This comment from Alexanderplatz is for Phills “The US is at last facing…”
This is indeed a very fine and very much needed summary. Hopefully it will play a role to break the barriers. But in a way the road to the war is even more problematic than Phil tells us. When he says that the neocons “… at last had come into the White House were able to sell a vision of transforming the Middle East that was pure wishful hokum but that they believed: that if Arab countries were converted by force into democracies, the people would embrace the change and would also accept Israel as a great neighbor” he is talking only half of the truth.
Originally it was not at all the interest in democracies which concerned them. The basic idea was dropped by Oded Yinon in the spring of 1982. In his famous A strategy for Israel in the 80ties he is talking about “The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, [that] is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.
“Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel”.
Couldn’t it be that this idea which could not be sold to the world, but was an idea for intern Israeli use only was later on hidden in the nicely veil of democracy what was acceptable and even a goal to achieve to anybody in the world and especially to the Americans? And isn’t this also what we see happening before our eyes at this very moment?
The question IMO should be: when did the idea of democracy come to the fore front and was the originally idea of dissolution carefully put into the refrigerator?
By the way talking about Israel’s ‘targets’ is in itself laughable, as if there could be any target without the US sanctioning it.