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Israel's Hidden Faces: A Long Day's Night for Us AllDr. Alan Sabrosky Salem-News.com
Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D, University of Michigan) is a ten-year US Marine Corps veteran and a 1986 graduate of the US Army War College.
(JACKSON, Miss.) - Far too often, issues involving Israel and its actions are addressed in a sophisticated and complex manner, often with little or no linkage among them. This is fine for professionals who are well versed in the subject matter, and can infer detail and linkages where none is explicitly given or made.
But it is NOT acceptable for a general public, most of whom are not even aware that these issues exist, and have been exposed to a steady diet of pro-Israel propaganda throughout most if not all of their lives.
This is intended as a primer for that general public, especially in the US, hoping that others may also find useful material in it.
This can be used in many ways, but I would focus on state & local officials, newspapers & radio & TV stations, and veterans groups. The classic “grass roots” approach is the only way to circumvent the virtual lock the Zionists have at the national level in the political realm and the media. So let us begin.
Towards a Changing View
I began as a supporter of Israel. I knew nothing of the Nakba (Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948) and wouldn’t have cared much if I had heard of it. In the years of death, ethnic cleansing & resettlement of peoples during and after WWII, it just didn’t matter. And with the USSR supporting most of the Arab countries, US support of Israel (like Iran under the Shah) made sense. It was only in the aftermath of the Six Days War (1967) that things changed.
Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty
On June 8, 1967, early in the Six-Day Middle East War, Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats attacked the USS Liberty, a US Navy intelligence ship off the coast. Over 200 sailors and Marines were killed or wounded. Israel declared it had mistaken the ship for an Egyptian horse transport, and the US Government accepted that explanation. So did I, until 8 years later. Then I learned.
Separate attempts by the two carriers with the US 6th Fleet to launch aircraft to come to the rescue of the USS Liberty were recalled: The first by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara; the second personally by then-President Lyndon Johnson. Either rescue effort would have prevented most of the US casualties.
It is interesting to know that even then, the US Commander-in-Chief valued Israel more than the lives of Americans in uniform. And isn’t it a pity that nothing has changed?
But the killer is 9/11, orchestrated by Israel
We have all heard of 19 named Arabs in 4 planes, bringing down the two tallest buildings at the World Trade Center, striking the Pentagon, and putting one plane into a Pennsylvania field.
We have not heard the rest of the story.
It begins with WTC7,and creates an evidentiary trail leading directly to Israel and its cohorts in the US.
WTC7 – so much more than the proverbial “smoking gun”
The 47-story WTC7 collapsed straight down into its own
Note that smaller buildings closer to the Twin Towers did
A striking video involves an interview on Dutch TV with
It should be seen in its
Some key images follow:
The Implications of WTC7
So much links Israel to 9/11 – Only a public confession is missing, e.g.
A second van was stopped on the approaches to the George Washington Bridge. As CBS’s Dan Rather said in his live report:
"Two suspects are in FBI custody after a truckload of explosives were discovered around the George Washington Bridge. That bridge links New York to New Jersey over the Hudson River. Whether the discovery of those explosives had anything to do with other events today is unclear, but the FBI, has two suspects in hand, said the truckload of explosives, enough explosives were in the truck to do great damage to the George Washington Bridge...“
Those suspects and the incident then seem to have disappeared from the record.
And as for the 9/11 Commission...
So just what is the US supporting?
Attack on Gaza: Israel’s Way of War
Israel denied any excesses or
Differing estimates are presented here from:
You will note that the Palestinian organization
Also the two Human Rights groups have nearly
The first Israeli attacks
Israel opened its attack on Gaza with simultaneous strikes on numerous Palestinian police stations, including the graduating class of a Palestinian police academy.
Nearly a third of the so-called “militants” killed were police officers and young cadets.
I was reminded of my own graduation from Marine boot camp, standing there in my new uniform with my family and friends across the parade ground.
It was a time of celebration.
But in Gaza, the Israeli strike force – mostly American-made, with American munitions – came, and left this carnage.
Had I survived something like this at my Marine Corps graduation, I would want the perpetrators (to quote Rahm Emanuel) dead, dead, dead...
Then there were the “militants” who disguised themselves as children....
...compounded by the widespread use by Israel of white phosphorus and cluster bombs (both provided by the US) in a densely populated urban area, the former a war crime – and therefore its Israeli perpetrators war criminals. The image on the left is a UN school under attack; the other is a woman whose husband & baby daughter were killed by the white phosphorus shells that burned her. A Jerusalem Tribunal seems to be in order...
And we wonder why they, and so many others, hate the US
Every international tribunal and agency that investigates Israel & Palestine, including one headed by a Jewish judge from South Africa, has strongly condemned Israel for this onslaught, among many others.
Joining the condemnation are many traditional US allies. This, too, few Americans understand.
But the US Government continues to exercise its veto in the UN Security Council to protect Israel from any international sanctions.
On February 18, 2011, the US used its veto against all 14 other members.
This happens often.
In recent years, the US has used its veto power more than the other 4 permanent members combined – almost always on behalf of Israel.
An article of faith
A key issue is the extent to which an orthodox or ultra-orthodox version of Judaism permeates an otherwise largely secular Israeli society.
The former Israel Defense Forces' chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Avichai Rontzki, told students in a pre-army yeshiva program in 2009 that soldiers who "show mercy" toward the enemy in wartime will be "damned".
His views were controversial, but he was NOT repudiated by the Israeli government, and he completed his full 4-year term.
