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US/UK’s good cop/bad cop act to subvert Iranon the dictats of Israel

June 19, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

 

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

US/UK’s good cop/bad cop act to subvert Iranon the dictats of Israel 

 

While Obama and his staff is treating Iran imbroglio with kid gloves, it would appear that they are in the good cop act, while the bad cop act was given to BBC, UK. The virulent depth of BBC’s beyond the call of duty involvement can be judged that on the day, the Mousavi protestors decided to hit the street wearing black, as a sign of mourning for the dead during the earlier protest rallies, BBC’s own anchor was given a black overcoat to wear over her private dress. This is how BBC’s objective coverage is managed. This shows how detailed and thorough the campaign against Iran’s ruling establishment under Ahmadinejad, is orchestrated by BBC and its possible funders from the British Jewry, probably as a commercial paid project. This is a blatant interference by UK in the internal affairs of a UN member country. UK leaders have always been given the dirty job by the US big brother. In the past, Bush arm-twisted Blair to drag UK into an illegal Iraqinvasion. While the people howled over Blair decision, UK administration found itself unable to shake off the pressure of British Jewry, which on the Labour party was represented by Lord Goldstein, the one man fund-raiser of the party. A group of protestors have gathered around BBC offices inLondon. As BBC’s propaganda activities against Iran in their agenda of regime change, persists day after day; there are the reasons to believe that BBC’s home offices will be a target for possible trouble makers too,  on behalf of rabble rouser, with direct vested interest in inflaming the fires in Iran.

 

UN secretary general should take note of BBC’s virulent propaganda campaign against Iran and caution the UK government against playing with fire that might breakout of the boundaries of Iran.

 

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

POST CAIRO, OBAMA MOVES FAST

June 7, 2009
Last update – 02:16 05/06/2009

 

Obama emerged in Cairo as a true friend of Israel
 
By Gideon Levy
 
Neither Tel Aviv nor Ramallah held their breaths Thursday as the American president gave a speech in Cairo; the traffic in both crowded cities continued normally. Tel Aviv was indifferent, Ramallah sunk in desperation: Both cities have already had their fill of nice, historic speeches. 

Nonetheless, no one can ignore the speech given by Barack Obama: The mountain birthed a mountain. Obama remained Obama. Only the Israeli analysts tried to diminish the speech’s importance (“not terrible”), to spread fear (“he mentioned the Holocaust and the Nakba in a single breath”), or were insulted on our behalf (“he did not mention our right to the land as promised in the Bible”). All these were redundant and unnecessary. Obama emerged Thursday as a true friend of Israel. 

The prime minister ordered the ministers to say nothing, but of course they could not help but invade the studios. Uzi Landau said that a Palestinian state is tantamount to an “Iranian state.” Isaac Herzog appeared even more ridiculous when he said that the problem with the settlements is one of “public relations.” In essence, both were busy with the same problem: How can we manage to pull the new America‘s     leg as well? Israeli politicians have never before appeared as pathetic, as small as they did Thursday, compared to the bearer of promise in Cairo. 

 

 

 

Indeed, there was promise in Cairo, of the dawn of a new age. A U.S. president talking about negotiations with Iran without preconditions or tacit threats, even willing to accept Iran having civilian nuclear capability; a president who talked about Hamas as a legitimate organization that represents part of Palestinian society, but that needs to relinquish violence; who spoke with empathy about Palestinian suffering; who spoke, believe it or not, about security not only for Israelis but also for Palestinians; who said that all the settlements are illegal; who called for nuclear disarmament of the entire region. All are sensational messages, headlines whose significance cannot be exaggerated, even if there are those who desperately tried to argue yesterday that “there was nothing new in his speech.” 

Not enough? Obama also spoke in Cairo (!) against denying the Holocaust, about the rights of women and Copts, and on the need for democracy tailored to each society’s culture. 

This is the thinking of a great leader, who walked with wisdom and sensitivity between the Holocaust and the Nakba, between Israelis and Palestinians, between Americans and Arabs, between Christians, Jews and Muslims. How easy it is to imagine his predecessor, George Bush the Terrible, in the same position: a complete opposite. 

Our right-wingers were disappointed that he did not approve at least of Gush Etzion, and the peace lovers were disappointed that he did not offer a timetable. But a speech is just that, and the time for carrying things out is still to come. 

But why waste words? Israeli news shows still opened Thursday with the Dudu Topaz story; that is what really interests Israelis. Never mind Obama; Israel has its own concerns. 

Related articles:  

·  Obama: I’ll personally pursue two-state solution  

·  Israel praises Obama speech, but says its security paramount  

·  Full text of Obama’s speech in Cairo to the Muslim world


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Livni: Netanyahu endangering U.S. support for Israel 

 

By Haaretz Service
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni warned Sunday that Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s reluctance to declare support for a two-state solution may cause the United States to withdraw its support for Israel. 

“In the past it was clear that Israel wanted to accept the peace process,” Livni told Army Radio. “The government today is not prepared to advance the process and set future borders, and the feeling in the world is that all Israel is trying to do is gain time.”  

   

 


Livni’s comments came after 
U.S. president Barack Obama pledged last week to personally pursue a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. 

The opposition leader also weighed in on the issue of whether there have been understandings with the U.S. over construction characterized by “natural growth,” a question over which a sharp disagreement has erupted between Israel and its superpower ally. 

“There were no formal agreements on the matter, but an attempt to delineate borders and discuss the question of whether the settlement blocs would remain within Israel‘s bounds,” said Livni, who served as foreign minister in Israel‘s last government. 

She confirmed a statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday that there was no “memorialization” of any informal and oral agreements. 

“If they did occur, which of course people say they did, they did not become part of the official position of the United States government,” said Clinton. 

Related articles:  

·  Saudi FM to U.S.: Cut off aid if Israel doesn’t end occupation  

·  Obama envoy may propose immediate talks on West Bank borders  

·  Clinton: No proof Bush administration approved settlement growth 

 
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Will Obama envoy push Israel for final border talks?
By Barak Ravid and Assaf Uni, Haaretz Correspondents
 
 
Senior U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy George Mitchell, say they might propose immediate talks on setting Israel’s border along the West Bank. 

The move comes in light of Israel’s opposition to a freeze on settlement construction and would determine which settlements will remain in Israel in a final deal that would see the emergence of a Palestinian state. 

The American proposal was raised in recent weeks following Israeli suggestions that there is no reason to cease construction in the large settlement blocs. Such construction would accommodate natural growth. The Israelis say that since those blocs will remain in Israel under a final-status agreement, there is no point in preventing construction. 

The Israeli position was mainly directed at the blocs of Gush Etzion, Alfei Menashe, Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and certain areas adjoining Jerusalem. 

The American officials countered by suggesting that they initiate immediate negotiations on the border between Israel and a future Palestinian state. This, the Americans insisted, would make it easier for everyone to decide where settlement construction could take place. 

Israeli sources told Haaretz that they are not entirely sure what the American proposals mean. “We do not know what precisely they intend,” said a senior official who took part in some of the meetings. 

Another official said that “this is essentially a threat and a verbal form of leverage” that is meant to clarify to Israel the American insistence to find a resolution to the issue of settlement construction as soon as possible. 

Mitchell will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel on Tuesday to discuss the settlements. 

Ahead of Mitchell’s visit, a sharp disagreement has erupted over whether there have been earlier understandings with the United States over construction characterized by “natural growth.” 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that “there is no memorialization of any informal and oral agreements. If they did occur, which of course people say they did, they did not become part of the official position of the United States government.” 

Clinton added that “there are contrary documents that suggest that they were not to be viewed as in any way contradicting the obligations that Israel undertook pursuant to the road map … [and] those obligations are very clear.” 

Meanwhile, Obama reiterated during meetings on Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy that the Americans insisted on a freeze in settlement construction. 

In Germany, Obama said that his Cairo speech drew a great deal of attention for his demands of Israel and that “less attention has been focused on the insistence on my part that the Palestinians and the Arab states have to take very concrete actions.? 

However, both Merkel and Sarkozy praised his Cairo address. The chancellor said that ?it was an ideal basis for positive action, especially accelerating the peace process in the Middle East.? She said a solution of two states for two peoples was necessary. 

