraq, arming and training the Kurds in the north along the border with Iran. Sharon wants a war with Iran, supposedly to prevent them making nuclear weapons. Meanwhile Israel dominates the Middle East with 200-400 nuclear weapons, with the US giving support to expand Israeli territory into Palestine (1) financially, and (2) in terms of war policies (3) backed by US military might with thousands of nuclear weapons. In effect, with Bush and Kerry's support, the US has become a giant arm of Sharon's Israeli policy. The following article gives details and references, as do other articles on this web site.

  Slipping Toward Armageddon:     Israel in Iraq by Mark Gaffney
May 7, 2004
  There it was, in black and white, the worst news one could imagine staring back at me. I was seeing it, but still not really believing: the latest Sy Hersh report in the New Yorker, “Plan B, Israel Looks to the Kurds” (21 June 2004).
  The Coming Preemptive Strike on Iran:  
July 7, 2004

The only serious questions remaining are the timing of the strike, and whether or not an American-Israeli air assault on the facilities in question will be followed by a larger American military application of aerial and ground forces to enact the Neo-Conservative mantra of "regime change" in Tehran.

  Christian Zionists, Jews & Bush's reelection strategy   by Bill Berkowitz
May 28, 2004

On May 20, the Israeli Defense Forces brutally killed a number of Palestinian school children and wounded dozens of others peacefully demonstrating at the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The United Nations Security Council quickly passed a resolution condemning the action, urging Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes, and calling for an end to violence. While not vetoing the resolution, as it has done on past occasions, the U.S. abstained from the vote.

  Widows and Orphans  
By Carol Wolman
May 24, 2004

The father of orphans and the defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken; he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.

Psalm 67: 6-7    Contrast this verse with the actions of Bush and Sharon.

  Mass Rally & March on June 5 in U.S.    
May 23, 2004

Thousands at the White House will say: "Bush and Rumsfeld - Guilty of War Crimes"
"I plan to be in Washington DC on June 5 at the peace rally. We will be marching from Bush's White House to Rumsfeld's house and I am hoping that everyone who cares about peace in this country will join us."
- Michael Berg

  The Jesus Landing Pad
by Rick Perlstein
May 18, 2004

Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move.
It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see. Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists, where they passed off bogus social science on gay marriage as if it were holy writ and issued fiery warnings that "the Presidents [sic] Administration and current Government is engaged in cultural, economical, and social struggle on every level"—this to a group whose representative in Israel believed herself to have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by proximity to a volume of Harry Potter. Most of all, apparently, we're not supposed to know the National Security Council's top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios.

  Comment by Larry Ross  
May 12, 2004
  Sharon's willing accomplices

Bush and Blair will share in the historic guilt, Israel will bear for the crimes of Sharon, writes Haim Bresheeth*
Like a ventriloquist dummy speaking the words of its master, we heard the world's most powerful man reciting a script written in Jerusalem by one responsible for bathing the Middle East in blood for decades. This most bizarre spectacle -- Bush unable to answer a simple question, repeating key phrases like a broken automaton -- was then followed by the even more bizarre suggestion by Blair that this was not a departure from what was policy in Washington and London for decades.

  George W Bush A Clear And Present Danger   by Kevin Toolis
April 16, 2004

A warmonger. A crackpot fundamentalist. A fanatic and a fool who has only the barest grasp of the killing power of the forces under his command.

  Dangerous Times   by Nick Pretzlik
April 15, 2004

“The world is too terrible a place to live in, not because of the bad things that happen,
but because of the good people who stand by and do nothing.” -- Albert Einstein

  Comment   by Larry Ross
March 26, 2004
  Israel to Kill in U.S., Allied Nations
  by Richard Sale
January 1, 2003

This is very, very significant and indicates how much power Israel has, or thinks it has to assassinate people anywhere anytime in violation of all domestic and international laws and conventions


  The Unmentionable Source Of Terrorism
  by Ellen Cantarow
posting  March 24, 2002

34 years of Israeli policy have laid the groundwork
for its unholy war in the West Bank and Gaza

I am Jewish. I am a writer. From 1979 to 1989 I reported for The Village Voice, Mother Jones, Inquiry and other US publications from Israel and the West Bank. During those years I witnessed on the ground the rapid growth of Israel's settlements and the seizure of Palestinian land and water for them: today over half the West Bank's resources now are in Israel's hands. (About a third of Gaza's resources have suffered the same fate.)


