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  • 'Commentary' covers its eyes and makes Palestinians disappear
    • And their whole system is built around it-. and if they go for it there will be an Israeli Götterdämmerung just like the German one in 1945.

      I'm afraid it's not just Israel that's headed towards a 1945. I think the U.S. is too.

    • The Germans were defeated because enough Russians took up guns and because the Allies swamped the Germans with more -- although inferior -- weapons -- and logistical equipment, like trucks. A lot of those weapons were made by the Russians, but a lot more were made in the U.S.

    • They may be forced out if there's a regional Middle East war. That may be why the Likudniks are so enamored of the idea of attacking Iran.

    • So for the next several years, Israel has a window to do the impossible, with the world’s blessing and i think Netanyahou knows this. All he has to do is open the door for a mass migration and create a destination, Jordan. That’s how.

      With the world's blessing? Last I looked, ethnic cleansing was still considered a grave war crime.

  • Settlers spray 'Death to Christians' on a monastery, 'Death to Arabs' on a school and 'Mohammad is a pig' on village entrance
    • One result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein was that Iraqi Christians were subjected to persecution and violence. Half of them fled the country, mostly to Assad's Syria, another secularist Ba'athist state.

      If we topple Assad, that is likely to have similar results.

  • Bruising Judt, Fukuyama says Arabs aren't ready for liberalism
    • And isn't Zionism just such a theory?

    • Fukuyama studied political philosophy under protoneocon Allan Bloom as an undergraduate at Cornell.

    • His paternal grandfather was interned.

      But Fukuyama himself is rather deracinated. He grew up on Manhattan with little contact with Japanese culture, and never learned Japanese.

    • The victims in Indonesia may only have been 1% of the total population, but what percentage were they of the ethnic Chinese?

    • What will people like Fukuyama say when the plutocrats start applying their "rightsizing" and efficiency arguments to universities?

    • Judt's book got a great review by Tony Barber in last weekend's Financial Times: Fearless history: The late Tony Judt’s reflections on the role of intellectuals in a turbulent age:

      The central message of Thinking the Twentieth Century is what Judt calls “the intellectual sin of the century: passing judgment on the fate of others in the name of their future as you see it”. If Lenin, Hitler, Stalin and Mao were abominable gangsters and tyrants, the intellectuals who defended them were also culpable.

      “It’s terribly important for an open society to be familiar with its past,” says Judt. “It was a common feature of the closed societies of the 20th century, whether of left or right, that they manipulated history. Rigging the past is the oldest form of knowledge control.”

      He is right: knowledge of history, though no guarantee against abuses of power, contributes something to sustaining freedom. Tony Judt’s life was a brave and vibrant tribute to this truth.

      So it seems Judt's book is only peripherally about the Israel-Palestine conflict. But what Judt said about intellectuals who defend monstrous regimes is something that people like Fukuyama would be wise to bear in mind.

    • a part of the world where such liberalism just won’t work.

      That was also said by the defenders of apartheid South Africa.

  • Palestinian cars sprayed with unknown materials at Israeli checkpoints
  • Would you buy a used metaphor from this warmonger? (Niall Ferguson's 'creative destruction' echoes Rice's 'birth-pangs')
    • The reactor at Dimona went critical on Dec. 26, 1963. Interesting date.

    • Before the Act of Union with Ireland of 1800, it was the Kingdom of Great Britain. No "United" in the title. After the union, it was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

      After southern Ireland became the Irish Free State in 1922, while Northern Ireland stayed within the kingdom, the kingdom became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (official change of the name in 1927).

      The present-day United Kingdom is considered to be a direct continuation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and not a successor state, and the Act of Union in 1800 remains in force in the UK (although with amendments).

    • Why do so many of you forget about Scotland and Wales?

      I think you forgot Northern Ireland.

    • Ha'aretz writer Akiva Eldar (tongue in cheek?) thinks Israeli government policies have already encouraged the emigration that that government appears to consider an existential threat: Jews who are malicious to those who help us:

      Time to move?