According to Sarkozy, ?I told the president that we are in complete agreement on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and how much we support American diplomacy as it seeks to … stop and freeze settlement construction.? 

Netanyahu and his aides, meanwhile, are concerned by the complications over the settlements with the U.S. administration. They say they had not expected that the differences would be so wide. 

Netanyahu believed that any problems in ties with the Obama administration at this time would revolve around Iran?s nuclear ambitions. He was surprised to discover that the new president does not consider himself obligated by the informal understandings between Israel and the Bush administration on natural-growth construction in settlements. 

Ghajar pullout 

Netanyahu told Clinton during his recent visit to Washington that the results of the Lebanese general election will affect Israel?s decision on whether to withdraw from the village of Ghajar on the border between Israel and Lebanon. 

A political source in Jerusalem said Netanyahu had hinted that if Hezbollah wins the parliamentary elections, Israel will put on hold all preparations to pull out from the northern portion of the village. 

Related articles: 

  • Clinton: No proof Bush administration approved settlement growth 
  • Barak: We didn’t bow to Obama on West Bank outpost evacuation 
  • EU seeks to increase pressure on Israel for settlement freeze
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    After Cairo, It’s Clinton Time – By Thomas L. Friedman, NYT

    June 7, 2009

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    June 7th, 2009 1:46 pm

    Like a true Jewish tactician, Friedman is following the Netanyahu line of prevarication, derailing and using diversionary means to try to shift Obama’s peace focus on Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio to yet another alternative trouble spot, after Iran is now more or less defanged as diversion. According to him, peace in Iraq should have priority and Hillary Clinton should not waste her time and energy on any peace moves in Israel-Palestinian sector, as it is, according to him, beyond diplomacy.

    One fails to fully grasp the meaning of the phrase -‘beyond diplomacy’, if the alternative suggested by him is that only war in the region will bring peace. Another interpretation of his brushing out diplomacy in Israel/ Palestinian peace effort, could be that he gives out a hint to Israeli hawks to tone down or else? But reading his columns over the time, I doubt if he has guts to risk the flak from his own community, in the US as well as in Israel.

    Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

    —    Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai, India

     

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    After Cairo, It’s Clinton Time

     

    By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

    Published: June 6, 2009

    It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry after reading the reactions of analysts and officials in the Middle East to President Obama’s Cairo speech. “It’s not what he says, but what he does,” many said. No, ladies and gentlemen of the Middle East, it is what he says and what you do and what we do. We must help, but we can’t want democracy or peace more than you do.

     

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    Thomas L. Friedman

    What should we be doing? The follow-up to the president’s speech will have to be led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This will be her first big test, and, for me, there is no question as to where she should be putting all her energy: on the peace process.

    No, not that peace process — not the one between Israelis and Palestinians. That one’s probably beyond diplomacy. No, I’m talking about the peace process that is much more strategically important — the one inside Iraq.

    The most valuable thing that Mrs. Clinton could do right now is to spearhead a sustained effort — along with the U.N., the European Union and Iraq’s neighbors — to resolve the lingering disputes between Iraqi factions before we complete our withdrawal. (We’ll be out of Iraq’s cities by June 30 and the whole country by the close of 2011.)

    Why? Because if Iraq unravels as we draw down, the Obama team will be blamed, and it will be a huge mess. By contrast, if a decent and stable political order can take hold in Iraq, it could have an extremely positive impact on the future of the Arab world and on America’s reputation.

    I have never bought the argument that Iraq was the bad war, Afghanistan the good war and Pakistan the necessary war. Folks, they’re all one war with different fronts. It’s a war within the Arab-Muslim world between progressive and anti-modernist forces over how this faith community is going to adapt to modernity — modern education, consensual politics, the balance between religion and state and the rights of women. Any decent outcome in Iraq would bolster all the progressive forces by creating an example of something that does not exist in the Middle East today — an independent, democratizing Arab-Muslim state.

    “The reason there are no successful Arab democracies today is because there is no successful Arab democracy today,” said Stanford’s Larry Diamond, the author of “The Spirit of Democracy.” “When there is no model, it is hard for an idea to diffuse in a region.”

    Rightly or wrongly, we stepped into the middle of this war of ideas in the Arab-Muslim world in 2003 when we decapitated the Iraqi regime, wiped away its authoritarian political structure and went about clumsily midwifing something that the modern Arab world has never seen before — a horizontal dialogue between the constituent communities of an Arab state. In Iraq’s case, that is primarily Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.

    Yes, in a region that has only known top-down monologues from kings, dictators and colonial powers, we have helped Iraqis convene the first horizontal dialogue to write their own social contract for how to share power.

    At first, this dialogue took place primarily through violence. Liberated from Saddam’s iron fist, each Iraqi community tested its strength against the others, saying in effect: “Show me what you got, baby.” The violence was horrific and ultimately exhausting for all. So now we’ve entered a period of negotiations over how Iraq will be governed. But it’s unfinished and violence could easily return.

    And that brings me to Secretary Clinton. I do not believe the argument that Iraqis will not allow us to help mediate their disputes — whether over Kirkuk, oil-sharing or federalism. For years now, our president, secretary of state and secretary of defense have flown into Iraq, met the leaders for a few hours and then flown away, not to return for months. We need a more serious, weighty effort. Hate the war, hate Bush, but don’t hate the idea of trying our best to finish this right.

    This is important. Afghanistan is secondary. Baghdad is a great Arab and Muslim capital. Iraq has something no other Arab country has in abundance: water, oil and an educated population. It already has sprouted scores of newspapers and TV stations that operate freely. “Afghanistan will never have any impact outside of Afghanistan. Iraq can change minds,” said Mamoun Fandy, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    You demonstrate that Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds can write their own social contract, and you will tell the whole Arab world that there is a model other than top-down monologues from iron-fisted dictators. You will expose the phony democracy in Iran, and you will leave a legacy for America that will help counter Abu Ghraib and torture.

    Ultimately, which way Iraq goes will depend on whether its elites decide to use their freedom to loot their country or to rebuild it. That’s still unclear. But we still have a chance to push things there in the right direction, and a huge interest in doing so. Mrs. Clinton is a serious person; this is a serious job. I hope she does it.

    Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich are off today.

     

    4 Arrested in New York Terror Plot – By Sewell Chan – NYT

    May 22, 2009

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    The entire sting operation reveals more about the mindset of the organizers than the sinister nature of the sting victims, whose naïveté and culpability is less dangerous than the vicious nature of those who could possibly be out to perpetrate an act of provocation around the notorious Islam vs Jewish divide and its denouement in the city of New York, around the chosen target of Jewish Synagogue. Entire scenario smacks of the work of agents provocateur out to time the event to parallel the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to meet a less than accommodating US President Obama. The event could have been managed to once again to revive the acute fear of Muslim terrorists through scaremongering and to bolster neo-con case for a war against Islam.

    — Ghulam Muhamme

    May 20, 2009, 10:55 PM

    4 Arrested in New York Terror Plot

    James CromitieMichael Appleton for The New York TimesJames Cromitie, one of the four men arrested on Wednesday night.

    Read the latest updates.

    Updated, May 21, 12:38 a.m. | Federal and city authorities arrested four men on Wednesday night on charges of plotting to bomb two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and to use antiaircraft missiles to shoot down planes at a military base in Newburgh, N.Y., 60 miles north of New York City. (See a related article. See Thursday updates on City Room.)

    The charges, which include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use antiaircraft missiles, represent some of the most significant allegations of domestic terrorism in some time. They come months into a new presidential administration, and asPresident Obama grapples with the question of how to handle detainees at theGuantánamo naval base in Cuba.

    The four defendants — whom federal authorities identified as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh, in Orange County — are to appear in Federal District Court in White Plains, in Westchester County, on Thursday morning. Three of the suspects are American citizens, and one suspect is of Haitian descent, according to the office of Gov. David A. Paterson.

    Lev L. DassinStan Honda/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesLev L. Dassin, the acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

    Mr. Cromitie, who is described as the lead defendant, is said to have told an F.B.I. informer that he had ties with Jaish-e-Muhammad, a jihadist group based in Pakistan. None of the defendants actually obtained weapons of mass destruction, according to the authorities. The men were, however, given an antiaircraft missile system that was incapable of being fired, as well as homemade bombs containing inert plastic explosives, as part of the undercover investigation, the authorities said.

    Rabbi Jonathan I. Rosenblatt, the senior rabbi at the Riverdale Jewish Center, a modern Orthodox congregation in Riverdale, said the police informed him on Wednesday evening that his synagogue was a target of the plot, as well as the Riverdale Temple, a Reform synagogue that is a short distance away, on Independence Avenue. He said the police told him that the bombs were to have been detonated late Wednesday evening.

    Rabbi Rosenblatt and several Jewish community leaders, including elected officials, were summoned to a meeting shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday and told about the plot, he said in a phone interview. Rabbi Rosenblatt said he took the news with “shock, surprise — a sense of disbelief that something which is supposed to belong to the world of front pages and the evening news had invaded the quiet world of our synagogue.”

    According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Cromitie met the informer last June, and told the informer that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and that he was upset about the deaths of Muslims at the hands of United States military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mr. Cromitie expressed interest in returning to Afghanistan and said that if he were to die a martyr he would go to paradise, according to the complaint, which states that Mr. Cromitie threatened to do “something to America.”

    In July, according to the complaint, Mr. Cromitie and the informer discussed Jaish-e-Muhammad, and Mr. Cromitie claimed to be involved with the militant organization. Jaish-e-Muhammad was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 2001.

    That month, Mr. Cromitie also told the informer he wished to “do jihad,” the complaint states.

    Starting in October, the informer began meeting Mr. Cromitie in a house in Newburgh that the F.B.I. had equipped with concealed video and audio equipment, according to the complaint. In several meetings at that house, Mr. Cromitie and the other defendants discussed their desire to attack a synagogue in Riverdale — a heavily Jewish neighborhood in the northwestern Bronx — and to shoot down military aircraft at the Air National Guard base in Newburgh.

    Mr. Cromitie “asked the informant to supply surface-to-air guided missiles and explosives for the planned operations,” and the informer told Mr. Cromitie that he could provide him with C-4 plastic explosives, the complaint states.

    Starting in April 2009, the complaint says, the four men selected the synagogues they intended to attack and conducted surveillance, including photographs, of military planes at the base.

    Mr. Cromitie went to Riverdale, and, using a camera bought at a Wal-Mart, examined his targets, the complaint states. He “pointed to people walking on the street in the vicinity of a Jewish Community Center and said that if he had a gun, he would shoot each one in the head,” it states.

    Later in April, Mr. Cromitie and David Williams bought a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol in Brooklyn to use in the planned attack, and then traveled to “a location from which they could shoot at the military planes using surface-to-air guided missiles,” the authorities said.

    The two men indicated that they mainly intended to kill military personnel, but David Williams said if Jews were killed, “it does not matter,” according to the complaint.

    In early May, Mr. Cromitie, David Williams and Mr. Payen drove with the informer toward Stamford, Conn., to obtain what the three men were told would be a surface-to-air guided missile system and three improvised explosive devices containing C-4 plastic explosive material.

    The informer gave the men “a Stinger surface-to-air guided missile provided by the F.B.I. that was not capable of being fired,” as well as three improvised explosive devices, each containing more than 30 pounds of inert C-4 plastic explosives, telling the men that he had obtained them from Jaish-e-Muhammad, the authorities said.

    The three men took the weapon materials back to Newburgh, and two days later, joined by Onta Williams, they met to inspect the materials and “further discuss the logistics of the operation,” the authorities said.

    Lev L. Dassin, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement on Wednesday night that “the defendants wanted to engage in terrorist attacks.”

    He added: “They selected targets and sought the weapons necessary to carry out their plans. Fortunately, the defendants sought the assistance of a witness cooperating with the government. While the weapons provided to the defendants by the cooperating witness were fake, the defendants thought they were absolutely real.”

    Political leaders responded to the news of the arrests with statements expressing relief.

    “While the bombs these terrorists attempted to plant tonight were — unbeknownst to them — fake, this latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a statement.

    Governor Paterson said in a statement: “Through the cooperation, hard work, and dedication of federal, state, and local law enforcement a serious threat was mitigated and terrorist attacks in our state were thwarted. Throughout the course of this investigation, law enforcement professionals have assured that all measures of security to protect our citizens were taken and, thanks to their watchful eye, at no time was anyone in danger.”

    Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in a statement: “If there can be any good news from this terror scare it’s that this group was relatively unsophisticated, infiltrated early, and not connected to another terrorist group.”

    Mr. Schumer added that he had spoken with the New York office of the F.B.I. and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and said, “They have told me they have been monitoring this group for some time and that they did not have any connection to other terrorists.”

    In addition to the F.B.I. and the New York City Police Department, the New York State Police and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations were also involved in the investigation.

     

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    Readers’ comments: Total 350

    1. 1.May 20, 200911:06 pmLink

    Why?

    — John Harrington

    1. 2.May 20, 200911:08 pmLink

    Alright, let’s roll out the background identity of the suspects beyond just their names….LET THE CIRCUS BEGIN!!!

    — LJ

    1. 3.May 20, 200911:08 pmLink

    Congrats to the FBI, NYPD, and other law enforcement officials for keeping us safe and for their amazing police work to make sure these wanna-be terrorists did nothing but assure themselves of a lifetime in prison.

    — oxfdblue

    1. 4.May 20, 200911:09 pmLink

    Home grown terrorists ! The FBI has done a good job in derailing this plot

    — alston green

    1. 5.May 20, 200911:12 pmLink

    Thank you to those individuals who work tirelessly to protect us all. God bless their efforts and may they always be successful and moral.

    — Jake

    1. 6.May 20, 200911:23 pmLink

    Treason. Lock them away forever.

    — Eugene Gorrin

    1. 7.May 20, 200911:24 pmLink

    Old fashioned police detective work, rather than wars in foreign countries, is the more effective method to stopping Al Quaeda.

    — David

    1. 8.May 20, 200911:25 pmLink

    And would you look at that! They didn’t even need waterboarding! In all seriousness, congrats to FBI and NYPD and others!

    — Chris

    1. 9.May 20, 200911:26 pmLink

    Props to all involved in rounding up the bad guys!
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    — Leslie

    1. 10.May 20, 200911:28 pmLink

    Thank God our government is doing its job to keep us safer.

    — Louis F.

    1. 11.May 20, 200911:29 pmLink

    THis sounds eerily similar to the Florida goup they arrested on suspicion of bombing the Sears Tower.

    Of course, they had no money, no earlier ties to terrorism, some didn’t even have drivers licenses. But an “Informant” is able to coax them into accepting combat boots and cash. Then they’re arrested.

    Entrapment is a nuance of the law. I accept that. Still, I wonder just how these men came into the orbit of the govt.

    Never forget Randy Weaver, a former Special ops who the ATF mistakenly had ties to the Aryan Nation. His son and wife were shot and killed in a US Marshalls siege in 1992.

    — Henry F

    1. 12.May 20, 200911:37 pmLink

    anti semitism. Will it ever end? Hatred is the bread of the ignorant.

    — angelique

    1. 13.May 20, 200911:38 pmLink

    Thank you to all those who thwarted these men and saved so many lives.

    — Dana C.

    1. 14.May 20, 200911:49 pmLink

    Awesome job to everyone who helped. Thank you and keep it up!

    — Jen

    1. 15.May 20, 200911:55 pmLink

    Angelique – what a myopic comment! The intention to use violence against all civilians is what you should be outraged about. Bravo to the law enforcement officials who prevented a grave calamity from happening.

    — Parul G. Kalbag

    1. 16.May 20, 200911:55 pmLink

    Thank you for doing a job well done.

    — Ronald

    1. 17.May 20, 200911:57 pmLink

    Never forget Randy Weaver, a former Special ops who the ATF mistakenly had ties to the Aryan Nation. His son and wife were shot and killed in a US Marshalls siege in 1992.
    — Henry F

    Randy Weaver is your idea of an American hero? David Koresh must be next on your list. Funny thing…you deal illegal weapons and defy a federal court order, then brandish weapons before federal agents, bad things are gonna happen. Misogynist, anti-Semite, religious bigot…yup, he’s a real America hero. Henry, I don’t know what America you think you are defending, but it ain’t mine.

