“Israel’s assault on Gaza obscures core issues – racism, occupation, colonization”.

It might be time to turn off the push notifications on the IGaza app, which has just informed me that the death toll for Wednesday has just reached 130 and that some 1,360 Palestinians have now died with “no end in sight”. What is the point in going to bed angry after all? Norman Finkelstein’s  “they have gone too far” and the bigger picture has not essentially changed since the 10th of July when Rashid Khalidi wrote that “at least 81 Palestinians” have been killed. Yet, if the Colombia University professor did exercise a sort of academic caution by continuing with “… so far” the big picture was not about the number of dead on the 10th of July and it is not even about the number of dead now, even if that number has probably increased by about ten, or twenty, or thirty, or whatever, in the time it takes me to write this post.

The big picture can in fact be seen in the title of Khalidi’s article; Israel’s assault on Gaza obscures core issues – racism, occupation, colonization”. The oxymoronic “Jewish Democracy” is, a priori a racist state, which has colonized the whole of Palestine and it will only have gone too far when it is stopped. Until that happens the present slaughter in Gaza might take its place beside the atrocities at  Deir Yassin in 1948, the slaughter at Shatila and Sabra in 1982, the massacre in Gaza at the end in 2008/2009. However, as sad as it might sound, it is just one more incident,  alongside these and many, many more atrocities.

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Death toll in Gaza approaches 800 and Mark Regev would like us not to think

According to Chris Guiness, a spokesman for UNRWA, Israel killed more innocent people after the UN organisation  “asked the IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given”. In this particular slaughter 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured. Elsewhere in Gaza the mass murder continues and the Palestinian death toll is now approaching 800. These are the statistics and it is difficult not to envisage the reality behind those figures when we read that among the dead at the school today is a mother and her one-year-old baby. Nevertheless, this is “just” one more dead mother and “just” one more dead baby and, while our humanity might lead us to shedding a tear at the news, how many tears can we shed? The slaughter continues and even if we might want to empathize with those poor souls who are being butchered in Gaza we find ourselves returning to our live.

Then along comes the Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev, and we have the added insult to our intelligence and it becomes almost personal for while our feelings might be reigned in by common sense and a sort of rational emotive approach to the tragedy, we now have someone who is not only devoid of the milk of human kind, but who apparently thinks that we are all incapable of any sort of cognitive processing and if that is not to be believed, then I insist that you watch the video attached to this post.

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And on to the complete Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

In that Kingdom of the Blind where the three wee monkeys have taken root, the mass media induced myopia might inform us that Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead” was launched to end random rocket attacks by Hamas and Hamas-backed militants on Israeli military posts and Israeli civilian areas surrounding Gaza. 

However, away from this gobbledegook world of make believe there was no military conflict and what we had was the massacre of hundreds of innocent Palestinians. Therefore, Norman Finkelstein offering hope with his contribution to that particular narrative in his book This Time We Went Too Far’ (March 31,2010) might not have appeared totally misplaced.

Unfortunately, the slaughter has recommenced;  “At least 50 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza district hospital”, ‘”Death and horror’ in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment” and “Images of the corpses of women and children were posted on Facebook as hospitals were overwhelmed with the dead, injured and those seeking sanctuary from the onslaught.” In the Kingdom of the blind where the three wee monkeys have taken root, the leopard never changes its spots and whereas we might have thought that they had already gone too far, they are only continuing on their journey and on to the complete ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

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And the United States trained and funded ISIS

A few days after writing about Washington’s plans for a new Middle East the pieces are already starting to fall into place. Firstly, the academic hedging implied in my finding it difficult to imagine Turkey accepting the creation of a Kurdish state at all”, would appear misplaced if Daniel Dombey’s main thesis in his article in the Financial Times‘  is to be substantiated. The author argues that Ankara would be willing to accept what was once a reason for war (for Turkey) because it sees the break up of Iraq as inevitable and an independent Kurdistan, within Ankara’s sphere of influence, would be a buffer between Turkey and an Islamic state to its south.

Furthermore, if the fact that much of the financial backing for ISIS Jihadists is coming from the Washington’s three closest allies in the Sunni world – Saudi, Kuwait and Qatar – is not sufficient to convince Ankara that a new Realpolitik is required, then Obama seeking $500 million from Congress to “train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition,” should certainly dispel an doubts in doubts in the Turkish capital that the break up of Iraq and Syria, and the creation of a Kurdish state, are at least very real possibilities. Moreover, that this will also mean the creation of a new Sunni, and very conservative, if not radical, state, should be obvious to even the most myopic observer. After all, despite Obama’s reassurance that the funding will be going to “moderate” elements in Syria, William Engdahl hits the nail on the head when he says: “How do you test if a recruit is not a jihadist? Is there a special jihad DNA that the CIA doctors have discovered?”

Of course, as Mr Engdahl himself knows, neither Washington nor its Sunni allies have no, and have never had any, intention of vetting so-called “elements of the moderate Syrian opposition”, and he goes on to write:

“Key members of ISIS it now emerges were trained by US CIA and Special Forces command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to informed Jordanian officials. The US, Turkish and Jordanian intelligence were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, conveniently near the borders to both Syria and Iraq.”

The real news is that almost one hundred years after the Sykes-Picot Agreement the borders  of the Middle East are being redrawn. However, while ISIS might envisage a new Arab Caliphate along sectarian lines and Turkey and the Arab Gulf states might seek to cement what they see as their particular spheres of influence, what we really have here is the implementation of Washington’s plan for a new Middle East.

 

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Washington’s plan for a new Middle East?

