Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Israeli policy gives Jews a bad name... Covert Assassins

Israeli policy gives Jews a bad name, assassins, Liars and thieves...

By Saul Landau

Most Jews I know get little pleasure from the existence of Israel; just the
opposite. They feel disgusted by the behavior of their tribal kin toward
Palestinians. This antipathy doesn't concern Israel's right to exist, a
phony argument still maintained by hard line Zionists. Israel exists,
period. Most of the world recognizes that. Anyone wanting to eliminate it
belongs in the loony bin or prison.

Israelis have just elected a right wing majority. The number three
vote-getting party, Yisrael Beytenu led by Avigdor Lieberman, will occupy a
strong place in the new government. Lieberman will become a Minister in the
Netanyahu Cabinet. Last year, Lieberman rammed through Israel's Central
Election Committee a ban on Arab political parties. The Israeli Supreme
Court ruled the ban unconstitutional before the recent election. Lieberman
also demanded the Knesset expel Arab Members. He went further. If Arab
citizens of Israel don't sign oaths of loyalty to Israel, they should have
their citizenship revoked. Disloyalty for Arabs included students wearing
keffiyehs to school; Muslim Israelis collecting medicine and aid for Gaza
relief also falls into the non-trustworthy category.

During the 2008-9 invasion of Gaza, Lieberman wanted the military operation
to continue until Hamas "loses the will to fight." In a speech at Bar-Ilan
University, he said Israel's government had "to come to a decision that we
will break the will of Hamas to keep fighting." Lieberman concluded in the
January 13 Jerusalem Post: "We must continue to fight Hamas just like the
United States did with the Japanese in World War II. Then, too, the
occupation of the country was unnecessary." In 1945, U.S. Air Force planes
dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Japan surrendered

Lieberman has acquired a powerful defender in the United States. Abraham
Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, backed Lieberman's
plan to require Israeli Arab citizens to sign an oath of allegiance to the
Jewish state." (Feb 10, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Foxman ignored the ADL's mission, opposing racial discrimination and the
words of the ADL Charter. The Anti-Defamation League aims "to secure justice
and fair treatment to all." In Israel, it's apparently OK with Foxman to
strip an Arab wearing the wrong covering of citizenship. Without
citizenship, Arabs can't vote or participate in politics; very old Jews from
some European countries may recall similar rules.

My grandfather taught me, growing up during the Holocaust, that Jewish
tradition teaches each person to strive to become a pillar of ethics, learn
the law and behave so as to answer to God for transgressions -- not to
rulers of a so-called Jewish state.

Ironically, in the name of all Jews, Foxman and colleagues in AIPAC
(American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and other Israeli lobby groups
along with right wing and centrist political parties in Israel invoke the
Holocaust to justify the very behavior embodied by Holocaust initiators.
Israel calls itself a Jewish state. Yet, one fifth of Israel's population is
non-Jewish. I don't belong to that state and despise its policies of
constant war and occupation.

Count Israel's wars: 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, plus civil wars against
two Intifadas in the 1980s and 2000, and finally the invasions of Lebanon in
2006 and Gaza in late 2008, the latter leaving in its wake 1,300-plus dead
Palestinians, most of them civilians and less than 20 Israelis, some from
"friendly fire."

Condemned by the Red Cross, Amnesty International and a host of
organizations for violating human rights of Gaza's people, Israel's new
government will almost certainly continue or even harden the policies. They
don't care what others say.

Dr. Erik Fosse, a Norwegian cardiologist, working in Gaza hospitals during
the Israeli invasion described his patients' wounds. "It was as if they had
stepped on a mine," he says of certain Palestinian. "But there was no
shrapnel in the wound. Some had lost their legs. It looked as though they
had been sliced off. I have been to war zones for 30 years, but I have never
seen such injuries before."

The "focused lethality" weapon, to which Fosse referred, does minimal damage
to buildings, but catastrophic harm to humans. The United States supplied
these to Israel. (Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, February 11, 2009)

Israeli Defense Forces have also used white phosphorus in Beirut in 1982,
and again in Gaza. The intense heat of the metal inflicts appalling damage.
The IDF knows international law prohibits its use near populated areas.
Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International labeled as "a war crime" the use
of phosphorous "in Gaza's densely-populated residential neighborhoods."
(Guardian, January 21, 2009)

Israel initially denied using the chemical. On January 13, Israeli Chief of
Staff Gabi Ashkenazi solemnly declared: "The IDF acts only in accordance
with what is permitted by international law and does not use white
phosphorus." Gazans and Israelis, however, saw the material and the victims
of it. On January 20, the IDF admitted using phosphorus artillery and mortar
shells on "Hamas fighters and rocket launching crews in northern Gaza."

