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The Israeli Minister of Defense is now telling anyone who is willing to listen that the Iranian government is building an “international terror network that includes sleeper cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives to be ready to strike on command in places including Europe and the U.S.” Moshe Yaalon elaborated that Iran intends to destabilize the entire Middle East as well as other parts of the world and is “training, funding and arming ‘emissaries’ to spread a revolution,” all emanating from a “dangerous axis” that includes Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa.

These preposterous claims come on top of spurious assertions that Iran was building a nuclear weapon, repeated assiduously by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others in his various administrations over the course of twenty years. As it turns out, Iran was not building a nuke and much of the information used to bolster the argument being made turned out to be fabricated by the Israelis themselves, which says something for their credibility.

Israel and its boosters in Washington also continue to argue that Iran has a secret nuclear program squirreled away somewhere, that it will use its windfall of nuclear agreement cash not only to support terrorism but also to speed up weapon development while also destabilizing the entire Middle East. And if those alarming arguments don’t convince the public, Israel’s government and its friends in the media continue to insist that even if Iran is behaving today its deal with the west will surely guarantee a much feared weapon of mass destruction down the road. Iran is the enemy of choice yesterday, today and tomorrow and it will always be the enemy of choice no matter what it does or does not do.

It is consequently a good thing that no one takes the Israelis seriously apart from the American media and the U.S. Congress, both of which have enabled the stitching together of a tissue of lies regarding Iranian intentions. But unfortunately the constant demonization of Iran is not confined to a pathological prime minister supported by a cadre of industrious internet savvy geeks hidden in a building somewhere in Tel Aviv who are able to garner the support of certain American constituencies. There are others who express concerns about Iran’s alleged hegemonistic tendencies, most notably America’s so-called allies Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. The Saudis take a position that is not so far from that of Israel regarding Iranian intentions, lending some credibility to the notion that on this issue at least the two countries are working together. They believe that Iran is seeking regional dominance and is the driving force behind nearly all of the violence that has wracked the Middle East for the past ten years, most definitely including Syria, where the Saudis see themselves fighting a proxy war by arming an insurgency that undeniably includes terrorist components.

How this Persian dominance would manifest itself remains somewhat of a mystery, as Iran is at best a second world economy currently being battered by low oil prices, possessing a tiny military budget by the standards of several of its regional adversaries. Much of its actual spending goes on up-to-date Russian made defense systems in the sure knowledge that it will sooner or later be attacked by someone.

Iran’s neighbors have significant air superiority relative to what Tehran can muster while the Iranian army is incapable of any sustained operations outside its borders. And getting the troops on target could be a bit of a problem as the U.S. Navy patrols, and controls, the Persian Gulf. So the argument regarding Iran’s aggressiveness in a conventional military sense has instead in some circles been redirected to make it fit into what is perceived as an ongoing war of aggression using surrogates, to include the Houthis in Yemen, support of the Bashar al-Assad government and Hezbollah “volunteers” in Syria. There is considerable chatter about how Persian Iran seeks to control an Arab “land bridge” extending across Iraq and Syria to Lebanon, though there is little serious speculation regarding why Tehran would want to waste its limited resources by extending itself in that fashion other than to limit its political isolation.

Indeed, the conflicts that are being attributed to Iran, including the civil war in Yemen and the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq can on one hand be seen as meddling but can even more plausibly be described as defensive, as Iran has for nearly forty years been on the receiving end of explicit threats from nearly all of its immediate nominally Sunni neighbors as well as from the United States and Israel.

Iranian influence vis-à-vis its neighbors does not equate to Iranian control. One might cite the status quo in Iraq, where fears of an Iranian dominance have been floated ever since the United States invaded the country in 2003 and subsequently failed at “democracy building.” Today’s Iraq surely has a respectful relationship with fellow majority Shia neighbor Iran but it is far from a rubber stamp for Iranian policies.

And another flaw in the Iran as local bully argument is the fact that while Tehran surely is engaged in intelligence operations directed against its perceived enemies and in supporting friends in Syria it has never used its military to directly attack anyone. Its aggressions pale in order of magnitude if one considers what both the United States and Israel have been up to, or even near neighbor Saudi Arabia. Iran was, in fact, on the receiving end of a military onslaught from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq supported by the United States between 1980 and 1988 in which Baghdad used chemical weapons on the Iranian soldiers. More than half a million Iranians died in that conflict.

So no one in the Middle East or even in Washington seriously believes that an invasion by the Iranians is about to take place or that Tehran constitutes some kind of serious threat. Even generally fear mongering Israel’s generals in their more lucid moments have admitted that Iran is not much of a threat. So the real Iranian threat, if there is one, is to be found somewhere else.

