Note: I highlighted a sentence in McGovern’s essay pasted below. Please read it carefully. McGovern’s bio can be found at the end of the essay. Peers, we’ll never be able to say that we’ve not been warned. It’s not too late to consider the consequences. We still have time to remedy the situation. Peace, Roy
Israeli leaders continue to pound the drum about taking out Iran’s nuclear program – and some hardliners may want to strike soon, fearing the window of opportunity will close if President Barack Obama wins reelection and is less susceptible to political pressures, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern observes.
There are mounting signs that the right-wing Israeli government may think the timing is right for an attack on Iran, with growing alarms inside Israel about alleged Iranian progress on building a nuclear bomb – and with President Barack Obama fearing loss of key Jewish political support in 2012 if he doesn’t go along.
On Sept. 26, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Iran’s alleged progress, telling interviewer Charlie Rose that “time is short” before Iran obtains nuclear weapons and poses a direct threat to Israel and the rest of the world.
Yet, the key factor in any Israeli decision to send its aircraft and missiles to Iran is the degree to which Netanyahu and other hard-line Likud leaders believe that President Obama is locked into giving blanket support to Israel — particularly as Election 2012 draws near.
The Israelis might well conclude that the formidable effectiveness of the Likud Lobby and kneejerk support of the U.S. Congress as well as still powerful neoconservatives in the Executive Branch (and on the opinion pages of major American newspapers) amount to solid assurance of automatic support for pretty much anything Israel decides to do.
If Israel translates this into a green light to attack Iran, the rest of the world — even Washington — may get little or no warning.
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Comic Relief for a World Weary of Needless Wars
The President and Michelle are sitting at the White House breakfast table deep in thought. President: I’ve decided that the time has come to invite Dante to the White House for talks. Michelle: I’ve asked him if he would be open to an invitation, Hon, but he says he’s too busy working on his dissertation. He says he’s determined to get his PhD asap so that he can apply for a position at the UN. President: What’s his dissertation about? Michelle: The title is “Sharing Jerusalem”. He says he has a vocation to do all he can to help prevent another world war and thereby avoid a global backlash against Jews which nobody wants. President: Tell me more about his dissertation.
Michelle: Well, he first of all makes the distinction between Judaism and Zionism which is not an easy thing to do. See: 60 Minutes on Israel 1 of 2 – YouTube. Then he makes the case that Christians who live in the Holy Land are Palestinians. President: It’s astonishing to notice how many Christians in America are not aware of that simple fact. Michelle: Then he makes the case that Christians and Muslims suffer together under Israel’s occupation. Then he compares and contrasts the world view of Uri Avnery (03:29) with the mindset (in concrete) of Benjamin Netanyahu and suggests that Israel needs a regime change. Then he discusses the influence Israel’s Lobby has on the US Congress, building mostly on Jeff Blankfort’s work as Jeff builds on Paul Findley’s work. Then he discusses the mainstream media and….
President: That’s enough for now. President: What does Dante regard as the major obstacle to peace in the Holy Land? Michelle: The Swarm. President: If Dante is too busy to come to the White House for talks, assure him that I appreciate his suggestions and the suggestions of his Allies, as well: Contact the White House.
Note: Bibi’s hypocrisy over the Quartet’s proposal is being exposed in Israel. The highlights in Ha’aretz’s article are mine. Here’s an essay that’s worth a re-view: Israel’s Negotiating Strategies. Peace, Roy
Netanyahu is counting on the fact that Israeli citizens won’t read the fine print of the Quartet’s plan, and that the media will just report he has ‘adopted’ the plan and is calling on the Palestinians to follow suit.
If the government’s declaration that it welcomes the Quartet’s plan is really true, it is not only a political revolution the likes of which we have not seen since the signing of the Oslo Accords 18 years ago, it is also a dramatic political change unlike any other since the Likud won the 1977 elections.
If Benjamin Netanyahu is really ready to adopt the international foursome’s plan, Meretz Knesset members should must now find a tailor specializing in suits for government ministers. On the other hand, Avigdor Lieberman and his friends from Yisrael Beiteinu, like Daniel Hershkowitz and his mates from Habayit Hayehudi, Eli Yishai of Shas, and Likud members such as Benny Begin and Moshe Ya’alon will have to make an effort to remain in a government that is prepared even to merely consider the plan. If they suspected that Netanyahu really accepts it as a basis for negotiations, they would have hung up their own suits in the closet.
There are no signs that the landlord has gone crazy. Like any sly property owner, Netanyahu depends on the fact that his tenants – namely, you, the citizens – won’t take the time to read the fine print in the Quartet’s document and won’t ask unnecessary questions. The main thing is that the media will report to the world that Israel has “adopted” the plan and is calling on the Palestinians to follow in its footsteps.
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Please take a quick look at this page: articles and videos. Last evening one of the pundits on CNN was talking about the movement to occupy Wall Street. It’s not slowing down. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, cellular telephones, etc., it’s gaining momentum. “It’s not going away.” The movement has been criticized for not having a clear agenda. The organizers of the movement say they want to keep it that way. They’re just calling for change. Whenever they start discussing what, exactly, needs to change, there is splintering in the movement. My Allies and I regard the movement’s organizers as smart thinkers. And it’s vital that we demonstrate lawfully and with conscious restraint. Because it’s not easy to bring order out of chaos once it starts. There’s a postscript.
P.S. One wonders about the connection between International Bankers and the status-quo situation in the Holy Land.
Note: It is encouraging to note that the UN is monitoring the situation in the Holy Land things so closely. Peace, Roy
2011 6:02:37 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, ochaopt@UN.ORG… writes: