Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Has “Obamageddon” signed the world's death warrant?

By Stuart Littlewood

13 July 2010

Stuart Littlewood considers the deadly implications for humanity of US President Barack Obama’s decision to sell Israel nuclear materials and technology and to reaffirm “a four-decade-old secret understanding that allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, against the background of total congressional servitude to Israel.

I went cold, very cold, when I read in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz that "the US has reportedly pledged to sell Israel ... nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT].

"Other countries have refused to cooperate with Israel on nuclear matters because it has not signed the NPT, and there has been increasing international pressure for Israel to be more transparent about its nuclear arsenal."

Obama and Netanyahu also discussed the upcoming International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference on a nuclear-free Middle East, which was proposed during the 2010 NTP review conference in New York and which Netanyahu is refusing to attend because Israel would be singled out. Well, obviously.

So Obama thought it best put the toys back in Bibi's pram before he threw another tantrum. The two leaders agreed to work together to oppose efforts to single out Israel at the conference in September, in which case what will be the point of it?

In what many will see as a pact with the devil, Obama has emphasized that the US will cuddle up to Israel to "support our common efforts to strengthen international peace and stability" and ensure that arms control initiatives don’t rock the boat on Israel's precious security.

“So here we have Obama helping the delinquent state on its way to Armageddon and God-promised world supremacy, while itching to vaporize Iran for daring to think nuclear even in a civil way.”

In October last year the Washington TImes ran a report, by Eli Lake, that Obama had agreed to keep Israel's nukes secret by reaffirming a four-decade-old secret understanding that allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections. Under this understanding the US has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or sign the NPT, which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.

"Israel had been nervous that Mr Obama would not continue the 1969 understanding because of his strong support for non-proliferation and priority on preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons."

So here we have Obama helping the delinquent state on its way to Armageddon and God-promised world supremacy, while itching to vaporize Iran for daring to think nuclear even in a civil way.

More than ever before, the world seems to be in the hands of madmen that are devoid of principle and completely, certifiably bonkers.

And it's Western democracies that are producing the power freaks and militarized terrorists. They come from nowhere – like George Bush, like Barack Obama, like Tony Blair, like David Cameron. They have no track record. They haven’t put in any time in a key office so that we can study and measure their performance, and check their integrity, before handing them supreme power. They are too immature to have sound judgement and too distracted by a young family, but youth and family are vital ingredients in the marketing mix. These high-flyers are the carefully packaged product of political power brokers and interest groups, skilfully groomed for maximum public appeal and subsequent manipulation.

For the obedient there’s a rich and rewarding retirement waiting, lucrative jobs with merchant banks and board appointments with the likes of the Carlyle Group – and honours by the barrow-load and peace prizes for waging mega-war on civilians.

If ordinary people in the democratic world don't wake up very quickly, purge their administrations of corruption, run a psychological assessment on all candidates for power, and reverse course, we're sunk.

Here in the UK, Cameron is concerned only that British troops are out of Afghanistan before the next election – that’s in five years’ time, during which we’ll see countless more homeward bound coffins and many more thousands of local citizens shredded and maimed!

“We are at a time in history when those with dangerous views and evil intent rise to the top of the political cesspit, usually by default because the others wallowing in it can be relied on not to make waves."

At the Foreign Office, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, a besotted admirer of Israel since he was in short trousers, loudly threatens Iran with sanctions and worse. And Liam Fox, now defence secretary, has been credited with the immortal words: "...We must remember that in the battle for the values that we stand for, for democracy against theocracy, for democratic liberal values against repression – Israel's enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand together or we will all fall divided."

We are at a time in history when those with dangerous views and evil intent rise to the top of the political cesspit, usually by default because the others wallowing in it can be relied on not to make waves.

Closing US ranks round the delinquent state

Considering the Zionist regime's unhinged mentality and notorious lack of restraint, it is obvious that Israel's 200 (or is it 400?) nuclear warheads pose a massive threat not only to the Middle East, but also to the rest of the world. Those warheads can be targeted on European cities and, some say, already are.

Why hasn't Israel signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention? And why hasn't it ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty or the Chemical Weapons Convention? Because being a menace is necessary to its ambitions.

“Why hasn't Israel signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention? And why hasn't it ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty or the Chemical Weapons Convention?”

But hush my mouth – the US government now considers any "strong anti-Israel sentiment" to be anti-Semitic. Indeed, US politicians are so scared of the pro-Israel lobby that sales of congressional diapers have skyrocketed. In March, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) persuaded more than three-quarters of the House of Representatives to sign a letter calling for an end to public criticism of Israel and urging the US to "reinforce" its relationship with the Jewish state.

This was underscored by the nauseating spectacle of the Senate and the House of Representatives giving virtually 100 per cent endorsement to a resolution praising Israeli war crimes against Gaza, while the rest of the world condemned Israel for its barbarity.

In November 2009 they suspended the rules to cut short debate on Resolution 867, which the House of Representatives passed by 344 to 36. It called on the president and the secretary of state to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the Goldstone report. The House rejected the report’s findings that Israel committed war crimes during its military assault on the Gaza Strip as "irredeemably biased".

Then, In the middle of the horrendous Cast Lead onslaught against Gaza’s civilians – after Israel deliberately breached the ceasefire with Hamas – the House of Representatives passed a resolution "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza" by a majority of 390-5. They noted that the humanitarian situation in Gaza was "becoming more acute" but dared not rebuke Israel.

