Our Very Own War Criminals
- Our Very Own War Criminals
February 19, 2007
The neocons who helped bamboozle the U.S. into its current futile
warand are ginning Americans up for the next oneclaim that their
actions and disinformation tactics were undertaken for the moral good
of the world. The mind reels at their continued arrogance after the
disaster of Iraq. Secure in their think tanks and comfortable
government pensions, these Fifth Column fanatics have not had the
grace to even do a mea culpa after the destruction they have caused.
To the contrary, the leading warmonger, William Kristol, has been
provided with a column in Time Magazine in order to spread his poison
to a larger audience. There is only one thing to do. Boycott Time, the
Fox news programs in which he appears, and, of course, the Weekly
Standard which he edits. Please inform your friends. Boycotts, alas,
bring results. The neocons have been doing it for years. Let's give
them some of their own medicine back.
Cheney, Kristol, Abrams, Abraham, Gaffney, Adelman, Krauthammer,
Reynolds, Frum, Wolfowitz, Giuliani, Feith, Podhoretz, Perle, Pipes,
the Kagans and their ilk are as shameless and contemptible as most
traitors are, but with a difference. Most traitors at least take some
risksto the point of life and limb. These pundits didn't risk their
lives in pursuit of their dishonourable goals. Oh yes, I forgot a
little man by the name of Abraham Shulsky, the Pentagon's chief of
Special Plans, who helped sell the Iraq war with false claims about
the Al Qaeda connection. This slimy individual is now heading the war
against Iran campaign in the Pentagon's aptly named "Iranian
Directorate." In the meantime, Congress is sitting on its hands, too
scared of AIPAC to rein in these con men, or even to denounce them by
name during a special Congressional hearing.
AIPAC and the neocons use that tired old canard of anti-Semitism
against any and every one who disagrees with themincluding Jews. For
instance, the eminent academic Tony Judt, who has found his ability to
speak in public trammeled by back-channel phone calls placed by power
brokers who disapprove of him. Another group of honorable folks are
the eminent physicists who recently urged the Congress to pass binding
legislation to restrict the authority of the U.S. president to order
nuclear strikes against non-nuclear-weapon states. Reading over the
names, it seems to me that at least half of these peace-loving
researchers are Jewish. Not that such trivial concerns as the truth
will stop the likes of Kristol. Foxman, Dershowitz and the rest of the
gang from slinging the slurs far and wide. One might well recall the
way some Catholic leaders hurled charges of anti-Catholicism at the
reporters who uncovered the priestly sex abuse scandal--until the
cases and evidence piled up, and it became clear that this was nothing
but a smoke screen, designed to help corrupt and powerful men get away
with murder. It's the same thing when powerful policymakers in
Washington try to silence their critics by hiding behind the photos of
poor murdered Anne Frank. And the public is catching on.
In fact, Congress needs to pass such legislation as soon as possible.
The United States has no right to use nuclear weapons except in
response to a nuclear attack. Nuking a nation that does not possess
them, and has not attacked us, is in fact a war crimethe kind of
crime for which we rightly hanged the Nazis at Nuremberg. (What a pity
that we couldn't have swung the Russians, tooand perhaps the Brits
and Americans who ordered bombings like Dresden.) Israel might
contemplate it, but if I might make a subtle point the United States
is not Israel. Nor is the converse true. They are hold your breath,
and listen carefully my friends: two separate countries. Got that?
Try to keep in mind; it may turn out to be important.
Craig Unger, writing in this month's Vanity Fair said it all: "The
neocons orchestrated a spectacular disinformation operationand once
again neo-con ideologues have been flogging questionable intelligence
about WMDs. Once again, dubious Middle East exile groups are making
the rounds in Washington urging regime change in Syria and Iran. Once
again, heroic exile leaders are promising freedom."
And it gets worse. Washington is actually discouraging those Israelis
who want to make peacefor instance, our bold diplomats helped scotch
a rapprochement between Jerusalem and Damascus last summer. Elliott
Abrams, the admitted liar-to-Congress who handles the peace process
portfolio for the White House (and Norman Podhoretz's son-in-law) has
assured the hard-line Israelis, including Ehud Olmert, that there will
be no real peace initiative from Washington with the Palestinians.
In other words, the Bush administration is recognizing "realities on
the ground." Which means we have recognized the legality of Jewish
settlements on territories captured by Israel in the 1967 war, and
many more since. Although this should make the neocons happy, it is
like asking a very greedy person to stop eating. They will always want
more. Now the neo-cons want Iran. It is up to us to stop them.
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