Bush's Middle Eastern Quagmire and Apocalypse Future
Fri Nov 14 15:58:21 2003
Bush's Middle Eastern Quagmire and Apocalypse Future
Mark Dankof for Al Bawaba
One trusts that an American electorate mesmerized by Reality TV and the NFL/NBA
regular season schedules will stop long enough to contemplate the apocalyptic
implications of Gordon Thomas's October27 th exclusive for the American Free
Press: that George Bush's neo-conservative regime has secretly flown 100 Harpoon
cruise missiles tipped with nuclear warheads to the joint American-UK military
base stationed on the remote Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. Thomas informs
us that it is now known where72 of these Harpoons have been subsequently
assigned--to three Israeli Dolphin-class submarines ( 24apiece) that have
subsequently left Diego for the Gulf of Oman. The purpose? To target Iranian
nuclear facilities well within the range of the Dolphins and their collective
nuclear-tipped payload supplied by the United States. Most ominously, these
instruments of mass death and destruction are under the command-and-launch
decision making authority of one Ariel Sharon, whose moral, political, and
military mindset is best revealed by his pivotal role in the Sabra and Shatila
massacres in southern Lebanon in1982 , along with occupational policies on the
West Bank and Gaza that have recently included the deliberate IDF bulldozing to
death of Olympia, Washington's Rachel Corrie, an unarmed peace activist
protesting Palestinian house demolitions sanctioned by the Sharon government.
It gets worse. The Thomas story has subsequently been confirmed by a senior aide
to Bush National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice for both the Los Angeles Times
and London's Guardian newspaper.
Where, pray tell, is the American media and Congress in confronting George Bush
with the absolutely incomprehensible decision to supply any government--much
less the Sharon regime in Tel Aviv--with American nuclear weaponry and the
accompanying authority to decide if, when, and against whom the Apocalpyse is to
be unleashed? Who are the powers in his Administration who have set this
obviously reckless and derailing course of action in motion? May we conclude
that they are largely the same advisors--with direct connections to the Likud
regime in Israel--who urged the President to involve American men and women in
an ill-conceived preemptive strike against Iraq, where the fraudulent
Administration claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction in that country are made
all the more maddening by the obvious, enveloping quicksand of death, debt, and
international ill-will increasing exponentially by the day? And where are the
medallioned luminaries of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in this
nightmare--scheduling this week's tee times at the Congressional Country Club?
Pat Buchanan correctly observes that Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith,
Wurmser and Company have now placed themselves, and their countrymen, in mortal
peril with the neo-conservative strategy on preemptive military action against
Iraq and the subsequent occupation. As Mr. Buchanan analyzes things, the Project
for the New American Century crowd has only three options in the political and
military morass created since March. The first is to withdraw from Iraq
completely, an option made problematic by the subsequent power vacuum, civil
war, and outside interventionism that would surely follow. A second involves
continuing the present course of action by priming the pump of American lives
and dollars in the elusive hope that a responsible government and economic
infrastructure for the Iraqi people can emerge from the present chaos and
violence. Buchanan notes here that the elusiveness of the goal is matched by the
thinning of the patience and political will of the American electorate for Mr.
Bush's version of the War on Terrorism and For World Democracy. The third is the
most ominous of all--a deliberate escalation of American military
interventionism in the Middle East by preemptive attacks against Syria and Iran,
with all of the attendant risks.
The Thomas report on Harpoons for the American Free Press must be seen as the
most significant sign yet that it is the third option which has been selected in
the secret and dark inner counsels of the Bush national security team. The Boys
of Empire and Sharon lead us to Apocalypse Future.
Mark Dankof is a correspondent for Uncensored News and Views. A3 rd party
candidate for the U. S. Senate in Delaware in2000 , he is an ordained Lutheran
pastor and post-graduate student in systematic theology at Westminster
Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His web site is entitled Mark Dankof's
The Corporate Media abandons the sinking Ship-of-Fools in Washington by Les
The real story in the New York Times article about Paul Bremer's complaints
about the media is not just about a political bum moaning about a great
media-watchdog - as the NYT would have us believe.
Quite the contrary. Lest we forget, - this same media about which Paul Bremer
bitterly complains - is the media that supported the war on Iraq until the
destruction was complete. The Neocons in Zionist "think-tanks" who served as
advisors to the Bush regime - engineered the war. The
corporate media garnered and maintained the support of the flag-waving U.S.
population for the war.
The U.S. economy is weakened. The media is reporting a surging stock market to
be enjoyed by the rich. - while the national debt grows to burden future
generations of young American taxpayers and joblessness, homelessness, personal
bankruptcies, home foreclosures and living-on-debt become a fact-of-life for the
bourgeois and poor. Funds have been diverted from education, healthcare and
support for our poor to war on others.
The assault on civil liberties in the U.S. is now institutionalized in the
"Homeland Security Act". U.S. soldiers are being critically wounded and dying in
Iraq in increasing numbers. And U.S. citizens are enjoying the status of the
most hated people in the world.
Ordinary Muslims and Arabs have been successfully villainized by a new,
virulent, media-driven racism.
The Zionists have been given the greenlight for escalated atrocities,
destruction and land-theft in Palestine. The guns are cocked in other
Middle-Eastern nations and Russia.
The Middle East is now destabilized. Israel is prowling the seas with submarines
equipped with America's nuclear warheads. Israel has cash-on-demand as never
before at the
U.S. Congressional ATM.
$$Billions are tucked away in the coffers of the corrupt "Rebuild Iraq"
corporations and the industrial military complex. Iraq and Afghanistan -
whatever their prewar conditions - have been destroyed as a nation with tens of
thousands of Afgans and Iraqis dead and maimed, their infrastructure in ruins,
their way of life turned to chaos and anarchy, tribal wars, chaos and heroin
thriving in Afghanistan, Iraq's antiquities looted by foreigners and
their proud history - as humans - our history - the cradle of civilization -
Now this same corporate-media - distances itself from the war it wanted all
along, burning it's U.S. and U.K. lapdog-governments along the way - with
headlines that scream about the injustice of this ill-conceived, criminal war
against the sovereign nations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Justification for "pre-emptive wars" has been established as a valid way of
dealing with conflict for all nations. The world may be skirting the edges of
thermonuclear war and anyone who says so is marginalized by the media as a
"conspiracy-kook". In the article cited above, the New York Times has it both
ways - preserving it's status as a watchdog, victimized by Bremer and
Bush-administration, but also selling the propaganda for the regime in
Washington that things aren't as bad as they seem to be in Iraq.
So I ask, - What did Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfield, Ashcroft, Bremer crowd
think? - Were they really stupid enough to believe that the media who helped
them get appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court - would remain on-board
and go down with the sinking ship-of-fools in Washington?
Throw the Bush regime out of Washington in2004 ? Of course! But make no mistake,
whatever regime takes their place - Republican or Democrat - it will be owned
and operated by the same neocons and their media backers who managed the Bush
Do we really want to address the atrocities of the U.S. government in the Middle
East? Are we willing to pay the price for real change? If our answer is "Yes!"
to these questions, we will not have it by voting for the next corrupt
politician offered to us by this corporate owned "democracy" in2004 . We will
only have it by turning out en-masse on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Watch for the next national protest and march against Washington. Even if you
have never participated in a political demonstration before, make plans to be
Les Blough is an editor at Axis of Logic - a webiste committed to publishing
news and commentary that is often not presented in the major news outlets. The
website can be visited at
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