Saturday, July 22, 2006

And who has the right, as master of the house, To have the final word at home?

From Paul Craig Roberts at
. . . neocons hold high positions in the Bush regime. Ten years ago these architects of American foreign and military policy spelled out how they would use deception to achieve "important Israeli strategic objectives" in the Middle East. First, they would focus "on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq." This would open the door for Israel to provoke attacks from Hezbollah. The attacks would let Israel gain American sympathy and permit Israel to seize the strategic initiative by "engaging Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon."

Today, this neoconservative plan is unfolding before our eyes. Israel has used the capture of two of its soldiers in Lebanon as an excuse for an all-out air and naval bombardment against Lebanese civilian targets. However, a number of commentators have pointed out that such a massive attack requires weeks if not months of preparation that could not be done overnight in response to the capture of the soldiers.

(Note: Emphasis mine).

Is this on the level? I dunno. He goes on:
Meanwhile, the Israelis are committing identical war crimes in Gaza. Again Israel's excuse is the capture of an Israeli soldier. However, the distinguished Israeli professor Ran HaCohen said that the Israeli army "had been demanding a massive attack on Gaza long before the Israeli soldier was kidnapped."

By blocking UN Security Council action against Israel for its massacre of civilians in Gaza, the Bush regime has made itself complicit in these monstrous war crimes. Just as Germans who supported Hitler were deemed to be complicit in his war crimes, Americans who support Bush are complicit in Bush's war crimes.

Hezbollah is not the Lebanese government. It does not rule Lebanon. Hezbollah is the militia organization founded in 1982 in response to Israel's invasion of Lebanon. Hezbollah defeated the Israeli army and drove out the Israeli invaders six years ago.

Now before anyone gets their panties in a bunch and cries "Antisemitism", Let's look for a second at Dr. Roberts' bio:
Dr. Roberts is John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.

WSJ, huh? There's some Jew hatin' sumbitches.

And how about the Independent Institute?
The mission of The Independent Institute is to transcend the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefine the debate over public issues, and foster new and effective directions for government reform.

Whatever. Says nothing, while using fancy words. One of my favorite barometers of a web site or organization is their blogroll, or link page.

Here are some choice ones from the Independent Institute's:
Cato Institute
Heritage Foundation
Goldwater Institute
Accuracy in Media (Reed Irvine's special project for outing the Librul Media)

Etc., etc., etc. In other words, not exactly the screaming leftists often thought to be anti-Israel.

So is Roberts right? Again, I don't know. But it's interesting.

Update: Looking over the Independent Institute's link page a little further, I found some evidence of fairness and balance: