From: osama bin kenobi
Approved: APPROVED - Jedi Council
Subject: Amerika's Plan For Iraq's Future: Install CIA Puppet Right-Wing, Pro-Israeli Di
Keywords: Rebel Alliance Galactic Usenet News Service
Summary: May The Force Be With You...Always
Organization: Rebel Alliance Galactic Usenet News Service
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 07:44:28 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 00:44:28 PDT
Some improvement. Another Pinochet, this time in the middle-east.
Wanna bet this will lead to permanent US bases there in preparation
for WW3? Why can't Amerika simply start switching to alternative fuels
instead of pushing petroleum? Oh well, if you want Apocalypse, that is
what you shall have, I'm just a lowly messenger and aspiring jester...
They're jumping in head first
By Akiva Eldar
Ha'aretz Israel / R.A.G.U.N.S.
My dear Colette, don't worry," said Tom Lantos, the California
congressman, as he tried to calm MK Colette Avital of the Labor Party,
who was visiting Capitol Hill last week as part of a delegation of the
Peace Coalition. "You won't have any problem with Saddam," the Jewish
congressman continued. "We'll be rid of the bastard soon enough. And
in his place we'll install a pro-Western dictator, who will be good
for us and for you."
Lantos explained to his guest from Israel that there's no lack of
Iraqi opposition figures in exile, but until they learn how to run a
state, "we'll be there." According to Lantos that interim period, with
an American-sponsored dictator in power, should last between five to
Avital says she asked how one can talk about a dictator in Iraq and at
the same time demand "democratic reforms" in the territories as a
precondition for renewing the peace process. Lantos said that
democratization in the territories is just a general "road map." He
reminded her that "the U.S. didn't turn into a democracy overnight."
In any case, he promised her that after America gets rid of all the
regimes of evil, it will go straight to Syria, "and tell young Assad
that's what will happen to him if he doesn't stop supporting
It's important to emphasize that Lantos is not a Bush administration
spokesman, and not even part of the Republican leadership. The 11-term
congressman is the leader of the Democratic Party caucus in the House
of Representatives' International Affairs Committee. His approach,
which says an agreement with the Palestinians can wait, like his
party's support for semi-lunatic anti-Palestinian legislation, eases
the work of the Middle East experts in the State Department.
The expectation that as soon as Bush gets rid of Saddam Hussein he'll
show the same determination to advance a peace agreement between
Israel and the Palestinians - as his people are constantly whispering
to Bush's Arab friends - has as much chance of fulfillment as the hope
that Sharon will withdraw from the territories after getting rid of
Arafat. As Lantos says, in the best case, which means the war ends
with a "new order" in Iraq, there's a long line of terrorists after
Saddam. In the worst case, meaning the war destabilizes Iraq, and
perhaps the entire region, the U.S. will be bogged down for the coming
years in a Vietnam-like morass.
Unfortunately, Palestinian suicide bombers will presumably continue to
keep Israelis atop the list of terror victims around the world,
thereby keeping the issue of the occupation and the settlements, let
alone tens of thousands of hungry Palestinian children, off the
international agenda. All those issues will have to wait at least
until Bush finishes his "war on terror."
Then, sometime in the first part of the second half of his first term
in office, like all presidents, he'll begin thinking about the coming
elections and Jewish donors. Bush has memories from his father's
experience, about how a conflict between the president and a
right-wing government in Israel can affect an American president's
Apparently, the administration doesn't have a clue what will happen
the morning after Saddam is gone. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
asked over the weekend if he can guarantee the next government in Iraq
will be preferable to Saddam's said frankly, "there aren't many
guarantees in life." In other words, the deluge is ahead of us and
we're jumping in head first. That's precisely how Sharon behaves, as
well. First we'll get rid of Arafat and break up the Palestinian
Authority and then, well, God is great.
There's nothing new with Sharon, other than the fact that while as
housing minster he greeted every American peace envoy visiting the
region with new settlements, and now he greets every Palestinian
initiative for a cease-fire with an attack on the heart of Gaza, and
puts a siege on the Muqata just as the closest thing to a coup d'etat
starts against Arafat. As far as he's concerned, and for that matter,
Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon is concerned, "the democratic reforms"
are just a euphemism for erasing any trace of Oslo and getting rid of
all those who represent it.
It is very difficult to understand how Oslo architect Shimon Peres,
and Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, who formally adopted the Saudi peace plan,
lend their support to this policy. Now the leaders of Colette Avital's
party, she of the the Peace Coalition, will pat themselves on the back
and explain that because they stayed in the government, a crisis in
relations with the U.S. was avoided. It's hard to believe they aren't
aware of the fear that keeps some of the highest ranking security
officers awake at night: that on the morning after the last remnants
of the central authority in the territories has been erased - and they
are active participants in its erasure - we can expect a flood of
terrorism. And we won't even have anyone left to besiege.