On January 15, three shells hit the UN Relief and Works Agency compound. The
resulting fire destroyed tons of humanitarian supplies. A phosphorus shell
also hit Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City. According to the Guardian, the
Israelis claimed Hamas fighters had hidden near the two targets. Witnesses
denied the charge. (January 21, 2009)

UN officials cited witnesses who claimed Israel killed 31 family members
whom Israeli troops had led into a house in Zeitun. Twenty four hours after
the IDF warned the Palestinians to remain, the IDF shelled the dwelling.
Half of the dead were children. The UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called it "one of the gravest incidents since
the beginning of operations" by Israeli forces in Gaza. (AFP, December 27,

Such facts caused distinguished people like Jimmy Carter and Bill Moyers to
question Israeli behavior. Foxman quickly labeled Moyers as anti-Semitic.
Those opposing Israel's invasion of Gaza, or her occupying of Palestinian
territory (for 40 plus years), or her mistreatment of all Palestinians
receive the anti-Semitic label. Any criticism of Israel begets that

In discussions with Jewish defenders of the recent invasion of Gaza,
however, I found more defensiveness. During one argument an ardent pro
Israeli changed the subject. "But Israel enjoys free speech and press!"

Yes, a small minority vigorously criticize Israeli government policy --
there, not here in the United States, where a Member of Congress
characterized an attack by the Israeli lobby as the equivalent of a pit bull
biting him in the leg. Israeli's daily Ha'aretz provides an example of such
criticism, including articles damning the latest invasion as both a failure
and immoral (Gideon Levy, February 19, 2009). Similar criticism in a U.S.
newspaper would cause Foxman and company to call major press conferences to
"expose anti-Semitism." When Jimmy Carter published his 2006 book, Palestine
Peace Not Apartheid, critical of Israeli policy, Foxman stopped just short
of accusing the former President. "You have been feeding into conspiracy
theories about excessive Jewish power and control," he wrote in a letter.
"Considering the history of anti-Semitism, even in our great country, this
is very dangerous stuff." (Shmuel Rosner, Ha'artez Dec. 20, 2006)

When less powerful Jewish American scholars write books or give lectures
attacking Israeli policy, they get fired or their tenure withheld. Norman
Finkelstein (son of Holocaust survivors) was denied tenure in 2007 by the
President of DePaul University, despite favorable recommendations by faculty
and students. In 2000, he published The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on
the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering. The President of Bard College recently
dismissed Joel Kovel, another internationally applauded scholar. Kovel's
2007 book, Overcoming Zionism, triggered the action.

In the Finkelstein case, an important Zionist activist, Harvard Law
Professor Alan Dershowitz, demanded the action. He had threatened
Finkelstein with lawsuits after Finkelstein accused him of plagiarism and
lying -- charges documented in his 2005 book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse
of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. (University of California Press)
Kovel attacked militant Israeli supporter Martin Peretz, longtime editor of
The New Republic.

The ADL supported both dismissals. In past decades, ADL vibrated with anger
over anti-Semitic signs spray painted on subway bathroom walls. Now, its
leader endorses a McCarthyite platform in his beloved Israel. Anyone who
does not conform to ADL's fiercely pro Zionist agenda becomes vulnerable to
accusations of anti-Semitism.

From 1998-2006, I occasionally invited speakers to campus who criticized
Israeli policy. Inevitably, I would then receive letters, e-mails (copies to
the University President), and phone calls accusing me of bias or being a
"self-hating Jew."

"How can you say that?" I asked one caller. "You don't know me."

"You're all alike, you people who hate Israel," the man responded.

"You're the Jew-hating Jew," I responded. "You hate me and don't know me. I
wish you could listen to your own voice."

"I know anti-Semites when I talk to them," he shouted into the phone and
hung up.

"Long Live Israel," scream the U.S. fans. "Anyone who doesn't like our team
is an anti-Semite." I want to shout: "Go Back to Israel where you didn't
come from."

Saul Landau is Professor Emeritus, California State Polytechnic University,

Lettre à l’ambassadeur d’Israël en France de l’historien André Nouschi (86 ans), qui fut combattant de la France libre.
André Nouschi a été enseignant à l’université de Tunis, et il est professeur honoraire de l’université de Nice.

Le 3 janvier 2009

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur,

Pour vous c’est shabat, qui devait être un jour de paix mais qui est celui de la guerre. Pour moi, depuis plusieurs années, la colonisation et le vol israélien des terres palestiniennes m’exaspère. Je vous écris donc à plusieurs titres :comme Français, comme Juif de naissance et comme artisan des accords entre l’Université de Nice et celle de Haiffa .

Il n’est plus possible de se taire devant la politique d’assassinats et d’expansion impérialiste d’Israël. Vous vous conduisez exactement comme Hitler s’est conduit en Europe avec l’Autriche, la Tchécoslovaquie .Vous méprisez les résolutions de l’ONU comme lui celles de la SDN et vous assassinez impunément des femmes, des enfants ; n’invoquez pas les attentats, l’Intifada. Tout cela résulte de la colonisation ILLEGITIME et ILLEGALE. QUI EST UN VOL.

