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Editorial: The Real Enemy

Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times

At the moment, many writers in the alternative media are feeling extremely 
angry, depressed and frustrated at what is happening in Palestine and Lebanon. 
Despite hundreds of editorials and essays eloquently decrying Israeli aggression
and provocation and spelling out the very obvious reason for the long-standing 
violence in the Middle East, Israel continues its murderous rampage, killing 
almost 70 Lebanese civilians yesterday. Yesterday's attacks involved Israeli 
bombing of entire Lebanese villages, such as Srifa in the south west of Lebanon 
where Israeli F-16 jets, supplied free of charge by the US government, destroyed
15 houses, killed at least 20, and wounded at least 30, men women, young and old
alike. The truly horrifying thing however is that the inhabitants of the 
villages were fleeing on the orders of the Israeli government itself, yet as the
villagers attempted to leave in their cars and vans, they were targeted by 
Israeli jets and blown to pieces...

At the beginning of the current crisis in Palestine, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert stated clearly that the lives of Israeli civilians were more important 
than the lives of Palestinian civilians and that the bombing of the Gaza strip 
and Lebanon is designed to wipe out the threat to Israeli citizens from Hamas 
and Hezbollah. In the past 5 years, 5 Israeli civilians have been killed in one 
town as a result of Hamas rockets, and none have been killed as a result of 
Hizbollah attacks. Yet in the past week and as a result of Israeli attacks on 
Hamas and Hezbollah, 14 Israeli citizens of Haifa have been killed. Clearly, and
despite his words, Olmert cares little more for the lives of Israeli Jews than 
he does for the lives of Arabs.

Is It Really About Defence?

As an explanation for the murder of 300 Lebanese civilians over the past 7 days 
and the murder of over 3,000 Palestinian civilians and 800 Israeli civilians 
over the past five years, Bush and Olmert repeatedly state that "Israel has a 
right to defend itself". When the facts are analysed, this claim is nonsensical 
and an outright lie. The Israeli military has been occupying Palestinian, 
Lebanese (the Chebaa Farms area) and Syrian (Golan heights) for almost 40 years.
In the Palestinian land that it occupies, the Israeli government had reduced the
Palestinian population therein to little more than slaves. Israel holds these 
lands in defiance of international law. This is the major source of Palestinian 
and Hezbollah resentment towards and attacks on Israel. The continuation of an 
enforced occupation of the sovereign territory of another people and nation 
simply cannot be described as "defence". If a person comes and throws you out of
your home and occupies it by force of arms, he may claim that he is "defending" 
it, but it is a defence of something acquired through illegal means and is 
therefore an unlawful and aggressive act. It is not defence.

The history of Israeli tactics in the occupied Palestinian territories over the 
past 50 years make it very clear that the ultimate goal of the Israeli power 
brokers has always been the removal, in one way or another, of all Palestinians 
from their land.

Consider the below image of illegal Israeli settlements in the West.

Now remember, other than the miniscule Gaza strip, this is all of the land 
available for a Palestinian state! The Israeli government began building the 
illegal settlements in 1967, they same year that it annexed Lebanese and Syrian 
land. Today, Israeli settlers live in plush comfortable houses with all 
amenities on 40% of Palestinian land in the West Bank, while Palestinians 
regularly have their meager houses destroyed by Israeli bulldozers. All 
crossings out of Gaza and the West Bank are strictly controlled by Israeli 
troops, with most Palestinians being denied the right to leave. Poverty in Gaza 
and the West Bank is rife with 65% of the population living below the poverty 
line i.e. on less than $2 per day.

What is very clear to Palestinians, and has been for a very long time, is that 
the Israeli government never intended to allow the Palestinians to have a state 
of their own. Palestinians are painfully aware of the fact that, since 1967, the
Israeli government has been preparing what was left of Palestinian land for a 
final annexation into Israel, with the only impediment to the fulfillment of 
this plan being the Palestinians living there. With the recent staged crisis, 
Israel hopes to find the opportunity to deal with this last 'obstacle' to 
Greater Israel, once and for all. Clearly then, it is the Palestinians, and now 
the Lebanese, who are, and have always been engaged in defence against a 
long-term and ongoing Israeli plot to dispossess them of their land and homes 

How do you feel about this?

When you look at the bodies of Lebanese babies, their little bodies lying 
mangled, scattered around the ground beside the burnt-out van they were 
travelling in only minutes before, what do you feel? Is this a just end to this 
child's life?! Did he deserve it?!

When you realise that these children were ordered to leave their homes by the 
Israeli military in a deliberate ploy to "flush them out" in order to blow them 
to pieces with their bombs, what do you feel?

When you see the once beautiful brown curls of a 5 year old Lebanese girl, now 
matted with her own blood, her clothes torn, her head hanging lifeless, what do 
you feel?

When you look at the image below of another Lebanese "terrorist" girl 'taken 
out' by Israeli war planes, do you think of your own children? Do you imagine 
how you would feel if this were your child?

When you see the burning bodies of two lebanese civilians, the victims of 
Israeli and American 'defence', is it pride you feel?

