A War in the Planning for Four Years

Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CFR Put War Plans in a 1997 Book – It is “A Blueprint for World Dictatorship,” Says a Former German Defense and NATO Official Who Warned of Global Domination in 1984, in an Exclusive Interview With FTW

Summary

“THE GRAND CHESSBOARD – American Primacy And It’s Geostrategic Imperatives,” Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997.

These are the very first words in the book, “Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power.” – p. xiii. Eurasia is all of the territory east of Germany and Poland, stretching all the way through Russia and China to the Pacific Ocean. It includes the Middle East and most of the Indian subcontinent. The key to controlling Eurasia, says Brzezinski, is controlling the Central Asian Republics. And the key to controlling the Central Asian republics is Uzbekistan. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Uzbekistan was forcefully mentioned by President George W. Bush in his address to a joint session of Congress just days after the attacks of September 11 as the very first place that the U.S. military would be deployed.

As FTW has documented in previous stories, major deployments of U.S. and British forces had taken place before the attacks. And the U.S. Army and the CIA had been active in Uzbekistan for several years. There is now evidence that what the world is witnessing is a cold and calculated war plan – at least four years in the making – and that, from reading Brzezinski’s own words about Pearl Harbor, the World Trade Center attacks were just the trigger needed to set the final conquest in motion.


 

FTW, November 7, 2001, 1200 PST – There’s a quote often attributed to Allen Dulles after it was noted that the final 1964 report of the Warren Commission on the assassination of JFK contained dramatic inconsistencies. Those inconsistencies, in effect, disproved the Commission’s own final conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone on November 22, 1963. Dulles, a career spy, Wall Street lawyer, the CIA director whom JFK had fired after the 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco – and the Warren Commission member who took charge of the investigation and final report – is reported to have said, “The American people don’t read.”

Some Americans do read. So do Europeans and Asians and Africans and Latin Americans.

World events since the attacks of September 11, 2001 have not only been predicted, but also planned, orchestrated and – as their architects would like to believe – controlled. The current Central Asian war is not a response to terrorism, nor is it a reaction to Islamic fundamentalism. It is in fact, in the words of one of the most powerful men on the planet, the beginning of a final conflict before total world domination by the United States leads to the dissolution of all national governments. This, says Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member and former Carter National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, will lead to nation states being incorporated into a new world order, controlled solely by economic interests as dictated by banks, corporations and ruling elites concerned with the maintenance (by manipulation and war) of their power. As a means of intimidation for the unenlightened reader who happens upon this frightening plan – the plan of the CFR – Brzezinski offers the alternative of a world in chaos unless the U.S. controls the planet by whatever means are necessary and likely to succeed.

This position is corroborated by Dr. Johannes B. Koeppl, Ph.D. a former German defense ministry official and advisor to former NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner. On November 6, he told FTW, “The interests behind the Bush Administration, such as the CFR, The Trilateral Commission – founded by Brzezinski for David Rockefeller – and the Bliderberger Group, have prepared for and are now moving to implement open world dictatorship within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens.”

Brzezinski’s own words – laid against the current official line that the United States is waging a war to end terrorism – are self-incriminating. In an ongoing series of articles, FTW has consistently established that the U.S. government had foreknowledge of the World Trade Center attacks and chose not to stop them because it needed to secure public approval for a war that is now in progress. It is a war, as described by Vice President Dick Cheney, “that may not end in our lifetimes.” What that means is that it will not end until all armed groups, anywhere in the world, which possess the political, economic or military ability to resist the imposition of this dictatorship, have been destroyed.

These are the “terrorists” the U.S. now fights in Afghanistan and plans to soon fight all over the globe.

Before exposing Brzezinski (and those he represents) with his own words, or hearing more from Dr. Koeppl, it is worthwhile to take a look at Brzezinski’s background.

According to his resume Brzezinski, holding a 1953 Ph.D. from Harvard, lists the following achievements:

Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies Professor of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter (1977-81) Trustee and founder of the Trilateral Commission International advisor of several major US/Global corporations Associate of Henry Kissinger Under Ronald Reagan – member of NSC-Defense Department Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy Under Ronald Reagan – member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Past member, Board of Directors, The Council on Foreign Relations 1988 – Co-chairman of the Bush National Security Advisory Task Force.