Vous vous conduisez comme des voleurs de terres et vous tournez le dos aux règles de la morale juive. Honte à vous : Honte à Israël ! Vous creusez votre tombe sans vous en rendre compte. Car vous êtes condamné à vivre avec les Palestiniens et les états arabes. Si vous manquez de cette intelligence politique, alors vous êtes indigne de faire de la politique et vos dirigeants devraient prendre leur retraite. Un pays qui assassine Rabin, qui glorifie son assassin est un pays sans morale et sans honneur.

Que le ciel et que votre Dieu mette à mort Sharon l’assassin.

Vous avez subi une défaite au Liban en 2006.Vous en subirez d’autres, j’espère, et vous allez envoyer à la mort de jeunes Israéliens parce que vous n’avez pas le courage de faire la paix.

Comment les Juifs qui ont tant souffert peuvent ils imiter leurs bourreaux hitlériens ? Pour moi, depuis 1975, la colonisation me rappelle de vieux souvenirs, eux de l’hitlérisme .Je ne vois pas de différence entre vos dirigeants et ceux de l’Allemagne nazie.

Personnellement, je vous combattrai de toutes mes forces comme je l’ai fait entre 1938 et 1945 jusqu’à ce que la justice des hommes détruise l’hitlérisme qui est au cœur de votre pays. Honte à Israël.

J’espère que votre Dieu lancera contre ses dirigeants la vengeance qu’ils méritent. J’ai honte comme Juif, ancien combattant de la 2ème guerre mondiale, pour vous.

Que votre Dieu vous maudisse jusqu’à la fin des siècles ! J’espère que vous serez punis..

André Nouschi

Professeur honoraire de l’Université
Je suis juif, et aujourd'hui j'ai honte.

publié le jeudi 8 janvier 2009
Serge Grossvak

Quelle honte, quel désespoir de voir ceux qui ont tant souffert, qui ont été tant terrorisés n'engendrer de leur passé qu'un abomineux dédain pour l'âme humaine !
Je suis juif et j'entends ces bruits, ces bombes, ces souffrances qui hurlent. C'est l'histoire qui me revient pour m'éclater à la face. L'histoire que mes parents m'ont légué pour honnir la guerre honteuse. Je suis juif et je vois le sang, le sang qui coule sous les bombes comme à Guernica. Je suis juif et je sais la révolte désespérée contre l'étouffement et la famine du ghetto de Varsovie. Je sais l'indifférence absolue qui précédait, comme à Gaza.
Je suis juif et je suis frère de racine et d'histoire de ces hommes d'Israël. Ces fils de victimes adossant aujourd'hui l'armure des bourreaux. Quelle honte, quel désespoir de voir ceux qui ont tant souffert, qui ont été tant terrorisés n'engendrer de leur passé qu'un abomineux dédain pour l'âme humaine !
C'est à désespérer. Est-ce la victoire posthume d'Hitler que cette sauvagerie distillée ? Est-ce sa victoire que ce reniement de l'humanisme ? Ah ma mère ! Je me souviens lorsqu'enfant tu me fis l'apprentissage de ce gardien d'immeuble qui vous avait averti, il était communiste, puis de ces religieuses vous extrayant d'un Paris devenu trop dangereux. Ah ma mère ! Je me souviens de ce poème d'Aragon où le résistant arménien avait pour derniers mots « vive le peuple allemand » devant les Nazis qui allaient l'achever. Ma mère, où se cache aujourd'hui la dignité de nos frères d'Israël ou de notre famille aveuglée de haine et de conquête ? Ma mère, il était dur de naître en portant les souffrances de vos vies, mais les enfants d'aujourd'hui vont devoir affronter bien pire : la honte !
Gaza martyr, Liban martyr, Jenine martyr et rien d'autre ne vibre dans leur âme qu'un énervement et une volonté de soumettre ! Que leur demeure t il de sens humain ? N'auraient ils plus qu'un Bush dans les os ?
Les Palestiniens perdent leurs chairs, leur sang, leur terre.
Les juifs perdent leur âme, aveuglément engagés derrière l'État d'Israël.
L'horreur s'ajoute à l'horreur sans jamais permettre qu'émerge une étincelle d'intelligence. L'intelligence, la bonne intelligence…. La Paix ! Cette Paix qui en tout lieu du monde a la même science : celle du respect partagé. Cette Paix de Kant pour tous les peuples de la terre.
Ce respect est honteusement dénié en affamant, en occupant, en excluant, en dominant. Ce dénie qui légitime la rage et fait monter les haines. Ce dénie qui rend impossible la fin des armes et des souffrances. Ce dénie qui nous plonge dans un massacre récurent où la vie n'a plus la valeur d'une vie.
Le respect, c'est le Droit, partout dans le monde. Le respect, c'est Israël entrant dans la Loi du monde, comme tout le monde. La Loi du monde délimite des frontières depuis 40 ans. Au-delà de ces frontières rien n'est à régenter, à occuper. Des frontières où commence la liberté des autres. Des frontières, tout simplement, comme partout dans le monde. Des frontières pour que monte le respect, premier pas, tout premier pas des humains.
Pour que demain les peuples partagent leurs rêves et que les frontières soient une invitation amicale aux rencontres.
Serge Grossvak 07/01/09
The Zionists’ taboo

By Paul J. Balles

8 March 2009

Paul J. Balles considers how Zionists in positions of authority at
academic institutions in the United States are persecuting and defaming
anyone who dares to criticize Israel or even mention Palestinian rights.

