Archive for March 2011
According to a Haaretz report, President Assad said:
“Syria is a target of a big plot from outside, both internally and externally.”
He said the objective of the conspirators, who make up a minority, was to “fragment and bring down Syria” and “enforce an Israeli agenda.”
It’s a pity that the Syrian leader didn’t provide more details, and name names, as we’ve done here at The Passionate Attachment, as in Jared Cohen and Alec Ross, Carl Gershman, George Soros, Peter Ackerman, James Glassman, Elliott Abrams, Robert Kagan, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Joe Lieberman, Madeleine Albright, Kenneth Wollack, Max Kampelman and Ronald Lauder, et al. — pro-Israelis whose support for the Arab Uprising was crucial.
No wonder then that Shimon Peres, like Assad, believes that it could benefit Israel.
Geneva – Israeli President Shimon Peres expressed hope Monday that popular revolutions in the Middle East could improve relations between his country and its Arab neighbors, if they end up becoming more democratic and prosperous.
Changes in government would need to be accompanied by greater economic freedom and development, he said, as poverty and oppression in the region had fed resentment against Israel.
“We hope the better our neighbors will have it, we shall have better neighbors,” Peres told reporters in Geneva after a meeting with Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey.
Israel was watching protests in Syria particularly closely. “Clearly this changes the status quo in Syria,” he said, without elaborating.
A weeklong series of anti-government demonstrations has rocked Syria, considered one of Israel’s biggest enemies in the region.
Press TV talks with Jeff Gates, attorney and author of Guilt by Association in Phoenix, about the total unraveling of US foreign policy as a result of its perceived commitment to the aggressions of Israel in the Middle East.
Press TV: President Saleh of Yemen has warned of a civil war. Some observers say this remark is addressed to the West with Saleh saying that his departure would result in a failed state. What is your take on this?
Gates: I am suspicious and it’s hard to be supportive of an autocratic regime so you want to support forces that are trying to remove those off the stage. At the same time you recall the British Minister, Lord Cromer used to say, “We do not govern Egypt we govern the governors of Egypt”. So I wonder who really is behind this; who will emerge in the background.
By Dave Gahary
According to a retired CIA analyst, new evidence has emerged revealing the full extent to which Israel was involved in the direct planning of America’s aggressive war on Iraq that was initiated by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
On January 7, Elliott Abrams wrote:
If Tunisia can move toward democracy, Algerians and Egyptians and even Libyans will wonder why they cannot. This kind of thing may catch on.
Perhaps Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who recently hosted a private dinner for Bahrain’s Jewish Ambassador to the United States, has the answer:
“There are those, unfortunately too few as yet in the region, who say there is virtue to the Jewish people and if we discover it and explore it we may find the need for conflict is not really there,” Shemtov said.
“His excellency King Hamad and his excellency Shaikh Khalid are such people.”
In comparing the “humanitarian” intervententions in Kosovo and Libya, Helena Cobban asks some very pertinent questions:
Now, it is extremely unclear what the political upshot of all this will be in Libya. In Kosovo, Washington ended up midwifing a tiny, landlocked little statelet that is a hub of organized crime at the heart of the Balkans, and whose people have a very stunted quality of life.
How will Libya look, 12 years hence? Will it be one state, or two, or three? Will its people still be locked in an unresolved and very damaging civil war or a situation of longterm political conflict?
In preparing the public for the intervention in Kosovo, Cobban reminds us, Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Cohen’s “alarmism turned out to be a great exaggeration.” Within two years of leaving “public service,” Cohen had become a multi-millionaire as chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group, which represents major defense contractors. The Cohen Group’s former vice-chairman, Marc Grossman, was a key member of an Israeli-led espionage network which included Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, according to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.
In a review of Dan Senor and Saul Singer’s Start-Up Nation, Grant Smith examines the sordid reality behind “Israel’s Economic Miracle”:
However, Start-up Nation airbrushes one vital and enduring truth — when Israel faces sovereign barriers to foreign trade routes, weapons, or technology; it tends to break other country’s laws and steal what it thinks it needs. Ever sensitive to Israel’s righteousness, members of the massive Haganah arms theft and smuggling ring in the US in the book were merely David Ben-Gurion’s “emissaries” to America, not felons violating US arms export laws. Theft of French Mirage jetfighter plans stolen to build the Israeli Kfir were justified to correct Charles de Gaulle’s arms embargo, a “betrayal by a close ally.” Al Schwimmer, a felon convicted for violating US arms export controls that went on to become a player in the Iran-Contra scandal, is a “swashbuckler” in Start-up Nation.
Did Alec Ross and Jared Cohen attempt to sow the seeds of Bashar al-Assad’s downfall during last year’s State Department-led technology delegation to Syria? Perhaps they’re not such “silly Jewish boys” after all, as Marty Peretz would have us believe. Check out this report from Reuters:
The trade mission was led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top technology adviser, Alec Ross, and Jared Cohen, a member of her Policy Planning Staff.
U.S. tech companies expect Syria’s population to double in the next 17 years and they want to tap into the youth to promote U.S. businesses and Washington’s human rights agenda.
The talks last week represent a new stage in U.S. diplomatic efforts in which the issue of Internet censorship is increasingly placed on the agenda during direct talks with other governments.
In “Another Evil Little War,” Nebojsa Malic notes the similarities between the “humanitarian” interventions in Kosovo and Libya. As for the methods, Malic writes:
When bombs failed to effect “regime change” in Serbia, the Empire resorted to subterfuge. Intelligence services and the National Endowment for Democracy trained, paid and supported a legion of cheerleaders to develop a template for “popular revolution,” used in many other places since. Yet these supposed “democrats” and “liberals” have been nothing of the sort, wallowing instead in corruption, tyranny, treason and even casual racism.
Malic fails to point out, however, that both wars were enthusiastically endorsed by Israel’s agents of influence in America and elsewhere.
Read the article here.