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Category Archives: syria
Jonathan Cook responds to critics about his opposition to launching yet another “humanitarian intervention” in Syria.
Is Rwanda the Israel of Africa? Rwanda has taken more or less the same post-genocide road as Israel – aggressive militarism under the guise of innocence for past suffering. If we speak the truth about post-Holocaust Israel and post-genocide Rwanda, Holocaust remembrance takes another turn.
With the window on the Two State solution already closed, the Three State solution seems absurd. After the laughter subsides, though, take a look at the geopolitics in the evolving Middle East.
I can’t get it out of my head. The poster came into my life last night as I surfed the net. I awakened this morning with my head throbbing, wondering what the poster symbolizes to me. Then it hit – a Most Wanted poster of Jewish life.
President Obama may have drawn his seemingly regretted “red line” around Syria’s chemical weapons, but it was neither he nor the international community that turned the spotlight on their use. That task fell to Israel. Israel still desperately wants its chief foe, Iran, crushed. And if it can find a way to lever the US into doing its dirty work, it will exploit the opening – regardless of whether such action ramps up the suffering in Syria.
Elie Wiesel, Shmuley Boteach, Sheldon Adelson and Birthright Israel Co-founder Michael Steinhardt are teaming up with Rwandan President, and war criminal, Paul Kagame to push for an attack on Syria.
Containment allows Israel to keep everything it has taken in Jerusalem and the West Bank – with more to come — Marc Ellis, at Mondo
John Kerry landed in Israel yesterday after meeting with with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva to iron out a deal over Syria’s chemical weapons disposal. Although the trip to Israel was hyped in some quarters as “a personal mission to try to achieve a long-elusive peace deal between Israel and the PA”, Barak Ravid reporting in Haaretz zeros in on a topic we discussed earlier, Will Kerry ask Israel to ratify chemical weapons treaty, with Syria plan afoot?
The claim that the Jewish form of the prophetic is the root of the Jewish tradition and is peculiar to it is challenged by neo-conservative Jews and Jews on the universalist Left. Jewish neoconservatives want empire without internal critique; Jews on the universal Left want justice without a claim of particularity. However, due to the highly charged nature of Jewish history, no matter what Jews want they can’t have it both ways.
As John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva today to discuss the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile the Wall Street Journal spotlights a “ripple effect”, the focus on Israel’s nuclear program.
In three days 100 Jews from around the world signed on to a statement sharply critical of AIPAC and other Jewish bodies lobbying for President Obama’s war resolution against Syria.
It is mind blowing to have Vladimir Putin lecture President Obama and the world on democracy and justice. Putin’s pretense of Russian altruism and search for democracy in Syria is ridiculous. Nonetheless, when at the close of the editorial Putin chastises President Obama on American exceptionalism, his words are worth contemplating.
President Obama punted last night in a primetime address to the nation. The war mongers – especially AIPAC – lost their bid for war (for now). The Assad government lives to see another day. Despite the rhetoric, the President and America’s foreign policy establishment may have decided that Syria’s present dictator is better than the one who would follow. Sad to say, the suffering masses in Syria are beside the American political point.
‘AIPAC must be kept for consensus issues only’: Israeli diplomat slams Israel lobby for engaging on Syria
Interesting tidbit from Ben Caspit in Al Monitor. He quotes a “long-standing diplomatic source” described as “an expert regarding the entire historical background of Israeli-US relations” who is extremely critical of AIPAC’s decision to push for a U.S. strike on Syria.
What a difference a day makes. In the last 24 hours the Senate vote, originally set for Wednesday to authorize a strike against Syria, has been postponed. Obama undercut his speech to the nation tonight, originally intended to ramp up support for the strike, by making the rounds on networks news shows and announcing he’d be exhausting “all avenues of diplomatic resolution.” What if we’ve been bluffed? What if Obama never cared if he looked like the loser? What if taking it to Congress was intended to provide him with a mandate NOT to invade Syria all along, and not to set our country up for a war with Iran?
Sheldon Adelson has given his first interview on Syria to the National Journal. He offers President Obama his help in what would be “the most unusual marriage of political convenience.”
The President’s gamble to find support for missile strikes has been trumped by the nation’s and world’s unwillingness to follow his interventionist logic. Outside the perpetual war hawks, no one except the French are interested. Even our newly militant ally wants a way out.
With an attack on Syria still looming, anti-war voices are trying to drum up opposition to military intervention. One person forcefully arguing against an attack on Syria is Phyllis Bennis, who directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Bennis spoke with WBAI’s Beyond the Pale on Sunday, where she laid out her case why an attack on Syria would be illegal, immoral and dangerous.
Helena Cobban writes, “Watching Syrian FM Walid Mouallem (above, left) on the TV news announcing his country’s acceptance of Russia’s plan to consign all Syria’s CW stockpile to international control and then destruction was an amazingly powerful sight. With this one stroke, all the air went out of the campaign Pres. Obama has been ramping up, to win public and Congressional support for a U.S. ‘punitive’ military attack against Syria.”
Frank Barat talks with Noam Chomsky about the current state of the peace process, the ongoing violence in Syria and the threat of a U.S. attack. Chomsky says, “Syria is descending into suicide. It’s a horror story and getting worse and worse. There’s no bright spot on the horizon. What will probably happen, if this continues, is that Syria will be partitioned into probably three regions . . . [and] Israel is looking by and enjoying the spectacle.”
President Obama’s speech to the nation Tuesday could be an occasion for the beginning of his confession – and our nations. I doubt he’ll take advantage of the opportunity. Instead, the President will seek the moral high ground, speaking of the sins of the Syrian regime and the righteousness of those who just say no to the use of chemical weapons.
But what if at the last moment the President stood up for himself, America and the world and confessed that his redlines have shifted toward a peace to be shared in justice by all? On Tuesday night, President Obama has the opportunity to turn a superficial politically advantageous Yom Kippur into the real thing. Then Yom Kippur would be a confessional surprise for everyone – including God.
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told an audience at the Center for American Progress in Washington Friday that there is “no risk-free door #2” in regard to Syria.
Shady PR operatives, pro-Israel ties, anti-Castro money: Inside the Syrian opposition’s DC spin machine
During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria on September 3, Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain both cited a Wall Street Journal editorial by Elizabeth O’Bagy to support their assessment of the Syrian rebels as predominately “moderate,” and potentially Western-friendly. What Kerry and McCain neglected to mention was that O’Bagy had been recently hired as the political director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a little known outfit that functions as a lobbying arm of the Syrian opposition in Washington.
Anti-war groups are mobilizing across the country at breakneck speed to halt an impending attack on Syria and are giving President Obama and Israel lobby groups a run for their money. Anti-war forces are finding fertile ground across America, with polls consistently showing broad opposition to cruise missile strikes on the Assad regime. A congressional staffer tells Alex Kane, “It’s dead in the House. The calls are running 100 to 1 against. So that makes a big difference.” Above, members of Code Pink voice opposition to intervention in Syria at a Senate hearing.
With discontent over a strike swelling here at home, curiosity over whether Obama would take action sans congressional approval has peaked. When reporters queried Obama on the crucial issue he ducked, swerved and then bluntly blurted out: “You’re not getting any direct response.”