About the worst thing one can do in America or Europe is to criticize
Israel. “Freedom” even in academia doesn’t allow critical comments about
Israel or Zionism. Those who risk it can lose their jobs and be labelled
anti-Semitic bigots.

Joel Kovel was terminated from Bard College after 20 years of service
because of "differences between myself and the Bard administration on
the issue of Zionism". The president of Bard, Leon Botstein, didn’t
consider Kovel’s critiques of Zionism to be protected academic freedom.

The worst of the critic bashers is Harvard Law Professor Alan
Dershowitz. He spearheaded a campaign against Norman Finkelstein's
tenure for writing Beyond Chutzpah, documenting in detail the
falsifications in Dershowitz's book The Case for Israel.

After being denied tenure, Finkelstein said: "I met the standards of
tenure DePaul required, but it wasn't enough to overcome the political
opposition to my speaking out on the Israel-Palestine conflict."

In his 2008 book, The Case Against Israel's Enemies, Dershowitz defamed
many who have been critical of Israel, calling them bigots or labelling
them anti-Semitic. Dershowitz has led the pack attacking Israel’s critics.

On former President Jimmy Carter, Dershowitz wrote: "Whatever the reason
or reasons for Jimmy Carter's recent descent into the gutter of bigotry,
history will not judge him kindly."

Attacking University of Chicago Professor John J. Mearsheimer and
Harvard University Professor Stephen M. Walt, who together authored The
Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy (2007), Dershowitz wrote: "They are
hate-mongers who have given up on scholarly debate and the democratic
process in order to become rock-star heroes of anti-Israel extremists."

Writing about the British University and College Union (UCU) boycott of
Israeli educators and academic institutions, Dershowitz explained how he
and others "wrote an op-ed piece for the Times of London, in which we
demonstrated parallels between this boycott and previous anti-Jewish
boycotts that were undoubtedly motivated by anti-Semitism".

On another front, Roosevelt University of Chicago at Illinois fired a
philosophy and religion professor for allowing students in his class to
ask questions about Judaism and Islam. The chair of the department,
Susan Weininger, fired the professor, Douglas Giles, saying that
students should not be allowed to ask whatever questions they want in class.

Weininger said that free discussion in world religions could "open up
Judaism to criticism". Any such material, she said, was not permissible
to be mentioned in class discussion, textbooks or examinations. Further,
she ordered Giles to forbid any and all discussion of the "Palestinian
issue", any mention of Palestinian rights, the Muslim belief in the
holiness of Jerusalem, and Zionism. When Professor Giles refused to
censor his students, Weininger fired him.

One of the worst types of Zionist harassment involves cases of Muslims
generally and Palestinians in particular for speaking out on behalf of
their favourite causes. The US government has often been complicit in
these cases.

One such case involves Dr Sami Al-Aryan who taught computer engineering
at the University of South Florida before his arrest in 2004. Al-Arian
was charged with raising money and otherwise assisting Palestinian
Islamic Jihad, a group the US government declared a terrorist
organization in 1995. At trial in 2005, he was acquitted on eight of 17
counts, and the jury deadlocked on the other counts.

All counts were trumped up by Zionist prosecutors who wanted to silence
Al-Aryan. If anything could vaguely approach justice in this case, the
Israelis who have been slaughtering Palestinians for half a century
would have been labelled terrorists and brought to trial for committing
much worse deeds than Al-Aryan.

The gravest injustice allows Zionists to silence honest critics for
violating the Zionist taboo.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance
writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more
information, see



Arithmetics of Disdain,

At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act"