      A recent New York Times article featuring an interview with Defense Minister Ehud Barak indicates that it might be a good idea to head to the nearest travel agency.

      In the article, by Ronen Bergman, Barak cites three conditions for a military strike against Iran: international legitimacy, primarily American, for an attack; Israel's ability to act; and the necessity of a military operation. Bergman thinks that, for the first time, some Israeli leaders believe that all three of these conditions exist.

    • That story actually appeared on an inside page of today's Washington Post.

    • I wonder if Wilders's PVV party has gotten any funding from Israeli or Israel-associated sources.

    • You just have to watch German newsreels of the fighting on the Eastern Front to see that ideology visibly manifested: destruction by fire aestheticized.

      Of course, what our televisions showed during Shock and Awe was no different, really.

    • That's what happened at Pearl Harbor. But, if the government tries to pull that stunt too often, it becomes too obvious what it's doing.

    • I borrowed the DVD's of Power of Nightmares from Netflix.

      I just started watching a later series of Adam Curtis's, The Trap. That DVD I had to buy from Amazon.

    • I wonder how Ferguson will react if Scotland votes to secede from the UK when Alex Salmond holds his referendum in a couple of years.

    • Speaking of Libya, Libyan Salafists have now turned up in Syria, fighting against Assad's government. Libyan Salafis Killed In Syria.

    • “Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide”.

      No thanks to the U.S.! Saddam's regime in Iraq protected Christians (Tariq Aziz was a Christian). After the U.S. invasion displaced Saddam's regime, Iraqi Christians were subjected to persecution and violence, and half of them left, mostly for Assad's Syria, which also protects religious minorities. The Vatican had warned Bush that that would be the result of a U.S. invasion of Iraq, but he paid no heed.

      If the U.S. and its allies succeed in toppling Assad's regime in Syria, Syrian Christians may well face a similar fate.

    • Looks to me like this latest effusion by Ferguson goes a long way towards proving Pankaj Mishra's case.

    • Full circle. Ferguson began his career by arguing that Britain should not have entered the First World War. (No doubt the underlying thought there was that, without a Britain in the First World War, the British Empire could have survived.)

      Well, even before he did his First World War book, The Pity of War, Ferguson did a history of the House of Rothschild. I wonder if that too was an authorized (family) biography.

    • To judge by what Craig Murray reports on his blog, there's a lot of support for an attack on Iran in British government circles.

  • Abunimah highlights 'turning point' boycott conference
  • Israeli officials say Iran's 'existential threat' is-- braindrain of 200,000 'best and brightest'
  • Double standard for the neighbor--'Washington Post' and Egypt
    • I just finished reading Paul Pillar's Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform. He too calls for diplomacy with Iran and thinks that war with her would be madness.

      (I note that he is very critical indeed of the 9/11 Commission Report.)

      A former CIA official, Pillar was chief analyst and then deputy director of its Counterterrorism Center from 1993 to 1999. From 2000 to 2005, Pillar was national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia.

    • Trita Parsi's new book A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy With Iran is very much reading. (As for that matter is his earlier book Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States.)

      I got and read A Single Roll of the Dice a few weeks ago, when it was only available in its Kindle edition. It's now out in hardcover.

  • Mossad chief held secret talks in DC with top U.S. officials
    • Speaking of dealing with terrorists, here's news about the MEK terror organization from today's Washington Post: US says it could take Iranian opposition group off terrorism list, if it cooperates with Iraq:

      WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday offered an Iranian opposition group a path to get off of a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a move that would end years of high-profile campaigning from the Mujahadin-e-Khalq and infuriate Iran.

      Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a House committee Wednesday that MEK’s cooperation in a relocation plan from its paramilitary base on the Iran-Iraq border “will be a key factor in any decision” on whether to take it off the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations. The United States will help ensure the safety and security of the camp’s residents as they are moved to another site inside Iraq, she said.