Israel surely needs Iran because it requires a powerful enemy to justify massive aid from Washington and Washington needs it to justify bloated defense budgets based on fear of the Iranian “other.” But the “threat” issue for the Arab states is quite different. I would suggest that it is demographic based on ethno-religious differences and that is actually what the Saudis and their close allies in the Emirates fear. Sunni rulers do not exactly trust the Shi’ite minorities in their countries and to a greater or lesser extent treat them badly, believing them to be both heretical and potentially disloyal. This is particularly true of Saudi Arabia, which has a population that is one sixth Shia concentrated in the eastern part of the country, which is also the oil producing region. The situation is worse for Kuwait, which is one third Shia, and Bahrain which is two-thirds. Yemen is nearly half, and it is the predominantly Shia Houthi tribesmen who are currently being attacked by the Saudis. Iraq is two thirds Shi’ite, but as it has a Shia dominated government it has an amicable relationship with Iran. In Syria the ruling Alawites are considered by the Sunni to be a form of Shi’ism and the Hezbollah of Lebanon are also predominantly Shia, with Shi’ites comprising nearly half of the country’s population.

Even though Shi’ites are far outnumbered by Sunni Muslims overall in the Middle East they are nevertheless strategically situated in certain countries and are present in sufficient numbers to be perceived as a problem by their Sunni autocrat rulers. So the Iranian threat is essentially bogus, but the schism between Sunni and Shi’ite in the Muslim world is not. It is a quarrel that goes back centuries and it behooves the United States to avoid getting suckered into a false narrative by opportunistic friends like and Saudis and Israelis seeking to depict a malignant and expansionistic Iran out to destabilize the entire Middle East. Iran may be many things depending on one’s perspective, but it is not a global or even much of a regional threat.

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  1. RobinG says:

    There’s a typo in years of Iran/Iraq War.

  2. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    We have all this nonsensical talk of KKK when it has no power.

    The real power is with globalist supremacist Zionists and their hateful policies against Russia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

    But no one will disavow this power.

  3. “on the receiving end of a military onslaught from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq supported by the United States between 1980 and 1980 in which Baghdad used chemical weapons on the Iranian soldiers”

    1980-1990 (of course you knew that)

    I’d simply note even if the Iranians DO have a nuclear weapons program, it could be said they’d be crazy not to, per the overall points laid out in the essay, furthermore, going back to 1954 or so and the CIA overthrow of Iran’s democratic government followed on with propping up the murderous Shah (whose secret police had been trained by the Israelis among others) resulting in the radicalization of the ayatollahs.

  4. If the penchant for democracy promotion abroad were genuine, rather than a propaganda fig leaf for Full Spectrum Dominance, the recent elections in Iran would be cause for celebration, as moderates gained electoral approval. If our policy is promoting democracy, why does so much of the the average hapless American’s monetary support get doled out by our government to regimes that tyrannize their people, as long as they follow American direction? Rather than promoting democratic accountability of governments to their citizens, there is a clear support for undermining democracy abroad. The same unaccountable donorist elites don’t have much respect for the electorate’s interests here at home, either.

    • Replies: @SteveM
  5. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    In graphic art, there is ‘negative space’.

    In narratives, there is ‘negative history’.
    All the history left at the margins or rendered invisible as the narratives focuses on its favored themes and characters.

    The restoration of ‘negative history’ is of crucial importance to us.

  6. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    American kids are fighting, getting wounded and dying in the ME for the glory of Israel. Israel is looking to expand its borders and the US military is the developer of large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq, both coveted by Israel.
    Let’s not forget Lebanon, also desired by Israel, mostly for the River Litani, a source of water that could be used to keep those Tel Aviv swimming pools filled to the brim.




  7. Mark Green says: • Website

    Israel’s kosher narrative about the ‘Iranian threat’ is actually the manifestation of a never-ending, ancient paranoia. This mindset imagines ceaseless anti-Jewish conspiracies. It’s Good vs. Evil, pure and simple. Anti-Jewish boogeymen attack God’s Chosen People without provocation and for no rational reason. Fortunately, God rescues the Jews and smites their enemies.

    Meanwhile, back here on earth, the biggest wildcard in this picture is the unhinged, race-obsessed, and nuclear-equipped Jewish state itself. Just who’s threatening whom?

    Nuclear Israel is militarily untouchable and also aggressive. It is Israel that inspires ‘terror’–not the reverse. Yet it is Israel that get to play Most Important Victim on the American stage.

    This distorted narrative rains down upon the American mind each and every day, leaving a deep impression.

    It is no coincidence that the rise of Jewish influence in America correlates with the rise of US militarism and of serial US warfare directed against the foes of Israel.

    The Israelization of America has reached its apogee. It has been achieved via our Israel-friendly news media, Hollywood entertainment, Israeli-leaning think tanks, neocon activists, Holocaust hegemony, mega-rich Israeli-centric political donors, and highly-placed crypto-Israeli operatives. In addition, all these political forces work in concert. There’s nothing quite like it.

    Worse still, the Jewish state never stops looking ahead towards its next war. This mindset translates into a prophesy that becomes self-fulfilling. This in turn has deeply affected American culture–and in an unhealthy way.

    Gilad Atzmon brilliantly identified this Jewish pathology as a ‘pre-traumatic stress’ syndrome, which has given the world strange ‘holidays’ such as Purim.