    Along these lines, if the allegations are true, I hope these zealots get a proper defense, sentenced, and spend the rest of their pathetic, bigoted lives in jail.

    — Robert, NYC

    1. 18.May 20, 200911:59 pmLink

    Once again, law enforcement accomplishes what the “war on terror” does not.

    — John

    1. 19.May 21, 200912:01 amLink

    Why not report on where these guys were recruited ?(in jail), by who? (a radical Islamist). Guess the Times doesn’t want to break this news as Obama is giving a speech tomorrow about National Security. Sure, just bring the Guantanomo radicals here so they can enlist more prisoners to their cause , that’s what the liberal press and the ACLU seem to want.

    — Linda

    1. 20.May 21, 200912:02 amLink

    Amazing work! The struggles you have endured today have saved the lives of the innocent. Take pride in your accomplishments.

    — Oracle

    1. 21.May 21, 200912:04 amLink

    It seems to me that these suspects were not really a credible threat until the informer made them such. I agree with post #11.

    Just thinking about violent acts or boasting about them is not really a crime. I wonder how successful the prosecution of this case will be?

    — HL

    1. 22.May 21, 200912:06 amLink

    If the government did not help these looney’s they would have gone home and taken a cold shower or they might have gone to a local gun shop, bought guns and shot up something, maybe some wildlife in a national park.

    One thing is clear, this type of mayhem is on the rise and has nothing to do with terrorists. It has to do with the collective, highly communicable emotional and mental disorders that are rampant in America. Clearly continuing and expanding wars everywhere is having its impact on all those whose wiring is loosely connected and are having a difficult economic time. The question is where was the FBI when it knew about Arabs in America seeking fluing lessons of jumbo jets and not expressing interest in how to take off or land? Can you see it now. The FBI gave two Egyptions and 14 Saudi Arabians a jumbo jet that could not land just before they failed to arrest them.

    All these kooks would need is a credit card and a signature of the president on the two bills awaiting his signature, one helping the credit card industry in a bill that is misnamed reform and the other a bill wanted by the NRA and gun dealers everywhere that apparently even Bush II could not get that will allow people to take hidden weapons into federal parks.

    CHANGE we can believe in? Yikes!

    I bet this was part of the smorgabord horsesh-t fed to Obama to bring him around on everything the military and intelligence agencies want. Got to give Cheney credit. He still is the VP of fear, doom and super protector of the 1%-ers who own over 35% of America’s wealth.

    You can see it happening this way. At a gathering of the insiders and political appointees and a few Homeland Security types the president is informed that there are serious plots underway to cause massive destruction in America. In addition to a Jewish Synaguoge attack (nothing new here. It is called anti-Semitism and has been going on for too many years.) and a few military planes, a Boys Club will be invaded by Islamic sympathizers who will sodimize any R. C. kids not already abused by the church priests, who are also allegedly part of a similar plot to bomb a local theater showing Devils and Angels. Also as part of the list of attacks will be doctors from Iran and Syria performing unauthorized autopsies on hospital patients still in shock after seeing the bill for uninsured medical care services and products and lastly a plot to attack Congress by Tea Party participants because they correctly believe that Congress collectively is nuts, unconnected to the average Main Street American and along with its favorite insiders do not give poo-poo for them.

    Has bin Laden been reduced to this? Can’t wait to see the track record on thses guys. The courts will find them incompent to stand trial.

    — ed g

    1. 23.May 21, 200912:06 amLink

    Thank god these men didn’t follow through on their plot.

    I’m confused–they’re being arraigned on weapons of mass destruction charges, but they weren’t planning to use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons, from what I understand reading the article. Do domestic WMD charges go beyond NBCs?

    — Pierce Randall

    1. 24.May 21, 200912:07 amLink

    It is so interesting that there is very little attention paid in the article to the fact that these men had targeted a synagogue, as if this were a completely normal thing to do. Even Bloomberg and Schumer, themselves Jews, had nothing to say about the plot to massacre Jews in their place of worship.

    Where is the shock and outrage? Or do we think this is normal and hardly worth protesting out loud?

    — BPS

    1. 25.May 21, 200912:08 amLink

    Henry F — The Florida conspirators in the Sears Tower boming plot were just recently convicted by a jury of their peers. Perhaps you haven’t seen all the details and should refrain from judgment unless/until you have.

    — John Self

     

    Israel’s Nukes – TIME writer Joe Klein

    May 7, 2009

     

     

    Israel’s Nukes

    Andrew Sullivan has been having a back-and-forth with the neos over at the Commentary blog about Israel’s nukes. Israel has them, obviously. Sullivan believes, rightly, that if Israel has them, its rivals in the region–Iran, for example–might want some nukes of their own as a deterrent. In one of the sillier bits of prose I’ve read in some time, Noah Pollack argues: 

    But Israel isn’t Iran’s rival — Iran is Israel’s. Can Andrew name any acts of unprovoked bellicosity Israel has committed against Iran? 

    How about Israel’s constant threats of military action against Iran’s nuclear program? How about the disproportionate bellicosity Israel visited upon Iran’s Hizballah surrogate in 2006? Which is not to say that Hizballah is anything other than a group of extremist thugs–but southern Lebanon and, more recently, Gaza are the battlefields where Israel’s rivalry with Iran has been playing out.(Add: Indeed, given the state of hostilities–for which Iran is almost totally responsible–the very existence of Israel’s nuclear arsenal can be seen as an existential threat to Iran.)

    For the record, I think 60 years of history make it reasonable for Israel to have a nuclear deterrent. But the reality of Israel’s nuclear arsenal does make it difficult to argue against Iran’s right to have the same. And the constant plumping for war against Iran by Likudniks in Israel and the U.S. makes the case for a nuclear capability dire and immediate from Iran’s point of view. It is time we stopped kidding ourselves about this–and stopped making arguments that the rules should be different, somehow, for Israel than for other countries.

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    Israel Cries Wolf – By Roger Cohen – American Jewish NYT Columnist

    April 10, 2009
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/opinion/09iht-edcohen.html?_r=1

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    Israel Cries Wolf

    Published: April 8, 2009

    ISTANBUL — “Iran is the center of terrorism, fundamentalism and subversion and is in my view more dangerous than Nazism, because Hitler did not possess a nuclear bomb, whereas the Iranians are trying to perfect a nuclear option.”

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    Benjamin Netanyahu 2009? Try again. These words were in fact uttered by another Israeli prime minister (and now Israeli president), Shimon Peres, in 1996. Four years earlier, in 1992, he’d predicted that Iran would have a nuclear bomb by 1999.

    You can’t accuse the Israelis of not crying wolf. Ehud Barak, now defense minister, said in 1996 that Iran would be producing nuclear weapons by 2004.

    Now here comes Netanyahu, in an interview with his faithful stenographer Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, spinning the latest iteration of Israel’s attempt to frame Iran as some Nazi-like incarnation of evil:

    “You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs. When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”

    I must say when I read those words about “the wide-eyed believer” my mind wandered to a recently departed “decider.” But I’m not going there.

    The issue today is Iran and, more precisely, what President Barack Obama will make of Netanyahu’s prescription that, the economy aside, Obama’s great mission is “preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons” — an eventuality newly  inscribed on Israeli calendars as “months” away.

    I’ll return to the ever shifting nuclear doomsday in a moment, but first that Netanyahu interview.

    This “messianic apocalyptic cult” in Tehran is, of course, the very same one with which Israel did business during the 1980’s, when its interest was in weakening Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. That business — including sales of weapons and technology — was an extension of Israeli policy toward Iran under the shah.

    It’s also the same “messianic apocalyptic cult” that has survived 30 years, ushered the country from the penury of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, shrewdly extended its power and influence, cooperated with America on Afghanistan before being consigned to “the axis of evil,” and kept its country at peace in the 21st century while bloody mayhem engulfed neighbors to east and west and Israel fought two wars.

    I don’t buy the view that, as Netanyahu told Goldberg, Iran is “a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest.” Every scrap of evidence suggests that, on the contrary, self-interest and survival drive the mullahs.