      Clinton’s guidance was the clearest indication that the U.S. is close to removing the MEK from the list. The State Department has been ordered by a federal court to re-evaluate the designation of the MEK, an obscure Iranian dissident group that carried out a series of bombings and assassinations against Iran’s clerical regime in the 1980s and fought alongside former President Saddam Hussein’s forces in the Iran-Iraq war.

      Nothing in that article about the recent revelation by unnamed U.S. officials that it is the MEK that has been carrying out assassination of scientists and the like in Iran on behalf of Israel. Doesn't look like they've stopped being a terrorist organization.

    • The Financial Times has been saying in editorials that Iran has violated the NPT with its nuclear activities. It hasn't bothered to explain just how Iran has violated the treaty.

    • After it became evident that no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, didn't Bush use some weasel words like "weapons of mass destruction programs" to describe what he claimed had been found?

  • Romney's battle in FL was to show Adelson he is OK on Israel --TNR
    • That plainly undercuts the argument that a single conservative candidate could overtake Romney by consolidating the party’s right-wing.

      Ron Paul vote doesn't count as party of the party's right wing?

      By the way, David Frum was really trying to discredit Ron Paul during the first hour of the Diane Rehm Show this morning. He argued, because of the newsletters, Ron Paul is either (1) a racist or (2) an unprincipled opportunist out to create a business for his whole family.

  • Is Israel a failed state? asks 'American Conservative'
    • The Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush Justice Department justified not giving Geneva Convention protections to Taliban prisoners of war on the grounds that Taliban-ruled Afghanistan was a "failed state." Even though the memo could cite no international law authorities for the proposition that prisoners of war from a state signatory to the Geneva Conventions somehow lost the Geneva Convention protections once their country became a "failed state." And even though the memo barely argued for Afghanistan under the Taliban being a "failed state." It ignored, for example, the fact that the Taliban government had had the power to stop the growing of opium poppies throughout the country, something previous Afghan governments had not done.

      So, if the U.S. is now a "failed state," does that mean American POW's are not entitled to Geneva Convention protections?

      By the way, the Obama administration is still not extending Geneva Convention protections to Taliban prisoners of war.

    • If holding out for the best terms means holding out for a binational state with constitutional guarantees for both nationalities (I'm thinking of things like a bicameral legislature, with one house for each of the two nationalities,) I have nothing against that.

  • AIPAC met quietly with Dem thinktank to deplore writings critical of Israel, and took its leaders to Israel
    • I learn from the latest American Conservative that Frum has said that, if Ron Paul is chosen to give a speech at the Republican convention, Romney and his people should be given a chance to vet the speech first. So Frum already knows that Ron Paul is going to have some power in the Republican Party this year. No doubt he very much wants to minimize that power.

    • I heard Frum say that. It was disgusting.

    • Stephen Sniegoski's The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel lays out the evidence.

  • 'NYT' gives Israelis its magazine to make an attack on Iran 'normal'
    • You think any scientist (or at least any nuclear scientist) who is willing to use his expertise to turn his government into a more powerful military power is evil enough to deserve killing? I imagine that would mean a lot of American and Israeli scientists are evil enough to deserve killing.

    • Why is it in the U.S. interest to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists? What has Iran ever done to us?

    • I'd have to see evidence that the U.S. consulate (we didn't have an embassy or ambassador in Iran until 1944) opposed Baskerville. The Wikipedia entries on Iran-U.S. relations and Morgan Shuster (the American financier who was appointed Treasurer-General of Persia by the Persian parliament, the Majlis, in 1911, on the recommendation of the U.S. government) seem to imply the the U.S. supported the Persian Constitutional Revolution and opposed British-Russian imperialism in Persia. I see no evidence that the policy of the U.S. government was different.

    • As I recall Stephen Kinzer's book Reset, a major role in drafting Persia's new constitution in 1909 was played by American missionary Howard Baskerville, who died fighting for the Persian Constitutional Revolution. I know of nothing to indicate the U.S. government opposed Persian independence and constitutional rule at the time. Quite the contrary. Again, as I recall Kinzer's book, Baskerville's role made Americans quite popular in Persia at the time.