It is noteworthy that the State Department's list of global terrorist incidents for 2002 worldwide failed to list the car bombing attack on Hobeika and his party.... But Listed a small Hand Grenade thrown at a U.S. franchise in the middle of the night when the place was closed, empty and no one was hurt? The White House wanted to ensure the terror attack on Mr. Elie Hobeika, and his party of three young men with families, was censored from the report. The reason was simple: this attack ultimately had Washington's and Israel's fingerprints all over it....Given the actual climate of political cacophonies, deceit, deception and intrigue in Lebanon of today, Lebanon of the LIARS of NEOCONVILLE, it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Mr. Elie Hobeika was a visionary Leader and a Hero.Lebanon will probably never know a Leader of this caliber.My dear friend ELIE, you have been reborn on January 24th 2002.Heroes are reborn the day of their Martyrdom .ELIE, you are more alive today, than many living political corpses,walking and talking in Beirut Lebanon every day, until resurrection.At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act"- G. Orwell A U.S. intelligence source revealed to me, that in the world of intelligence "carve out" subcontracts such confusion is often the case with "plausible deniability" being a foremost concern in ALL covert operations, especially in Elie Hobeika's case on January 24th 2002, & Hariri's Feb. 14th 2005... Notwithstanding Jacques CHIRAC's gesticulations and false sorrow for the loss of his "friend" Rafic HARIRI, he has been regularly organizing official meetings in Paris for Asef Shawkat with his services to secure SYRIA for and with Assef Shawkat,....

The propensity of governments to create secrets out of the obvious is one of the more tedious aspects of international relations. But this secret is not obvious, and it is not trivial. Though it is true, and I hold the KEY.

Fabrications, LIES , False Flag operations, CIA and MOSSAD.It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt,that ALL stories which came out immediately after the Assassination of Mr.Elie Hobeika, Fares Sweidan,Dimitri Ajram, and Waleed El-Zein, were completely &utterly FALSE. It was a pure fabrication by the KILLERS;AND the CIA'S Foreign Denial and Deception Committee (FDDC),to cover their tracks. Standard operating procedure...101I mean by that, the stories relating to Elie trying to find IMAD Moughnieh, the alleged attempted contacts with CIA, MOSSAD, etc. , the missing Iranian diplomats, the 9 most wanted by CIA, whose names have been circulated then,on purpose by CIA, to 7 ministers in the Lebanese Government, etc. [names which CIA has completely forgotten now,one of them has proven since to be a CIA asset himself...] ALL these were a tortuous web of lies to cover the tracks of the Murderers of CIA, MOSSAD, and their Syro-Lebanese tools.Special ongoing Investigation.Oct. , 2007- On September 15, 2001, just four days after the 9-11 attacks,CIA Director George Tenet provided President [sic] Bush with a Top Secret"Worldwide Attack Matrix"-a virtual license to kill targets deemed to be a threat to the United States in some 80 countries around the world. The Tenet plan, which was subsequently approved by Bush, essentially reversed the executive orders of four previous U.S. administrations that expressly prohibited political assassinations. Mr. Elie Hobeika will be the first target of the US administration, to pave the way for its Iraq Invasion .It planned to directly control the "Energy Basin" and ALL the OIL Transportation routes,from Pipelines to the Maritime avenues and choke points in the Gulf areas, and from central Asia to Mauritania and beyond.But most of all, Mr. Elie Hobeika will be made to pay dearly with his life,for daring to change his politics and views, after experiencing first hand,THE BRUTALITY OF THE ISRAELIS AND THE AMERICANS ,and their CULTURE OF VIOLENCE , Intrigue, murder & very bad Politics.The BUSH+CHENEY Energy MATRIX, coming to a place near you SOON.The awakening is near. It will be like a hurricane passing with untold fury.Mark my Words: .....

THE assassination of yet another Lebanese MP — the seventh anti-Syrian figure to be murdered since the slaying of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005 — has brought Lebanon to the brink of a catastrophe. It threatens to be even more devastating than the 1975-90 civil war. The country’s survival as an independent unified state is now at stake. The divide between anti-Syrian and pro-Syrian blocs is now unbridgeable.

As to fears of fresh civil war, it is already a reality. With ministers and pro-government MPs being assassinated, the government even more besieged than the one in Iraq, surviving MPs in hiding, who can talk of political normality? Lebanon is at war with itself. How long before that translates into general armed conflict is anyone’s guess. It would be naive to imagine that Ghanem’s killing will be the last. The anti-Syrian majority in Parliament is now razor-thin. Those behind this and the other killings are obviously determined to bring down the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora by the physical elimination of its parliamentary majority.

There can be no doubt that more assassinations are planned and will be attempted. If that happens and the Lebanese government falls as a result and is replaced by a pro-Syrian government, it will trigger a wave of retaliatory violence — against Hezbollah, against the Shiite community and against pro-Syrian figures. Open warfare waits in the wings.

Syrian protestations that it had nothing to do with Antoine Ghanem’s murder and the others may be true. It is quite possible that the killings are wholly internal, the work of pro-Syrian elements inside Lebanon who want power back. There are certainly some who do not want a new president elected to replace Emile Lahoud. It is even possible that Israelis were behind the killings, intent on destabilization and making Syria appear the villain — possible but unlikely; they have much to lose if a Hezbollah-dominated, pro-Syrian government were installed in Beirut.

