Saturday, August 05, 2006
I’m glad that someone turns on Fox news so I don’t have to. I will always be amused at how wrong the Kristol’s, and Krauthammer’s of the Punditboro and the Woolsey’s and Gingrich cogs manage to get foriegn affairs so wrong, so often, and yet they still have an audience of intelligent readers, and viewers. The only explaination is that the American people really are that stupid, and probably deserve to run out of chain on their run and get jerked back on their asses like an ignorant pup. Given the ease with which Americans got suckered into Iraq, Israel is no problem, provided that the people of America get to sit behind a sandwich and a screen, vicariously experiencing the trauma of war, without the smells and sounds of course. But son’t worry, the MSM™ don’t want those wretched smells to get between you and your baloney in pursuit of bread, sandwich.
I bet Billmon was quoted wide and far on this one.
It seems increasingly probable that that war will come soon — perhaps as early as November or December, although more likely next year. Israel’s failure to knock out Hizbullah with a rapid first strike has left the neocons even deeper in the hole, enormously ratcheting up the pressure to try to recoup all losses by taking the war to Damascus and Tehran.
In other words, it’s almost time for the ultimate “flight forward” — the one that finally pushes the Middle East into World War III.
What’s become clear to me is that the Democratic Party (even it’s allegedly anti-war wing) will not try to stop this insanity, and in fact will probably be led as meekly to the slaughter as it was during the runup to the Iraq invasion. Watching the Dems line up to salute the Israeli war machine, hearing the uncomfortable and awkward silence descend on most of Left Blogistan once the bombs started falling in Lebanon, seeing how easily the same Orwellian propaganda tricks worked their magic on the pseudoliberals — all this doesn’t leave too much room for doubt. As long as World War III can be sold as protecting the security and survival of the Jewish state, I suspect the overwhelming majority of Democrats, or at least the overwhelming majority of Democratic politicians, will support it.
And it is being sold, ferociously. A number of wealthy pro-Israel donors, including Ronald Lauder, the perfume heir, have given millions to something called the Israel Project — a “public education” cum PR cum grassroots lobbying machine — to fund a program specificially aimed at building support for a military strike on Iran. You can’t turn on Fox News these days without finding James Woolsey or Newt Gingrich or Bill Kristol or some other pro-Israel mouthpiece demanding war with Syria and/or Iran, and painting it as the only way to stop the rockets falling on Haifa.
Monday, July 31, 2006
When the last child lays mangled
mauled by a thousand ancient hates
will you turn a blind eye to your desire?
Your race towards death has been won
and the victory secured, shudder
that you still walk the earth unhindered
by wisdom, devoid of any hope.
Far be it for me to advise anyone what they should feel about the worlds common demise, but let me at least point it out.
Be careful, oh son of man, for the blood you shed is your own, the haterd you espouse is for your ownself, and the idols of your profanity are your undoing. Seek peace now, if you can, before the outstrretched hand of your greed touches the eyeball of the living God.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo has a pretty sickening prospect;
But there are persistent signs that the US is egging Israel on to bring the war to Damascus.
Here’s a clip from the end of an article today in the Jerusalem Post …
[Israeli]Defense officials told the Post last week that they were receiving indications from the United States that the US would be interested in seeing Israel attack Syria.
And there are other ominous indications of the US pressing for expansion the Israelis don’t seem to want.
You may want to blow the electon dust off the link to his Washington Monthly article too.
I found this to be an informative piece from Asia Times on the leader of Hizb’ullah;
1975, when he was only 15, Nasrallah joined the ranks of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement Amal – which Hezbollah broke from after its creation in 1982 – led by Musa al-Sadr.
From 1976 to 1978 he was sent to study in Najaf, Iraq, at the famed Shi’ite seminary the Hawze. There he met most of his mentors, starting with Iranian ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979) and also his tutor, ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr (Muqtada al-Sadr’s father). He also was in close contact with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani (the leading Shi’ite spiritual force in Iraq today).
And finally, he was groomed by future Hezbollah leader Abbas al-Musawi, whom he succeeded after Musawi was killed by the Israelis in 1992. Those two years in Najaf definitely left a huge imprint on Nasrallah’s psyche.
The article contains the usual biases that seem to be the human constant. I think it is one thing to have prejudices and express them in an article and another thing to let these prejudices become defacto truths spread by media conglomerates in support of governmental policies. Of course knowingly having these prejudices is a sign of an uneducated mind no matter how many letters get piled higher and deeper behind their names, which given what we read on the net from various and divergent sources, tends to belie the value of an education, or support perhaps, the notion that most of the elite have been educated beyond their intelligence.
Somewhere along the line the total disconnect that people in general, and Americans in particular, have between what they profess to believe and what they actually produce in pursuit of those “beliefs”, is going to be exposed to our minds, and not in the; “I see” said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw, humorous way.
There is not going to be any peace in the Middle East. Liars do not seek peace, they seek their own advantage. Violence is the coin of the realm, and blood the fiat currency of exchange, with the presence of pubic hair as the distinction between debit and credit. Perhaps if the ruling elites would just line up and shoot all the children of the earth then we could dispense with the niceties of collateral damage reports, issued with the justifications and finger pointing that always accompanies them in the corporate reports issued by the US media.
The following is a later addition to the earlier post.
Why Good Countries Fight Dirty Wars In the LA Times;
During the English Civil War (1642-49), for instance, Puritan rebel officers led by that country’s future and only military dictator, Oliver Cromwell, discovered that keeping an army under control vis-a-vis civilians had a pragmatic as well as a moral side: It tended to gain the local population’s loyalty far faster and more effectively than either threats or long philosophical and political harangues.
Hmmm, looks like we have tried government by Round Heads/Christian Coalitions before.