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    Our Very Own War Criminals Taki Theodoracopulos February 19, 2007 http://www.takimag.com/site/archive/Theodoracopulos The neocons who helped bamboozle the U.S.
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      Our Very Own War Criminals
      Taki Theodoracopulos
      February 19, 2007

      The neocons who helped bamboozle the U.S. into its current futile
      war—and are ginning Americans up for the next one—claim 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
      risks—to 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 them—including 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 crime—the kind of
      crime for which we rightly hanged the Nazis at Nuremberg. (What a pity
      that we couldn't have swung the Russians, too—and 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 operation—and 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 peace—for 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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