    • Kroenig did a piece urging an attack on Iran in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs. I understand he was none too popular in the Pentagon. I wonder why Gates hired him.

    • Words by Brecht, music by Kurt Weill.

      There are several versions of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny on DVD. Anybody got any recommendations for which of them is best?

    • What do you make of Trita Parsi's book Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States, which appears to document that Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran had pretty good secret relations for the first decade and more after the 1979 revolution in Iran?

    • And look what title the Süddeutsche gave Bergman's piece: Schatten des Holocaust [Shadow of the Holocaust].

    • Zbig said the same thing in a recent interview with the Financial Times.

    • Anybody know who edits the New York Times Magazine?

    • the US “interests” vs Iran battle has been going on for a very long time, and pre-dates the state of Israel.

      Huh? Pre-dates the state of Israel? Were you aware that Truman invited Mossadegh to the White House, where they had a cordial talk in 1952? You can read about it in Stephen Kinzer's book about the 1953 coup in Iran, All the Shah's Men.

    • Not all in line. Ron Paul isn't in that line.

    • Enough nukes could drastically reduce the world's population (and thereby its need for oil -- cut down on global warming, too).

      I wonder if our lords and masters are thinking along those lines.

  • The battle between the US/EU and China/India to control world energy resources is being fought in Iran
    • It never occurred to me that German still uses a feminine form of "Kanzler" for female prime ministers. We don't have that in English.

      If Ségolène Royal had been elected, or if Marine Le Pen were to be elected, would the title be "Madame la Présidente"?

  • Raimondo: 'Israel firster' did not originate with neo-Nazis as Kirchick and Ackerman claim, but rather with an anti-Zionist Jew
    • Hey, What Price Israel? is in print! Amazon sells a 50th anniversary new edition of the book.

    • If the separation of church and state ended in Israel, wouldn't that also mean the end of all discrimination in favor of Jews? (I suppose it's theoretically possible to retain discrimination solely based on ethnicity -- that's what Jim Crow and South African apartheid were -- but, in the context of Israel, I wonder if it would be possible.)

    • Reading the full Raimondo piece, I see he made all my points.

    • Lilienthal's Wikipedia entry gives 1953 as the date of publication of What Price Israel?.

      It was published by Regnery, which shows how far the conservative movement in America has strayed since those days.

  • The courage to refuse: the 10-year anniversary of the Combatants’ Letter
    • U.S. Justice Department getting ready to deal with troublesome veterans in this country: Police get help with vets who are ticking bombs:

      WASHINGTON – The Justice Department is funding an unusual national training program to help police deal with an increasing number of volatile confrontations involving highly trained and often heavily armed combat veterans.

      Developers of the pilot program, to be launched at 15 U.S. sites this year, said there is an "urgent need" to de-escalate crises in which even SWAT teams may be facing tactical disadvantages against mentally ill suspects who also happen to be trained in modern warfare.

      "We just can't use the blazing-guns approach anymore when dealing with disturbed individuals who are highly trained in all kinds of tactical operations, including guerrilla warfare," said Dennis Cusick, executive director of the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. "That goes beyond the experience of SWAT teams."

  • Iran sanctions backlash-- oil buyers ditch dollar
  • Security expert formerly in Bush I administration says Holocaust rationalizes Israel's nuking Iran
    • The main reason is that such an attack will inevitably lead to a nuclear weapon from Pakistan or N. Korea to be smuggled to the Middle East and dropped on Tel Aviv, which will be the end of the short lived Jewish State.

      Which raises a question Brzezinski raised on Diane Rehm this morning. If the Israeli nuclear force is unusable, wouldn't Israel -- which would suffer much more from one or two nuclear bombs detonated on its territory than its larger neighbors would -- be much better off in a denuclearized Middle East?

  • Robert Reich pretends he's stupid
    • What Adelson is enabling Gingrich to do is rapidly making Romney much less electable. If what Gingrich really wants is a post in a Romney administration, he's doing a really lousy job of achieving that end.

