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JEWISH WRITERS CLAIM POWERFUL ZIONISTS DROVE USA INTO MID-EAST WAR FOR SAKE OF ISRAEL!
When Syndicated columnist and former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan accused Jewish neo-conservatives and the US-Israeli lobby of pushing America into a war against Israel's enemies, he was also widely denounced as an "anti-Semite."
But what are we to make of the many outspoken Jewish writers, Jewish intellectuals and Jewish activists who have been warning us about the exact same thing? Should we dismiss these jews as "anti-Semites" or "self-hating Jews"?
Following are some very revealing quotes from just a few of these Jewish writers and journalists.
Joe Klein, Time Magazine, Time.com, February 5, 2003
"A stronger Israel is very much embedded in the rationale for war with Iraq. It is a part of the argument that dare not speak its name, a fantasy quietly cherished by the neo-conservative faction in the Bush Administration and by many leaders of the American Jewish community.
The fantasy involves a domino theory. The destruction of Saddam's Iraq will not only remove an enemy of long-standing but will also change the basic power equation in the region. It will send a message to Syria and Iran about the perils of support for Islamic terrorists. It will send a message to the Palestinians too: Democratize and make peace on Israeli terms, or forget about a state of your own."
Michael Kinsley, Slate Magazine, October 24, 2002
1. The only country that fears Iraq's WMD's is Israel;
At this perilous juncture in US history, there is no effective opposition because Zionist Jews appear to control both parties. The Jewish "Anti Defamation League" considers it a barometer of anti Semitism to say, "Jews have too much power." But is something anti- Semitic if it is true? Anti Semitism is racial prejudice. Zionist power is not a racial prejudice; it is a fact of life.
In recent decades, Zionists have succeeded in making support for Zionism synonymous with "Jewish." They have made Israel appear to be a vulnerable country facing annihilation in a sea of bloodthirsty Arabs. In fact, Israel has
The powerful pro-Israel lobby in the United States, which advances Israeli interests by pushing for U.S. aid and protection to Israel, and, currently, by pressing for a war against Iraq, which again will serve Israeli interests.
Jack Bernstein, Author, The Life of An American Jew in Racist Israel (following prediction was made in 1984!)
"The Zionists who rule Israel and the Zionists in America have been trying to trick the U.S. into a Mideast war on the side of Israel. They almost succeeded when U.S. Marines were sent to Lebanon in 1982. The blood of the
If more Americans are not made aware of the truth about Zionist Israel, you can be sure that, sooner or later, those atheists who claim to be God's Chosen People will trick the U.S. into a Mideast war against the Arabs who in the past have always been America's best friends.
| ▲Congressman:Jews pushing war
Moran issues apology denying remarks anti-Semitic
Posted: March 11, 2003 10:30 p.m. Eastern
A Democratic congressman is under fire for remarks in which he suggested American Jews were behind the push to war with Iraq and Jewish leaders could prevent war if they wanted to.
Jewish organizations condemned as "reprehensible" and "anti-Semitic" the comments of Rep. James P. Moran Jr., D-Va., delivered to 120 people attending a forum at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on March 3.
DONALD Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz wrote to President Bill Clinton in 1998 urging war against Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein because he is a hazard to a significant portion of the world's supply of oil.
In the letter, Rumsfeld also calls for America to go to war alone, attacks the United Nations and says the US should not be cippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.
Those who signed the letter, dated January 26, 1998, include Bush's current Pentagon adviser, Richard Perle; Richard Armitage, the number two at the State Department; John Bolton and Paula Dobriansky, under-secretaries of state; Elliott Abrams, the presidential adviser for the Middle East and a member of the National Security Council; and Peter W Rodman, assistant secretary of defence for international security affairs.
THE PLANE WAS EQUIPPED WITH SOMETHING ODD.
A plane is about to dive into South tower of WTC. Do you see something funny underneath its body?
MASTERMIND DID NOT NEED ARAB HIJACKERS BECAUSE HE'S GOT THE REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANES INSTEAD.
RUMSFELD SAID BOTH WTC AND PENTAGON WERE DAMAGED BY MISSILES. YES, THAT'S RIGHT. RUMSFELD'S REMOTE CONTROLLED AIRPLANES LAUNCHED MISSILES JUST PRIOR TO THE DIVES. HE JUST FORGOT HE SHOULD NOT TELL THIS TO THE PUBLICS. IT'S A MERE MISTAKE. EVEN A GREAT JEWISH B'NAI B'RITH BOSS SOMETIMES MAKES MISTAKE.