    Jewish identity is not only wed to the idea of superiority, but to endless persecution and conspiracies directed at Jews since creation. These yarns are a recipe for continued conflict.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @Colinjames
    , @Carroll Price
  8. Actually, Iran has more important processes in train as an important link in the New Silk Roads development, as William Engdahl has explained in two recent articles in New Eastern Outlook.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  9. Tom Welsh says:

    You mention that the Saudis appear, in some respects, to be aligned with Israel. I would go further and point out that both are hand-in-glove with the USA. Now what characteristics distinguish the political classes of those three nations? Perhaps surprisingly, I would argue that it is religious fundamentalism. Nobody would dispute that the Saudi royal family and government are imbued with Wahhabi fundamentalism, probably the most disagreeable – and actually unIslamic – form of “Islam”. It is less obvious, but nevertheless I think true, that Israel is in the iron grip of Jewish fundamentalism. And the USA – which many have been conned into thinking of as secular and the home of religious tolerance – is actually run by some very nasty Christian fundamentalists.

    Perhaps this little trio should be called “the Axis of Fundamentalism”.

  10. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @James O'Neill

    thx James O’Neill.
    Here’s a link —

    While future-focused

    Iran, Russia and China have all indicated a will to cooperate that has the potential to change the current Western course of wars and destruction in favor of peace and cooperation,

    Jewish philosophers and political scientists relentlessly reinforce a backward-oriented murderous perspective and teach their children the same.
    In a February 17 2016 essay in Commentary magazine, 52-year old Yoram Hazony, Israeli philosopher and political theorist published Mordecai’s Challenge: An Essay on War, Leadership, and Purim

    [Having used sexual wiles, spying, and lies to displace the rightful queen,]

    Esther, the young Jewish queen of Persia, has taken on the Hitler-like vizier, Haman, deploying political and sexual innuendo to drive a wedge between him and the king, Ahashverosh (whom the Greeks called Xerxes). It was Haman who had persuaded the king to order the extermination of every Jew in the Persian Empire, and this royal edict remains in force. [evidence?? none]
    But Esther’s attack on the vizier has brought about a dramatic shift in power. Esther succeeds in having Haman deposed and hanged, and she positions her cousin Mordecai as the new vizier in his place. And after two months of nail-biting tension, she is able to get the king to issue a second decree, which permits the Jews of Persia to raise up a military force with which to defend themselves.

    When the day Haman had appointed for the massacre comes eight months later, the Jews use this strength to deal a deathblow to anti-Semitic power in the empire. They kill more than 75,000 men, lay waste to its leadership, and establish a deterrent against future threats to the Jewish communities of Persia.

    After months of feverish diplomatic work, Mordecai had succeeded in parlaying the fact of the new decree’s existence and the feeble mumblings of Ahashverosh into a widespread belief that he in fact had the influence, authority, and power to make good on it: “The man Mordecai grew greater and greater,” “his reputation had gone out to all the provinces,” and with that “the fear of Mordecai had fallen upon them.” By the opening of the actual war, the influence of the Jews in the empire had become overwhelming. The hard core of anti-Semitic power had been isolated, as “all the princes of the provinces, and the satraps, and the governors and those that conduct the king’s affairs supported the Jews.” Many of those who had been willing to support the anti-Semites had switched sides or disappeared into the woodwork, and it appeared that the Jews and their allies would score a terrifying victory. Thus the “fear of them had fallen on all the peoples,” and “none could stand before them.

    Men are killed because they had been planning to murder the Jews, and as a preemption against future threats. The fact that this is understood by the Jews to be the sole motive raises their warfare to a level of purity much higher than that of Haman, and higher too than that which had been practiced by their forebears in the time of Saul.

    It is for this reason that rabbinic tradition refers to Mordecai as “the righteous”: because in successfully raising Jewish military action to a higher level of purity relative to the fearsome acts required by the politics and warfare of his place and time, he provided the kind of political leadership for which the Jews should hope in every generation.”

    Unz forum readers may recall that on his 2012 trek to the AIPAC hoedown in Washington, DC, scheduled annually to coincide with Purim ,

    Netanyahu gives Obama the Book of Esther. Biblical parable for nuclear Iran?

    Esther tells of a Persian plot against the Jews that was thwarted through cunning and the intercession of a gentile king. Purim, the holiday that celebrates the story, starts tonight.

    Readers should also note that Iran doesn’t have and did not have nuclear weapons now, just as Persians had no “plans to exterminate all the Jews” then.

    Nor did Hitler.

    • Agree: Carroll Price
  11. dfnslblty says:

    ¿Yahoo as news source? [the very first link above!]
    Old story
    Let usa not only point fingers at Isræl; look at the potus candidate circus, potus and con-gress that continue to “contrive threats.”
    More usa attention to movie awards than attention to political actions.
    Do not be surprised at int’l results coming to n.amer.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  12. SteveM says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Fran is so perceptive. I was thinking the same thing.

    If the Iranian political Elites were totally driven to Middle East domination, the last thing they would do would be to hold elections in which the outcomes were not entirely wired to stooge slates sanctioned by them.

    Because of the sycophantic MSM which is a lapdog for U.S. War Party Elites, Americans have little understanding of the diversity of Persian culture and political thought. The same can be said about Russia.

  13. Biff says:

    Moshe Yaalon elaborated that Iran intends to destabilize the entire Middle East

    Iran vs. Washington, it’s allies? It’s no contest.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  14. @Mark Green

    “Pre-traumatic stress syndrome”

    How perfect is that?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  15. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Moshe Yaalon elaborated that Iran intends to destabilize the entire Middle East

    leftovers again.

    hasn’t Israel already accomplished what Wesley Clarke — and the Kaganite neocons — set out to accomplish?

