Paul Craig Roberts: America Being Set-Up For Wider War


Richard Moore

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July 16, 2006
America Is Being Set-Up For Wider War In The Middle East
By Paul Craig Roberts

The old adage, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" does not
apply to Americans, who have shown that they can be endlessly fooled.

Neoconservatives deceived Americans into an illegal attack and debilitating war 
in Iraq. American neoconservatives are closely allied with Israel¹s Likud Party.
In the past, some neocons lost their security clearances because of 
"mishandling" of classified information.  According to Insight Magazine (online 
version, 6/26/06), "the Pentagon has banned security clearance to Americans with
relatives in Israel. Government sources and attorneys said the Pentagon has 
sought and succeeded in removing security clearance from dozens of Americans, 
mostly Jews, who either lived, worked or have relatives in Israel."

Despite questions of dual loyalties, neocons hold high positions in the Bush 
regime.  Ten years ago these architects of American foreign and military policy 
spelled out how they would use deception to achieve "important Israeli strategic
objectives" in the Middle East.  First, they would focus "on removing Saddam 
Hussein from power in Iraq." This would open the door for Israel to provoke 
attacks from Hizbollah. The attacks would let Israel gain American sympathy and 
permit Israel to seize the strategic initiative by "engaging Hizbollah, Syria, 
and Iran as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon."

Today, this neoconservative plan is unfolding before our eyes.  Israel has used 
the capture of two of its soldiers in Lebanon as an excuse for an all out air 
and naval bombardment against  Lebanese civilian targets. However, a number of 
commentators have pointed out that such a massive attack requires weeks if not 
months of preparation that could not be done overnight in response to the 
capture of the soldiers.

Regardless, in the first two days of the Israeli military attack on Lebanon more
than a hundred civilians, including Canadians, have been killed by Israeli bombs
(gifts from US taxpayers).  The International Airport in Beruit has been 
repeatedly bombed, as have residential neighborhoods, roads, bridges, ports, and
power stations.

Soldiers are a legitimate military target.  Civilians, civilian neighborhoods, 
tourists and international airports are not.  Under the Nuremberg standard used 
to sentence Nazi war criminals to death, the Israeli government is clearly 
guilty of war crimes.

Meanwhile the Israelis are committing identical war crimes in Gaza. Again 
Israel¹s excuse is the capture of an Israeli soldier.  However, the 
distinguished Israeli professor, Ran HaCohen, said that the Israeli army "had 
been demanding a massive attack on Gaza long before the Israeli soldier was 

By blocking UN Security Council action against Israel for its massacre of 
civilians in Gaza, the Bush regime has made itself complicit in these monstrous 
war crimes. Just as Germans who supported Hitler were deemed to be complicit in 
his war crimes, Americans who support Bush are complicit in Bush¹s war crimes.

Hizbollah is not the Lebanese government.  It does not rule Lebanon.  Hizbollah 
is the militia organization founded in 1982 in response to Israel¹s invasion of 
Lebanon. Hizbollah defeated the Israeli army and drove out the Israeli invaders 
six years ago.

According to the BBC, Hizbollah leader Hassan Nassrallah said that the two 
Israeli soldiers "were captured to pressure Israel to release the thousands of 
Palestinian prisoners in its jails," especially the women and children.

The BBC also notes that although Hizbollah operates "from Lebanese territory and
the militant group has two ministers in the Lebanese government, central 
government is almost powerless to influence the militant group." [Note that the 
BBC applies the loaded word "militant" to Hizbollah but not to Israel.]  
Hizbollah, reports the BBC, "is also very popular in Lebanon and highly 
respected for its political activities, social services and its military record 
against Israel."

The Prime Minister of Lebanon, who was installed with President Bush¹s approval 
when Syria, under Bush¹s pressure, recently withdrew its troops from Lebanon, 
has twice appealed to Bush to pressure Israel to stop its criminal attacks.  Our
great moral democratic Christian leader has twice rebuffed the appeal from the 
legal representative of the Lebanese people.  Instead, Bush is willingly going 
along with the 1996 neocon script.  Bush is laying the blame on Syria and Iran, 
exactly as the neocon script calls for him to do.

When Bush demands that Syria "stop Hizbollah attacks," he forgets that he was 
the one who forced Syria out of Lebanon (to enable Israel to attack Lebanon).  
If Americans were attentive, they would be ashamed to witness "their" president 
as Israeli propagandist.