YOU CAN FREELY HIJACK THE AIRPLANE FROM GROUND AND REMOTE CONTROL IT TO DIVE INTO WTC.
| Flagrant délit
Sur le vif : une image révélatrice, un fait marquant ou une déclaration décalée. 30 juin 2004
Washington prépare des actions militaires contres les musulmans thaïs
Le 4 janvier 2004, une base militaire avait été attaquée par des inconnus à Narathiwat au cours d'une opération très sophistiquée. Tuant quatre soldats, les assaillants s'étaient emparés d'une centaine de M-16. Au cours des semaines suivantes, vingt et une écoles avaient été brûlées et trois bonzes découpés à la machette. Dans un premier temps, le gouvernement avait accusé des bi-nationaux thaïs et malais, « militants islamistes de la Jemaah Islamiyah et d'Al Qaïda », et avait lancé une vaste campagne de répression anti-terroriste faisant au moins une centaine de morts parmi la population musulmane. Cependant, le 19 février, le général Thanee Thawichsri émit l'hypothèse que les troubles avaient été fomentés par les autorités militaires locales pour en blâmer les musulmans et éliminer des opposants ; une version confirmée le lendemain par le Premier ministre, Thaksin Shinawatra.
Quoi qu'il en soit, en mai, des pilotes de la Navy sont venus former les pilotes thaïs et les Forces spéciales ont dispensé un enseignement au combat urbain au cours des manœuvres communes Cobra d'Or 04. Hier, l'ambassadeur Darryl N. Johnson a annoncé la livraison de trente hélicoptères NH-1, ceux-là mêmes qui furent utilisé au Viêt-Nam, pour passer aux travaux pratiques.
BATTLE: AN EXPERT RECANTS ON WHY WTC TOWERS COLLAPSED
By John Flaherty and Jared Israel
[Originally posted 14 September 2001 under the title, "'Explosives Planted In Towers,' New Mexico Tech Expert Says. Updated 26 December 2001 Revised 26 August 2002]
Van Romero reported that he had studied the videos of the WTC collapse and concluded that the towers were most likely destroyed by carefully placed demolition charges. He told the 'Journal': "It would be difficult for something from the plane to trigger an event like that." 911 Tapes Tell Horror Of 9/11
Official: Battalion 3 to dispatch, we've just had another explosion.
Official: Battalion 3 to dispatch, we've had additional explosion.
Dispatcher: Received battalion command. Additional explosion.
【I Tried To Be Patriotic by J. McMichael】
Congressman, families demand WTC collapse data
The data are viewed as particularly important because an earlier investigation of the collapse, conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, suffered from <<<too few resources and a lack of access to critical information>>>
“We need to know the facts of this tragedy,” she said. “I’m calling for an end to the secrecy. To allow this information
to be kept secret, or even to be destroyed, is an outrage.”
CBS News Channel Eyewitness Describes 'Secondary Explosions' in the WTC
Some Survivors Say Bombs “Exploded in WTC”
Bombs inside the ‘World Trade Center’ and the ‘Pentagon’
Evidence of Explosives in Twin Tower Collapse
NY Fireman: There were 'BOMBS IN THE BUILDING!'
FBI Admits: No Evidence Links 'Hijackers' to 9-11
RECORDING OF CUMMUNICATION WITH THE HIJACKED PLANES WAS PURPOSELY DESTROYED WITHOUT ANYONE LISTENING TO IT.
Poor Judgment Cited in Destruction of 9/11 FAA Tape
Fri May 7, 2004 02:12 AM ET
By John Crawley
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air controllers who communicated with or tracked hijacked jets on Sept. 11, 2001, taped their recollections later that day but the recording was destroyed without anyone ever listening to it, a U.S. investigator said on Thursday.
Transportation Department Inspector General Kenneth Mead found irregularities in how two Federal Aviation Administration managers at the main air traffic center on New York's Long Island handled the tape and concluded they used poor judgment.
