July 13, 2006
Earlier this afternoon, as a call in to Jack
Blood’s GCN radio program, I asked Claire Brown of INN World Report how
long she thought it would be before Israel attacked Syria. Brown said
two days. I believe it may take a bit longer, although at this point it
is speculation over what may be considered a fait accompli in
advance—Israel will attack Syria.
Two weeks ago, IAF jets
performed a bit of sonic boom terrorism on Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian
president, as he kicked back at his palace in the city of Latakia in
northwestern Syria. "The IDF said the flyover, carried out by four
planes flying in a low-altitude pattern, was a part of an overall IDF
operation aimed at pressuring the Syrian leadership to expel Hamas
Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal from Damascus," reported the neocon
Jerusalem Post at the time.
Maybe, but it is more likely the
Israelis wanted to send a message to al-Assad that they can get him, no
matter where he is. Bashar al-Assad may be cringing in a bunker soon,
in three days or two weeks.
Meanwhile, "Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today an Israeli strike on Syria would be
considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a
'fierce response’, state television reported," according to the Age.
"If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria,
this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this
regime will receive a very fierce response,'’ Ahmadinejad declared in a
telephone call to al-Assad.
"We now in the Middle East have
an axis of terror and hatred comprising Iran, Syria, Hamas and
Hezbollah, which is trying to attack Israel and prevent peace in the
area," Israel’s consul general in New York, Arye Mekel,
told the Forward, a pro-Zionist newspaper, an absurd declaration
considering Israel attacked Lebanon, not the other way around.
to Mekel, in January 2006, "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
[went] to Damascus, during which he met Syrian President Bashar Assad,
as well as the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah, and two other terrorist
groups: Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine-General Command." From this "terror summit," we
are expected to believe, the kidnapping of the IOF soldier Gilad Shalit
was cooked up." Moreover, Mekel tells us, "Syria and Iran have a vested
interest in keeping the Palestinian issue alive, and use the Hamas
government as a beachhead."
As usual, the Israelis and their
devotees in the corporate media expect us to believe the Palestinians
are nothing if not Stepford terrorists, mindlessly obedient Pavlovian
dogs ready to jump through hoops upon receiving commands from their
evil Iranian and Syrian taskmasters. Never are we told the Palestinians
are responding to more than fifty years of brutal and racist
occupation. Never are we told that the Palestinian issue is at the
heart of the crisis in the Middle East. It’s those damn Iranians and
Syrians, who want a "beachhead" in Palestine because, of course, they
are attempting to "prevent peace in the area" (i.e., Israeli hegemony
and the mandatory subservience and acquiescence of the Arabs) and, it
stands to reason, are itching to push all the Jews into the sea.
is not interested in peace, and it has never seriously considered
making peace with its neighbors, although this fact is never mentioned
in the pro-Israel corporate media. "In his Complete Diaries, Vol. II.
p. 711, Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, says that the area of
the Jewish State stretches: 'From the Brook of Egypt to the
Euphrates,’" Israel Shahak
wrote in 1982, as Israel invaded Lebanon on a previous occasion. "Rabbi
Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared in his
testimony to the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiry on 9 July 1947: 'The
Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it
includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.’"
As noted in the neocon
"Clean Break" document, essentially the Rosetta Stone of the
Likudite-neocon master plan, "Israel can shape its strategic
environment … by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria…
[because] Syria, and Iran, [are] principal agents of aggression in
Lebanon… [and] Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil." Richard
Perle, Douglas Feith, and David Wurmser, principal architects of the A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
white paper (originally crafted for incoming Israeli president Benjamin
Netanyahu), proposed "striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and
should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria
proper." Of course, as there are no longer any "Syrian military targets
in Lebanon," the obvious step is to blitzkrieg Syria directly.
an earlier post, I made a comparison between Germany’s Operation
Barbarossa and the current Israeli effort. According to the late
Shahak, Israel’s "plan follows faithfully the geopolitical ideas
current in Germany of 1890-1933, which were swallowed whole by Hitler
and the Nazi movement, and determined their aims for East Europe. Those
aims, especially the division of the existing states, were carried out
in 1939-1941, and only an alliance on the global scale prevented their
consolidation for a period of time."
Obviously, in regard to
Israel’s current invasion, potentially more disastrous than any
previous invasion of Lebanon, there will be no "alliance on the global
scale," as most of the world (outside of the Arab and Persian Middle
East) is intimidated by Israel, although a handful of European and
United Nations politicos are now remonstrating weakly, in fact
absurdly, over the organized slaughter of Palestinians and Lebanese, a
calculated act of serial murder and destruction of civilian
infrastructure wholeheartedly supported by the Bushites, that is to say
the neocons in control of the Bush government.
warning comes at a critical time in the invasion, as Israel is
emboldened, realizing small resistance to its criminal provocation,
beyond Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. It remains to be seen
what Iran can accomplish, beyond further support for Hezbollah.
if Iran does manage to make the going tough for the Israelis, and the
region explodes further, chances are high the United States will be
sucked in, as eventually China and Russia will be, as both have
considerable interests in the area. Russia, China, Israel, the United
States, and Pakistan, another possible candidate for involvement (if
Musharraf is deposed), all have nuclear weapons.
Welcome to World War Three—or as the neocons call it, World War Four.
in case you doubted Israel is serious about dragging Iran into its
Lebanese adventure, Fox News is reporting that it was not a Katyusha
rocket that hit Haifa, but an Iranian missile with a longer range,
courtesy of Iranian Revolutionary Guard units operating in southern
Lebanon. See the Fox News report on this blog
(video). Naturally, you can always count on Fox to spread baseless
stories and do its part to kick off World War Four, otherwise known as