One giant Gaza Strip from the Caspian to the Red Sea
By Mike Whitney
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jul 18, 2006, 00:42
�We will not be the only ones who pay a price. Our homes
will not be the only ones destroyed. Our children will not be the only ones
killed. Our people will not be the only ones displaced. Those days are over . .
. I promise you those times have passed.� --Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Leader of
Lebanese Resistance Organization Hezbollah
The last few days
have provided a troubling view of the New World Order. The Israeli assault on
Lebanon�s infrastructure has battered bridges, roads, power plants, grain
depots, apartment buildings, mosques, community centers, civilian homes, gas
stations, ports and many of the country�s critical life-support systems.
Additionally, Israel has killed 155 civilians, including 15 children who were
instantly vaporized by a missile that destroyed their van while they were
fleeing southern Lebanon. Israel has justified the carnage by pointing to the
two soldiers who were captured by members of the Lebanese resistance
organization, Hezbollah. But Israel�s defense is hopelessly flawed.
What if relatives
or friends of the many US detainees who�ve been illegally imprisoned at
Guantanamo, decided to use F-16s and laser-guided missiles to attack the Golden
Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, New York City�s electrical grid, and vast swathes
of the highway system? Would that be equally justifiable? Or, more to the
point, what if Hezbollah decided to blow up major parts of Israel�s infrastructure
in retaliation for the hundreds of Lebanese prisoners languishing in Israeli
prisons without any legal recourse? Would that be okay?
is merely an apology for state terrorism and it�s utterly meaningless in
respect to the enormous damage they�ve caused.
What if the shoe
were on the other foot? What if it was Israel�s citizens who were locked away
in Lebanese prisons? Would Israel simply leave them to their fate?
their prisoners back as much as Israel and they�ve shown a willingness to
negotiate. Israel, however, has other things in mind; flattening another Arab
country and plunging them into the Stone Age. This is the way Israel does
The history of the
present conflict did not begin with the capture of the two soldiers as the
media would have us believe, nor is it simply aimed at dismantling Hezbollah.
Israel is planning to occupy the territory between its northern border and the
Litani River in Southern Lebanon. This will provide access to an important
water source for Israel and create a buffer zone between itself and Arab
militants. The demonstration of overwhelming force is intended to send a
message to Syria and Iran that they�d better �shape up� or expect similar
treatment in the near future.
"A Clean Break"
battle-plan originated with a policy paper that was written by former Defense
Policy Board chief Richard Perle and (Bush administration officials) David
Wurmser and Douglas Feith. The document, which was titled �A Clean Break;
Strategy for Securing the (Israeli) Realm� provides the details of Israel�s
plan to topple potential rivals in the region and redraw the map of the Middle
The text reads:
�Securing the Northern Border: Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil. An
effective approach, and one which America can sympathize, would be if Israel
seize the strategic initiative (preemption) along its northern borders by
engaging Hezbollah, Syria and Iran as the principle agents of aggression in
Lebanon including . . . striking military targets in Lebanon, and should that
prove insufficient, striking at striking at select targets in Syria proper.�
outlines exactly what is presently taking place even though it was written
back in 1996. (It was composed for the government of Israeli Prime Minister
This shows that
Israel is not acting irrationally or spontaneously, but executing a carefully
considered master plan for crushing potential enemies and reconfiguring the
Middle East to accommodate the modern Israeli kingdom. (Hence, the pretentious
euphemism �Securing the Realm�)
This is the war
that Israel wanted from the very beginning; a final showdown with arch-nemesis
Hezbollah, followed by confrontations with Damascus and Tehran. It�s all in
Perle�s blueprint for �total war.�
Olmert has not deviated one millimeter from the original scheme.
appearance in St Petersburg suggests that there was careful coordination
between Tel Aviv and the White House, so that Israel could carry out its
depredations in Lebanon while Bush kept Putin occupied at the G-8
meetings. Eventually, Putin will realize that Bush has taken him for a
fool by diverting his attention from events in the Middle East with bogus
promises of membership in the WTO. Bush has proven once again, that while
he may not read the newspapers, he is a shrewd Machiavellian-politician
who is skillful at manipulating situations to his own advantage.
should review Lebanon�s recent history if we want to fully appreciate the
effort that has gone into preparing it for invasion. The assassination of Rafik
Hariri gave Israel and America the perfect pretext for
intervening in Lebanese affairs via the United Nations. The public anger
was effectively shifted onto Syria, even though the evidence of
Syrian wrongdoing was inconclusive. The public hysteria eventually led to
UN resolutions against Syria which forced Bashar Al-Assad to withdraw his
troops and accept that Syrian-patron, Prime Minister Lahoud would be replaced
by the more-compliant Fouad Siniora.