The tape dealt specifically with the two aircraft that crashed into the World Trade Center towers. A third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon and a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
One of the men, a quality assurance manager, destroyed the tape months after it was made. He crushed the single audiocassette in his hand, cut the recording strands into small pieces and threw the debris into different trash cans at the center, Mead said.
The FAA agreed with Mead's overall findings and said it was taking disciplinary action against the manager who destroyed the tape.
Mead also found the two managers misconstrued a directive from FAA headquarters to save all data and records pertaining to Sept. 11, and criticized them for not alerting their superiors. But the investigation found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and prosecutors declined to pursue the matter.
RUMSFELD SAID BOTH WTC AND PENTAGON WERE DAMAGED BY MISSILES. YES, THAT'S RIGHT. RUMSFELD'S REMOTE CONTROLLED AIRPLANES LAUNCHED MISSILES JUST PRIOR TO THE DIVES. HE JUST FORGOT HE SHOULD NOT TELL THIS TO THE PUBLICS. IT'S A MERE MISTAKE.
A Missile, Not Flight 77
Defense Secretary : "and the missile to damage this building"
Here we're talking about plastic knives and using an American Airlines flight filled with our citizens, and the missile to damage this building and similar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade Center.
| The Zionist Connection to 9-11
by anonymous Tuesday, Apr 13 2004, 2:10pm
| JEW'S WAR ....most hawkish members are pushing a sweeping vision for the Middle East that sees the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq
Iraq war hawks have plans to reshape entire Mideast By John Donnelly and Anthony Shadid, Globe Staff, 9/10/2002 WASHINGTON - As the Bush administration debates going to war against Iraq, its most hawkish members are pushing a sweeping vision for the Middle East that sees the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq as merely a first step in the region's transformation.
ascent of key hard-liners in the administration - from Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith in the Pentagon to John Hannah and Lewis Libby on the vice president's staff and John Bolton in the State Department, analysts and officials say.
| 9/11 v The Truth Comes Out Israel's 9/11 connection exposed
"As long as 60 Israeli citizens are being held v under conditions of great secrecy v in connection with the 9/11 investigation, it is no longer tenable to dismiss the possibility of an Israeli angle in this story." The Post story went on to describe the Israeli detainees as having served in special anti-terrorist and intelligence units. "Something tells me these guys are no ordinary tourists," I averred. While "we just don't know" because of the secrecy surrounding the government's actions, I thought that the whole point of the Ashcroft round-up was not only to sweep up potential suspects but to gather information that could lead them to Al Qaeda's underground network in the US. Therefore, I theorized, "It could be that the Israelis, or at least some of them, fall into this category: while not being directly involved, maybe they know something. Nothing else could account for the government's 'special interest.'"
|major Israeli spy ring involving some a 120 agents for the intelligence service Mossad operating across America
Report details US 'intelligence failures'
The paper has uncovered details of a major Israeli spy ring involving some a 120 agents for the intelligence service Mossad operating across America and some masquerading as arts students. But the Israeli agents were detected by their American counterparts and thrown out of the country, it says. Just a month before the deadly attacks, the paper said, Mossad handed over to the Americans a detailed report naming several suspects they believe were preparing an attack on the United States.
But it contained no specific indications as to the objective and it was not treated seriously.