    (btw, how is it Wesley Clarke considers it appropriate to reveal in a media interview information revealed, presumably in confidence, from a Pentagon source? Any inkling that he’s controlled opposition, hmm?)

    • Replies: @Agent76
  16. Rehmat says:

    One has to admit that Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon is far less liar than his boss Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been telling his Zionist listeners since 1992 that Iran was going to get a nuke within next one or two years.

    The US-Iran nuclear agreement favors more Israel’s regional objectives than US-Iran’s combined. However, the paranoid Israeli leaders still parroting Iran as “existential threat” to the entity French Jewish ambassador to UK called “that little shit country”.

    In 2012, John Kerry’s practicing jew brother Cameron Kerry told the Jewish Lobby that John will never throw Israel under bus – because “we’re Jewish.”

    • Replies: @Sherman
    , @Sam Shama
  17. American operatives have been working with Iran for so long that none of these stories matter. It is hard to tell what their plan is (other than the old-and-new Cold War containment objectives) but the truth is, Iran is not, and never has been, a problem.

    It has been controlled and used, including during the overthrow of the old shah government. It even helped depose Jimmy Carter to make way for the preferred direction of Middle East policy.

    This is not a bad thing for the West. It is just how the world works behind the curtain and outside the stage play we all argue about.

    This does not mean there won’t be some big, expensive events on the horizon.

    “Iran is part of the plan.” Always has been.

  18. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    the yahoo link is perfectly appropriate.

    Israeli operatives post at least 2 pro-Israel, and 2 anti-Iran, stories per day on the Yahoo website.

    it’s reasonable and desirable to expose the Israeli propaganda memes.

    btw, there are US companies, funded by USA and employing the best of America’s highly (and expensively) educated young STEM graduates to spy on Americans for the benefit of Israel, and to create memes with which to bamboozle Americans, also for the benefit of Israel.

    see, for example, founded by Daniel Gabriel, who volunteers his services as propagandist to the Ted Cruz campaign —

    “A closer look at Cruz reveals he is a neocon insider, not a renegade outsider.
    His campaign manager, Chad C. Sweet, co-founded the Chertoff Group with former Bush and Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Sweet, as a leader of the Chertoff Group, “advocated for expanding NSA metadata collection,” according to his bio on the risk-management and security consulting company’s webpage.

    “Mr. Sweet formerly served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of DHS, Mr. Sweet worked as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as well as served in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service,” the bio continues.

    Cruz’s foreign policy advisor is the notorious neocon James Woolsey, [more on Woolsey & his surprising connections below] the former director of the CIA during the Clinton administration. Woolsey is connected to the now largely defunct Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a think tank with an agenda formulated by top neocons William Kristol and Robert Kagan. PNAC was at the forefront of the Bush administration push to invade Iraq. He is a former vice president of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and an advocate of the neocon hardline on Iran.

    Ted’s foreign policy team includes Elliot Abrams, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the son-in-law of Norman Podhoretz, a trailblazing neoconservative ideologue. Abrams was a key adviser on Mideast policy at the National Security Council (NSC) during the George W. Bush presidency and also a staunch advocate of the Iraq invasion, the hardline on Iran and military strikes against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

    Finally, a volunteer working in public relations for the Cruz campaign, Dan P. Gabriel, is a former CIA covert action officer and a founding partner of Applied Memetics, a company “focused solely on developing engineered influence for clients seeking to alter their tactical or strategic operational environments,”according to its webpage. The company specializes in propagating memes that ”can move through the cultural sociosphere in a manner similar to the contagious behavior of a virus,” in other words Applied Memetics specializes in propaganda.

    The linkage between Applied Memetics and CIA is well worth paying careful attention to. Y’all are aware, aren’t you, that CIA gave Irving Kristol’s then- minor-league newsletter its major boost back in the late ’40s or early ’50s.

    The Palantir group operates in a similar arena but on a far grander scale — as of Dec 2015 it was valued at $20 billion Founded in Palo Alto, CA by a hippie philosophy major who studied in the Frankfurt School, Palantir, whose most important customers were/are CIA and US DoD, has migrated to the Washington, DC area and has an office close-by the National Counter Terrorism Center where it simultaneously amuses — with toys, skateboards, bear skin rugs, pool tables, etc. — and exploits young and smart engineers to mine all manner of personal data to “solve problems” — like whether you are part of the axis of resistance to the Predators that run USA, and how you can be neutralized.

    re Woolsey: recently he spoke at the Westminster Institute in McLean VA. WI has also hosted in the recent past Peter Hoekstra and John Poindexter. Westminster Institute appears to be a gaggle of present- or former US national security apparatchiks, apparently not Jewish but intensely committed to the US-Israel special relationship (their paychecks depend upon it).

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  19. Sherman says:

    Hey Homer-

    You’re a nuclear expert.

    Why is it that Iran does not posess nuclear weapons?

    Is it because the mullahs running Iran are gentle and peace loving and will never hurt a fly?

    Or it because of Iranian technological incompetence?