Brzezinski is also a past attendee and presenter at several conferences of the Bliderberger group – a non-partisan affiliation of the wealthiest and most powerful families and corporations on the planet.

The Grand Chessboard

Brzezinski sets the tone for his strategy by describing Russia and China as the two most important countries – almost but not quite superpowers – whose interests that might threaten the U.S. in Central Asia. Of the two, Brzezinski considers Russia to be the more serious threat. Both nations border Central Asia. In a lesser context he describes the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Iran and Kazakhstan as essential “lesser” nations that must be managed by the U.S. as buffers or counterweights to Russian and Chinese moves to control the oil, gas and minerals of the Central Asian Republics (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan).

He also notes, quite clearly (p. 53) that any nation that might become predominant in Central Asia would directly threaten the current U.S. control of oil resources in the Persian Gulf. In reading the book it becomes clear why the U.S. had a direct motive for the looting of some $300 billion in Russian assets during the 1990s, destabilizing Russia’s currency (1998) and ensuring that a weakened Russia would have to look westward to Europe for economic and political survival, rather than southward to Central Asia. A dependent Russia would lack the military, economic and political clout to exert influence in the region and this weakening of Russia would explain why Russian President Vladimir Putin has been such a willing ally of U.S. efforts to date. (See FTW Vol. IV, No. 1 – March 31, 2001)

An examination of selected quotes from “The Grand Chessboard,” in the context of current events reveals the darker agenda behind military operations that were planned long before September 11th, 2001.

“…The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world’s paramount power. The defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union was the final step in the rapid ascendance of a Western Hemisphere power, the United States, as the sole and, indeed, the first truly global power… (p. xiii)

“… But in the meantime, it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book. (p. xiv)

“The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. The public supported America’s engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (pp 24-5)

“For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia… Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia – and America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained. (p.30)

“America’s withdrawal from the world or because of the sudden emergence of a successful rival – would produce massive international instability. It would prompt global anarchy.” (p. 30)

“In that context, how America ‘manages’ Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa’s subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world’s central continent. About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.” (p.31)

Two basic steps are thus required: first, to identify the geostrategically dynamic Eurasian states that have the power to cause a potentially important shift in the international distribution of power and to decipher the central external goals of their respective political elites and the likely consequences of their seeking to attain them;… second, to formulate specific U.S. policies to offset, co-opt, and/or control the above… (p. 40)

“…To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.” (p.40)

“Henceforth, the United States may have to determine how to cope with regional coalitions that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby threatening America’s status as a global power.” (p.55)

“Uzbekistan – with its much more ethnically homogeneous population of approximately 25 million and its leaders emphasizing the country’s historic glories – has become increasingly assertive in affirming the region’s new postcolonial status.” (p.95)

“Thus, even the ethnically vulnerable Kazakhstan joined the other Central Asian states in abandoning the Cyrillic alphabet and replacing it with Latin script as adapted earlier by Turkey. In effect, by the mid-1990s a bloc, quietly led by Ukraine and comprising Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and sometimes also Kazakhstan, Georgia and Moldova, had informally emerged to obstruct Russian efforts to use the CIS as the tool for political integration.” (p.114)

“…Hence, support for the new post-Soviet states – for geopolitical pluralism in the space of the former Soviet empire – has to be an integral part of a policy designed to induce Russia to exercise unambiguously its European option. Among these states. Three are geopolitically especially important: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.” (p. 121) “Uzbekistan, nationally the most vital and the most populous of the central Asian states, represents the major obstacle to any renewed Russian control over the region. Its independence is critical to the survival of the other Central Asian states, and it is the least vulnerable to Russian pressures.” (p. 121)

Referring to an area he calls the “Eurasian Balkans” and a 1997 map in which he has circled the exact location of the current conflict – describing it as the central region of pending conflict for world dominance – Brzezinski writes: “Moreover, they [the Central Asian Republics] are of importance from the standpoint of security and historical ambitions to at least three of their most immediate and more powerful neighbors, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, with China also signaling an increasing political interest in the region. But the Eurasian Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold.” (p.124) [Emphasis added]

