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Archimedes once said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.” In the preceding articles in this series (listed below after my bio), I have developed the basic thesis of my analysis that define the place we stand now, and where we must stand if we wish to alter the world... Read More
Many years ago I read a fascinating discussion of the “tactics of mistake.” This essentially entailed using a target’s prejudices and preconceptions to mislead them as to the origin and intent of the attack, entrapping them in a tactical situation that later worked to the attacker’s strategic advantage. This is what unfolded in the 9/11... Read More
I’ve had a more diffuse and sometimes different reaction to the original article on this topic “Palestine, Israel, and America: The Strategic Void” than I anticipated, although one I thought possible. And while I don’t usually respond other than with brief replies to individual comments, I thought it useful at this point to address certain... Read More
Let us admit it to ourselves, once and for all. The battle of Palestine for the Palestinians has been lost. The odds against them and their scattered network of supporters have been great. The last possible chance to at least stave off defeat was stillborn last year, when the Goldstone Report on Gaza was endorsed... Read More
Indictment and Conundrum
Far too often, what is not said, or cannot be said, publicly is more significant than the platitudes bandied about by assorted political leaders and pundits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli matrix of death and disinformation. President Obama in particular acts as if he were mesmerized by all this. He... Read More
I have no brief for Libya’s government, and it doesn’t seem to make much sense at this point to debate whether or not the military action now taking place against it is, or is not, justified. It is a fact, and like the earlier onslaughts against Yugoslavia (read: Serbia) and Iraq, it’ll simply play itself... Read More
One of the most extraordinary aspects of the entire 9/11 tragedy is the extent to which real-time reports from what came to be known as “Ground Zero” at the World Trade Center of secondary explosions and planted devices disappeared from the public discussion and the record almost immediately, never to resurface in any detail in... Read More
A Long Day’s Night for Us All. Why Do Most Americans Know Nothing About These Issues.
This is not intended for those who follow these issues, but as a primer for a general public (especially Americans) who do not follow them, and in fact are not even aware that they are issues! Hoping that others may also find useful material in it. Far too often, issues involving Israel and its actions... Read More
From what the press is reporting about this Wikileaks “dump,” perhaps 10% are Secret or Confidential, the rest...
I have followed the unfolding teapot-tempest drama of the latest Wikileaks release with a certain bemusement, accompanied by a growing suspicion shared with others that all is not as it seems with these supposed revelations. But my initial impression, based of course on what I am reading in the mainstream and alternative media and not... Read More
Anti-Semitism Reconsidered
I cannot speak for the situation elsewhere, but in the US, I doubt if there is another definable group that equals or surpasses Jews in their achievements in so many different fields, their support for civil liberties and civil rights, and their philanthropy or general support of charitable causes. But, when Israel enters the equation,... Read More
Israel and the US realize that the next war will burn much of the Middle East and may well spell the end of Israel
As the US edges toward an unprovoked and utterly needless war with Iran, some remarks by an eminent and experienced observer of that part of the world caught my attention. First, he noted that “Israel and the US realize that the next war will burn much of the Middle East and may well spell the... Read More
Letting the Chips Fall Where They May
In a gesture that has received more than a little attention in the Western media, Israeli officials announced with some fanfare that they were easing the embargo of goods they allow into Palestine. Israel’s supporters have been using the opportunity to declare that this demonstrates Israel is reasonable, and that US support of Israel is... Read More
Israel Says No, the US Agrees
So the predictable dynamics are unfolding. Anywhere the US does not have a veto, Israel is being condemned for its latest atrocities and for its illegal blockade on Gaza. Israel as usual has its puppets in the US Congress and the US mainstream media coming to its defense. And Israel has rejected demands from the... Read More
What Needs to be Done, and How
The opening moves in the reaction to the Israeli interception of the first wave of the Gaza flotilla have now been made. Israel visibly underestimated the international response to its attack and the casualties it inflicted. Widespread condemnation ensued almost everywhere, many Americans became aware for the first time that something was seriously amiss in... Read More
Israel’s attack on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla on America’s Memorial Day was all too predictable, although the form it took surprised even me. And it confirms the old proverb that “Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad,” for the attack was the kind of madness only unbridled arrogance can assume. It wasn’t... Read More