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Whose war is it, anyway?

Posted by shuraka on November 21, 2007

BY AIJAZ ZAKA SYED, Khaleej Times

THE other day I was watching this movie, The Sum of All Fears. The movie is based on a Tom Clancy novel by the same name. Clancy has long been a darling of Hollywood dream merchants. And if you’ve read any of his breathlessly racy thrillers, you would know why. Here’s a master storyteller who brings to life our worst fears and insecurities. And they appear frighteningly close to reality. After all, that is what all good fiction is supposed to do: reflect life as it is or could be. This is what The Sum of All Fears seems to do too. In the Ben Afleck and Morgan Freeman-starrer, the world comes as close as within 30 seconds to a nuclear holocaust. The action is set in post-Soviet Union world when there’s a weak leader in Kremlin. Some Israeli rogue scientists and closet Nazis from East Germany (what a combination!) use a nuclear weapon that Israel couldn’t use against the Arabs in 1973 war to wreak nuclear havoc on an unsuspecting world. As a footnote, we are told it was Israel’s friends in high places in the US who ‘stole’ the nuke to gift it to the Jewish state after 1967 War with Arabs. The nuke imported into the US and planted in Baltimore goes off when the US president is watching a Super Bowl match with tens of thousands of other Americans.  

The president survives the attack. However, it brings the US and Russia to the brink and the world to a nuclear extinction as Washington accuses Moscow of masterminding the plot. You’ll have to watch the movie to see how our hero, Dr Jack Ryan, saves the day and the world. But there’s another reason why you should watch The Sum of All Fears: To see how the Israeli lobby and Zionists play big powers – in this case America and Russia – against each other, to achieve their own objectives.

This is a classic game the Zionists with their numerous lobby groups like AIPAC have been playing for decades, playing the Christian West and Islamic world against each other, seeking to destroy them both. Using this tactic, they managed to carve the Jewish state in the heart of Muslim world driving its original inhabitants, Palestinians, out. They are playing this game all over again and once again the action is set in the Middle East. They have already manipulated and used George W Bush’s America to destroy Iraq. And they are in the process of doing the same to Iran, using the reigning superpower with all its might and resources.

They forced the US to hit Saddam Hussein’s Iraq even though it had been reduced to a failed state. Its infrastructure had been devastated and its once powerful army was little more than a ceremonial guard with no firepower after the long war with Iran and the first Gulf war with the US. The rest was done by the years of the UN sanctions that drove the country to the brink besides killing hundreds of thousands of innocent children. Yet this helpless country with its desperate people and utterly weakened regime was painted by the Zionist and neocon fanatics as a clear and present danger to the West and the rest of the world.

Our friend Tony Blair – by the way, where is Bush’s poodle? One hasn’t seen much of him since he was appointed the Middle East peacemaker with a handsome pay packet and perks to go with it! – assured us the toothless tiger that Saddam could launch an attack against Britain within 40 minutes. How Israel and its friends did not rest until the Western coalition led by a too willing America bombed Iraq back into the Stone Age is part of history now.

And now the US is stuck in the Mesopotamian quagmire like no other imperial power has ever been in recorded history. The US has already lost more than 4,000 of its soldiers in Iraq with 851 troops dying this year alone. These casualties are nothing compared to what has happened to the Iraqis themselves. According to independent estimates, Iraq might have lost at least one million of its people to this war. But then America’s invaluable gifts like democracy and freedom don’t come cheap. And as Bush would argue, this price is nothing for what the Iraqis have been blessed with in return.

It may be years before the Iraqis and the world are able to determine the true extent of Iraq’s decimation. The country that was once the most developed and advanced in the Arab world is today worse than one of those anarchist banana republics in Africa. And it has lost trillions of dollars in oil revenue and other financial resources over the past four years. But the losses that the US itself has sustained in Iraq are not negligible. America has already poured $466,384,379,030 into the bottomless pit that Iraq has been.

More importantly, this war has had catastrophic effects on the US economy. The once mighty dollar is lying at the feet of upstarts like Indian Rupee and Philippines’ Peso. And with Emirati dirham and other Gulf currencies pegged to the greenback, we are all feeling the pinch big time. And the oil is poised to cross the $100 mark any time now. The global economy, hopelessly dependent as it is on the US economy, is looking at an unfolding crisis that could make the Asian markets crash of 1997 and the Great Depression of 1930s in the US look like a picnic.

Who is responsible for this mess? Don’t look any further than America’s old and trusted friends in the holy land for answers. It was the Israelis, backed by their liaisons in the US establishment and media, who landed America in this mess.

Unfortunately, Bush’s America has drawn no lessons from its utterly humbling and humiliating experience in Iraq. Implausible as it seems and incredibly stuck as they already are in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Americans appear yet again ready and willing for yet another disaster, this time in Iran. And the same forces that egged the US into the blunderland of Mesopotamia are driving the Americans into the minefield that Islamist Iran promises to be. The Israeli involvement in this relentless campaign and grand conspiracy against the Muslim world, cleverly making use of America and its men and women, is not a fantasy of humble hacks like me.

Prof James Petras, an expert on Israeli influence in the US and author of two excellent books on the issue – The Power of Israel in the United States (2006) and Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire: Bankers, Zionists and Militarists (2007) – says in a piece in Palestine Chronicle (www.palestinechronicle.com): “Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Zion-Cons (Zionists and Neocons) in the Bush Administration (Ari Fleischer, Paul Wolfowitz, David Frum, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eliott Abrams, Scooter Libby, David Wurmser and others) and key Zionist Congress members like Senator Joseph Lieberman, called for the US to attack Iraq, as part of a series of sequential wars, to include Syria and Iran.”

Petras goes on to argue how Israel and its friends executed the Iraq mission and how they are working on the Iran campaign: “Israel promoted the US attack on Iraq, did all in its power through its US pro-Israel followers to design, propagandise and plan the war. Israeli officials worked on a daily basis with its US agents inside the government, particularly the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans to provide disinformation to justify the military attack.”

Petras is not your typical conspiracy theorist. If you read the history of Iraq war backwards, you’ll know what he’s talking about. In the run up to the Iraq war, the global media was fed lies about Iraq on a daily and hourly basis by the Israeli lobby as well as its fifth columnists in the US. And the self-same trusted friends of America are now gunning for Iran. And once again innocent Americans – and Muslims – will die for a war that is not only totally unjust and unnecessary, it is not even their war.

As Petras argues: “They (Zionists) work hard to send thousands of American soldiers to their death in the Middle East in the interests of Greater Israel. They do not come with black shirts and stiff-arm salutes. The public face (of Zionist lobby) is a clean-shaved, neck-tied, pink-jowled attorney, real estate philanthropist or Ivy League professor. And they tell us to keep quiet or face slander, ostracism in our communities, loss of jobs or worst… (But) there is rising anger and hostility in America against the Zionists, against their arrogant authoritarian communal attacks on our democratic values. Sooner or later there will be a major backlash. The American people will not remember their cries of ‘anti-Semitism’; they will recall their role in sending thousands of American soldiers to their death in the Middle East in the interests of Israel.”

So the Americans and we Muslims have something in common. We are both victims of the Zionist conspiracies. We have known this for quite some time. When will this reality dawn on the Americans?

Aijaz Zaka Syed is a senior editor and columnist of Khaleej Times.

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