    Yet Netanyahu insists (too much) that Iran is “a country that glorifies blood and death, including its own self-immolation.” Huh?

    On that ocular theme again, Netanyahu says Iran’s “composite leadership” has “elements of wide-eyed fanaticism that do not exist in any other would-be nuclear power in the world.” No, they exist in an actual nuclear power, Pakistan.

    Israel’s nuclear warheads, whose function is presumably deterrence of precisely powers like Iran, go unmentioned, of course.

    Netanyahu also makes the grotesque claim that the terrible loss of life in the Iran-Iraq war (started by Iraq) “didn’t sear a terrible wound into the Iranian consciousness.” It did just that, which is why Iran’s younger generation seeks reform but not upheaval; and why the country as a whole prizes stability over military adventure.

    Arab states, Netanyahu suggests, “fervently hope” that America will, if necessary, use “military power” to stop Iran going nuclear. My recent conversations, including with senior Saudi officials, suggest that’s wrong and the longstanding Israeli attempt to convince Arab states that Iran, not Israel, is their true enemy will fail again.

    What’s going on here? Israel, as it has for nearly two decades, is trying to lock in American support and avoid any disadvantageous change in the Middle Eastern balance of power, now overwhelmingly tilted in Jerusalem’s favor, by portraying Iran as a monstrous pariah state bent on imminent nuclear war.

    A semblance of power balance is often the precondition for peace. Iran was left out of the Madrid and Oslo processes, with disastrous results. But that’s a discussion for another day.

    What’s critical right now is that Obama view Netanyahu’s fear-mongering with an appropriate skepticism, rein him in, and pursue his regime-recognizing opening toward Tehran, as he did Wednesday by saying America would join nuclear talks for the first time. The president should read Trita Parsi’s excellent “Treacherous Alliance” as preparation.

    The core strategic shift of Obama’s presidency has been away from the with-us-or-against-us rhetoric of the war on terror toward a rapprochement with the Muslim world as the basis for isolating terrorists.

    That’s unsustainable if America or Israel find themselves at war with Muslim Persians as well as Muslim Arabs, and if Netanyahu’s intense-eyed attempt to suck America into a perpetuation of war-on-terror thinking prevails.

    The only way to stop Iran going nuclear, and encourage reform of a repressive regime, is to get to the negotiating table. There’s time. Those “months” are still a couple of years. What Iran has accumulated is low-enriched uranium. You need highly-enriched uranium for a bomb. That’s a leap.

    Israeli hegemony is proving a kind of slavery. Passage to the Promised Land involves rethinking the Middle East, starting in Iran.  

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    It’s very welcome to see this kind of analysis coming from from The New York Times, but if we dare to see the Iranian state as something other than a nation of monsters, I wonder then if we aren’t missing a larger point.

    Should the goal really be to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?

    What if the current Iranian regime was in power back in the late 1960’s, and what if they had nukes back then? Would Israel have felt empowered to begin its policy of settlement in the West Bank? Would their every reaction to an attack on their people be so hugely disproportionate?

    I think the real threat that the bomb poses to Israel isn’t in Iran acquiring one, but rather, in Israel’s being the only power in the region possessing one. What kind of nuclear policy is governing the use of these weapons? It certainly isn’t Mutual Assured Destruction, and yet that is the only policy the world has any experience with (and successful experience at that).

    No, what Israel is doing is something else entirely, and it isn’t too difficult to see how this translates to how extremist politicians continue to retain power in its government. While in sole possession of the bomb, no military excursion can  really ever fail, because the bomb is there as last resort. So without any check on the use of military force, politicians are free to engage in ever escalating shows of force as a way of differentiating themselves from the rest of the pack.

    The results should have been predictable.

    If we can manage to distance ourselves from the suicide-bomber stereotype some have attempted to assign to Iran, as Roger Cohen seems to suggest, then we should take the extra step and consider that perhaps the best way to peace is to solve Israel’s problem of being the only nuclear power in the region. And that’s called, a nuclear Iran.

    Where would the Middle East be today if Iran were nuclear back in the late 1960’s? Probably in the same place the rest of the world is today, despite the bitter rivalry then between the United State and the Soviet Union. Time heals these wounds, but only if you don’t continually work to open them anew. Neither the U.S. nor the U.S.S.R. engaged in policies analogous to occupation and settlement, because they were afraid of what the consequences might be.

    I would suggest that there would have been no policy of occupation or settlement by Israel starting in the early 1970’s with a nuclear Iran, for fear of what the consequences might be, and that this parity then would have led to some kind of relative peace today.

    I am of course loathe to see a new nuclear trigger added to the world state, but you know, sometimes the best approach in putting out a fire is by starting a new one.

    — nokilli, HI

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    Yonkers, New York
    09 April 2009

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is what many characterize as a “super-hawk.”

    Only recently, before he got the position of prime minister, he vowed that he would “smash” Hamas. That would mean Israeli forces going full-blast into Gaza and killing all member of Hamas, in the process slaying thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians as “collateral damage.”

    Netanyahu would thus reduce Gaza into a charnel house.

    Now that he is prime minister, Mr. Netanyahu is making all those provocative statements which, obviously, lay the ground for an Israeli preemptive and unilateral attack against Iranian nuclear facilities at Natanz and elsewhere. He compares Khamenei’s Iran to Hitler’s Nazi Germany; impliedly, Iran deserves “regime change.”

    There is probably no way the United States can rein in Benjamin Netanyahu. The U.S. has always considered Israel its best ally in the Middle East–which is true. This assurance could very well be Mr. Netanyahu’s license to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    But does Mr. Netanyahu know the unintended consequences if such an Israeli attack should take place?

    That is the question which I suggest he ponder long and hard.

    Mariano Patalinjug

    — Mariano Patalinjug, Yonkers, New York

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    Dear Richard,

    Another excellent column on this subject. Thanks so much. Gwynn Dyer, in his excellent series of books on the US in the Middle East, makes these same points about Iran always being accused of being just around the corner from a bomb – these charges have been made for the past 20 years. Dyer points out that the Iranian nuclear program has proceeded in fits and starts, usually in response to external threats. Iran had a nuclear program way back in the 80s and 90s (not to mention under the Shah), but largely in response to Iraq’s efforts to acquire NWs. When Saddam’s military was destroyed in the first Gulf War, Iran mothballed its program until the late 1990s, when Pakistan acquired a bomb. And now, according to US intelligence, Iran has mothballed its nuclear program again, at least since 2003.

    Beyond this, I should point out that even if Iran acquired a nuclear weapon, that is a long way from it being a real threat to anyone. Indeed, it is completely illogical to assume that Iran would ever attack any other country first, since that would mean national suicide. Israel’s efforts to convince Americans that the Iranians are, indeed, inherently irrational and suicidal is meant to counter this obvious logical problem. In fact, Iran would probably use a nuclear weapon to deter Israel and the US and to provide itself with a way to balance the scales of power in the region and be taken seriously as a party that needs to be treated with respect. All of this being said, I don’t think Iran wants a nuclear bomb – it can get all of the above if it can just demonstrate that it has the capacity to go nuclear if it needs to.

    This is the real problem for Israel. The Israelis are used to having the dominant military in the region. But an Iran with a credible nuclear potential means that Israel’s overwhelming advantage is offset. Israel would no longer be able to use its military with impunity. That is why convincing Americans to attack Iran has become so important.

    As you indicate, Israel’s hegemony in the region has actually proven to be a curse. Because it has not needed to really make peace with its much weaker neighbours, Israel has refused to make the difficult choices and decisions necessary for peace. If the playing field was more even, the diplomatic situation might actually change for the better.

    As a final note, I should point out that back during the Iran-Iraq War, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran (weapons built with the help of the West). At the time, Iran had the option of building its own CW and retaliating in kind. It chose not to, apparently for religious and moral reasons – the Iranians honestly believed that CW were too terrible to use and that their use would violate the principles of Islam. I would not trust the West to act with the same kind of restraint. I certainly would not trust Israel to act with that kind of self-control. So, based on this precedent, I think that we need to be more circumspect about how Iran may behave.

    — Shaun Narine, Fredericton, Canada

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    The iron fist of Israel prefers confrontation to negotiation – that has been repeatedly shown since independence, and resentment, discord and hostilities only grow. It’s time to take a different stance. Can Israel lay down their guns?