| Five Israelis were seen filming as jet liners ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001
THE ISRAELI SPY RING SCANDAL
| THE FIVE ISRAELIS ARRESTED ON 9-11
A Mossad surveillance team made quite a public spectacle of themselves on 9-11. Police received several calls from angry New Jersey residents claiming “middle-eastern” men with a white van were videotaping the disaster with shouts of joy and mockery. (1) "They were like happy, you know … They didn't look shocked to me" said a witness. (2)[T]hey were seen by New Jersey residents on Sept. 11 making fun of the World Trade Center ruins and going to extreme lengths to photograph themselves in front of the wreckage. (3)Witnesses saw them jumping for joy in Liberty State Park after the initial impact (4). Later on, other witnesses saw them celebrating on a roof in Weehawken, and still more witnesses later saw them celebrating with high fives in a Jersey City parking lot. (5)
| Claims 911 Was An Inside Job Go Mainstream Global Free Press
This week, the Wall Street Journal reported on their first page about the success of 911 authors who challenge the official story of the September 11th attacks. The article dismissed their claim and tried to discredit two former Ministers, Andreas von Buelow (Germany) and Michael Meacher (England). Both recently implied, that the U.S. might have had enough reasons, to organize the attacks to give it a pretext to send troops to Iraq. The WSJ article was followed one day later, by a similar article of NY Times contributor Richard Bernstein in the Herald Tribune. Already two weeks ago, the German magazine DER SPIEGEL, released a title story about the success of German 911 Authors. Books about a possible 9/11 Inside Job are also popular in Italy and France. The majority of independent 9/11 Researchers think, that 9/11 was connected with the Neocon Think Tank PNAC. This week, one of their founders, Lewis Libby, was being speculated as one of the possible suspects of being responsible for the leak of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plume. Other members of PNAC are Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz. Wolfowitz, it is said, planned a war against Iraq back in 1998. In one of the documents of PNAC it is explained, that they needed "some catastrophic and catalysing event - like a new Pearl Harbour." http://news.globalfreepress.com/article.pl?sid=03/10/02/0146247
9-11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB OUR NATION IS IN PERIL
We feel like we are living in the "Matrix" where we can blend in, but knowing something is horribly wrong and must be exposed. The quality of life for all of our loved ones is at stake along with the hopes of millions of people for a world of peace, freedom and ecological sustainability. If just a few of you take the time to study a little more and become involved in the 9-11 truth movement we will be greatly appreciative. We strongly feel that people of all progressive movements should involve themselves in this effort to expose the truth about 9-11 and in the greatest push ever from the grassroots to nonviolently replace our current despotic leadership. It would have tremendous positive consequences to all of our progressive movements if similar to the fall of Nixon over Watergate that the Bush administration was exposed on this and replaced. This outrageous criminal act must be brought to justice and our freedoms restored. We need to reach out now to all those who may be willing to hear and break the silence.
In the last year, the science research into 9/11 has allowed us to make stronger conclusions that were possible a year ago: not that they "Let It Happen On Purpose" (LIHOP) but that it was an "Inside Job". In viewing the events from the latter perspective, we find that more of the evidence fits in, and there are fewer unproductive "red herrings" to follow.
An Inside Job means that 9/11 was planned and executed by elements of the US government and shadow government, and that the likely role of OsamaBinAsset was as an intelligence asset, and that the hijackers that actually existed were likely patsies.
The distinction is important in that there is a media disinformation campaign pushing the "The Saudis Did It" flavour of LIHOP, as well as some "9/11 skeptics" who are advocating the LIHOP as a means of preventing or dissuading investigation into the fact that it was an Inside Job.
|True Patriot 9-11 Was an Inside Job
Mon Apr 12, 2004 13:23 188.8.131.52
No amount of propoganda can remove the hard evidence that exists to demonstrate that 9-11 was an inside job. The proof lies in WTC 7. Larry Silverman admitted that this building was intentionally demolished. This demolition occured on the afternoon of Sept. 11th. Controlled implosions such as this require more time and effort to arrange than could've taken place within the few short available on this day filled with such turmoil. This means the building was pre-facilitated with demo charges set to go on the 11th. Time to wake up America, we are in REAL danger.
- "The enemy is very much within"
TOP_VIEW has just conducted a brief yet immeasurably important phone interview -- set up by a trusted and totally reliable intermediary already known to us -- with an Air Force Reserve intelligence specialist.
Intel source: You could say that. Actually there are certain (pause) groups in our government who pretty much ran the whole show.
9/11 - An Inside Job?
9/11 Security Courtesy of Marvin Bush
Marvin P. Bush, the president’s younger brother, was a principal in a company called Securacom that provided security for the World Trade Center, United Airlines, and Dulles International Airport.
All 9/11 airports serviced by one Israeli company
ICTS is [...] an Israeli owned company, and [...] it sells services to every airport from which the hijacked planes operated, including security, sometimes through wholly owned subsidiaries like Huntleigh USA Corporation.
Bush Senior Met With Bin Laden's Brother on 9/11
On 11 September, while Al-Qaeda's planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Carlyle Group hosted
a conference at a Washington hotel. Among the guests of honour was a valued investor: Shafig bin Laden, brother to Osama. 9/11 was a Hoax The American government killed its own people
by John Kaminski
Opposed by everyone in the world who was not bought off, the illegal invasion of Iraq was undertaken for many reasons — the imminent replacement of the dollar by the euro as the world's primary currency, the tempting lure of untapped oil reserves, the desire to consolidate U.S./Israeli military hegemony over a strategically vital region — but the most important reason was to further obscure questions about the awesome deception staged by the American government that has come to be known as 9/11.
