Of all the commentary about diplomacy in the Middle East, only one by an Arab, understands what is really going on and even he misses the bigger story: the total triumph of bin Laden. The Israelis want to suck in NATO to make them an arm of the IDF while Muslims in Afghanistan warn NATO they must withdraw or die. The former imperial powers of Europe, riding in the American imperial van, are going off the cliff with us while Iran laughs and North Korea says, 'Me make BOOM!'
By BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writer 32 minutes ago
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran insists it will not be drawn into the Middle East fighting between Israel and Tehran's Hezbollah clients but may be unable to avoid fallout on the already difficult diplomatic struggle over its nuclear program — hardening positions on all sides, experts on the talks say.
Outside Iran, the fighting could sharpen the resolve of Western powers and others that fear Iran wants to build a nuclear weapon and is using what it calls a civilian program as a cover for that ambition. Inside the country, hard-line forces might become increasingly unwilling to make concessions.
One of the immediate worries is that Iran could set off a regional arms race and bring new risks to an area brimming with tensions. The fighting in Lebanon and the Hezbollah rocket attacks highlight concerns that nuclear material, whether from Iran or elsewhere, could in the future find its way into the hands of militant groups like Hezbollah who want to destroy Israel.
What this latest bully boy invasion by Israel has caused is a strengthening of resolve of all Israel's neighbors to hyperarm. They can see clearly from the illegal invasion of Iraq after Saddam stupidly cooperated with UN WMD inspectors, complying with the UN means death. No sane government will ever cooperate with disarming anything anymore, ever again. And the Israeli/American imperial politics of might makes right forces even nonhostile nations to arm like mad. Europe stands nearly alone in this, they want the USA to defend them while they make money. This is Japan's policy, too.
This policy is killing the USA because it has caused us to attempt filling the vacuum caused by European and Japanese failures by making our military the biggest on earth and then stationing 90% of it where Europe and Japan dictate. Instead of strengthening America, this has fatally weakened us, driving us into bankruptcy as we have to go to Europe and Japan for money to pay for this and in the end, as our military after 9/11 expanded massively, going to communist China for a good hunk of the money needed to run this hyper military imperial machine. And instead of making us powerful, it has weakened us as we get enveloped in wars waged against nearly exclusively, Muslims.
By HELENE COOPER and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: July 23, 2006
WASHINGTON, July 22 — As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to Israel on Sunday, Bush administration officials say they recognize Syria is central to any plans to resolve the crisis in the Middle East, and they are seeking ways to peel Syria away from its alliance of convenience with Iran.
As I detailed yesterday, Syria has a list of demands. Israel won't give in to any of them at all. And the Israelis will have to crank up the creaky machinery of American propaganda outlets owned or run by Jewish men, and try to corral America into rejecting any and all diplomatic solutions to Israeli expansionism in the Middle East. The internet is making life very difficult for the Jews running our government from behind the scenes because everything they want to censore by ignoring it or attacking it unilaterally, is crumbling because real news and information is leaking in now and is being debated by the public in ways that irritate the men and women running the Israeli imperial project.
This fake story about Syria that rattles on with totally insane analysis is part of the machiinery designed to transform reality into a new shape that benefits Israel. All the American media outlets have been trumpetting the notion that this war has weakened not Israel but Iran. This stupid belief flies in the face of reality. Iran can happily point to Israel and say, 'See? They are the aggressors! They want to kill babies!' End of story. Iran says they need defenses to protect their sovereignty. And they are 100% correct in this matter. For Israel and its captive state, America, have both openly talked about overthrowing a democratically elected government there just as they have attacked and seized Hamas elected representatives chosen in a fair election in Palestine.
Just like ancient Rome, as the dicatatorship installed by hook and crook grinds down the Senate, the Senators pipe up with feeble voices, pleading for ancient powers that no longer exist. There is no WMD report to give to the pathetic Senators because there never were any WMD to report. There will be in the future but only after our utter defeat in the Middle East. For we are falling apart rapidly.
The failure to protect American citizens in the Middle East is very significant. America was talked into refusing to evacuate Americans in Israel and had to be strongarmed into a small, mostly inept evacuation from Lebanon. The lack of interest in the victims of Israeli aggression continues as our government and much of the press looks the other way as Americans are bombed.
This extends the weakening of our country's status and power as our own government declares to the world, 'We don't give a hoot if you kill our people.' Hurricane Katrina destroyed our diplomatic powers for the same reason. If we end up only huffing and puffing for dual citizens of Israel while refusing to protect black Americans or Americans of Arab descent, this weakens our country, tremendously.