The problem is that very few believe Syria’s innocence. They ask the question “who benefits?” and, in the case of each assassination, come up with the same answer: Damascus and its clients in Lebanon. That belief robs Syria of having an acceptable role in Lebanon for a long time to come. The majority of Lebanese want their sovereignty to be absolute; with no interference from anyone — be they Syrian, Israeli, Iranian, American or whatever. That dream, however, is being car-bombed to oblivion....

Forget what you've heard about objectivity. Not even cameras are objective. To nearly everything you analyze (and report on) you bring notions based on - but not limited to - your class, gender, skin color, ethnicity, native language, upbringing, education, religion, culture, playground experiences, political orientation, the influences of people you trust and things about the way our brains work that nobody even knows yet. Like sponges, we absorb stereotypes and clichés about other people's attitudes and behavior which skews our perceptions in ways we don't even realize. So don't fool yourself into believing in objectivity. The best you can achieve is fairness, and that's a tough path to stick to as well.

And then we'd have a talk about the textbook description of objectivity, which is that "every story has two sides," a pernicious dualistic myth that profoundly undermines what is supposed to be a search for truth....

The even greater danger with these dark clouds forming over Lebanon is for the region. With Syria’s links to Iran, Iran’s links to Hezbollah, rising tension over Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions, there is a chain explosion waiting to happen. An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, an American attack on Iran, a Syrian attack on Israel, more Lebanese assassinations: One could trigger another. The temperature is fast rising on the Middle East’s northern rim — and it is near flash point.


Petition USA

Dear Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, , thanks for your
great work defending the USA Constitution, with
between Churches and State and Free Speech,
and my questions are:1) since most likely the Senate

will approve Michael Mukasey as the new A.G.of

the United States, and since as you know,he is an

orthodox Israeli-American and with dual citizenship,
American and Israeli, , NYT Sept.
18.07 "Washington outsider with many sides"
for info on Mukasey as Judge of the WTC-
Insurance 9/11 case , will he respect other
religions exactly thesame as his?2) since he is an

ordained rabbi within his orthodox community,will his partners get treatment better or different in any way
from the one you or I or anybody else would get from

him in the United States of America?

3) what happens to all the Security Contracts
and Military deals he and his son Marc are
doing with the Companies and Interests of
Giuliani Partners and other associates ?

4) what happens with all the deals they
worked on in his son's law firm,
Bracewell&Giuliani?since Bracewell&Giuliani has

offices in the South Asia, like in Kazakhstan,a big

oil supplier ruled by an extreme undemocratic leader,
Nazarbayev, will the Mukasey's and Giuliani's
get special deals? with no supervision? political
donations? will the actual law firm of Mukasey
get special deals too? will anybody ask ? or will
they just say yes :blindly?

5) Michael Mukasey

and his son Marc are strong AIPAC supporters ,

but will anyone in the Senate ask anything about their relationship to these political-military-religious-financial
and foreign groups? we know that no one
will,but is that right? isn't special treatment?
the A.G.?

6) Chairman,this powerful military-religious-
financial group , of which Michael Mukasey is
a leader, will have unprecedented influence in
the Justice Dpt. ,White House and Congress,
not to mention over the average taxpayer,
and since many members of the orthodox
community to which he belongs are diamond,
gold,jewelry,insurance ,real estate and tobacco
dealers and wholesalers while claiming Tax
Exemption due to religious condition,will his
appointment stop all the Investigations of the
IRS and Justice well as Commerce,etc.?
and back taxes?
do average Americans have a guarantee of
equal treatment?
when we start getting prosecuted for asking
questions,what recourse do we have ? any ?
and since orthodox Mukasey will most likely
install many members of his organized religious
group into office,will we be forced to request
help from the same community like his with
the special privilege?7) Judge Mukasey was in

charge of the 9/11/01 Trial case between the

leaseholders of the WTC,SIlverstein-Goldman-

Pacific-etc., and the 23 Insurance Companies these

new leaseholders called just days before 9/11 to
open dozens of policies over everything in
the Towers, services,leases,businesses,contracts,
profits,hardware,you name it,their premiums
were millions of dollars a week, didn't make
any business sense,unless they knew what was
going to happen a few days later ,and
everybody in N.Y. and around the world
was waiting for answers from the Trial ,
and then Judge Mukasey put a lid on the
Trial and no news came out, NOTHING !!!!
and everybody asked why ?, if it is a patriotic
case,why no news at all ?why the secrecy ?
why Judge Mukesay didn't want anybody in
America to know everything about Silverstein
and his dozens of policies? , then we also found
out that then N.Y.State A.G. Eliot Spitzer
wrote a Friend of the Court brief supporting
Silverstein,the AG siding with one of the
parties!, and the Judge and Spitzer started to
push the Insurance Companies to settle for 2
events,a total of 7 billion dollars to Silverstein
and his partners, many of the Insurance
Companies refused because they knew
something was not right and eventually they
settled on 4.6 billion dollars for Silverstein ,
but we still never got any details in any
newspaper ,radio or TV,NOTHING ! I WOULD
but we do know that no one will ask him
anything in D.C., he and his Orthodox
Congregation partners rule,after all they all
go to Israel together and share Religious
Ceremonies with Kissinger, Chertoff,
Bloomberg ,Silverstein,etc., and yet we hear
S. Schumer and other neocons saying to the
media that they want to learn more from
the man !8) Chairman,this new A.G. will have
unprecedented influence over President Bush
and VP Cheney,since he is the only one that
can prosecute the 2,is it wise to have a
member of a foreign religious-political group
having so much power over the President and
the Vice-President of the United States of
America ? safe ? smart? patriotic?We know that MR..Mukasey was selected by
Joshua Bolten and approved by Senator
Schumer and others,so since "they" run
Washington,it's a done deal ,hearing Senator
Schumer telling the Media how wonderful
Mukasey is and that his nomination cuts
down on pressure on the White House, do
they extorted a deal from the President:
Our orthodox candidate and we stop asking
for White House U.S. Attorney papers and
information?is that why Bush looks so depressed?