    — David, Hartford

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    Dear Mr. Cohen,
    Having followed events in Iran for the last 30 years, I can only agree with you that Iran is not governed by fanatical, (suicidal?) Islamic fanatics. Any intention to develop a nuclear weapons capability is meant not to “wipe Israel off the map”, but rather to deter a U.S. invasion, a fear prompted, no doubt, by Iran’s inclusion in an “Axis of Evil” by President George W. Bush.

    — Gary Peschell, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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    Great column. Now comes the hard part: finding a diplomatic solution to the nuclear question. President Obama — in this respect a hardliner — says publicly that Iran must stop enriching uranium even for nuclear power. Iranians — including Mir Hossein Mousavi, the reformist candidate for president — say they won’t agree to depend on imported reactor fuel. Obama has proposed an international fuel bank. How to bridge these positions?

    Former Undersecretary of State Thomas R. Pickering has proposed that an international consortium enrich uranium in Iran, under strict inspection. It’s still an international fuel bank, as in the Obama proposal. After all, such a facility must be somewhere. Making it international reduces the risk of diversion to make highly enriched uranium for a bomb. Putting it in Iran speaks to Iranian national pride — and their legitimate fear that imported fuel might be withheld to force concessions on other issues.

    — David Keppel, Bloomington, Indiana

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    The question before us, it seems to me, is: Is Iran building nuclear weapons, and how close are they to succeeding at their effort?

    Are the Israelis really a bunch of bullying, irrational, uncomprehending dolts who nevertheless control American foreign policy (as some commentators here have suggested)?

    Or, perhaps, living in the region and listening to what Ahmadinajad and others say, and watching what they do, Israeli  politicians from all over the political spectrum and not just from Likud (as one writer suggests)have something legitimate to fear.

    That the timetable for the Iranina acquisition of the bomb has been improperly predicted in the past, as Cohen begins his article by telling us, does not mean that they are close now. That Iran is filled with young people so to speak dancing in the streets does not mean that they have much say in the development of policy.

    In any event, it seems to me that Mr. Cohen pepretrates a central error throughout his series of articles in which he attemps to paint a picture of a rational, pragmatic Iran over and against the stereotype of the mad mullahs.

    That error is that we are dealing with a country many of whose foreign policy actions are covert. We do not see the destruction of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center as an Iranian activity. We do not see the dollars flowing to Hisbullah and Hamas (who Mr. Cohen would also wish normalized relations). We are not privy to the discussions as to what use the bomb will be put once ten to twelve of them are built. And we are fairly certain a bomb will be built and relatively soon.

    And finally, as rational Westerners, we cannot see the possibility that Iran would risk severe retaliation for one bomb successfully launched at Tel Aviv, because in the end they think pragmatically.

    But Westerners in France, Italy, and America (some of the homes of Mr. Cohen’s commentators) do not have to take that risk. Israelis do. Further, Israelis recognize the larger threat posed by Iran as one of the homes of Islamism, as many Westerners, Mr. Cohen apparently among them, do not.

    — Philip Cohen, Greensboro, NC

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    Mr. Cohen’s column about the position and rhetoric of Benjamin Netenyahu reminded me of the following story, reported in the New York Times in 1998:

    “Netanyahu, in U.S., Woos Conservatives”, by Steven Erlanger, Published: Tuesday, January 20, 1998

    http://www.nytimes.com…

    Here is an excerpt from that story:

    “A meeting with Mr. (Jerry) Falwell was added to Mr. Netanyahu’s schedule at the last minute, officials said, before he met the Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Mr. Netanyahu will also meet with conservative Republican legislators including Senators Sam Brownback of Kansas and Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and will give interviews to conservative groups and commentators like Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network and Cal Thomas of The Washington Times.

    His voice hoarse from a cold, Mr. Netanyahu said at the rally that the Jewish people ”are being vilified and scorned and misrepresented.””

    Then, as now, the parallels in the tactics of victimization, obstructionism, and belligerent fear-mongering, with an undertone of religious fundamentalism, employed by the right wing in both Israel and the U.S. – by Netenyahu and the Republican Party, respectively – are too close for comfort. This is and has been, figuratively and literally, an unholy alliance that seems to have been designed to, among other things, deliberately thwart peace efforts in the Middle East year after year after year.

    — Larry M, Minnesota

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    Anyone who has followed the heartbreaking stories coming from Gaza knows this is not the road to peace. It is time to move beyond the rhetoric and force Israel to, first, act in a more humane manner to their neighbors and, second, accept a two-state solution. That being said, there are enemies in the region. While some may say, don’t even bother to talk, talk implies mutual respect and a true desire for peace. Iranian leaders may rant, but the Iranian public is far more aware.

    — Elaine Bergstrom, Milwaukee

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    Netanyahu’s statements are propaganda. Even though Iran is following policies that run counter to U.S. interests, Iran is behaving rationally, considering recent history in the mideast, so one should assume Iran’s leaders are rational. If the U.S. wants to be effective, it should ignore Netanyahu and craft a policy that addresses U.S. interests in this region. That policy should include negotiations with Iran.

    — big bill, okemos

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    Thanks to the New York Times and Roger Cohen for this series of forthright columns regarding Israel and the Middle East. Any reasonable observer would conclude how wrong we have been following an aggressive Israel-centric foreign policy that is no longer about the safety of Israel, but for the greater Israel, all on the back of a silent and mostly unaware American public. If this blind support continues to go unchecked with the likes of Netanyahu and Lieberman in charge of the Israeli war machine, it will surely end with a wider war in the Middle East. Mr. Obama will need all the support he can get to apply a good measure of tough love to the new government leaders in Israel

    — Ted V, Houston, TX

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    Kudos for a gutsy column with the proper amount of indignation. It should be read closely by Israel’s many friends in Congress — beginning with Sen. Lieberman. Iran’s belligerence, annoying as it is, has to be set against undisputed facts known to every Iranian but to few Americans: e.g. in 1952 the U.S. deposed a democratically elected Iranian leader for his temerity in demanding a bigger cut of his country’s oil, replaced him with a puppet autocrat whose vicious regime we slavishly supported, sided with Iraq in its decade-long war against Iran, mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner in the first Gulf war, killing all aboard — to say nothing of meekly bowing to Israel’s illegal territorial policies and quartering huge armies on Iran’s borders. Seen in this light, both Iran’s and Israel’s official utterances become clearer. LP

    — luke, washington, dc

    ‘India told us to keep deal secret’ – Israel Aerospace Industries

    March 28, 2009

    Is it not contemptible that no newspaper other than DNA should have picked up the most ignoble act of illegality perpetrated by the Congress government, if DNA story is correct. Is nobody in the country alarmed at the blatant corrupt practice of collecting 6% commission on deals involving the defense of the country. Are all good people dead? Is this deal finalised mainly to collect the 6% commission needed to fund the coming parliamentary elections by the ruling party? Questions Indian National Congress must answer to deserve the trust of the people of India.


    Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
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    ‘India told us to keep deal secret’

    Josy Joseph
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 2:45 IST
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    New Delhi: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the defence firm that was awarded a controversial Rs10,000 crore contract for the joint development of medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MRSAMs), confirmed on Thursday that it had indeed signed the deal. But it made a surprising disclosure: the deal was kept under wraps at the insistence of the government of India.

    The contract was signed on February 27, just days before the Lok Sabha elections were announced. IAI was told that premature disclosure could lead to problems, and even termination of the contract. The deal includes suspicious clauses, including one for the payment of 6% “business charges”, which many observers believe could be a camouflage for commissions. The payment of commissions and middlemen are banned in Indian defence deals.

    Following the DNA expose over the last three days, IAI had no option but to come out into the open. IAI told an Israeli daily that India had asked it to keep mum.

    DNA reports exposing controversial arms deal worth Rs10,000 crore have forced the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to comeout with the facts.

    According to a report in Globes, an Israeli financial daily, “IAI stated that it delayed announcing the contract until now because the customer (i.e., the Indian government) informed the company that early disclosure was liable to cause material difficulties in execution of the contract, and even result in its cancellation.”

