More On The Neoconquest
I find it interesting that Israel signed onto a ceasefire agreement after it was announced that Olmert slipped in the polls.
When I first encountered Justin Raimondo on Anti-War.com, I thought he was out of his gourd, and considering his hostility towards Israel, possibly an antisemite. The more time I spend reading up on the neocons’ plans for the Middle East, however, the more I think he’s on to something. I do however retain one major bone of contention: The neocons are not fighting, out of Zionist allegiance, for Israel. They are fighting for their own fiscal self-interest.
Via the Left Coaster:
Suppose Israel developed this list of targets and a plan to destroy and destabilize Lebanon a year ago to set the table for taking control of the Eastern Mediterranean coastline as part of a new compact with Turkey, Britain, and the Bush Administration neocons? What if the real agenda is to facilitate a new oil/gas/water pipeline from Central Asia around Russia, Iran, and Syria through Turkey and past Lebanon down to Israel? Would an alternate scenario look more plausible if the pipeline offered a way for Israel to meet its needs for water, gas, and oil, and allowed Israel to turn into an oil exporter to the Far East in the process to the detriment of the Saudis, Iran, and Russia? And would it surprise you to find out that this plan wasn’t new, but simply an updating of existing plans to make Israel energy independent and to provide the United States with an oil supply separate from Saudi Arabia, once we extend the war to Syria and near-sightedly topple another regime?
Shit, do you remember when… This is a collusion of oil and defense interests masquerading as ideology. It is not Zionism. And it’s a fucking disaster.
Thank G-d, contrary to popular opinion, Israelis are finally starting to wake up.
Your latest reading assignments:
- Sidney Blumenthal: “The Neocons’ Next War” — “By secretly providing NSA intelligence to Israel and undermining the hapless Condi Rice, hardliners in the Bush administration are trying to widen the Middle East conflict to Iran and Syria, not stop it.”
- International Relations Center: “At War with Syria and Iran: The Neo-Cons May Get Their Wish” — “With no shame in drawing the U.S. into the Iraq quagmire three-and-a-half years ago, the same group of neo-conservatives including William Kristol, Richard Perle and Charles Krauthhammer are pushing for Israel/U.S. go to war with Syria and Iran. What is amazing is that despite the deep mess they got us into in Iraq, President Bush and his foreign policy team is actually listening to them.”
- Financial Times: “Bush ‘believes conflict is a US-Iran proxy war'” — “‘People should not underestimate just how strongly the president feels in support of Israel and in his anger towards Iran and Syria [because of their sponsorship of Hizbollah],’ said Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former senior official at the Central Intelligence Agency and now at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington.”
- Inter Press Service: “Hard-Line Neocons Assail Israel for Timidity”
- Richard Perle: “An Appropriate Response” — “Israel must now deal a blow of such magnitude to those who would destroy it as to leave no doubt that its earlier policy of acquiescence is over. This means precise military action against Hezbollah and its infrastructure in Lebanon and Syria, for as long as it takes and without regard to mindless diplomatic blather about proportionality.”
- Justin Raimondo: “The Return of the Neocons” — “The Israeli blitz may not have succeeded in cleaning out Hezbollah from the southern precincts of Lebanon, but it will almost certainly accomplish the expulsion of the “realists” from the councils of state and put the neocons back in the saddle in Washington.”
Why did I bold-text the bit about Condi before? See Raimondo’s “Bush vs. Condi.” Look’s like Olmert’s got a Condi of his own: “Olmert bars Livni from attending UN Security Council sessions.” See also: “In Mideast, It’s Condi’s Fight Now” …Veddy interesting.