Fox "news," CNN and the rest of the Bush propaganda ministry are echoing the lie
that innocent Israel is under attack from the "terrorist states" of Syria and 
Iran through their surrogate, Hizbollah.  Americans, who are sick of the Iraq 
occupation and want the troops home, are being fooled again and set up for wider
war in the Middle East.

Evangelical "Christians" are part of the propaganda show.  Three thousand of 
them under the lead of the Rev. John C. Hagee, are heading to Washington for a 
"Washington/Israel summit" to demand, needlessly, that the neocon Bush regime 
show "stronger support for Israel."

It is difficult to see how Bush could show any stronger support without using 
the US military to assist Israel in its attacks, which is, of course, what the 
"Christian" Rev. Hagee intends when he declares: "There¹s a new Hitler in the 
Middle East [he doesn¹t mean Bush or Olmert].  The only way he will be stopped 
will be by a pre-emptive military strike in Iran."

Present at Rev. Hagee¹s "Washington/Israel Summit" will be Israell¹s former 
Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, 
and the Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, along with 
Republican Senators Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum and the Rev. Jerry Falwell 
and Gary Bauer.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful lobby in 
Washington, expressed its thanks to Rev. Hagee for demonstrating "the depth and 
breadth of American support" for Israel. Recently, AIPAC has been under 
investigation as a suspected nest for Israeli spies.

David Brog, former chief of staff for Republican Senator Arlen Specter, has gone
to work for Rev. Hagee.  Brog, who is Jewish, says he works for Hagee¹s 
evangelical enterprise because "we¹re bringing into a pro-Israel camp millions 
of Christians who love Israel and giving them a political voice.  Israel¹s 
enemies are our enemies, and this group instinctively understands that."  Brog 
goes on to say that Hagee¹s evangelicals understand that they are not supposed 
to talk about Jesus, only about saving Israel: "Christians who work with Jews in
supporting Israel realize how sensitive we are in talking about Jesus. They 
realize it will interfere with what they are trying to do."

Gentle reader, is this an admission that evangelicals have set aside Jesus for 
war?  Do these bloody-minded evangelicals really believe they will be wafted to 
Heaven for helping Israel involve the US in more war?  Have evangelicals 
forgotten that "an eye for an eye" is Old Testament.  "Turn the other cheek" is 
New Testament.

On July 14, Reuters reported that alone among Christians, the "Vatican condemns 
Israel for attacks on Lebanon."

Whose delusion is the greatest--the evangelical "rapture" delusion, the neocon 
delusion about American power, or the Zionist delusion?  The three together mean
disaster for America, Israel and the world.

One of the great evangelical/Zionist/neocon myths is that "tiny Israel" armed 
with 200 nuclear weapons is threatened by Muslim Middle Eastern countries.  In 
actual fact, Egypt and Pakistan, which have the bulk of the Middle Eastern 
Muslim population, are ruled by American puppets.  Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the 
oil emirates are totally dependent on US protection and, thereby, are also under
the American thumb. Iran is Persian, not Arab, and has no common borders with 
Israel.  Hizbollah was created when Israel tried to seize Lebanon in 1982. Hamas
is a Palestinian response to the atrocities Palestinians have suffered for a 
half century at Israel¹s hands.

Israel¹s land-stealing policy is the source of Middle Eastern instability.  
America is hated, because American money and weapons are what enable Israel to 
steal Palestine from Palestinians.

As numerous Middle East experts have pointed out, what is decried as "Arab 
terrorism against Israel" is, in fact, the only tactic Muslims have for calling 
the world¹s attention to the plight of the Palestinians, about which Americans 
are generally ignorant.

It is absurd for Bush to condemn Syria for not behaving as an American puppet 
and for not fighting Israel¹s battles by taking on Hizbollah. Syria and Iran 
(and Iraq prior to the US invasion) are the only Middle Eastern countries 
independent of American control. It is far beyond the boundaries of reason and 
morality to expect these two remaining independent countries to give up their 
independence in order to enable Israel to steal Palestine and southern Lebanon.

It is the refusal of Syria and Iran (and Saddam Hussein¹s Iraq) to stand with 
Israel against Palestine that has targeted them for American attack.  Neocons 
have total control of US foreign policy in the Bush regime, and they have 
morphed US strategic interests into Israel¹s.

As the neoconservative architects of Bush¹s wars revealed in 1996, their concern
lies with "Israeli strategic objectives."


Paul Craig Roberts [•••@••.•••] was Assistant Secretary of the 
Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side 
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and
the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors 
and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click 
here for Peter Brimelow¹s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the 
recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

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