9/11 was a hoax. This is no longer a wild conspiracy assertion; it is a fact, supported by thousands of other verifiable facts, foremost of which are:
The Pope thinks 9-11 was an inside job by Wayne Madsen
"...According to journalists close to the Vatican, the Pope and his closest advisers are also concerned that the ultimate acts of evil - the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon - were known in advance by senior Bush administration officials.
By permitting the attacks to take their course, there is a perception within the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy that a coup d'etat was implemented, one that gave Bush and his leadership near-dictatorial powers to carry out their agenda."
"The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor"
The 9-11 Tragedy: Official Story.... or INSIDE JOB?
Find out in this sobering analysis by a leading investigative journalist.
Inside Job is the definitive journalistic account of the hidden role of the Bush Whitehouse in perpetrating the 9-11 attacks. Veteran journalist Jim Marrs weaves into his coverage the kind of relentless undercover research that has long ago established him as one of America's leading conspiracy researchers. Marrs also provides daring explanations for the motivations driving the parties involved in 9-11, drawing deeply from his acclaimed research on the JFK assassination and shadow government. Originally written under contract for a large New York publisher, this book passed legal review and received extensive editorial support only to be cancelled suddenly in early 2003 with little explanation by the publisher. It is now being brought out by a small press in Northern California.
September 11: An Inside Job? I’m going to miss America
by Aaron Braaten
There’s a plethora of alternate Internet information concerning 9/11, like the disappearing Pentagon plane, the controlled WTC demolition, the mysterious WTC Building #7 bombing, or the shady financial dealings of a irline stock. There’s enough evidence to indicate that 9/11 was an inside job. Furthermore, Henry Kissinger’s in charge of discerning fact from fiction in all of this mess. I wouldn’t trust him with the well being of three million Vietnamese citizens or furthering democracy in Chile, so why should anyone trust him with heading up the 9/11 investigation? 9-11: An Inside Job
9-11: AN INSIDE JOB Investigative journalist Jim Marrs (Ft. Worth) explains why Bush had to win the 2000 election:
the conservative right would have more stridently balked at the war program if Gore was in the White House.
marrsinterview 9-11 Inquiry - video/x-ms-wmv 2.7M
The Fatal Flaw in the 9/11 Coverup By John Kaminski
Why can no one name the hijackers or prove they flew the planes?
Know how to tell the difference between the truth and lies of 9/11? If they're talking about hijackers having done the dastardly deed, you know they're part of the sinister coverup extravaganza, wittingly or not.
In order for the people of the world to be convinced that Islamic hijackers were responsible for terrible tragedy of 9/11, we need to see some evidence. Not hearsay, innuendo, aspersion or promises of evidence, but real evidence.
Otherwise, the whole subject is rightly regarded as a ruse, a setup to conceal the identities of the real culprits, the ones who sit smugly in front of the TV cameras and plot their cynical war on terror — otherwise known as the war on the peoples of the world.
Why did FBI director Robert Mueller say very publicly to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco that nothing on paper connected Arab terrorists to 9/11? I mean, two and half years have passed. And the feds produced 19 names within 72 hours of the disaster. Notice a mathematical inconsistency here? All that has happened since is mere vigilante hysteria, hypothetical scenarios trumpeted ad nauseum by America's notoriously brainwashed Zionist press.
Seven or eight of the names on that original list have been found living comfortably in other countries. Why hasn't the FBI made any attempt to correct the errors made on that original list? See for yourself. http://members.fortunecity.com/911/september-eleven/hijackers-alive.htm and http://www.welfarestate.com/911/.
Retired General Anthony Zinni : "The war in Iraq partly for Israel's sake."
He laid the blame on several senior administration officials - all of whom happen to be Jewish.
Haaretz - Israel News
Tue., May 25, 2004 Sivan 5, 5764 Israel Time: 01:26 (GMT+3)
Zinni: Criticism of Iraq war not spurred by anti-Semitism
By Nathan Guttman
WASHINGTON - Retired General Anthony Zinni, the Bush administration's former envoy to the Middle East, charged this week that the administration launched the war in Iraq partly for Israel's sake.