    My guess is a combination of Iranian backwardness and the Mossad being quite successful crippling the Iranian weapons program with Stuxnet and assassinations.


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    , @Art
    , @annamaria
  20. Let it go Phil! I know that you want war with Iran so you have something new to complain about but it is never going to happen. Find a new subject, please. I’d prefer a re-run of your USS Liberty posts than this Iran crap.

    You are such a broken record you are making The Saker seem interesting in comparison. Change course before you lose anymore of your rapidly dwindling fanbase.

    • Replies: @geokat62
  21. Isn’t that picture from the opening credits of Resevoir Dogs?

  22. @Tom Welsh

    I think you take your interesting line of thought too far beyond reality. And on one particular fact you rely on is it at all clear that the Saudi Royals are imbued with Wahabism? What’s your evidence? I would of they merely had an alliance of convenience.

  23. Rehmat says:

    Hey Sharon

    A very simple answer to your question which your Israel brain in bottom part of your body couldn’t figured out.

    If Israel with annual military budget of $17.3 billion and 240-400 nukes hidden under its butts couldn’t defeat 1500 Hizbullah fighters in Summer 2006 – Why the hell Iranian would like to waste billions of dollars in making those nukes?

    Mohamad Bazzi, adjunct senior fellow with the powerful Jewish think tank, ‘Council on Foreign Relations’ (headed by Obama’s senior adviser on ME, Zionist Jew Richard Haass) in an interview from Lebanon said that “the United States must eventually reach out to Hizbullah”, in order to save Israel from another bloody war. He stated that Washington would fail to create a rift between Dmascus and Tehran and that Hariri government has no muscle to control Hizbullah militia. He suggested that in order to control the power of Hizbullah, Washington must arm the Lebanese military, which now is seeking help from the Islamic Republic.

    • Replies: @Sherman
  24. The campaign against the deal with Iran has always seemed mad since it focused entirely on Obama when there were six countries involved if sanctions were to be maintained. I’ve never read an answer to that problem.

    Best explanation for the phony anti-Iran push (although the Israelis have murdered the odd Iranian scientist to prove their genuiness) is the flow of US support for Israel – and the milutary-industrial complex….

  25. Iran’s elections are illegitimate

    Anne Appelbaum tweets
    Anne Applebaum ‏@anneapplebaum Feb 29
    Western journalists and analysts don’t need to confer legitimacy on Iran’s illegitimate elections says @EliLake

    Eli Lake opines

    (Joseph) Adam Ereli, son of Israel Haganah terrorists, insists

    (nb. based on calls during Ereli’s screeching thumping lying, Americans do not agree w/ Ereli, probably not with Lake, probably not with Appelbaum)

    from Bollyn’s website:

    U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Joseph Adam Ereli (right) is an Israeli and the son of a Hagana terrorist. Ereli acts as Israel’s point man in Iraq, where he oversees U.S. policy in the region.

    As I wrote about Joseph Ereli in my article “The Israeli Who Runs the Obama White House” in November 2008 (confiscated by agents of U.S. military intelligence in March 2009):

    Ereli oversees U.S. policy in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Why do Americans allow Israelis to hijack U.S. foreign policy? Why is Ereli’s Israeli nationality not considered a threat to national security? Why does the controlled media ignore the many Israeli dual-nationals in positions of power in the U.S. government? Ereli’s father, Eliezer Kaplan (changed to Ereli) fought with the Zionist terrorist organization, the Hagana. This son of an Zionist terrorist has been controlling U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East for two decades. Like the other Israelis I have exposed: Rahm Emanuel, Michael Chertoff, and Daniel Samuel Senor, this U.S. official is an agent produced by the Israeli military intelligence network that was sent to the United States in the 1950s. These people are Zionist agents who were raised to control the U.S. government. This is very serious infiltration that cannot be ignored by real Americans. We can’t allow foreign agents in high places to destroy our country.

    The U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, where there have been strong pro-democracy protests, is another Zionist Jew, Gerald Feierstein. Yemen is a nation where the Israeli Mossad has long run a false-flag terror operation known as Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Feierstein has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism from 2006-2008. He also served as Desk Officer for Nepal, Pakistan, and Egypt; Deputy Director in the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs; Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs; and as Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau.

  26. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Iran has the size, the population and the human resources whereby it’s logical that they want to develop to the point that they take their place as a second-tier power along with the rest of the relatively important countries in the world. They have the obvious potential to be the dominant regional power. As is always the case up-and-coming powers want to be invited into the card game while the other players don’t want to redivide the cards. This leads to conflict. The Iranians have been very adept so far in building themselves up, massively aided by the blundering US who destroyed the Iraqi counterweight to Iran and made the Shia look to Iran for assistance, expanding Iran’s influence. Militarily it’s focused on using it’s resources to enable it to fight off attacks upon it and also enabling others to do so as well, such as Hezbollah. In this it’s been successful so far. It’s probably an inevitable fact of life that Iran will become stronger and can’t be bypassed or ignored. War upon Iran would probably have all sorts of unforeseen results and end up as a failed effort. It would be best to engage with them as potential trade partners rather than just issuing threats all the time.