is that how Schumer,Bolton, Emanuel,Specter,
Lieberman and Bloomberg are going to run
this country?
because clearly with Mukasey as A.G.,they
run this country lock,stock and barrel,it's
that how our Constitutional Rights end ?
Extortion of the President of the United
hearing Schumer and Specter, it's clear that it
was all about getting the Christians out of the
Justice Dpt. and installing the neocon orthodox
in, is that how they do it ?A partner of Mukasey

as adviser to Giuliani , the neocon Pedhoretz,

has repeatedly pushed with Pr.Bush to bomb Iran,

to attack, and since Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Kyl

are pushing to brand Iran's Military a terrorist

Organization, is this the beginning of a concerted

effort to push for war? it's important to remember
all this , because in 2002 and 2003 all these
neocons with Sen.Schumer,S.Coleman,
Sen.Boxer,R.Emanuel,Kristol,Safire, Wolfowitz,
Whitman, Kaplan,Kellner,Gutman,Berman,
Sulzberger,Murdoch,Karmazin, ex-sec.Cohen,
were pushing for war every day on the media
and yet now they are attacking anyone that
mentions it, they are warning elected officials
like R.Moran that to mention these facts is
anti-this and anti-that and "watch it ", they
are bullying any one that mentions what happen
before the USA went to Iraq,and worst: they
insist now on their media that only Bush-
Cheney-Rice-Rumsfeld are responsible , that
no one else pushed for this war:

it looks like its not the first time, it sounds
like they always pull the same trick: they push
for war,financed with their Hedge Funds and
then with the media they erase any links to
themselves, this is criminal; to push for war
and then to hide and blamethe Christians
only,that's evil and SHOWS LOTS OF
COUNTRY! to confirm an organized
religious-political-military from a foreign sect
and laws to Attorney General is
un-Constitutional,illegal, un-American and
goes against the core of the USA values,
thousands died to defend the USA
Constitution from foreign religions, how can
the Senate now approve a religious leader ?
will they even ask this question? will they
commit High Treason ?when you look at these

incompetent and criminal decisions against the

Rule of Law and the Declaration of Independence,
how can Taxpayers petition the Government
for any rights?Thanks for your great work defending
America from foreign and domestic enemies,
in my humble opinion, this situation
looks to me like occupation and foreign control,
and to you ?America knows that George Washington,

Lincoln and all the Founding Fathers would be proud of
your defense of the USA Constitution against
High Treason and High Crimes,


US Citizens


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Saakashvili Ordered me to Get Rid of Patarkatsishvili’ – Okruashvili

Ex-Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili has made yet another startling allegation against his former ally, President Saakashvili. The president, he said, had personally ordered him to liquidate Badri Patarkatsishvili, a business tycoon.
Speaking live on Imedi TV’s talk show On the Air late on September 25, Okruashvili said: “Saakashvili told me that we should get rid of him [Patarkatsishvili], in the same way as happened to Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, who was killed in a car bomb attack.”
“In July 2005,” Okruashvili said, “Saakashvili asked me: what did I think about getting rid of one person… - Badri Patarkatsishvili? And then he [Saakashvili] outlined a very detailed plan on how to get rid of him.”
Okruashvili continued: “It was absolutely clear to me that it was a trap for me as well, because they would have gotten rid of me as well after getting rid of Patarkatsishvili.”
He said in response he told Saakashvili that he needed time to think about it.
“Meanwhile, I met with one person who at that time was working with the Americans and told him about the president’s proposal,” Okruashvili said. “I did it in the hope that the information would have been passed on to the Americans… It was Zaza Gogava [now Chief-of-Staff of the Georgian armed forces] However it did not work. Because after a month Saakashvili again repeated his demand about getting rid of Patarkatsishvili.”
“Then I met with another person in Turkey, whose identity I can not reveal. He also has close links with the Americans. He's not a Georgian citizen. I told him about Saakashvili’s plan. This information, it seemed, was delivered to the Americans, because since then Saakashvili never talked with me about getting rid of Patarkatsishvili.”President Saakashvili, who is currently in New York for the UN General Assembly Session, has yet to comment on his former ally’s allegations.