    • I happened this morning to watch the last segment of Adam Curtis's The Century of the Self. Reich appears in it, and is willing to be quite critical of Bill Clinton. No fear of saying something controversial there.

    • Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! this morning played the clip of Gingrich saying Adelson was giving him all that money because he (Gingrich) is a strong supporter of Israel.

      I wonder if Robert Reich listens to or watches Democracy Now!.

  • The antiwar movement must rise again. Now
    • First reference to Mosley's British Union of Fascists that I remember seeing in a long, long time. And first time I ever remember it being referred to by the initials "BUF".

  • New additions to the Mondoweiss comments policy
    • I worked in a bank in Vienna in the summer of 1966, and I saw with my own eyes how obsessed the people there still were with foreign exchange (Valuten).

    • If you want evidence that the Nazi regime would have fallen if it had not been for the Transfer Agreement, read Heinz Höhne's Gebt mir vier Jahre Zeit [Give Me Four Years], about the first four years of Nazi rule. He makes it quite clear that the Nazi economy was critically dependent on imports and therefore on foreign exchange, which the boycott threatened to make unavailable.

      Adam Tooze's The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, about the whole period of Nazi rule, documents how imports and foreign exchange were important to the Nazi government throughout the 1930's, and eventually played a major role in bringing about World War Two.

  • Video: Atlanta Jewish Times publisher's tearful anti-apology
    • Have to connect what Dean says in your link about threats to Obama's family with the mysterious failure of White House security a few months ago to stop that guy from getting off several rifle shots at the White House family quarters when Obama's children were probably there.

  • Some elephants aren't fit to print: 'NYT' front-pages Adelson gift to Gingrich PAC without a word about Israel!
    • Newt's surge may also have the effect of moving Romney in the pro-Israel direction. So I'm not so sure Adelson's money is wasted, even if Newt doesn't get the nomination.

  • Why Christian Zionism is nothing short of outright heresy
    • And our invasion of Iraq led to terrorism against Iraqi Christians on such a scale that half the Christians fled the country (and most of them have found refuge in Assad's Syria.)

  • Report: Israel to give US only 12-hour warning before attacking Iran because Netanyahu doesn't trust Obama
    • A congressional resolution prohibiting the President from using force to protect the lives of American servicemen and women would be clearly unconstitutional.

  • 'NYT' and 'Haaretz' and world opinion are now greatest threat to Israel, Netanyahu reportedly said
  • Israeli drones are reported spying on Turkey for the Kurdish group PKK
    • More details from PanArmenian Net: Israeli Heron UAVs collect intelligence on Turkish military units – report:

      In a related development, phone conversations between Mehmet Veysi Dilekçi and Mesude Yasak recently intercepted during investigations into the KCK, included discussions relating to Israeli support for the PKK. Dilekçi and Yasak, who were arrested during a Turkish operation against the KCK in December in Siirt, mentioned a convoy of 400 trucks supplying aid to the PKK that was sent by an Israeli civil society organization - which was identified as Hae Anshei Targum in the Star daily - in 2010.

      The Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) is a political umbrella organization that allegedly includes the PKK.

      2010 again.

    • More details from Arutz Sheva: Turkey Claims Israel is Aiding Kurdish Rebels:

      The report also claims that Kenan Yıldızbakan, a PKK member who commanded an assault against a Turkish naval base in İskenderun in 2010, has made repeated trips into Israeli territory, a fact which reinforces suspicions of a possible link between Israeli and the PKK.

      Two weeks ago, the Turkish army nearly downed an Israeli UAV that was observed spying above the Turkish 14th Hawk B. Brigade Command in Hatay’s Kırıkhan district for four hours.

      Turkish media said the aerial vehicle was hovering over the brigade command post in order to capture pictures of missile batteries and radar equipment. It was spotted by military personnel, the reports said, but before they could get permission to attack it the drone moved out of range.

      The comments below the article show a lot of Israeli support for helping the PKK against Turkey.