By ELAINE SCIOLINO and STEVEN ERLANGER
PARIS, July 24 — Support is building quickly for an international military force to be placed in southern Lebanon, but there remains a small problem: where will the troops come from?
The United States has ruled out its soldiers’ participating, NATO says it is overstretched, Britain feels its troops are overcommitted and Germany says it is willing to participate only if Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that it would police, agrees to it, a highly unlikely development.
“All the politicians are saying, ‘Great, great’ to the idea of a force, but no one is saying whose soldiers will be on the ground,” said one senior European official. “Everyone will volunteer to be in charge of the logistics in Cyprus.”
If Europe sides with Lebanon to shove out Israel and demand Israel negotiate a fair state with Palestine and enforces this by removing all the illegal settlements on the West Bank and in Jerusalem, then NATO may patrol these borders. This will stop anyone from attacking the proper state of Israel and it will also force Israel to cease waving a sword and start using real diplomacy and not false diplomacy whereby all they did way try to buy time so they could make the facts on the ground, ie, the settlements, extend their borders.
Tehran, too, has suffered a loss of prestige. As patrons of Hezbollah, they are today seen in the Middle East as being complicit in an act of stupidity that has brought ruin on an Arab nation. And Iran's failure to aid her Shia allies in battle with Israel exposes them as something less than heroic Islamic warriors of Tehran's propaganda.
Indeed, the perceived impotence of Iran to aid Hezbollah, while Bush was giving Israel a free hand in Lebanon, may force Iran to show it yet has power to damage U.S. interests. Public denunciations of Israel by the U.S.-backed, Shia-dominated regime in Baghdad may be an indicator of where Iran intends to exact payback.
Hezbollah were never told Iran would attack if they fought Israel. They listened to bin Laden's famous tape whereby he explains how he defeated America at Tora Bora. This battle, which the Pentagon trumpetted as one of the greatest victories since Little Big Horn (heh)---make that D-Day---was where bin Laden endured our entire forces and then slipped out to campaign against us very successfully. For he is increasingly triumphant in Pakistan and Afghanistan and hopes to have the nuclear arsenal in Pakistan working for him in the future.
And Iran is much stronger, for like Hezbollah, they stood up to Israel and the American horse that Israel rides upon. Saudi Arabia has been fatally weakened and it is only a matter of time before the royals there will be rolling headless in the gutters of Makka. The Saudis gambled that Israel would decapitate the troublesome peasants in Lebanon and Palestine. This failure now has exposed them to retaliation from very angry people who are now itching to teach the nominal leaders of Islam, fat little geese, all, a stark lesson.
Counterpunch---Ashraf Isma'il: The world is witnessing what could be a critical turning point in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel is now engaged in a war that could permanently undermine the efficacy of its much-vaunted military apparatus.
Ironically, there are several reasons for believing that Israel’s destruction of southern Lebanon and southern Beirut will weaken its bargaining position relative to its adversaries, and will strengthen its adversaries’ hands.
Kudos to Mr. Isma'il. When I roamed the net, seeking something sane, I thought maybe I was the only person on the planet who understood what is going on. This would make me seem mad as a hatter. But I know in my bones, my analysis is on the button and reading him, confirms this. I found not one thing to disagree with in his article so I suggest reading the whole thing. It stands in refreshing contrast to all the billious, thoughtless, snarly, snarky explanations of what is going on.
Americans have been seduced into thinking our military can unravel all diplomatic Gordian Knots by cutting them into many pieces. This has caused our ability to project power via diplomacy to wither like limbs never used and this is crippling our nation. Goading allies into doing things they don't want to do isn't diplomacy. Worse, letting agents working for another country whether it be Germany, Britain or most significantly, Israel, is not only dangerous, it is deadly. If Japan gets to run our Asia diplomacy, they don't care if Americans are bombed or killed so they have little incentive to take our own safety into consideration. This is much truer with Israel which really doesn't give a hoot how many Americans die even in America itself, witness Chertoff, a dual citizen traitor running Homeland Security. No dual citizen should be running any security system or State Department system. They must be removed for the desire to serve another country means betraying our country and this cannot be tolerated. I feel very strongly about this.
China doesn't bring in aliens to run their diplomatic corps. They train Chinese with loyalty to China in special colleges and then set them out to learn about the world and to work for China. We hire foreigners and then let them run our foreign affairs.