Imagine for a moment that you are the President of America, or a member of his 
administration, or the Israeli Prime Minister, or a member of his 
administration. Having seen these pictures, would you, as "Commander in Chief", 
continue to order more air strikes on civilian targets? If you retained even an 
ounce of your own humanity - your ability to empathise with the suffering of 
another - you most definitely would not. You could not. Bush and Olmert see 
these pictures and they remained unmoved, supremely detached from any emotion at
the sight of a dead child, and they give the order to continue the bombing.

Apparently, they want to see more dead children.

Am I being inflammatory when I say this? Am I exaggerating? Can it really be 
possible that our leaders are so inhuman, so different from you and I?

No one wants to consider such a concept, but what else are we to conclude when 
the bombing continues? When 270 of 300 Lebanese killed in the past week were 
innocent civilians, are you going to tell me that Israeli (and therefore 
American) war technology is so crude that it repeatedly hits the wrong target? 
In which case, why do they keep using such devices? Are you trying to tell me 
that missiles that hit the fleeing civilians were not deliberate? How far can 
your credibility be stretched?

The Real Enemy Of Mankind

The 'crisis' in Palestine and Lebanon comes at a bad time for the alternative 
media. Up until a few weeks ago, we could still entertain the idea that we were 
making a difference. The dogged blogging and posting of articles and editorials 
on web sites seemed to be having an effect. We felt we had a voice and that it 
was being listened to by an ever increasing number of people. We thought the 
pressure we were bringing to bear would surely stay the hand of the war mongers,
that they would 'see the light', that we could 'bring them to their senses'. But
we were wrong it seems.

If there is one glaring problem with the alternative media today it is that they
do not know the true nature of the enemy. In fact, no one seems to realise that 
we are fighting an enemy at all. Most still believe that we are dealing with a 
few misguided political leaders who just seem to have a really hard time 
realising that their actions are causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of 
innocent people. If they could only be made aware of this, the world would turn 
the corner towards peace and prosperity for all, right?

Unfortunately, there is a serious problem with this assumption.

If we, the information-deprived masses, are able to get a glimpse of the carnage
that our political leaders are causing, is it not a certainty that these same 
political leaders are significantly more aware of the results of their actions? 
After all, they are in possession of detailed intelligence reports on 
demographics, details of targets selected and the nature and destructive power 
of the weapons they employ against those targets. When we hear of an Israeli or 
American bomb scoring a direct hit on a residential house that kills dozens of 
innocent men women and children, our lack of knowledge of military affairs and 
planning allows us to believe that maybe it was a mistake, that they didn't 
really mean to kill civilians. Indeed, we need to believe this, because to 
believe otherwise is to face ourselves into a very frightening scenario indeed -
that our political leaders, the men and women who sit in almost absolute power 
over us, are fully conscious of their actions and therefore lack the one 
characteristic that defines a person as truly human: empathy for the suffering 
of another human being.

So we force ourselves to believe that the men and women with the power to kill 
millions would never take delight in exercising that power. We think that 
because we recoil in horror and grief at the sight of the lifeless body of a 
small child lying beside the burnt out shell of the car she was travelling in 
before it was hit by an Israeli or American missile, that the men who fired the 
missile, or those who ordered them to fire it, are also deeply moved by such a 
tragic scene. Yet we run into a problem the very moment that a second missile, 
then a third and then a fourth, extinguishes more innocent lives. How many more 
bodies of dead children, how many more weeks of Israeli military bombing 
campaigns on civilian targets are needed before we come to the conclusion that 
the members of the Israeli, American and British governments who, in full 
knowledge of their actions continue to sanction or order such attacks, simply do
not, cannot, feel the same way about the massacring of innocent children as you 
and I?

Understandably, this is a hard one for many people to accept. To accept it 
heralds the end of our cozy world-view where basically good and decent leaders, 
people just like you and I, are at least striving to do what is best for the 
world and its people. In its place, we find ourselves in a world where the 
global power brokers, the people who control every aspect of our material lives,
appear not to care about human life at all, save their own.

How long might an impala on the serengeti expect to survive if, despite all 
evidence to contrary, it continues to believe in the innate benevolence of a 
lion towards its species?

This is an appropriate analogy. Scientific studies have shown that when normal 
human beings are presented with a disturbing image of human suffering, an area 
of the brain associated with emotion and empathy "lights up". Similar studies 
carried out on known psychopaths show that they appear to lack the normal range 
of human emotion. When a psychopath is shown a picture of a car, followed by a 
picture of a dead child and a grieving mother, there is no difference in brain 
response. There is no feeling it seems.


Dr Hervey Cleckly spent years studying psychopaths up close and personal. His 
book, The Mask of Sanity, shows that, outwardly, the average intelligent 
psychopath bears no resemblance, neither in appearance nor actions, to Hannibal 
Lecter or Ted Bundy. Neither is he in jail. On the contrary, the average 
psychopath appears to be conscious of the fact that he lacks the basic human 
ability to feel deep emotion and empathy for another. Early on in his life, the 
psychopath learns that displays of complete indifference to the suffering of 
others are reacted to with concern and sometimes anger by his family and peers. 
So he learns to conceal it. At the same time, he recognises and gravitates 
towards others who share his deficiency.