The world’s energy consumption is bound to vastly increase over the next two or three decades. Estimates by the U.S. Department of energy anticipate that world demand will rise by more than 50 percent between 1993 and 2015, with the most significant increase in consumption occurring in the Far East. The momentum of Asia’s economic development is already generating massive pressures for the exploration and exploitation of new sources of energy and the Central Asian region and the Caspian Sea basin are known to contain reserves of natural gas and oil that dwarf those of Kuwait, the Gulf of Mexico, or the North Sea.” (p.125)

“Kazakhstan is the shield and Uzbekistan is the soul for the region’s diverse national awakenings.” (p.130)

“Uzbekistan is, in fact, the prime candidate for regional leadership in Central Asia.” (p.130) “Once pipelines to the area have been developed, Turkmenistan’s truly vast natural gas reserves augur a prosperous future for the country’s people. (p.132)

“In fact, an Islamic revival – already abetted from the outside not only by Iran but also by Saudi Arabia – is likely to become the mobilizing impulse for the increasingly pervasive new nationalisms, determined to oppose any reintegration under Russian – and hence infidel – control.” (p. 133).

“For Pakistan, the primary interest is to gain Geostrategic depth through political influence in Afghanistan – and to deny to Iran the exercise of such influence in Afghanistan and Tajikistan – and to benefit eventually from any pipeline construction linking Central Asia with the Arabian Sea.” (p.139)

“Moreover, sensible Russian leaders realize that the demographic explosion underway in the new states means that their failure to sustain economic growth will eventually create an explosive situation along Russia’s entire southern frontier.” (p.141) [This would explain why Putin would welcome U.S. military presence to stabilize the region.]

“Turkmenistan… has been actively exploring the construction of a new pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea…” (p.145)

“It follows that America’s primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.” (p148)

“China’s growing economic presence in the region and its political stake in the area’s independence are also congruent with America’s interests.” (p.149)

“America is now the only global superpower, and Eurasia is the globe’s central arena. Hence, what happens to the distribution of power on the Eurasian continent will be of decisive importance to America’s global primacy and to America’s historical legacy.” (p.194)

”…the Eurasian Balkans – threatens to become a cauldron of ethnic conflict and great-power rivalry.” (p.195)

“Without sustained and directed American involvement, before long the forces of global disorder could come to dominate the world scene. And the possibility of such a fragmentation is inherent in the geopolitical tensions not only of today’s Eurasia but of the world more generally.” (p.194)

“With warning signs on the horizon across Europe and Asia, any successful American policy must focus on Eurasia as a whole and be guided by a Geostrategic design.” (p.197)

“That puts a premium on maneuver and manipulation in order to prevent the emergence of a hostile coalition that could eventually seek to challenge America’s primacy…” (p. 198)

“The most immediate task is to make certain that no state or combination of states gains the capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even to diminish significantly its decisive arbitration role.” (p. 198)

“In the long run, global politics are bound to become increasingly uncongenial to the concentration of hegemonic power in the hands of a single state. Hence, America is not only the first, as well as the only, truly global superpower, but it is also likely to be the very last.” (p.209)

“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.” (p. 211) [Emphasis added]

The Horror – And Comments From Someone Who Worked With Brzezinski

Brzezinski’s book is sublimely arrogant. While singing the praises of the IMF and the World Bank, which have economically terrorized nations on every continent, and while totally ignoring the worldwide terrorist actions of the U.S. government that have led to genocide; cluster bombings of civilian populations from Kosovo, to Laos, to Iraq, to Afghanistan; the development and battlefield use of both biological and chemical agents such as Sarin gas; and the financial rape of entire cultures it would leave the reader believing that such actions are for the good of mankind.

While seconded from the German defense ministry to NATO in the late 1970s, Dr. Johannes Koeppl – mentioned at the top of this article – traveled to Washington on more than one occasion. He also met with Brzezinski in the White House on more than one occasion. His other Washington contacts included Steve Larabee from the CFR, John J. McCloy, former CIA Director, economist Milton Friedman, and officials from Carter’s Office of Management and Budget. He is the first person I have ever interviewed who has made a direct presentation at a Bliderberger conference and he has also made numerous presentations to sub-groups of the Trilateral Commission. That was before he spoke out against them.