  27. Sherman says:

    Hey Homer

    That was some “Divine Victory” Hezbollah achieved back in 2006!

    This is probably the first time in history that a leader has declared victory while spending the past (nearly) ten years hiding in an underground bunker.

    Since Hezbollah’s 2006 “victory” Israel has grown exponentially more powerful – both militarily and economically.

    Lebanon is still clearing the rubble from Hezbollah’s “victory”.

    If this is the best a Muslim/Arab army can accomplish in war it’s quite pathetic.

    And yes, every Iranian I know – and believe it or not I’m friends with several Muslim and Jewish Iranian expatriates – say the Mullahs want a bomb but can’t figure out how to make one.


    • Replies: @Ivan
  28. Art says:

    Hi Sherm,

    The Europeans, Russians, South Americans, South Asians, and Chinese all want to do business with Iran.

    Yet more and more people in the world want to boycott Israel.

    Maybe it is because of your hidden nukes – 200 probably more.

    What do you think?

    Yours – Art

    p.s. Oh my – how ironic, the country that cries victim about nukes, is hiding two hundred of their own – to funny – your Big Jews are a joke.

  29. Art says:

    The Israeli Minister of Defense is now telling anyone who is willing to listen that the Iranian government is building an “international terror network that includes sleeper cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives to be ready to strike on command in places including Europe and the U.S.” Moshe Yaalon …yada…yada…yada…

    Moshe is giving John McCain and all the other elected US politicians their March talking points.

    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  30. Ivan says:

    Why don’t you lay off your bloody lies? For decades the Israeli hasbara has claimed that Iran was on the verge of a nuclear bomb. The IAEA has debunked that completely. So had the various NIE reports. The evil that Israel had wanted to perpetrate on millions of innocent Iranians has been thwarted. Like many others posting here I used to be a 110% supporter of Israel. But now I having nothing but contempt for their incessant lies.

    • Replies: @Sherman
  31. geokat62 says:
    @Greasy WIlliam

    I know that you want war with Iran…

    I thought it was Bibi who was so gung-ho on a war with Iran, no? Don’t you remember the great lengths he went to to educate the dumb goy on the severity of the Iranian threat? I hear it took him a whole day to draw that cartoon sketch of a bomb!

    Change course before you lose anymore of your rapidly dwindling fanbase.

    Tell me something, Greasy. If you’re as ardent an advocate of the Zionist project as your previous posts clearly demonstrate you are, why would you implore Giraldi to change course and help him retain his “rapidly dwindling fan base”? You wouldn’t happen to have an ulterior motive now, would you?

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Greasy WIlliam
  32. RobinG says:

    This is perfect validation that Phil has struck the right nerve…

    Greasy willy pleading, “Oh please, Mr. Giraldi, don’t throw me into the briar patch!”

  33. @geokat62

    Geo: long time. Good to see you again.

    I want Giraldi to write about something more relevant because I want to be entertained. Writing about how the Lobby is going to start a war with Iran is boring because it obviously isn’t going to happen. I admit that it looked plausible in 2008, but it’s 2016 now and everybody knows there will be no US strike on Iran. Hell, everybody knows there won’t even be an Israeli strike on Iran.

    It’s time to get off this topic. Giraldi should talk about something relevant like the war in Syria.

    p.s.: If you are expecting me to defend Bibi, you are talking to the wrong Jew.

    • Replies: @geokat62
  34. geokat62 says:
    @Greasy WIlliam

    I want Giraldi to write about something more relevant because I want to be entertained.

    Tell that to the Israeli Minister of Defense. He’s the one who won’t let go of this story… and Geraldi explains why:

    Iran is the enemy of choice yesterday, today and tomorrow and it will always be the enemy of choice no matter what it does or does not do.

    This thesis is even supported by Prof. Haggai Ram, head of Middle East Studies Department at Ben-Gurion University:

    Israeli Expert on Iran: Claim of Existential Threat a Fig Leaf for Occupation

    In your view, where is the mistake?

    It is in the ethnocentric approach that somehow everything is tied to us, which confuses and distracts from the main principle. To say Iran poses an existential threat to Israel is wrong, if not a deception. Israel has bigger and more dangerous enemies. Pakistani nukes, for example, worry me personally much more than Iranian nukes. Pakistan is an unstable country. It is fertile ground for the growth of Islamic radicals. And if its nukes all in these hands it will be bad and bitter.

    Iran serves as a fig leaf to the real danger to Israel’s fate – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even Ehud Barak told Haaretz in an interview when he was defense minister under Netanyahu that he encouraged him to keep negotiating with the Palestinians – not for the sake of negotiations themselves but rather that in the end, if Israel decided to attack Iran, the pressure and criticism against Israel would be reduced because Israel would be seen as seeking peace. The whole Iranian issue, be it with Ariel Sharon, Barak or Benjamin Netanyahu, is meant in the end to distract attention from Israel’s central problem – the occupation and the defense budget.

    Bottom line: if Israel stops talking about Iran, so will Giraldi.