The Project for the New Middle EastMichel Chossudovsky’s contention that US-NATO is involved in the recruitment, training and financing of ISIS death squads operating in both Iraq and Syria” and that the funding for this supposedly covert activity is taking place through Saudi, Qatar, and Kuwait, is deserving of our attention, even if Josh Rogin at ‘The Daily Beast’, while agreeing that the Sunni Gulf states are financing extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, argues that under significant U.S. pressure, the Arab Gulf governments have belatedly been cracking down on funding to Sunni extremist groups.”. Of course, no examples of any real pressure from Washington on its Gulf allies can be provided.

Moreover, while academic caution is advised when pursuing Chossudovsky’s main thesis that “Washington’s intent is no longer to pursue the narrow objective of “regime change” in Damascus. What is contemplated is the break up of both Iraq and Syria along sectarian-ethnic lines.”, that thesis too is worthy of our attentions. After all, it would not be the first time that maps have been redrawn in a western capital.

Of course, it might be going too far to suggest that those plans for redrawing the Middle East correspond to the map above. After all, it is difficult to imagine either Riyadh’s acquiescence to the creation of two states on its territory, or to Turkey accepting the creation of a Kurdish state at all, never mind one which will include territory that is at the moment under Ankara’s jurisdiction.

Nevertheless, with ISIS offering a truce to the Kurdish Pershmerga south of Kirkuk, we might already be seeing the shape of things to come and there are a number of reasons to believe that the shape of those things is indeed being dictated in a Washington which has decided that its interests will be best served by redrawing those borders, which were drawn up mainly by other western powers, to correspond to a new plan for the Middle East that is in line with that greater plan; the project for a new American century.

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Peter Lavelle is another Bill O’Reilly and Mr Putin refuses to play ball

About five years ago I made a comparison between the CCTV anchor Yang Rui and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Ultimately, the conclusion was that “It is time to pick up the remote control, time to think, and time to stop listening to the drivel that the “Yangs” and “Bills” spout and when we stop listening to them, perhaps, we will stop listening to their political masters.” However, what happens when the propaganda is a little bit more subtle than the garbage spouted by Yang and Bill?

Anyway, there was me watching the host of RT’s CrossTalk, Peter Lavelle, gang up on one of his guests yesterday and it soon became obvious that not only is Lavelle very much a mouthpiece for the Kremlin, but that there is also something to be said for the conclusion reached by Oliver Bullough in his New Statesman article Inside Russia Today: counterweight to the mainstream media, or Putin’s mouthpiece? last May, when he wrote that Putin “…… funds RT to persuade everyone else that their own countries are no better (than Russia).”

Nevertheless, should that stop us at least looking at the other side of the story, and should it prevent us wanting to puke at the hypocritical propaganda that is disseminated by the mainstream media in the west? It shouldn’t, of course, for, if it were to do either, we would be entering that Orwellian world where 2+2=5. As it is, we have not yet entered that world and that is why we might be grateful for articles such as the one from Tariq Ali in yesterday’s “Guardian”. In discussing “how Vladimir Putin became evil”, Mr Ali writes:

“The Crimean affair led to barely any loss of life, and the population clearly wanted to be part of Russia. The White House’s reaction has been the opposite of its reaction to Chechnya. Why? Because Putin, unlike Yeltsin, is refusing to play ball any more on the things that matter such as Nato expansion, sanctions on Iran, Syria etc. As a result, he has become evil incarnate.”

Yes, Mr Lavelle, might be another Yang or Bill, but the West did not care one jot about the “rape, torture, homeless refugees and tens of thousands dead” in Chechnya, the hypocrisy is disgusting and the ambitions criminal, even if the man in Moscow is most certainly not Mr Nice Guy.

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Obama hype, Yatsenyuk meets the IMF, and Ukraine’s gold flown to the USA

There wasn’t anything unexpected at Obama’s news conference in the Hague today. There weren’t any awkward questions from the usual array of sycophant scribblers who are invited to attend such meetings and was no real variation of the hypocritical hyperbole from Mr President himself. Does anyone really take his “It is now up to Russia to act responsibly and show itself once again willing to abide by international rules and international norms.” seriously? It was,therefore a speech, however gratifying he might have found it, that the unelected Prime Minister of the Ukraine could afford to miss.

That is why it is no surprise to discover that  Arseniy Yatsenyuk decided that it was more important for him to turn his attentions to the more pressing business of completing his country’s bailout talks with the IMF. Furthermore, with him describing his task as a, “kamikaze” mission,  while  saying the country is in a “great mess,” with an empty treasury, unpaid pensions and foreign-currency reserves having been “robbed”,  there is at least some evidence to suggest that he has no illusions of what a “cap in hand” mission to the IMF in actual fact implies. Of course, that “awareness” will not change anything with the unelected Prime Minister has already decided that Kiev has “….. no other choice but to accept the IMF offer”.Therefore, it might be important to summarize the nature of what that “offer” will actually entail and what it means, of course, is that the majority of the population will become even poorer, while “a small corrupt and subservient political and economic elite”, will become richer. It is tempting to say that State assets will be transferred into the hands of foreign investors, but that is strictly speaking not true, after all, there will be very little real investment.

Indeed, with reports that the Ukraine’s gold reserves are being transferred to the United States it might be that the “big steal” has already begun.  For while it might be politically expedient to think that either the new ruling elite have stolen the gold bullion or perhaps their is a legitimate fear of the Russians taking possession of this bullion”, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that once the western banks get their hands on your gold, you are probably not going to get it back. Just ask the Germans or the Saudis ….. or the Iraqis, or the Libyans. Anyone else had their gold stolen recently? Yes, first your gold and then your country.

 

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