    The report did not say why a formally negotiated deal between India and IAI, approved by the cabinet committee on security, should be cancelled just because it was made public. The IAI statement also raises questions about the conduct of the Indian ministry of defence over the entire deal.

    The opposition parties, and especially the Left parties, are making hay over the DNA reports. It has become an election issue in Kerala, where defence minister AK Antony will have a tough time defending it. The Left is also using the report to display its opposition to Israel, presumably to score points with the Muslim electorate in Kerala and West Bengal, where it faces tough challenges from the Congress.

    The ministry of defence has not officially made any reference to the deal. The Congress, however, protested its innocence. Said senior Congress leader and minister of state for external affairs Anand Sharma: “We absolutely reject any suggestion of wrongdoing. How can anyone even suggest any such thing could happen under a person of such integrity as defence minister AK Antony or in a government led by Manmohan Singh?”

    Adding further weight to suspicions that the deal may not have been entirely above board, IAI also said that “it felt that this risk (of the contract being cancelled) would be substantially reduced once the advance payment was received,” Globes reported.

    In reports published between March 25-27, DNA exposed the dubious basis on which the contract was entered into despite specific defence ministry guidelines about dealing with IAI. The 
    Israeli company is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Barak missile deal in which bribes of Rs 400 crore were allegedly paid. The missiles to be developed by IAI under the MRSAM contract are part of the same family.

    IAI said the new deal was worth $1.4 billion (Rs7,000 crore), which is its share of the Rs 10,000 crore contract. The Defence Research & Development Organisation gets the balance Rs3,000 crore.

    IAI said a part of the payment for the systems would be made during the development period, and the balance during the 66-month delivery period, Globes reported. According to the report, deliveries of the MRSAM would begin “90 months from the date the advance payment is received.” The report also said that no advance payment had yet been received.

     

     

    “We Are NOT The United States Of Israel”: An Angry Obama Tells Chinese Leader – By Sorcha Faal

    February 6, 2009

    February 2, 2009

    “We Are NOT The United States Of Israel”:
    An Angry Obama Tells Chinese Leader

    By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers (Traducción al Español abajo)


    A most interesting report released by Russian Foreign Ministry Officials on the talks held Friday between President Obama and Chinese Leader Hu Jintao over the growing Global economic crisis state that when queried by Hu about the Americans UN response to war crimes charges being leveled against Israel the American President ‘angrily‘ replied, make no mistake about this, we are not the United States of Israel, we are the United States of America“.  

    Following this unprecedented statement by President Obama against America’s longtime Middle Eastern ally Israel, he ordered the United States top envoy to United Nations toput his words into action, and which, according to the latest news sources, is exactly what the new US Ambassador to the UN did in her debut speech before the International body, and as we can read as reported by Israel’s Haaretz News Service:

    “Israel must investigate allegations that its army violated international law during its three-week war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip”, the new U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Thursday.

    “We expect Israel will meet its international obligations to investigate and we also call upon all members of the international community to refrain from politicizing these important issues,” Ambassador Susan Rice said in her debut speech before the UN Security Council.

    Some 1,300 Palestinians, including at least 700 civilians, were killed during Israel’s Gaza offensive, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in the territory. Israel put its losses at 10 soldiers and three civilians.

    During the campaign, Israel fired on several UN installations in Gaza, including schools, where hundreds of Palestinians had been seeking shelter from the fighting. Israel rejects allegations that its army was guilty of war crimes.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said there would also be a UN investigation of the deadly attacks on United Nations sites in the Gaza Strip.”

    The growing International outrage against Israel’s massacre of Palestinian civilians during their horrific attacks upon Gaza using weapons and ammunition provided to them by the United States has caused the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to vow that his Nation would protect all its soldiers and politicians charge with war crimes.

    Reports from Spain are stating that under pressure from Israel, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos has informed Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, of Spain’s plan to amend legislation that granted a Spanish judge the authority to launch a much-publicized war crimes investigation against senior Israeli officials.

    Other reports coming from the European Continent on actions against Israel are less encouraging for the Jewish state, and as we can read:

    “Belgium’s government has agreed to ban the export to Israel of weapons that “strengthen it militarily,” a Belgian minister said on Thursday. A Brussels-based research group accused Israel of enlisting child soldiers.

    The Belgian daily De Morgen quotes Minister Patricia Ceysens from the Flemish regional government as saying: “There’s a consensus [among ministers] not to approve exports that would strengthen Israel’s military capacity.”

    But, too the worst International fallout from Israel’s catastrophic destruction of Gaza comes from one of the United States most stalwart Middle Eastern allies, and NATO Member, Turkey, whose Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stormed out of the Davos summit after calling the Israeli’s killers of children, and as we can further read the fallout of:

    “The public confrontation between President Shimon Peres and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Davos Summit Thursday continued off the stage over the weekend as questions arose over whether Peres apologized to Erdogan for what the Turkish leader said was ‘shouting’.

    A senior political source in Israel also said that a private meeting between Peres and Erdogan that was scheduled to take place prior to the Davos panel they were both on was canceled at the last minute because of a Turkish request. The same source said it was probably canceled because the Turkish Prime Minister did want to give the impression that relations with Israel were business as usual.”

    According to one report, senior European officials said, “Erdogan wants to be part of the European Union, but now he can forget about it.”

    Both Russian and US Military Analysts have long stated that should Turkey be turned away from European Union Membership it would have ‘no choice‘ but to ally itself with its most ‘natural‘ ally, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and which now appears to be happening, and as we can read:

    “Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for recognition of Hamas which won a landslide victory in Palestinian elections. In an interview with The Washington Post published Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Hamas is the reason for the ongoing tensions in the region.

    He criticized world leaders for failing to respect the political will of the Palestinian people who voted for the Palestinian resistance movement. Erdogan said Hamas would have been in a different situation if the world had given it a chance in politics after winning elections.

    The Turkish prime minister said Hamas would not be able to change the situation as long as Palestine was “an open air prison”. Hamas won the 2006 Parliamentary elections with 74 of the 132 available seats. The rival ruling Fatah faction got only 45 seats.

    Western-backed Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah however fired Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya’s unity government in June 2007.

    Erdogan’s remarks came after his recent public spat with Israel’s President Shimon Peres, over the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip, in the world economic forum meeting on Thursday.

    On Thursday, Erdogan stormed out of the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland after a heated debate with Shimon Peres on Gaza. Erdogan told Peres in the Forum, “Mr. Peres, you are a senior citizen and you speak in a loud voice. I feel that your raised voice is due to the guilt you feel.

    “But be sure that my voice will not be raised as yours,” “When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill.” “I know very well how you hit and killed children on beaches.”

    Erdogan walked off in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other panel members complaining that his comments on the conflict were cut short by the Washington Post’s moderator David Ignatius.”

    Unbeknownst to the American people about this coming titanic shift in the Middle East base of power is the moderate Islamic government of Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan ‘livid anger‘ over President Bush’s and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert’s attempted December, 2008 coup against his government, and as we can read as reported by the Online Journal News Service in their report titled Mossadimplicated in a coup plot in Turkey, a NATO country; CIA fingerprints also found on attempt“, and which says:

    “Fresh from revelations, reported by WMR, that Israel’s Mossad and ChabadHouse-based criminal syndicates were targets in a criminal gangland retribution attack by a notorious Muslim gang in Mumbai, comes word that Mossad has, once again, been implicated in an intelligence and criminal network, this time in Turkey.

    What makes this latest example of Israel’s failure to stem the criminal activities of its intelligence service and criminal syndicates worse is that Turkey, unlike Israel, is a NATO ally of the United States and, therefore, the United States is bound by treaty to protect NATO allies from aggression by non-NATO states, including Israel.

    The Turkish and other Middle East media are reporting that the Mossad has been fingered in connection with a right-wing Turkish criminal and intelligence gang, known as Ergenekon, that stands accused of attempting to overthrow Turkey’s democratically-elected Justice and Development (AKP) Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul. Several Turkish papers have named a Turkish rabbi, Tuncay Guneyaka Daniel T. Guney and Daniel Levi and code-named “Ipek” or “Silk,” as having served as a double agent for the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) tasked with infiltrating the shadowy but powerful “state within a state” group Ergenekon. Guney had been arrested by Turkish authorities in 2001 for distributing fake drivers’ licenses and phony license plates for luxury cars. A document recently uncovered by the Turkish press revealed that Guney had also infiltrated a police intelligence unit (JITEM) working with Ergenekon to destabilize Turkey. Guney was exfiltrated to the United States and he now heads up the B’nai Yaakov Synagogue and Community Center in Toronto, CanadaGuney has denied that he has been an agent for Israel, Turkey or the United States but the MIT has confirmed the document identifying Guney as an agent for MIT is authentic.