  35. Sherman says:

    “For decades the Israeli has area has claimed that Iran was on the verge of a nuclear bomb”

    I guess this means that the Iranians are far more backwards and incompetent than the Mossad gave them credit for.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @Carroll Price
  36. Agent76 says:

    January 29, 2016 An American Big Lie About ‘Terrorism’

    Micah Zenko is a blogger who posts on a main site of America’s foreign-policy establishment, the Council on Foreign Relations, and he posted there on January 6th, “How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2015?” He calculated: “Last year, the United States dropped an estimated total of 23,144 bombs in six countries. Of these, 22,110 were dropped in Iraq and Syria.”

  37. Agent76 says:

    The rest of the plot! General Wesley Clark Asked About 7 Country War Plan

    05/14/2015 Former ‘NATO’ Commander, Presidential Candidate Makes Millions Pushing Penny Stocks

    Plato-quoting, West Point valedictorian, Rhodes scholar, former NATO Supreme allied commander, and one-time Presidential hopeful Gen. Wesley Clark had a carefully laid, three-point plan for life after public service.

  38. edNels says:

    Great post Mr. Geraldi,

    Too many trolls here !

    I hope the Unz Review will last a while, but the trolls are legion!

  39. MarkinLA says:

    Anybody with uranium can build a bomb if they want. There is nothing Israel can do if Iran was serious about a bomb.

  40. annamaria says:

    “We can have no “50-50″ allegiance in this country.
    Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an
    American at all.” – Theodore Roosevelt

  41. @Mark Green

    The Israelization of America has reached its apogee. It has been achieved via our Israel-friendly news media, Hollywood entertainment, Israeli-leaning think tanks, neocon activists, Holocaust hegemony, mega-rich Israeli-centric political donors, and highly-placed crypto-Israeli operatives. In addition, all these political forces work in concert. There’s nothing quite like it.

    ..with the above, dear reader, being a brief but accurate summation of the “Jewish conspiracy” we are told does not exist.

  42. @Tom Welsh

    You mention that the Saudis appear, in some respects, to be aligned with Israel. I would go further and point out that both are hand-in-glove with the USA.

    That’s because, without US military and economic aid being doled-out like manna from above, neither would survive more than 180 days – at most.

  43. @Sherman

    Bullshit. If backward, embargoed, poverty stricken N. Koreans, and the primitive tribes of Pakistan developed nuclear weapons, it’s obviously not that difficult. It should be equally obvious that Iran could have produced nuclear weapons long ago if it had any desire or inclination to do so. But the truth is that an ancient, independent Iran, that dwarfs Israel in size, culture, refinement, and overall education achievement, is well aware that it has nothing to fear from a thieving, loud-mouthed, pic-squeak neighbor on permanent life-support from a bribed, manipulated, lied-to American electorate that’s slowly awakening from a long, Zionist-induced nightmare.
    And in case you missed it, the only reason Israel has nukes is because they stole the technology from the former Soviet Union, South Africa, and the US. Just like they stole everything else they ever had, including the land on which they squat, in defiance of numerous UN resolutions and international laws not withstanding.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @DaveE
    , @Greasy WIlliam
  44. Rehmat says:

    Yes Mr. Giraldi – Shi’ites are only 15% of total Muslim world population of 1.7 billion but were considered a threat by all western colonial powers, such as the British, French and American. All major armed resistances against occupiers in Iraq, Lebanon, India, Syria, Iran, etc. were carried out by Shi’ites.

    The most feared armed resistance by Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and the US Jewish Lobby is not Muslim Brotherhood but Hizbullah.

    Iran has no desire to build a nuclear bomb unless forced to do that by the Zionist entity. The country just like 54 other nations wants to achieve “nuclear capability” – as allowed under NPT.

    Iranians are peace-loving people. Iran has not attacked its neighbors for the last 150 year while Israel has attacked and occupied almost every neighboring country during its 67-year existence.

    For the last four days, Jewish-controlled media is applauding the “gains” though not “majority” of its “moderates” in last week elections for 290 new lawmakers for the Majlis (parliament) and 88 members of the Assembly of Experts. The idiots don’t understand that whether you call them “moderates” or “Conservatives” – they all have been noticed shouting: Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

  45. DaveE says:
    @Carroll Price

    Americans didn’t invent “the bomb”, we just paid the Jews to invent it. They were sending “progress reports” to their lobbies all over the world, from Los Alamos to Russia, typically via the North Pole so they wouldn’t be caught. (See “Major Jordan’s Diaries.)

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  46. @Carroll Price

    Bullshit. If backward, embargoed, poverty stricken N. Koreans, and the primitive tribes of Pakistan developed nuclear weapons, it’s obviously not that difficult.

    North Koreans are waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy smarter than stupid Iranians. Pakistan’s nuclear infrastructure was essentially built by China.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  47. @Greasy WIlliam

    Although you surprisingly failed to mention it, I’m quite sure you think Jews are waaaaaaaaaaaay smarter than all the others combined. But, in reality, no specific race or ethnic group is “smarter” than another. The presence or absence of social and technical advancement is due primarily to education, drive and personal ambition. All of which Jews possess in abundance, while unfortunately using them in pursuit of goals that nearly always become a detriment and curse to non-Jews. All of which they consider inferior beings of a lower order, fit to be abused and taken advantage of when opportunities present themselves. It’s all right there in the Talmud – in bold letters, spelled out in black and white.