It is not hard to imagine that psychopaths do very well in business and politics
where the promotion of self-interest and the accrual of personal and group power
is the name of the game. Where you or I, in possession of a conscience, would 
surely balk at, for example deliberately getting a work colleague fired for no 
reason other than facilitate our own ascent of the corporate ladder, no such 
impediment to success exists for the psychopath who simply cannot put himself in
the place of another human being and therefore feel empathy. While it has been 
estimated that approximately 6% of the global population falls into the category
of psychopath (about 360 million people), their extreme self-interest and the 
fact that such "ambition" is a key ingredient of success in the world of 
politics and business, we assume much more than 6% of top level corporate, 
government and military positions are held by people who possess no ability to 
empathise with the needs or suffering of another human being.

A perusal of the last few thousand years of the history of our world quickly 
reveals to us that, more than anything else, war has defined our 'evolution' (if
it can be called that). Equally obvious is the fact that, in war, soldiers and 
civilians die while the men and women responsible for waging war (on both sides)
generally neither fight in the war nor are punished for their part in it 
encouraging it.

Does that tell you anything?

Throughout history, small groups of people have risen to power over the masses, 
and by the promotion of religious, ethnic or political divisions, they have set 
large groups of ordinary human beings against each other in order to further 
their personal goals. More often that not, ideologies such as 'freedom' are used
to rally the masses to fight. But history testifies that the only real net 
result of war is the consolidation of power into the hands of an 'elite' few. 
The Second World War led to the rise of Stalin and the murder of 50 million 
Russians. It led to the creation of the state of Israel and the ongoing 
persecution of Middle Eastern Arabs. It also facilitated the USA's rise to a 
position of global preeminence, a situation which has caused more death and 
suffering over the past 60 years than at any other time in our recent history.

Now more than ever, there is an opportunity for each of us to recognise who the 
true enemy is. Why should we or our sons and daughers continue to fight and kill
each other on the command of a small group of people whose only contribution has
been to enrich themselves at our expense, at the expense of our very lives? Are 
we stupid? Or are we just misinformed? The reality of our world has always been 
a very clear case of Us and Them, yet we have failed to see it. We fail to see 
the predatory, unfeeling nature of these people because we ourselves lack such a
nature. We project on to them our own human values of empathy and conscience 
when, time and again, they have proven that they possess no such qualities. We 
have allowed them to divide us, and set us at each others throats in the name of
freedom, a value that we hold dear, not they (save for their usefulness in 
manipulating us).

Now more than ever, the very real yet hidden phenomenon of psychopathy needs 
desperately to be uncovered. We need to avail ourselves of the evidence that 
suggests that many of our political leaders are clinical, yet very smart and 
careful psychopaths. There is no other plausible explanation for their smug 
brutality, their deadly lies, their utter indifference to the pitiful sight of 
the lifeless body of small child for whose death they are responsible.

Lest anyone begin the process of rationalising what I have said, realise that to
do so is evidence that your own humanity is being robbed from you by the 
propagation of our 'leaders' psychopathic values and ideologies. "War is peace",
"Black is White" "Muslims are Terrorists" "Our government is protecting us". 
Before you fall for such paramoralisms, know this; psychopaths feel no empathy 
for any other human being. Race or creed does not figure into the equation. 
There is significant evidence that the psychopaths in power in the US and Israel
knowingly murdered 3,000 American citizens on September 11th 2001, few were 
Muslim. At present the Israeli government is placing the lives of Israeli Jews 
in clear danger precisely because they simply cannot care about the life of any 
other human being, Christian, Muslim, Jew they are concerned for none but 

'Armgaeddon' Approaches

As a conclusion, I would like here to present a theory for your consideration, 
and while you may immediately reject it as implausible, I suggest you watch 
events in the Middle East and notice the direction they take. My suggestion is 
that the ultimate goal of the plan that is being currently implemented in 
Lebanon and Palestine is the destruction of a majority of the population of the 
modern-day Middle East.

Far from attempting to rid the world of a previously more or less non-existent 
anti-Semitism, the policies pursued by successive Israeli governments have gone 
a long way to increasing ill-feeling towards Jews and Israel. By repeatedly 
condemning anyone who speaks out against the increasingly brutal actions of the 
Israeli government as anti-Semitic, Israeli leaders and lobbyists are coming 
close to making the word anti-Semitism respectable. When that happens, the 
demise of Israel, the Jews and the Arabs of the Middle East will be all but 
assured. That day is closer than any of us realise.

We have but one hope to prevent what appears to be an approaching major war in 
the Middle East that will not be limited to that region and which will result in
the deaths of millions of innocents: we must understand the truth about the men 
and women that call themselves our 'leaders', yet who offer nothing but war, 
suffering and death. We must realise the that they are not like you and I, they 
do not feel as you and I feel, they do not love and you and I love. They are 
psychopaths, and under their stewardship death and destruction is 100% assured.

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