    • "Carl in Jerusalem" supports Israeli assistance to the PKK: Finally: Israel helping the PKK? :

      I hope this story is true. It's long overdue. One of the first rules of life here in the Middle East is 'my enemy's enemy is my friend.' And the Kurds of Turkey are (or can be) a lot more to us than our enemy's enemy.

      Looks like some Israelis now regard Turkey as an enemy.

    • And if the surmise is right that the Iranians brought down our drone there by misdirecting its guidance system, that's another way that allows capture of an undamaged or minimally damaged drone.

      (I wonder what that has to say about the reliability of our -- and other countries' -- missiles in general, if that kind of misdirection can be used against them.)

    • You're reading that right. I wonder if the entry is right in its implication that the use for that purpose has ended.

      Von 2002 bis 2008 wurde der Flugplatz auch für Zwischenlandungen bei Gefangenentransporten der CIA verwendet.[1]

    • I read in the German-language Wikipedia's entry on Incirlik Air Base (English-language Wikipedia unavailable today) that İncirlik Air Base has up to 90 nuclear weapons.

    • Just why does Israel object to Iranian support of Hezbollah and Hamas?

    • The PKK is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. (Indeed, it is one of the two terrorist organizations at issue in the Supreme Court's recent decision about material support for terrorism, Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder. The other organization being the Tamil Tigers.)

      So, it sure looks as if Israel is providing material support to a terrorist organization.

    • Well, the Today's Zaman article seems to say those camps were established based on intel collected by the Israeli drones.

      The report asserts that the PKK's training camps in northern Syria, near Turkey's Hatay border “where Turkish military border posts are relatively weak,” were established in those locations based on intelligence collected by the UAVs.

    • The drone, was one of four based at Incirlik Airbase in southern Turkey

      İncirlik is in Adana province, the other province the Today's Zaman article says Israeli drones were observed operating over.

    • These PKK camps in northern Syria are probably where the guerrillas came out of that attacked the İskenderun naval base. That would mean the camps were already in existence in the spring of 2010.

      If Israel was already providing the PKK with intel from drones at that point, that is most interesting.

    • To repeat what I posted on the Emptywheel thread on this subject, Turkish Double Talk:

      The İskenderun naval base in Turkey near the Syrian border that the PKK attacked two hours before the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla happens to be in Hatay province. A lot of Turkish politicians thought the two attacks had been coordinated. (Any Turkish naval assistance for the flotilla would have come out of the İskenderun base.)

  • Gingrich says his backer's 'central value' is Israel (and NBC drops the subject)
    • Haven't they already done that with a lot of Russians?

    • OT, trouble at JINSA: Jewish Daily Forward: JINSA Leadership in Flux After Ouster: Perle and Woolsey Quit Hawkish Jewish Security Think Tank:

      Washington — Torn by internal strife, a leading conservative Jewish organization known for its hawkish views is struggling to find its footing after firing a key staffer and losing prominent members of its advisory board.

      The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs recently terminated the second-highest-ranking staff member, who has been with the organization for more than three decades. The move, a culmination of months of internal struggle, prompted several conservative icons to quit the group’s advisory board in protest. Among those turning their back on JINSA were former CIA director James Woolsey, former top Pentagon official Richard Perle and neoconservative figure Michael Ledeen.

      . . .

      [Shoshana] Bryen’s blunt analysis of the Middle East gave her a reputation as a hawkish straight shooter, short on nuance and willing to take on the conventional wisdom. For instance, she opposed talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization even when negotiations were endorsed by a Republican administration; even now, defying much of the rhetoric of supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, she thinks an Israeli attack on Iran is unlikely.

  • Santorum's pulp hasbara
    • Amazing how many US Americans don’t know Texas was legally annexed

      The annexation of Texas was very doubtfully constitutional. It almost certainly should have been done by treaty (compare the Louisiana Purchase,) but it was done by Act of Congress, because President Polk couldn't get a two-thirds majority to approve annexation in the Senate, which would have been needed to ratify a treaty. (There was already in 1845 a lot of sentiment in the North against a big expansion of slave territory within the Union.)