His replacement is somewhat less extreme, but Rontzki’s views are still popular in Israel, especially with Jewish settlers and the ultra-orthodox.
So this is faith? (An Israeli girl inscribes her own message of hate)
One of the most extreme examples to emerge is a controversial book called The King’s Torah, written by two settler rabbis. One chilling edict is that:
The prohibition 'Thou Shalt Not Murder' applies only "to a Jew who kills a Jew," write Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.
Non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and attacks on them "curb their evil inclination," while babies and children of Israel's enemies may be killed since "it is clear that they will grow to harm us."
Many in Israel condemned it.
Many also supported it. Most Americans heard nothing about it. Guess why..
Then there is the Wall...
One of the great ironies is that two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, Israel has been constructing an “Apartheid Wall” around and within occupied Palestine, to protect Jewish settlers and contain Palestinian resistance.
It has been noted that The most obvious historical parallel to the barrier is the Berlin Wall, which was 96 miles long…. Israel's barrier, still under construction, is expected to reach at least 403 miles in length...
The average height of the Berlin Wall was 11.8 feet….compared with the maximum current height of Israel's Wall -- 25 feet... four times as long and in places twice as high as the Berlin Wall.
For the US, what was bad in Europe is fine in Palestine, if Israel wants it.
....And the Jewish Settlers
There are perhaps a half-million Jewish settlers, many from the US & Russia, in Palestine.
Not all are religious fanatics, racist or violent.
But the most extreme ultra-orthodox beliefs, blatant racism and an affinity for violence have fertile ground in the settlements, all of them on Palestinian lands illegally, except, of course, to Israel and the US Government.
Their influence in Israel is significant and rising, the tip of an Israeli society that is far more racist, militarist and intolerant than South Africa during apartheid – a point many black South Africans have made repeatedly, but which somehow is never considered “newsworthy” by the mainstream media (MSM) in the US.
And as if that were not enough,
Israeli expansion of settlements continues in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Their usual practice is for armed police to enter a Palestinian area at night and evict the residents, then bring in Jewish settlers and protect them.
This is what happened to the woman in the picture and her family, losing a home of nearly a half-century.
She and friends returned the next day to try to salvage something from the ruin of their life. This is what she met; the picture was taken by a friend.
Lovely, right? This is what the US protects with its pledges of eternal support for Israel...
The face of an Israel it dares not let Americans see.
So why do most Americans know nothing about these things?
And just WHO is in charge here?
Few Americans therefore even suspect what much of the world knows: Israel, through the ownership of the mainstream media (MSM) and the leverage exercised by a hydra-headed pro-Israel lobby, effectively controls the US Government, especially the Congress.
This is particularly true of candidates for the Presidency.
No one today can be a serious contender for President from either major party without what have become obligatory pledges of fealty to Israel and laudatory appearances before major Jewish audiences.
But I remember when that was not so, and when our President was expected to serve US & not Israeli interests...
The same holds for the Administration, no matter which party is in power
Almost all of the key US officials dealing with the Middle East were and are Jewish, many with dual citizenship. (The “neo-conservatives” began as Jewish Democrats dissatisfied with President Carter, but now include some who are not Jewish.) Those who are not are strongly pro-Israel, a virtual condition of their appointment, confirmation and support by a Congress whose members compete for Israeli approval – or keep silent
Ha’aretz, an Israeli newspaper, remarked in late 2009 that “Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community.“
No surprise to Israelis, nor to anyone in the US policy community, but a great surprise to most Americans – if they ever heard or read about it.
So what is this about the control of the US mainstream media (MSM)?
Raising the subject of Zionist (pro-Israel, most but not all Jewish) control of the media truly excites Israel’s supporters, not because it is anti-Semitic but because it is (at least to them) an unspeakable truth.
Information is power, and the overwhelmingly Zionist-owned MSM makes sure that Americans see, hear and read what Israel wants them to do.
This, plus the enormous financial leverage provided by a brigade of Jewish political action committees (PACs) in the US, gives them effective control of both public opinion and the US Government. The Congress has for decades accurately been depicted as “Israeli occupied territory.”
And this is what it looked like in 2001-2002...
CEOs and Directors of companies can change as often
But if we could “freeze frame” the CEOs of the largest
Note that all except Rupert Murdoch are Americans and
And lobbies, lobbies everywhere...
Epilogue: Costs & Consequences
The price the US pays...
For the joy and satisfaction of providing unlimited and unquestioning support of Israel, we have had a national tragedy (9/11); have waged two needless wars (Afghanistan & Iraq); and are being goaded into a third equally needless war against Iran (with Syria to follow) by the same people who brought us the others.
As of 2/2011, these wars have cost the US some $1.2 trillion, exclusive of the losses at the WTC and the assistance we have provided Israel. Our casualties to date are approximately 67,000 killed and wounded. Both figures will rise sharply following an attack on Iran.
And there is the erosion of our freedom under the misbegotten “Patriot Act” and its offspring...
And what we have done to others
Where we go...
CHOOSE CAREFULLY & WELL
Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a writer and consultant specializing in national and international security affairs. In December 1988, he received the Superior Civilian Service Award after more than five years of service at the U.S. Army War College as Director of Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, and holder of the General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He is listed in WHO'S WHO IN THE EAST (23rd ed.). A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Sabrosky's teaching and research appointments have included the United States Military Academy, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Middlebury College and Catholic University; while in government service, he held concurrent adjunct professorships at Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Sabrosky has lectured widely on defense and foreign affairs in the United States and abroad. You can email Dr. Alan Sabrosky at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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