His fall from grace was rapid after he realized that Brzezinski was part of a group intending to impose a world dictatorship. “In 1983/4 I warned of a take-over of world governments being orchestrated by these people. There was an obvious plan to subvert true democracies and selected leaders were not being chosen based upon character but upon their loyalty to an economic system run by the elites and dedicated to preserving their power.

“All we have now are pseudo-democracies.”

Koeppl recalls meeting U.S. Congressman Larry McDonald in Nuremburg in the early 80s. McDonald, who was then contemplating a run for the Presidency, was a severe critic of these elites. He was killed in the Russian shootdown of Korean Air flight 007 in 1985. Koeppl believes that it might have been an assassination. Over the years many writers have made these allegations about 007 and the fact that someone with Koeppl’s credentials believes that an entire plane full of passengers would be destroyed to eliminate one man offers a chilling opinion of the value placed on human life by the powers that be.

In 1983, Koeppl warned, through Op-Ed pieces published in NEWSWEEK and elsewhere, that Brzezinski and the CFR were part of an effort to impose a global dictatorship. His fall from grace was swift. “It was a criminal society that I was dealing with. It was not possible to publish anymore in the so-called respected publications. My 30 year career in politics ended.

“The people of the western world have been trained to be good consumers; to focus on money, sports cars, beauty, consumer goods. They have not been trained to look for character in people. Therefore what we need is education for politicians, a form of training that instills in them a higher sense of ethics than service to money. There is no training now for world leaders. This is a shame because of the responsibility that leaders hold to benefit all mankind rather than to blindly pursue destructive paths.

“We also need education for citizens to be more efficient in their democracies, in addition to education for politicians that will create a new network of elites based upon character and social intelligence.”

Koeppl, who wrote his 1989 doctoral thesis on NATO management, also authored a 1989 book – largely ignored because of its controversial revelations – entitled “The Most Important Secrets in the World.” He maintains a German language web site at http://www.antaris.com and he can be reached by email at jbk@antaris.com.

As to the present conflict Koeppl expressed the gravest concerns, “This is more than a war against terrorism. This is a war against the citizens of all countries. The current elites are creating so much fear that people don’t know how to respond. But they must remember. This is a move to implement a world dictatorship within the next five years. There may not be another chance.”

Documentary – Fallujah, a Lost Generation?

Secrets of a dirty war

In 2004, Fallujah in Iraq became the theater of a major showdown between the American soldiers and the Iraqi insurgents. But even though the sounds of this harsh battle have died down a long time ago the consequences are only showing now. And they are of the toxic kind. Babies are born with malformations, kids are affected with leukemia and cancer has multiplied tenfold. The situation reminds the one of 1945 post atomic Hiroshima.

Meanwhile, in the USA, the marines who took part in the battle are developing strange diseases.

What really happened in Fallujah?
Which weapons were used? White phosphorus? Depleted uranium?
Has a generation of Iraqis been sacrificed?

PLO/Hamas Detente?

Reports announced it. Previous efforts failed. We’ve been here, done that several several times before. Is this time different?

It remains to be seen. On April 23, Haaretz headlined “Palestinian factions prepare to implement reconciliation deal.”

Palestine

Mounib Al-Masri headed Abbas’ negotiating team. “There has been great progress, and we are near ready to sign a deal at 11AM” local time, he said.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahawiri issued a similar statement. A formal announcement followed. Maan News headlined “PLO/Hamas announce agreement to end political division,” saying:

“PLO and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties.”

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced “the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City…”

He said both sides worked as “one team.” They did so “to form one government, one political system and one national program.”

We’re “happy to declare the end of the period of inter-Palestinian division,” he added. All sides stressed the need to achieve results after repeated failures.

Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) secretary general Bassam al-Salili said agreement was reached on a “road map plan.”

It begins with establishing national unity. In six months or less, presidential and parliamentary elections will follow.

In April 2011, both sides met earlier. They did so in Cairo. They announced a draft reconciliation agreement.

