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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1591

Letter from America: The War Party is Alive and Kicking – 2

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Habib_Siddiqui_0.jpgIn the immediate aftermath of 9/11 these warmongers – many are Washington insiders either active in politics or linked with dozens of think tanks and military industrial complex - wanted to use the event as the ‘Pearl Harbor’ moment to capitalize on their long-desired plans, concocted in the 1990s, to create a new American century which would ensure her unchallenged dominance in the 21st century.

And what could have been better than a civilizational war with the world of Islam?

These warmongers, many of whom by then had become advisers to Bush Jr., settled for invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Blatant lies were told, sold and packaged through the embedded media (that forgot its true role) to make the case for invasion. Others were either bribed or bullied to go along with the illegal war. When the claims for the justification of the war were proven wrong, newer ones were manufactured, not the least of which included implanting democracy in the Middle East. But it was all talks, mere lips services to fool too many. None of the dictators was weakened, but rather strengthened to seal American hegemony in the region. As expected, such ploys did not work for too long. Most of the warmongering politicians that ran in 2008 election were solidly routed out by people’s verdict.

Obama promised change, and sounded sincere. And we believed him and hoped big until we were forced to settle for the sad reality that he is no different than any of his predecessors. The Nobel Committee had made a terrible mistake in 2009 when it bestowed him the peace prize. Even his diehard supporters would admit that when it comes to international policy matters, truly little has changed under Obama. He is surrounded by many advisers whose loyalty is more to the state of Israel than the interest of the nation. And they want America to fight the proxy-war for Israel against Iran.

Obama, like Bush Jr., spoke about democracy in the Middle East, but hardly did anything to make things better. He is more interested in punishing Iran, a country with a functioning democracy since 1979, than helping the Syrian people to topple the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al Assad whose family has been ruling the country for the past four decades. His administration provided the necessary justification for the Saudi intervention and collusion with the autocratic Khalifa regime in their violent crackdown of the democracy-loving people of Bahrain.

As I have noted earlier, there is a powerful group of Zionists inside the USA and many western countries that identifies itself as a vanguard of the rogue state of Israel. Events like the AIPAC annual conference allow them to mingle and solidify their ties to Israel. Because of the overwhelming power of this ‘Israeli Lobby’ it is also a much sought after event by many politicians, especially those who are running in the next election. They obviously don’t want to embrace the fate of either former 11-term congressman Paul Findley or 6-term congresswoman Cindy McKinney. President Obama’s attendance this year shows that the uneasy thought of being targeted has not escaped his mind either, let alone the power of AIPAC. After all, outside Obama, I am not aware of any U.S. president ever speaking in front of the AIPAC!

The pro-war party in the media is also doing its part to beat up the drums of the war. They are blaming Iran for every thing that is going wrong with American occupation forces in Afghanistan and Iraq including the Qur’an burning incident where she is accused of fueling “the flames of violence” by supporting the Afghan insurgency. Iran has denied any government-backed effort to foment unrest in Afghanistan, but American officials see a pattern of malign meddling to increase Iran’s influence across the Middle East and South Asia.

Günter Grass, Germany’s most famous living author and the 1999 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, has seen it all. He recently published a 69-line poem, “What must be said,” in which he assailed Israel for its threats to attack Iran over its nuclear program. “Why did I wait until now at this advanced age and with the last bit of ink to say: The nuclear power Israel is endangering a world peace that is already fragile?” Grass writes in the poem. Grass is absolutely right in his assessment of Israel.

The 84-year-old Grass also criticized the planned delivery of submarines “from my country” to Israel, a reference to Germany’s plan to deliver Dolphin-class submarines to Israel that are capable of carrying nuclear-armed missiles. Germany risks being complicit in a crime, Grass observed.

In the poem, published by Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and other European dailies on Wednesday, Grass also called for an “unhindered and permanent monitoring of Israel’s nuclear potential and Iran’s nuclear facility through an international entity that the government of both countries would approve.” It is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear weapons, although the IAEA has never been allowed to inspect Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

The Israeli government is very upset with Grass and declared that he is unwelcome in Israel. In response to the publication, the Israeli Embassy in Berlin issued a statement offering its own version of “What must be said.” “What must be said is that it is a European tradition to accuse the Jews before the Passover festival of ritual murder,” the statement reads. Others have also reacted. The Central Council of Jews in Germany has called the poem an “aggressive pamphlet of agitation.” Grass, however, has found support from the head of the German PEN chapter, Johano Strasser, who also warned against exporting German weapons to Israel on Wednesday in a radio interview.

This is not the first time Grass has come out with critical views of Israel. In a 2001 interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he offered a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Israel doesn’t just need to clear out of the occupied areas,” he said at the time. “The appropriation of Palestinian territory and its Israeli settlements are also a criminal activity. That not only needs to be stopped -- it also needs to be reversed. Otherwise there will be no peace.” Again, Grass is right. But who is listening to him and who will stop Israel? Surely not those who could have made a difference to bring a peaceful solution to the problem!

As I have noted many times, peace cannot be attained in our world with policies that are outright hypocritical. The USA and other nuclear Brahmins of our world cannot have one set of rules for goyim nations like Iran, and another set for the ‘master race of chosen people’ – the rogue state of Israel. The latter is the only country in the Middle East which has not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), and yet, the USA and her western allies have failed in demanding that Israel accede to the NPT and throw its nuclear facilities open to IAEA oversight. With a Khazarite control of the citadels of power in the USA, UK and France, the sad reality is we shall not realize a nuclear-weapons-free Middle-East, which has been a long-standing legitimate demand of the entire Arab world and peace-loving people of our planet. While the NPT conferences have been held every year since 1970, so far Israel has refused to budge on its nuclear policy.

In its dealings about matters relating to Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration has been keen on buying the necessary support within the UN. It played a big role in making sure that its stooge Yukiya Amano was chosen as the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA, when the term for Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei ended in November 2010. The recent IAEA report uncritically purveying dubious "member state intelligence" in the name of the IAEA to support a flimsy argument that Iran is building nuclear weapons should come as no surprise after the release a year ago by WikiLeaks of secret diplomatic cables in which U.S. diplomats congratulated themselves on "the very high degree of convergence between [new IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's] priorities and our own agenda at the IAEA," as reported in November 2010 by the London Guardian.

In a cable in October, 2010, the U.S. mission in Vienna went as far as describing Amano as “D.G. of all states, but in agreement with us.” “Amano reminded [the] ambassador on several occasions that he would need to make concessions to the G-77 [the developing countries group], which correctly required him to be fair-minded and independent, but that he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program.”

Amano has disgraced the impartial image of the IAEA and should step aside for the good of the agency and our planet that is tired of war based on deceptions and lies. We need a nuclear-weapons-free zone not just in the Middle East but also in the entire world. For all this to happen, we can start with a couple of things: elimination of massive stockpiles of nuclear arms (so that nobody feels threatened) and democratization of the UNSC taking away veto-wielding powers from the nuclear Brahmins (that are responsible for abusing their power for their own selfish reasons and not true peace).

Of course, none of these is going to happen. After all, such would be too much to ask of when the warmongers are controlling the levers of American government and media power! They are defiantly flaunting it, which, when you think of it, is quite a comment on our impotence and sad existence.


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