We know now that
the �Cedar Revolution� was just another clever �made-in-Washington� public
relations scam orchestrated by skillful American NGOs and Israeli intelligence
agencies. The �color-coded� revolutions have since been widely discredited as
more of Uncle Sam�s tricks for bringing about regime change in countries where
the leaders fail to conform to the economic diktats of the IMF and World Bank.
opportune it has been for Israel to have Syrian forces out of the
way while they lay-waste to Lebanon destroying anything in their path.
Everything from Bush�s appearance in St Petersburg, to the untimely death of
Rafik Hariri, to the Cedar Revolution, to the removal of Syrian troops has been
as painstakingly choreographed as a Bolshoi Ballet; all of it was mere
preparation for the �Main Event�: Israel�s triumphant reappearance on Lebanese
soil, now threatening to occupy the south for an unspecified period of time
and, perhaps, pushing east towards Damascus.
Could Lebanon have
escaped Israel�s wrath if its soldiers had not been captured by Hezbollah?
Israel has long
planned to disarm Hezbollah and eliminate potential conflicts on its northern
flank. That means that if Lebanon rebuilds and prospers once again, the threat
of Israeli attack will increase accordingly. Israel�s aspiration for regional
supremacy does not allow for strong neighbors.
It�s clear that the
devastation in Lebanon is intended to send a message to Damascus and Tehran. As
Perle�s �A Clean Break� states, Israel wants to frame �Hezbollah, Syria and
Iran as the principle agents of aggression in Lebanon.� The Israel-friendly
media has achieved this by reiterating claims that Hezbollah is a �cat�s paw� for
Syria and that Iran is providing high-tech weaponry for resistance attacks
against Israel. Both countries have denied the allegations, but the stage has
been set for a broader war that may engulf the entire region. The probability
of regime change in Tehran and Damascus has only intensified as Bush and
Olmert�s objectives become more apparent. (Note: Israel needs a friendly
government in Syria to protect future pipeline routes from Northern Iraq to
Haifa. Currently the Mossad are working with the Kurds to ensure that Israel
will become a main player in the energy markets in the coming century) Iran�s
vast oil and natural gas wealth, make it the Middle East�s natural leader. This
ensures that the mullahs will be challenged and, perhaps, removed to allow for
The Impotent United Nations
As Israel steps-up
its bombing raids on southern Beirut for the sixth straight day, the UN has
never looked more ineffective or fragmented. The institution has been blocked
from even providing its normally toothless resolutions condemning the violence.
The UN has become a rubber stamp for American-Israeli policy; harassing
Washington�s enemies like Iran and North Korea while obstructing any measure
that threatens to curtail US-Israeli aggression.
The massive and
calculated decimation of Lebanon; including the willful destruction of critical
infrastructure, proves that the UN is no longer able to meet the minimal
requirements of its original mandate to stop unprovoked aggression. In its
present configuration, the United Nations is worse than useless; it is, in
fact, abetting the hostilities and providing cover for resurgent 21st century
colonialism. The present crisis could signal the death knell for the
beleaguered �world body� as more and more nations will be forced into
improvised security alliances to fend off Washington�s plans for global
should note that Israel�s attacks have not been aimed at Hezbollah, but mainly
at Lebanese infrastructure. In fact, there have been no reports of Hezbollah
casualties so far. This is no coincidence. Israel�s plan is to reduce Lebanon
to rubble and create a humanitarian crisis similar to the one in the occupied
Throughout the Arab
world the same theory of �pacification� is being applied as Bush and Olmert
continue their wanton assault on the basic platforms for human survival,
leaving millions of Muslims in abject poverty without food, medicine, clean
drinking water, or sufficient heat or light. They have created tens of thousands
of refugees who have been driven from their homes or left in the ruins to
slowly die in the dark. From the Caspian to the Red Sea, from the Mediterranean
to the western tip of Afghanistan, Israel and America are spreading their
devastation across the Middle East transforming the entire region into one
massive Gaza Strip.
Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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