Egypt’s MENA news agency confirmed “a complete understanding after talks on all the points, including the formation of a transitional government with a specific mandate and setting a date for elections.”

Hamas official Izzat Ar-Rishiq said differing issues between both sides were resolved.

Fatah’s delegation head, Azzam Al-Ahmad, confirmed it. Both sides agreed to a “government of independents,” he said.

They’ll be “tasked with preparing for presidential and legislative elections within a year.”

Palestinian groups welcomed the announcement. PLC deputy head Ahmad Bahar called it “historic.” Hamas said it broke new ground.

Reconciliation didn’t follow. Agreed on terms were ignored. A similar Doha 2012 agreement followed. Announced national unity governance wasn’t consummated.

Netanyahu reacted as expected. He demanded Abbas “choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas.”

“There cannot be peace with both because Hamas strives to destroy the state of Israel and says so openly,” he said.

“I think that the very idea of reconciliation shows the weakness of the Palestinian Authority and creates the prospect that Hamas could retake control of Judea and Samaria just like it took control of the Gaza Strip.”

More below on his reaction this time.

It bears repeating. Is this time different? There’s good reason for doubt based on past failures. Agreed on terms largely reflect what Cairo and Doha negotiators resolved.

Both sides agreed to reactivate the Palestinian Legislative Council. Some issues remain to be discussed. They include who’ll control Hamas’ security forces.

Ahead of general elections, Hamas agreed to temporary PLO leadership. It’ll represent all Palestinian groups. They include Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Talks will continue. Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said neither side accepts resuming so-called peace talks without clear guidelines. More on this below.

On April 23, Netanyahu cancelled Wednesday’s scheduled peace talks, saying:

“This evening, when talks are still underway to extend negotiations, (Abbas) has chosen Hamas over peace. Whoever chooses Hamas does not want peace.”

Netanyahu told John Kerry: “We view this move as a return to the familiar pattern of the Palestinians who run away every time they need to make decisions.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett rejected what he called a “unity government of terror,” adding:

“Hamas will continue to murder Jews and (Abbas) will continue to demand their release. Whoever thinks (he’s) a partner should think again.”

Defrocked/reinstated Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman echoed Netanyahu and Bennett, saying:

“The signing of an agreement for a Fatah-Hamas unity government means the end of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

Chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni lied saying reconciliation harms “the opportunity (for peace) that has just opened up.”

“In light of the new situation, Israeli must examine what this development means and reconsider its steps.”

Since talks began last July, nothing substantive was resolved. Both sides are as far apart as ever. Chances for peaceful conflict resolution are virtually NIL.

An unnamed senior US official said:

“We have been clear about the principles that must guide a Palestinian government in order for it to play a constructive role in achieving peace and building an independent Palestinian state.”

“Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the State of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties, including the Roadmap. President Abbas has been committed to these principles.”

“If a new Palestinian government is formed, we will assess it based on its adherence to the stipulations above, its policies and actions, and will determine any implications for our assistance based on US law.”

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the announcement “troubling.”

“It is hard to see how Israel will negotiate with a government that does not recognize its right to exist.”

“The Palestinian reconciliation deal raises concerns and could complicate the efforts to extend peace talks.”

“The ball is in the Palestinian court to answer questions about how government announcement affects peace talks.”

Abbas said unity with Hamas doesn’t affect peace talks. He stipulated terms for continuing them. He said for nine more months if negotiations include:

• borders discussed immediately for three months;

• a complete settlement construction freeze throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem; and

• release of 30 more agreed on pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners; 14 are Israeli citizens.

An unnamed senior Israeli official categorically refused. Settlement construction will continue, he said. Borders are separate from other core issues, he claimed.

They include diaspora Palestinians right to return, Jerusalem’s status, security and mutual recognition, he said.

“It is impossible to define borders before an agreement” on these and other issues, he added.

“At the same time, (Abbas) makes unfounded declarations of peace, (he’s) holding talks with Hamas – which is known to the whole world as a terror organization that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and the murder of Jews.”

False! Earlier, Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin pledged to end its struggle in return for Palestinian self-determination inside pre-1967 borders.

It represents 22% of historic Palestine. Israel flatly refuses. It wants all valued Judea and Samaria land annexed. It wants Jerusalem as its exclusive capital. It offers Palestinians virtually nothing in return.