    The Turkish daily Hurriyethas reported that Guney served in MIT’s Counter-terrorism Unit (CTU) and in the MIT unit that monitors Iran. Hurriyet also reported that Guney had developed a contact at the Iranian consulate in Istanbul, MuhsinKarger, the consulate’s political affairs undersecretary.

    Guney also has claimed to be a journalist and it is also alleged that he was a member of the PKK. Silvyo Ovaydo, the leader of the Turkish Jewish community, called Guney a fraudulent rabbi and said he was not even registered as a rabbi at the B’nai Yaakov synagogue in Toronto. Guney is said to have once worked for Islamist media organizations in Turkey but suddenly converted to Judaism and became an “instant rabbi” in Toronto.”

    Russian Military reports point out, and most curiously too, that in this coming power shift in the Middle East, both Turkey and Iran are the most ‘natural allies‘ of the United States due to the similarity of their moderate Islamic societies with those of the moderate Christian factions residing in America, both centering their lives upon their homes, their families, reverence of their religious beliefs and democratic support of their governments.

    To this very day, however, the vast majority of peoples in the United States still fail to realize that the most moderate and populated democratic Muslim Nations are Indonesia, Turkey, Iran and Lebanon who hold free and open elections for their leaders.

    Standing against these moderate Muslim states, though, are the current Middle Eastern allies of the United States, including, the religious theocracies of Israeland Saudi Arabia, the despotic Gulf Nation states ruled by an elite class of Royal families, and Egypt, which is ruled by president for life Hosni Mubarak who has subjugated the Egyptian people to totalitarian abuse for over 30 years under a National State of Emergency backed up by American military troops and supplies.

    But, to the most important issue to these most critical of matters, they lie with the current American President Barack Obama, who upon his taking office gave his first television interview to the Muslim World freely admitting his families long ties to the Islamic Religion, and should Obama shift the support of the United States from Israel to the moderate Muslim Nations of the Middle East there would not be any power left on Earth to oppose their rule.

    So, perhaps it wasn’t too farfetched for the great French Diviner Nostradamus to predict about our times the coming from the East of the Islamic powers upon Europe, and then the World…

    “The Eastern kings shall carry out the Divine Justice.

    Turkey shall be devastated.

    The regions subjected to Muslim armies

    Shall cause mountains trembling with great war

    Prisoners of both sexes and throughout Turkey

    One shall cry at dawn from land to land”

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    Translation to Spanish by: Sister Maru BarrazaMazatlán, Mexico


    In America, Speaking the Truth Is a Career-ending Event – By Paul Craig Roberts

    February 1, 2009

    January 25, 2009

    In America, Speaking the Truth Is a Career-ending Event

    By Paul Craig Roberts 

    “The evidence is sitting on the table. There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture.”

    These are the words of Manfred Nowak, the UN official appointed by the Commission on Human Rights to examine cases of torture. Nowak has concluded that President Obama is legally obligated to prosecute former President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. [UN Rapporteur: Initiate criminal proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld now, By Scott Horton, Harper’s Magazine, January 21, 2009]

    If President Obama’s bankster economic team finishes off what remains of the US economy, Obama, to deflect the public’s attention from his own failures and Americans’ growing hardships, might fulfill his responsibility to prosecute Bush and Rumsfeld. But for now the interesting question is why did the US military succumb to illegal orders?

    In the December 2008 issue of CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn, in hisreport on an inglorious chapter in the history of the Harvard Law School, provides the answer. Two brothers, Jonathan and David Lubell, both Harvard law students, were politically active against the Korean War. It was the McCarthy era, and the brothers were subpoenaed. They refused to cooperate on the grounds that the subpoena was a violation of the First Amendment.

    Harvard Law School immediately began pressuring the students to cooperate with Congress. The other students ostracized them. Pressures from the Dean and faculty turned into threats. Although the Lubells graduated magna cum laude, they were kept off the Harvard Law Review. Their scholarships were terminated. A majority of the Harvard Law faculty voted for their expulsion (expulsion required a two-thirds vote).

    Why did Harvard Law School betray two honor students who stood up for the US Constitution? Cockburn concludes that the Harvard law faculty sacrificed constitutional principle in order not to jeopardize their own self-advancement by displeasing the government (and no doubt donors).

    We see such acts of personal cowardice every day. Recently we had the case of Jewish scholar and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein, whose tenure was blocked by the cowardly president of DePaul University, a man afraid to stand up for his own faculty against the Israel Lobby, which successfully imposed on a Catholic university the principle that no critic of Israel can gain academic tenure.

    The same calculation of self-interest causes American journalists to serve as shills for Israeli and US government propaganda and the US Congress to endorse Israeli war crimes that the rest of the world condemns.

    When US military officers saw that torture was a policy coming down from the top, they knew that doing the right thing would cost them their careers. They trimmed their sails. One who did not was Major General Antonio Taguba. Instead of covering up the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal, General Taguba wrote an honest report that terminated his career.

    Despite legislation that protects whistleblowers, it is always the whistleblower, not the wrongdoer, who suffers. When it finally became public that the Bush regime was committing felonies under US law by using the NSA to spy on Americans, the Justice (sic) Department went after the whistleblower. Nothing was done about the felonies.

    Yet Bush and the Justice (sic) Department continued to assert that “we are a nation of law.”

    The Bush regime was a lawless regime. This makes it difficult for the Obama regime to be a lawful one. A torture inquiry would lead naturally into a war crimes inquiry. General Taguba said that the Bush regime committed war crimes. President Obama was a war criminal by his third day in office when he ordered illegal cross-border drone attacks on Pakistan that murdered 20 people, including 3 children. The bombing and strafing of homes and villages in Afghanistan by US forces and America’s NATO puppets are also war crimes. Obama cannot enforce the law, because he himself has already violated it.

    For decades the US government has taken the position that Israel’s territorial expansion is not constrained by any international law. The US government is complicit in Israel’s war crimes in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.

    The entire world knows that Israel is guilty of war crimes and that the USgovernment made the crimes possible by providing the weapons and diplomatic support. What Israel and the US did in Lebanon and Gaza is no different from crimes for which Nazis were tried at Nuremberg. Israelunderstands this, and the Israeli government is currently preparing its defense, which will be led by Israeli Justice (sic) Minister Daniel Friedman. UN war crimes official Richard Falk has compared Israel’s massacre of Gazans to the Nazi starvation and massacre of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. Amnesty International and the Red Cross have demanded Israel be held accountable for war crimes. Even eight Israeli human rights groups have called for an investigation into Israel’s war crimes.

    Obama’s order to close Guantanamo Prison means very little. Essentially, Obama’s order is a public relations event. The tribunal process had already been shut down by US courts and by military lawyers, who refused to prosecute the fabricated cases. The vast majority of the prisoners were hapless individuals captured by Afghan warlords and sold for money to the stupid Americans as “terrorists.” Most of the prisoners, people the Bush regime told us were “the most dangerous people alive,” have already been released.

    Obama’s order said nothing about closing the CIA’s secret prisons or halting the illegal practice of rendition in which the CIA kidnaps people and sends them to third world countries, such as Egypt, to be tortured.

    Obama would have to take risks that opportunistic politicians never take in order for the US to become a nation of law instead of a nation in which the agendas of special interests override the law.

    Truth cannot be spoken in America. It cannot be spoken in universities. It cannot be spoken in the media. It cannot be spoken in courts, which is why defendants and defense attorneys have given up on trials and cop pleas to lesser offenses that never occurred.

    Truth is never spoken by government. As Jonathan Turley said recently,Washington “is where principles go to die.”

    Paul Craig Roberts [email himwas Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and the Soviet Economyand Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economyand is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of JusticeClickhere for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.