Because Norman Finkelstein was one of the participants, I attempted to watch this
debate on the topic of Bibi Netanyahu's victory. Unfortunately, the fellow on the other side of the fence made me too angry to continue. I forget the guy's name, but he's a flack for Israel. In his opening remarks, he argues that we must support Holy Bibi because Israel is standing up to jihadis who behead people. An obvious reference to ISIS.
The sight of this lying sack of crap made me want to shoot my computer monitor. For some reason, Finkelstein did not tell a necessary truth: Israel supports ISIS
The reason for this sub rosa
alliance is simple: ISIS wants rid of Assad of Syria, and so does Israel.
That goal is also shared by the regional allies of the United States and Israel. I'm talking about Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. They are the ones who funded
Many articles have established this point. The most recent example is a piece by Lawrence Davidson
, published in The Consortium.
U.S. allies in the region, specifically Israel and Saudi Arabia, had no problem with the drone attacks against al-Qaeda until 2011. That was when civil war broke out in Syria and when al-Qaeda and its offshoots showed up to fight against the embattled Assad regime in Damascus.
Keep in mind that Assad was seen as an enemy of Israel.
Unfortunately, Israel, and by extension the American Zionist lobby, had lost interest in U.S. concerns about al-Qaeda. Indeed, Tel Aviv had come to take the opposite point of view, seeing some merit in Islamic terrorists as long as they were Sunnis.
One has to keep in mind that the Israelis are obsessed with Shiite Iran and its nuclear energy program, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hysterically proclaimed a danger to the survival of Israel. From that point of view any enemy of Iran is a friend of Israel – even if it is al-Qaeda.
Indeed, in 2013 Michael Oren, then Israeli ambassador to the United States (actually he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey), told the Jerusalem Post, “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”
A year later, Oren was at an Aspen Institute Conference and declared that Israel would prefer the victory of ISIS to the continuation of an Iranian-backed Assad. Nor have the Israelis been shy about acting on this preference.
Ah, those "Aspen roots." They wormed their way into Judy Miller's heart, and they've been strangling our foreign policy ever since.
It is consummately infuriating to see pseudo-pundits pretend that Bibi Netanyahu is an enemy of ISIS and Al Qaeda. The opposite is true: Israel supports ISIS and Al Qaeda.
If you are against Al Qaeda, you must be against Israel. If you are for Israel, you are for Al Qaeda. Israel is using the Sunni maniacs as proxy warriors against the Shiite states of Syria and Iran.
This country's blinkered support for Israel has caused the American government to do the unthinkable: We have forged a de facto alliance with the very jihadis whom most Americans despise. This is an "across the board" sin, committed by both Republicans and Democrats -- neither one of whom will tell you what's really
What are we doing
in that part of the world?
Did we engage in those cruel, seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan simply to become the de facto allies of fundamentalist Muslim maniacs?
The report. Physicians for Social Responsibility
has issued a report which reveals that our incursions into Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have resulted in as many as two million civilian deaths. This is a controversial finding, and I urge readers to read the report and follow the details of the argument.
One thing is for sure: Our government and our media have played games with the evidence. They have told many lies in order to convince the citizens of this country that the body count is much lower than it actually is.
As you read this report, keep in mind this important quote from Noam Chomsky's book Media Control
One of the questions asked in that study was, How many Vietnamese casualties would you estimate that there were during the Vietnam war? The average response on the part of Americans today is about 100,000. The official figure is about two million. The actual figure is probably three to four million. The people who conducted the study raised an appropriate question: What would we think about German political culture if, when you asked people today how many Jews died in the Holocaust, they estimated about 300,000? What would that tell us about German political culture?
That quote provides the heading for this essay
by Simon Wood, which also looks at the findings of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
This report, published by a serious, credible, respected and decorated organization, makes it very clear that a war built on deliberate lies propagated uncritically by the corporate-owned media has led to the deaths of 1.3 million people, possibly 2 million. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that this landmark report has been greeted with absolute silence by the very same media outlets, while little effort is required to imagine the blanket response if this report concerned the actions of a current official enemy: Russia or Venezuela in particular. For Western leaders and other establishment figures, it seems mass killings on this scale - 'holocausts' - only occur when firmly esconced in (approved) history books, when they can safely bow their heads once a year and solemnly swear 'never again' and 'we shall not forget them'.
The lesson here should be simple: journalistic negligence of any sort - which can be caused by conflict of interest, editorial framing, or fear of challenging powerful figures for career reasons (loss of future access) - has cost innocent lives by the million.
did so many civilians die? What was the purpose of it all?
Most Americans would say that the war in Iraq was fought because we had to destroy Al Qaeda -- even though Al Qaeda had no connection to Saddam Hussein.
Most Americans would now say that we must support the Israelis because they are a regional bulwark against ISIS.
Yet Israel and Saudi Arabia are now partners. To a large degree, the Saudis created Al Qaeda. To a large degree, the Saudis created ISIS.
And Israel is obviously quite willing to see both ISIS and Al Qaeda (rebranded as the Nusra Front) prevail in the war against Assad. Michael Oren (as noted above) has made that fact quite clear.
For what cause did we kill so many civilians? For what cause did our own soldiers lose their limbs, their reason, their lives? For what cause did we blacken our name on the pages of history?
And for god's sake, why is Dick Cheney
(a key architect of this massive crime) allowed to spew bile in the media when he should spending the rest of his life in prison? Rudolf Hess got exactly what he deserved when he was sentenced at Nuremberg -- yet what Hess did was nothing
compared to the crimes of Dick Cheney.
What has happened to this country?
What are we DOING?