In an interview with the television program "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Zinni lambasted the handling of the war and laid the blame on several senior administration officials - all of whom happen to be Jewish. These men, he said, pushed the war because they "saw the invasion of Iraq as a way to stabilize American interests in the region and strengthen the position of Israel."
The officials he mentioned were Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Under Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith, former chairman of the Defense Policy Board Richard Perle, National Security Council member Elliott Abrams and Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
Nevertheless, Zinni denied that his complaints are directed specifically against Jews.
"[In] one article, because I mentioned the neoconservatives who describe themselves as neoconservatives, I was called anti-Semitic," he said. "I mean, you know, [it's] unbelievable that that's the kind of personal attacks that are run when you criticize a strategy and those who propose it."
Zinni said it was "the worst-kept secret in Washington" that a group of neoconservative thinkers had pushed for invading Iraq in order to make the Middle East more democratic — and safer for Israel.
The Bush Cabal and Iraq War - Ethnic Response to Criticism
The Ground Shifts May 28, 2004
The ground shifted this week, subtly but critically, in the ongoing debate over the role of Israel in America's Iraq policy, one more step in the growing insecurity facing Jews and the Jewish state in the wake of the Iraq war.
As recently as a week ago, reasonable people still could dismiss as antisemitic conspiracy mongering the claim that Israel's security was the real motive behind the invasion of Iraq. No longer. The allegation has now moved from the fringes into the mainstream. Its advocates can no longer simply be shushed or dismissed as bigots. Those who disagree must now argue the case on the merits.
What changed this week, most importantly, was the entry into the debate of the very respectable Anthony Zinni, the retired Marine general and former Middle East mediator. Appearing on CBS News' "60 Minutes" last Sunday, Zinni said it was "the worst-kept secret in Washington" that a group of neoconservative thinkers had pushed for invading Iraq in order to make the Middle East more democratic — and safer for Israel. "Everybody I talk to in Washington has known and fully knows what their agenda was and what they were trying to do," Zinni said. And in saying it, he changed the terms of the debate. He is not one to be waved off.
Saying Zinni has a right to his views is not the same as saying he's right. For our money, the idea that a small group of bureaucrats and ideologues effectively hijacked American policy and cooked up a war is simplistic. Those who sought to topple Saddam Hussein believed he was a threat both to Israel and to America. Nobody was more committed to removing that threat than George Bush.
Whatever else may be said of Bush, he has a clear vision of the world — perhaps too clear — and he has been consistent in acting on it. He may be driving America's ship of state "over Niagara Falls," as Zinni put it, but he's doing it with his eyes open.
The notion that invading Iraq was a neoconservative scheme, foisted on American policy-makers for Israel's benefit, has been simmering just beyond the borders of acceptable politics since the Bush administration began visibly preparing for war in the winter of 2003. Though popular in Europe, the notion was articulated in this country mainly by longtime critics of Israel who could easily be dismissed as conspiracy theorists. The Israel link was mentioned repeatedly in the major media — "Meet the Press," the Washington Post — as an idea that was in play, but virtually no mainstream figure would admit to believing it. Most of America took the administration at its word that the drive to war was motivated — rightly or wrongly — by a belief that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction and had ties to Al Qaeda.
And here is the other shift in the debate. The collapse of the two main justifications for war — the weapons and the Al Qaeda link — has left Middle East democratization as the one believable motive. Once that was established, it was only a matter of time before the Israel question resurfaced.
Zinni is the second major Washington figure to make the accusation publicly this month. Senator Ernest Hollings, a South Carolina Democrat with an unfortunate history of ethnic slurs, said much the same thing in a newspaper essay May 6 and was roundly attacked for it. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee accused him of resurrecting age-old "Jewish conspiracy" myths and demanded that he retract his statement. Instead, Hollings rose on the floor of the Senate on May 20, and repeated his charge.
Zinni went public the following Sunday. He didn't have the bully pulpit of the U.S. Senate, but he had something at least as powerful: credibility. A genuine Pentagon star, Zinni is a former chief of the U.S. Central Command, in charge of all American troops in the Middle East. He also served as President Bush's special Middle East envoy in the winter of 2002 and 2003, overseeing Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy during the months that Washington was preparing for war in Iraq. He's not merely theorizing about how American policy was formed; he was there.