  I don't think this strategy is some kind of bungling accident
Comment by Larry Ross
March 24, 2004
  Two states, too little, too late   By Haim Bresheeth
March 14, 2004

The two-state solution, in the form of Israeli withdrawal to the Green Line of the pre-1967 war, would, if implemented, leave the Palestinians with 22 per cent of their own country. For the Palestinian population, which is roughly the size of the Israeli Jewish population, after a century of suffering to accept the loss of four fifths of their country to foreign settlers, "returning" after two millennia, is not an easy solution to accept.


  Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi BBC News Middle East
December 10, 2003

In a speech after accepting her award, Ms Ebadi, 56, said the events of 11 September 2001 in the United States had been misused for this end.   
She also said the fact she had won the prize would inspire masses of women striving to achieve their rights.

Iran Nobel winner gets hero's welcome


  Captives Behind Sharon's Wall: by Neve Gordon
November 6, 2003
  Silence in the Face of Israeli Apartheid    
  "As the government of the Jewish state forces the Palestinians in ghettos, history must be turning in its grave. Qalqiliya, a city of 45,000, has been surrounded by a concrete wall and only those who are granted permits by the Civil Administration can enter and exit the city's single gate."
Isn't that what Hitler did in Warsaw ??? Shame on you Israel

  Live From Palestine edited by Nancy Stohlman and Laurieann Aladin    Tell a friend about this book
  International and Palestinian Direct Action Against the Israeli Occupation  

  The Jewish World / `Israel is bad for the Jews'
November 7, 2003

While Israeli ministers and Jewish activists continue to describe every criticism of Israel - such as a problematic public opinion poll showing that Europeans see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the greatest threat to world peace - liberal Jewish circles in the West are facing a different political threat.

  The Sharon Land-Grab Segregation Wall
October 26, 2003

Israel Plans to Sandwich West Bank By Wall, Annex Jordan Valley
Life Resembles a Prison for WB Villagers

by Nasser Abu Baker

October 25, 2003
October 24, 2003

  Three out of four Israelis favor reducing the guarding of outposts
by Yair Sheleg
October 26, 2003

The settlements - a burden or an asset?
Perceptions of terror in the settlements
Will evacuation of the settlements lead to civil war?

As for the bad news (for the settlers), there is a high degree of support for removal of settlements: 57 percent of the public is prepared to remove most or all of the settlements in exchange for a peace treaty, and 40 percent of the public is prepared to evacuate at least some of them unilaterally, even without a treaty.

  Comment on items sent from Abolition Caucus
  By Larry Ross
October 25 , 2003
  Israel/US vs Palestine & The Middle East
Both Israel and US are the only nuclear powers in the Mid-East. Israel is stealing land from Palestine, building Israeli settlements and huge walls through the middle of the stolen land in defiance of many UN resolutions and assassinating people they label as "terrorists". They have reached out and bombed well within Syria, on the grounds of "attacking terrorists or terrorist camps".

Items on: India/Pakistan/Saudia
The Times of India Online Oct 23 2003 Saudis may buy Pak nukes
Indian Express/PTI Thurs Oct23, 2003 Pak, Saudi ink secret nuclear deal: Report
VoA 22 Oct Saudi Arabia, Pakistan to Cooperate on Nuclear Technology
Indian Express Oct 23 India's nukes likely to spark arms race: US body
India, Pakistan have over 80 nuclear weapons: US report

  Israeli Army About to Blow Up Tall Gaza Buildings
October 25, 2003

The Israeli army was temporarily evacuating an estimated 2,000 Palestinians early on Sunday as it prepared to dynamite three partly built 13-storey Palestinian Authority buildings, Israeli security sources said.      see also

  U.N. Resolution Condemns Israeli Barrier
by Kirk Semple, NY Times
October 22, 2003

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 21 - The General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution late on Tuesday demanding that Israel tear down the barrier it is building in the West Bank to deter terrorist attacks.

  Israel to Keep Building Barrier Despite UN Censure
by Matt Spetalnick Reuters
October 22, 2003

JERUSALEM - Israel vowed Wednesday to press on with construction of its vast barrier cutting into Palestinian territory in the West Bank despite a U.N. resolution demanding it be torn down.
"The fence will continue being built and we will go on taking care of the security of Israel's citizens," Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israel Radio, reaffirming the position of Israel's right-leaning government.