  48. Carroll: so you think that blacks are just as smart as Germans? That’s crazy talk.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  49. @Greasy WIlliam

    They’re smarter in many ways. Have you ever played poker or rolled dice against a black man? They’ll skin you every time.

  50. FLgeezer says:

    >Moshe is giving John McCain and all the other elected US politicians their March talking points.

    Not to mention their monthly sinecures.

  51. MarkinLA says:

    There were lots of contributors. Without Enrico Fermi’s reactors, there would be no plutonium and it took too long to make any reasonable amount of uranium-235.

    • Replies: @DaveE
  52. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Say what you want however the Iran nuclear deal was a bit one sided in favor of them considering they have hostages of ours and they do sponsor some terrorism. Yes I’m aware it’s hard not to have some terrorists with the way Islam is. I agree with most all of the points here

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
    , @annamaria
  53. DaveE says:

    Fermi was the token Goy and he was married to a Jewess. He might have been of Jewish ancestry, as well.

  54. @Anonymous

    When you consider that the economic sanctions imposed on Iran were based entirely on false allegations of Iran’s supposed attempts to develop nuclear weapons, stating that the Iran agreement was “one-sided in favor of Iran” is preposterous. Why? Because absolutely no proof has ever been presented by Israel or the US that such was the case. With what was supposed to have been hard evidence, turning out to be nothing more than fraudulent documents installed on a stolen laptop computer by Mossad or CIA agents.
    The truth of the matter is that Iran, who was and continues to be, a victim of lies and false accusations concocted by Israel and the US, is owed an apology, along with being re-reimbursed for damages inflicted on a country that has harmed no one and who has not attacked another country in the past 250 years. Do yourself and others a favor by not listening to, and repeating Western propaganda that’s easily de-bunked by anyone who’s been paying attention, or willing to do basic research, freely available on the web.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  55. RobinG says:
    @Carroll Price

    Thanks C.P. for posting these links. In addition, in 2014 Gareth Porter published a book about the phony laptop and the (likely) Israeli plot to frame Iran. Yet another example of how Israel strives to embroil the US in foreign intrigue. Israel is not a true ally of the US, and habitually betrays all principles upon which this nation was founded.

    Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  56. @RobinG

    Thanks Robin. I did not know a book had been published on this particular subject, and appreciate you pointing it out. I just started reading The Devil’s Chessboard (Dave Talbot)about the Dulles brothers, John Foster & Allen. America has been under the control of liars, crooks, thieves, and betrayers for a very long time.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  57. RobinG says:
    @Carroll Price

    Yes, indeed, the combination of Israel firsters, Brzezinski-type cold warriors (old and new), and defense industry profiteers is lethal.

    I’ve heard The Devil’s Chessboard is great.

  58. annamaria says:

    “…they do sponsor some terrorism…”
    Where to begin…
    1. “Murder Is Washington’s Foreign Policy,” by Paul Craig Roberts
    2. “200 Years Together Russian-Jewish History,” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn:
    The first volume: Russian-Jewish History 1795-1916. The second: The Jews in the Soviet Union. “…the Jewish involvement in the creation of Bolshevism and communism and the willing participation of Jews in perpetrating the worst mass murders of the 20th century—crimes which dwarf claims about the so-called “holocaust.” The number of innocent Christian Russians who died at the hands of the Soviets is mind-boggling. Solzhenitsyn himself estimated the toll at 60million. Many Jews, it must be added, were also crushed under the Soviet steamroller in later years, after Josef Stalin began to diminish their involvement in political and military affairs.”
    3. Yinon Plan:

    • Replies: @schmenz
  59. schmenz says:


    I see you have linked to a work by Solzhenitsyn – which I wish would become available in English soon. But I have a question.

    I have noticed on some Russian and Russian-friendly sites many expressions of disdain for Solzhenitsyn and I must say I cannot understand this. Perhaps I am naive but I would have thought that with the world the way it is that your average Russian would admire the man.

    What is your opinion as to why there is this distrust and even dislike of Solzhenitsyn among some modern-day Russians?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  60. RobinG says:

    Hi Schmenz,

    Since Annamarina hasn’t answered, I’d like to respond from a different perspective. Do you believe that the commenters on these Russian sites represent your “average Russian”?

    Take Unz Review for example. I have no idea what the total readership is, but I’m positive that only a small percentage of readers make comments. Of those, a large percentage are trolls or crusaders with an axe to grind. Others are bloggers, just hoping to draw traffic to their own sites.

    As far as Solzhenitsyn, I’m sure Russian views are mixed. Recently there was an excellent interview on RT, Stephen Cohen with Oksana Boyko. They discussed Russian ambivalence regarding Stalin, so take it from there.

    Stallin’ history? Ft. Stephen Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, NYU

    • Replies: @schmenz
  61. schmenz says:

    Thanks very much.

    Admittedly I have much, much to learn about what the average Russian thinks. Perhaps my naivete makes me want to ask why some Russians are angry with him. It’s almost a if they don’t want to think anyone should question their past. It’s doubly odd because Solzhenitsyn was a passionate lover of his country.

    Thanks for the link, though. Cohen is someone who seems to have his head on his shoulders vis-a-vis Russia.

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