    • Quickly enough? At the time we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we used the only atom bombs we had at the time.

      And anyway, contrary-to-fact historical hypotheses are open to objections about what else might have happened otherwise.

      For example, if Hitler had either never attacked the Soviet Union or defeated it within months (and I think "without the Russians" implies one of those two things), would there even have been a Pearl Harbor?

    • The real reason Texas revolted against Mexico is that Mexico had prohibited slavery.

      By the way, looks like Santorum may end up the winner in the Iowa caucuses: Final Iowa results expected soon, may show Mitt Romney didn't actually win.

      Actually, it was clear by Jan. 6, three days after the caucues, that Romney's "win" in them was problematical: Vote Result From Disputed Precinct Deemed Official.

      So, all of the media's spinning in recent weeks of Romney's nomination as inevitable has been just that, spin.

  • A regular commenter on this site seeks a more temperate comment board
    • By the way, on Israel and nukes, it turns out that the Israeli population is much more sensible on the subject than Israeli governments have been: Richard Silverstein: Israelis Willing to Renounce Nuclear Weapons for Mideast Nuclear Free Zone:

      Telhami’s poll also indicates just how out of sync the Israeli political leadership is with the body politic on this issue. Even before Israel attacks Iran, almost half the population [41%] thinks it would be a bad idea. In my experience, the leadership of a country that goes into a war with the citizens already divided on its efficacy is potentially in big trouble.

      Most Israelis also disagree with much of the opacity of Israel’s current approach to its own nuclear weapons program. They [by 64%] favor a nuclear free zone, they [by 60%] favor allowing nuclear inspections (Israel has refused to join the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty which provides for such inspections), and [by 63%] they favor abolition of Israel’s arsenal in the context of mutual renunciation of such weapons by all their neighbors.

      Unfortunately, I'm not sure history bears Silverstein out. All the historical evidence is that in 1939 an easy majority of Germans did not want their country to go to war.

      By the way, if a comment to Silverstein's posting is correct, that Telhami poll is only of Israeli Jews. If Israeli Arabs were included, the results would presumably be even more decisive.

    • If the U.S. ever became aware that an Israeli launch of its nukes in an aggressive war was imminent, it is conceivable that nuking Israel might be the only effective way to prevent such a launch.

      I think I would still be against nuking Israel even then. I'm not convinced there wouldn't be other ways to stop the launch. Nuking Israel would not, I think, prevent Israel from using it nuclear weapons on its Dolphin submarines, might even encourage such a use. And the very idea of the U.S. using its nukes again bothers me a lot.

      But it doesn't make sense not to allow a discussion of this idea.

  • Leveretts: False flag in Iranian hit likely disguises U.S.
    • Israel, U.S. postpone joint anti-missile exercise:

      WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States and Israel have delayed a major joint anti-missile exercise against a backdrop of heightened tensions with Iran.

      Sources in both countries said that the exercise, the largest of its kind, would be delayed from its planned spring date until the summer at the earliest.

      . . .

      However, the cancellation also comes against a background of increasing tensions with Iran, where some officials in the regime have suggested that Iran could shut down the Strait of Iran, choking off much of the West's oil supply, if western nations press ahead with increased sanctions.

      There have also been reports of increased tensions between the administrations of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Israel's alleged refusal to share with the United States whether or not it plans to strike Iran.

  • Bibi throws in with GOP, Democratic base turns critical, and Israel finally becomes partisan wedge issue like abortion -- Blumenthal
    • Looks like relations between Obama and Netanyahu are not all that good: Israel, U.S. postpone joint anti-missile exercise.`

    • The Russian people don't watch RT English. To the extent that it's propaganda, it's propaganda directed at a U.S. audience. When it deals with Russian issues, the channel's subservience to the Russian government is apparent. But it usually deals with American issues, and on those it is able to be a lot more honest than the U.S. media, because the Russian government knows that merely presenting the truth to an American audience will suit its purposes.

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