  New Year Supplement: The price of the settlements
Israel Times
October 21, 2003

Maps and stats
The West Bank - north
The West Bank - south
The Gaza Strip
The number of settlers since 1980
The number of new settlements each year

and more

  Megawati applauded Mahathir attack on Jews
By Mark Riley, Tom Allard and Matthew Moore, Sydney Morning Herald
October 18, 2003

The Indonesian President, Megawati Soekarnoputri, joined a standing ovation for her Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, after he called on Muslims to consider Jews as their enemy, it has been revealed.

  Hapless Prisoners in a Black Hole - the Disgrace that is Guantanamo by Elainne Cassell
October 14, 2003
  '' I started to write about the disgraceful situation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Friday morning. I had read about the International Red Cross's condemnation of the Bush administration's continued detention of 650 or more prisoners, some of them juveniles, captured in Afghanistan two years ago. They have been held in cages on the American military base there, without attorneys, with little access to family, and without any charges being placed against them.
  Nuclear Neighborhood Bully
October 14, 2003

The effectiveness and success of Israel's nuclear policy could be attributed to the high degree of responsibility and restraint exhibited by decision makers, even at times when the state faced threats that were deemed existential in nature.

  Bush backs Israeli 'self-defence'
BBC News
October 7, 2003

The US president says Israel's right to defend itself must not be restricted,
a day after an Israeli air strike on Syria.

Barghouti's Scarecrow
by Uri Avnery
October 4, 2003

In his final speech in court, Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader on trial, issued a resounding warning: If Israelis do not adopt the Two-States Solution soon, Israel will disappear. The whole country will become one state, and in this state the Palestinians will soon constitute the majority.

  The complete text of "The Origin of the Palestine-Isreali Conflict
Posted October, 2003

Published by Jews for Justice in the Middle East

  If Americans Knew     We must be informed.
Posted October, 2003

Americans have an enormous, often little known, connection to the ongoing and dangerous tragedy that is Israel and Palestine. As lives of the young and old are increasingly lost and devastated, due in part to short-sighted US policies, it is inevitable that these policies will endanger American lives as well. American citizens have the power to end this carnage.

  Sharon Flattens Another Bump in the Road by Ahmad Bouzid Jordan Times
September 30, 2003
  THE RESIGNATION of the first Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, and the up-to-now unthinkable attack on the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Yassin, are clear signals that we are entering a new phase, long planned by the Sharon war machine in its relentless war against the Palestinian people. .......More

  FISK on SAID Edward Said's funeral is in New York today.   by Robert Fisk    The Independent
September 26, 2003

Palestinian, intellectual, and fighter, Edward Said rails against Arafat and Sharon to his dying breath


  Blind Imperial Arrogance By Edward Said
July 20, 2003
  Vile Stereotyping of Arabs by the U.S. Ensures Years of Turmoil

Los Angeles Times

  Weapons of Mass Destruction found!    
  Zoom on Doom: Easy-to-find nuclear weapons map
April, 13, 2003

Since the US and the UK are having such a hard time finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, we thought we'd lend a
hand by providing this easy guide to the nukes we know about.         More


  Israel, American Jews, And Bush's War On Iraq
By Bill and Kathleen Christon   Former CIA political analysts
January 26, 2003

Too Many Smoking Guns To Ignore
Most of the vociferously pro-Israeli neo-conservative policymakers in the Bush administration make no effort to hide the fact that at least part of their intention in promoting war against Iraq (and later perhaps against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Palestinians) is to guarantee Israel's security by eliminating its greatest military threats, forging a regional balance of power overwhelmingly in Israel's favor, and in general creating a more friendly atmosphere for Israel in the Middle East. .........Still holds true


  The Unmentionable Source Of Terrorism
  by Ellen Cantarow
posting  March 24, 2002

34 years of Israeli policy have laid the groundwork
for its unholy war in the West Bank and Gaza

I am Jewish. I am a writer. From 1979 to 1989 I reported for The Village Voice, Mother Jones, Inquiry and other US publications from Israel and the West Bank. During those years I witnessed on the ground the rapid growth of Israel's settlements and the seizure of Palestinian land and water for them: today over half the West Bank's resources now are in Israel's hands. (About a third of Gaza's resources have suffered the same fate.)


  The slow death of the State of Israel
  by Andy Martin
March 16, 2002
  "Unless and until American officials stop playing politics with our Middle East policy, and unless and until Israeli politicians stop seeking to manipulate the American political process, Israel remains on a path for inevitable decline and ultimate extinction as a nation state."

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