Irakli Okruashvili, ex-defense minister and once President Saakashvili’s closest ally, has accused the president of engaing in “anti-state steps” and “ordering murders.”
In his first public statement since he quit the government last November, Okruashvili also finally announced the launch of his political party – Movement for United Georgia. He refused to take question after his ten-minute speech, but said he planned to give further details and “answer all questions” during a TV appearance planned for later on Tuesday.
“I will definitely speak more on these crimes, which were masterminded by the authorities,” he said. Okruashvili added: “I was ordered by Saakashvili several times to liquidate certain influential and important people, which I refused to do.” He gave no further details.
There has been considerable speculation that “a war of compromising materials” would precede Okruashvili’s political comeback and the unveiling of his new opposition party.
Okruashvili said at the news conference in his party's headquarters in downtown Tbilisi that “fascist trends” and “anti-state steps undertaken by the authorities” had convinced him and his co-thinkers to set up the new movement. He also suggested that it hadn't been easy to launch the party.
People, he said, “are terrorized” because of “repression.” “Those with dissenting opinions are deemed ‘enemies of the state’ and the government is refusing to hold a dialogue with them,” he said.
This, he said, had made it difficult to convince people to engage in public life.
Okruashvili said that the anti-corruption campaign was “unreal.” The prisons, he said, were full of petty criminals, while corruption continued to thrive among “top level officials, Saakashvili’s inner circle and his family.”
“Three years ago when I was Interior Minister,” Okruashvili said, “I arrested Temur Alasania, the president’s uncle, for extortion of USD 200,000. I, however, had to release him on the president’s insistence.”
He also accused the authorities, and personally Saakashvili, of, as he put it, “a deliberate anti-Orthodox Church campaign” and “of fighting against Georgian traditions and values.”
“Saakashvili has an inner hatred of the Georgian Orthodox Church,” Okruashvili said. “The Georgian church is the most respected institution in Georgia. [Because of this] he [Saakashvili] perceives the Church as his main competitor. While in his inner circle, I often heard him talking about splitting the Church and discrediting the clergy.”
He also said that there was “a clear attempt” by the Saakashvili administration “to re-write Georgia’s history, as if nothing Georgian existed before the Rose Revolution, and everything new is being created by Saakashvili.”
Okruashvili also made an obvious attempt to appeal to other walks of life by saying that the older generation, those over 50, had been “neglected and humiliated.”
Internally displaced persons from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, he said, “were not regarded as human beings during ex-President Shevardnadze’s regime and this trend has continued in the Saakashvili regime as well.”
He also criticized the authorities’ policies towards the secessionist regions.
“We were one step away from reclaiming one of our lost territories,” Okruashvili said, apparently referring to South Ossetia.
Several months before his resignation from the cabinet, Okruashvili said that he had planned to celebrate the 2007 New Year in Tskhinvali, the capital of breakaway South Ossetia. Commentators said that Saakashvili’s decision to move Okruashvili last November from the Defense Ministry to the Ministry of Economy was largely because of Okruashvili’s perceived hawkish stance on South Ossetia.
In his speech on September 25, Okruashvili said that “only Saakashvili’s weakness, inability and fear” had foiled plans to reclaim the secessionist region. He also said Saakashvili was too weak to take an unspecified “historic decision.”
He also criticized Tbilisi’s decision to create the provisional South Ossetia administration, led by Dimitri Sanakoev. Okruashvili said Sanakoev had no respect and authority among the population of the region. He also said that installing Sanakoev was “an imaginary attempt” to unite the country.
Okruashvili explained his decision to “quietly” quit the government without voicing his discontent was because of, as he put it, his sense of “civil responsibility.”
“Army officers, who are still my friends, asked me to do it quietly,” he said and added that by doing so he had denied the country’s enemies an opportunity to speculate on a split within the government.
Okruashvili admitted that he shared “the responsibility for some mistakes because I was also once part of this government.”
“I, however, have done nothing but good for my country when in government,” he added. “So any attempt to discredit me will fail.”
Towards the end of his speech, he implied that he might have presidential ambitions.
“Georgia will be united only if it has a president who doesn't humiliate and insult its own people,” Okruashvili said.
Throughout his speech, Okruashvili's fellow party members stood beside him. They include: lawmakers Tea Tlashadze, Ketevan Makharashvili, Koka Guntsadze, Gia Tortladze and Gia Tsagareishvili; former Deputy Defense Minister Levan Nikolaishvili and a lawyer, Eka Beselia.
Two former journalists from Rustavi 2 TV station, Nana Lezhava and Natia Lazashvili, were also there. Both quit the TV station shortly after Rustavi 2 changed hands last November following Okruashvili’s resignation.