Israel Gets Real on Iran

October 16, 2008

The distinction between the apocalyptic rhetoric Israeli leaders use publicly in relation to Iran, and the more pragmatic view they hold among themselves on how to deal with Tehran and its nuclear program, has long been clear to anyone paying very close attention. In short, it’s clear that many of Israel’s key leaders don’t believe Iran is a suicidal ideologically-crazed regime that would risk destroying itself in order to destroy Israel, and therefore that even a nuclear-armed Iran would not be an “existential threat” to Israel, although clearly it would present a major strategic challenge by fundamentally reordering the balance of military force in the region.  >>>>>


October 14, 2008

“The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.  Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House…

“Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims,” Jackson says. “Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith.” >>>>>

While there is report that Obama’s camp is distancing itself from the statement, its probably moreso due to trying not to muddy waters more than about his convictions.  There is nothing wrong with what Jesse Jackson said.  However, the truth does seem to hurt.  Compared with the ‘Schlep’ talk all day, what’s wrong with putting the U.S. before any other nation; and dealing justly with other nations, even though we hold special favor of one over another?

Obama Camp Rejects Jackson’s Claim That He Would Diminish ‘Zionist’ Influence

October 14, 2008

“As he has made clear throughout his career and throughout this campaign, Barack Obama has a fundamental commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship … As president, he will ensure that Israel can defend itself from every threat it faces, stand with Israel in its quest for a secure peace with its neighbors, and use all elements of American power to end Iran’s illicit nuclear program. >>>>>

This article is extremely biased as Iran doesn’t have an “illicit nuclear program.”  This sounds like projection of Israel’s position on its nuclear arsenal; which by virtually all standards of other nations outside of the U.S. and Israel, is illicit.  In the very same paragraph, the Obama camp seems to back off of Israel by noting that the U.S. and Israel are inseparable, regardless of deeds.  This is pretty ironic, and not very democratic from a nation that places rule of law above any other alliance, legitimate or corrupt.

By the very function of a sovereign nation, the U.S. should place the legitimate interests of its own country before the illegitimate interests of another; or based on a relationship with another.

Lebanon stability scraps Israel’s schemes

October 14, 2008

“The United States as well as the Zionist regime are moving towards downfall and neither one has popularity whatsoever in the Middle East.”

“The Zionist regime has no prestige and weight in Asia, America, Latin America as well as Europe,” he said. >>>>>

Young U.S. Muslims Shift to Democrats This Election

October 13, 2008

The Pew study shows that older Muslim Americans support the military fight against terrorism, especially in Afghanistan, more often than younger Muslim Americans. Duke professor Jen’nan Ghazel Read says this divide is normal. Her research shows that the majority of Muslim Americans, who were born in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, still have a strong connection to their native homelands, despite years of being in this country.  >>>>>

I guess that still makes me young….yippeee!!!

Celebrating criminality

October 11, 2008

“He’s the man who has only done good deeds… He’s the person who is famed for cutting off Palestinians’ heads with a Japanese knife… He’s the man who was born with a knife between his teeth… He’s the head of Mossad, Meir Dagan!” The hall thundered with applause when Rozin announced Dagan as man of the year…

All the journalists who have written on Mossad under Dagan have told how taken Olmert is with the list of operations executed by Mossad. These journalists report that Dagan goes to Olmert’s office every Thursday carrying a list of operations he wants Olmert to approve, and that Olmert approves all of Dagan’s proposals. There is consensus in Israel that Dagan is currently the most influential personality among decision-makers in Tel Aviv, and that due to his achievements, Olmert has twice insisted that his term as head of Mossad be extended.  >>>>>

Islam, Arab-Muslim world in American electoral speech

October 10, 2008

The marginalisation of Islam and Muslims has been spreading industry in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks. It lives on the relative ignorance of the American people in international issues and their sometimes strange relationship to the otherness, this ambivalent and complex relation with the other.

Among Republicans, this policy of fear is one of the major components of the winning electoral strategy since the departure of Bill Clinton. Charlie Black, one of McCain’s gurus, said in the June issue of Forbes magazine that “what we would need, is a good attack”.

In substance, it would be enough to have real or made-up terrorist attacks against American interests for the popularity of the republican candidate to pick up again.  >>>>>