For a flavour of how the minds of dotty American lawmakers work, take Senate Resolution 548, passed only last month. It includes in its preamble:

  • Whereas since 2001, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations have fired more than 10,000 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel, killing at least 18 Israelis and wounding dozens more;

  • Whereas according to Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, “If the sea lanes are open to Hamas in Gaza ... they will acquire thousands of rockets that will threaten every single citizen in the State of Israel and also kill the peace process... Hamas armed with thousands of rockets not only threatens 7,500,000 Israelis but it's the end of the peace process”;

  • Whereas upon the boarding of the Mavi Marmara by the Israeli navy, the Mavi Marmara's passengers brutally and violently attacked the members of the Israeli navy with knives, clubs, pipes and other weapons, injuring several of them;

  • Whereas the members of the Israeli navy, under attack and in grave danger, reacted in self-defence and used lethal force against their attackers on the Mavi Marmara, shooting and killing nine of them;

  • Whereas in the time since the attack, the United Nations has unjustly criticized the actions of the government of Israel and called for an investigation of such actions; and

  • Whereas the actions of the United Nations are undermining Israel's inherent right to self-defence, compromising its sovereignty and helping to legitimize Hamas.

Etc, etc, etc. It is framed in terms that paint Israel, the brutal oppressor, occupier and sea pirate, as the victim. The crude disinformation is easily shot down in flames, but you mustn’t criticize or question. Ignorance is such bliss to American decision making.

So they resolved:

(1) that Israel has an inherent and undeniable right to defend itself against any threat to the safety of its citizens;

(2) to reaffirm that the United States stands with Israel in pursuit of shared security goals, including the security of Israel;

(3) to condemn the violent attack and provocation by extremists aboard the Mavi Marmara, who created a highly destabilizing incident in a region that cannot afford further instability;

(4) to condemn any future such attempts to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza for the purpose of creating or provoking violent confrontation or otherwise undermining the security of Israel;

(5) to condemn Hamas for its failure to recognize the right of Israel to exist, its human rights abuses against the residents of Gaza, and its continued rejection of a constructive path to peace for the Israeli and Palestinian people;

(6) to condemn the government of Iran for its role, past and present, in directly supporting Hamas and undermining the security of Israel;

(7) to encourage the government of Turkey to recognize the importance of continued strong relations with Israel and the necessity of closely scrutinizing organizations with potential ties to terrorist groups.

Send in the men in white coats.

Thanks largely to US gullibility Israel has been re-established (kind of) and must next pass through the fires of tribulation before receiving the Godly pat on the head. So all this chicanery is presumably to prepare the ground for accelerating the “end times”, or Armageddon, and to provoke the ultimate destruction-fest and max out the suffering that millions of believers are so looking forward to.

When it’s all over, mankind will simply have defeated itself. With America’s help.

So, while Obama and Netanyahu take the floor for the Armageddon waltz, let us pray – fervently.

Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For further information please visit www.radiofreepalestine.co.uk.

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eileen fleming said...

Whereas Israel locked Vanunu back up in solitary 23 May, 2010 for speaking to foreign media in 2004,

Whereas, on 18 June 2010, Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East Programme stated:

“Mordechai Vanunu should not be in prison at all, let alone be held in solitary confinement in a unit intended for violent criminals. He suffered immensely when he was held in solitary confinement for 11 years after his imprisonment in 1986 and to return him to such conditions now is nothing less than cruel, inhuman or degrading.

“Mordechai Vanunu is a prisoner of conscience. The prison authorities might claim that he has been put in isolation to protect him from the risk of attack by other inmates, but if the Israeli government is really concerned for his safety it should release him without delay. His re-imprisonment is both harsh and unjustified.

“The restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu arbitrarily limit his rights to freedom of movement, expression and association and are therefore in breach of international law. They should be lifted and he should be allowed to start his life again as a free man.”

Whereas on 24 April 2004, Uri Avnery wrote:

“Everybody understands that Vanunu has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?

“But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel’s nuclear armaments.
“This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for ‘arms control’, Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power.

“The Americans, it seems, are very worried. The Israeli security services have to dance to their tune. The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel’s nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world’s sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation.”

Whereas, in 2005, Vanunu told me:
“President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection.

“When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

“Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.”

I have been pleading with THE MEDIA and petitioning my government and Israeli officials to FREE VANUNU and if only every reader will PLEASE Do something too-such as:
Listen to Vanunu speak for himself in 2005, 2006, 2008 video interviews, LEARN about his FREEDOM OF SPEECH Trial in the ‘democracy’ of Israel @ http://wearewideawake.org
And contact their political reps and Israel to FREE VANUNU NOW-in solidarity it will happen!

FAX Numbers for:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
+972 2 566 4838

Minister of Justice Prof. Yaakov Neeman
+972 2 628 7757

Attorney General Menahem Mazuz
+972 2 530 3367
+972 2 627 4481

President Obama
202 456-2461

eileen fleming said...

Whereas praying without action is hypocrisy

Whereas doing nothing is a guarantee that nothing will happen,

Here's hoping every reader will Do Something,

And "HOPE has two children.The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine

Do Somethin­g to Help FREE Mordecha­i Vanunu @