The truth is, of course, that Zinni is partly right — but only partly. Securing Israel was one of the war hawks' motives, but not the only one, probably not even the main one. Saddam's regime genuinely threatened the stability of the region, as the United Nations Security Council had unanimously agreed the previous fall. Other threats were growing in seriousness, not least Al Qaeda, which had struck in September 2001 and was seeking to expand its reach. Then, too, the ideological predilections of the Bush administration — particularly its moral absolutism and its suspicion of international agreements — hampered its ability to interpret these threats and shape an effective response.
More than any other, it is that last factor — the administration's unilateralism — that has most colored perceptions of Israel over the past year. By going to war before he had exhausted all diplomatic options, by failing to assemble a genuinely international coalition, by failing to line up moderate Arab support as his father did in 1991, Bush set in motion a catastrophic chain of events that has left the world less stable than it was before. The threat of terrorism has increased, not declined. Movements that were separate and distinct before the war — Iraqi Baathism, Al Qaeda fundamentalism, Palestinian nationalism — are making common cause more than ever, becoming the global threat that we had imagined them to be. Jewish institutions around the world have been forced to fortify themselves like military installations. And in the midst of all this stands America — alone against much of the world — with Israel by its side, more alone and threatened than it was before.
Rep. Nita Lowey told the Forward this week that because of Bush's policies, Jews are less safe than they were. Stating that fact doesn't lessen the responsibility of those who threaten and attack Jews. It merely acknowledges the staggering ineptitude of the administration in meeting those threats. Bush surely didn't mean to make things worse, but that's what he did.
And now the greatest irony: As Americans become bitter over these catastrophic events, they may yet vent their anger on the oldest scapegoat of all.
The line between legitimate debate and scapegoating is a fine one. Friends of Israel will be tempted to guard that line by labeling as antisemites those who threaten to cross it. They already have begun to do so. But it is a mistake. Israel and its allies stand accused of manipulating America's public debate for their own purposes. If they were to succeed in suppressing debate to protect themselves, it only would prove the point. Better to follow the democratic path: If there is bad speech, the best reply is more speech.
Besides, the fight already may have been lost. Exposing antisemites can be an effective weapon when it succeeds in shaming the bigots, or isolating them. These days, as we learned from Mel Gibson, those who stand accused of antisemitism seem increasingly able to portray themselves as victims — as Hollings and Zinni already have done. It is not Israel's enemies but its friends that are isolated. That's another thing that's changed.
If this was a war to protect Israel, then heaven shield us from our protectors.//
Former U.S. envoys want Bush voted out
26 ex-diplomats, military officers join in crusade
Say U.S. president hurting American security interests
WASHINGTON—A group of 26 retired U.S. diplomats and military officers said yesterday that President George W. Bush should be voted out of office in November for damaging U.S. national security interests and America's standing in the international community.
"Today we see that structure crumbling under an administration blinded by ideology and a callous indifference to the world around it," said Phyllis Oakley, former assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research. "Never before have so many of us felt the need for a major change in the direction of our foreign policy."
Retired Gen. Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak, former air force chief of staff, said Bush anticipated a rosy reception after a military victory in Iraq but "we were totally unprepared for the post-combat occupation. So we see here unfolding before us a total disaster."
Charles Freeman, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Persian Gulf war, said the administration's handling of wider relations with the Islamic world was particularly damaging to U.S. interests.
The group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, did not explicitly endorse Democrat John Kerry for president in its statement. But one of its members said Sunday "it goes more or less without saying."
The Bush campaign said at least 20 members of the group have been involved in partisan political activities in the past.
"It is not surprising that John Kerry has the support of a group of people who share his belief that the threat of terror is exaggerated," Bush spokesperson Steve Schmidt said. "This is a group that shares John Kerry's pre-Sept. 11 world view and supports John Kerry's failed ideas for treating terrorism as a matter mainly for law-enforcement and intelligence."
Among the group are 20 ambassadors, appointed by presidents of both parties, other former U.S. State Department officials and military leaders whose careers span three decades.
Prominent members include retired Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East during the administration of Bush's father; retired Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., ambassador to Britain under president Bill Clinton and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under president Ronald Reagan; and retired Adm. Stansfield Turner, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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