Likud hardliner Ofir Akunis called Abbas “Arafat in disguise. Palestinian leadership…changed only in tone, not in content,” he said.

“Underneath the diplomatic sweet talk hides an extremist leadership whose face is not turned toward peace or an agreement, but toward endlessly extorting the release of murderers, concessions and retreats by Israel – as conditions just for the holding of negotiations.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said the PA “once again has exposed the true unity of purpose between Hamas terrorists and the Fatah leaders – the annihilation of the Jewish state.”

“One should not be surprised that those who refuse to even discuss recognition of the Jewish state in any borders whatsoever, and pays huge salaries to Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis and are doing time in Israeli jails, finally found his natural place in the warm embrace of the Hamas murderers.”

In July 2000, so-called “permanent status” talks were held. Clinton hosted Arafat and then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Media scoundrels lied. They called an offer designed to be refused a “generous (and) unprecedented” one.

Barak was hardline. He insisted Arafat agree, declare an “end of conflict,” and end any legal claim to land rightfully belonging to Palestinians.

No Israeli offer in writing was presented. No documents. No maps. Arafat had no choice. He rejected Barak’s duplicitous offer.

He became persona non grata. He was a marked man. He was targeted for elimination.

Israel lay siege to his compound. Most of it was destroyed. On November 4, 2004, he died in a Paris hospital.

Suspicions of foul play surfaced. Evidence showed he was poisoned. Polonium was used to kill him.

It’s around 109 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide. Its main hazard is radioactivity. It’s most lethal when ingested or inhaled. It’s hard to detect.

Israel bore full responsibility. Will Abbas be targeted the same way? Will Hamas leaders?

Rogue states operate this way. Targeted assassinations are longstanding Israeli policy. Rule of law principles are systematically violated.

Peace is a convenient illusion. Israel deplores it. So does Washington. Unconditional Palestinian surrender is demanded.

Will PLO/Hamas reconciliation matter if it’s consummated? Will Israeli tactics change?

It takes a giant leap of faith to think so. Palestinians remain on their own for justice.

Obama Threatens Russia and China

Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He’s a war criminal multiple times over. He threatens world peace.

Obama

On Wednesday, he arrived in Tokyo. It’s the first leg of his Asian tour. South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines follow.

He noticeably snubbed China. He reassured Tokyo saying relations with Beijing won’t come “at the expense of Japan or any other ally.”

At issue is advancing regional hegemony. It’s targeting Russia and China. Obama heightened US/Beijing tensions, saying:

“The policy of the United States is clear. The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.”

“(W)e oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.”

Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang responded saying:

Washington “should respect the facts, in a responsible manner abide by its commitment not to choose sides over a territorial sovereignty issue, be cautious on words and deeds and earnestly play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region.”

Much more than a territorial dispute is at stake. Regional tensions could erupt into something much more serious.

Washington wants Russia and China contained. It wants them isolated, weakened and co-opted.

It wants them transformed into US-controlled vassal states. Great conflicts begin this way.

Obama warned Russia. Sanctions are “teed up and ready to go,” he said.

“Assuming they do not follow through, we will follow through with what we said, which is that there will be additional consequences.”

Expect them “in days, not weeks,” he added. He lied saying Moscow isn’t “abiding by the spirit or letter” of Geneva four-party agreement terms.

“So far the evidence doesn’t make me hopeful,” he said. “We have been preparing for the prospect that we have to engage in further sanctions.”

They require “technical work” and coordination with other countries. “There are some things the United States can do alone but ultimately it’s going to have to be a joint effort, a collective effort.”

“The fact I haven’t announced them yet, doesn’t mean they aren’t” ready to be implemented.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki lied claiming menacing Russian hoards “mass(ed) on the border of a country they’ve just illegally occupied…”

“Were talking about illegally occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine where the legitimate government is taking steps to ensure there’s law and order, versus tens of thousands of troops in a threatening position on the border of the country,” she said.

Russia’s comments don’t suggest it plans implementing four-party Geneva agreement terms, she added.

New sanctions are expected to target high-level Kremlin officials as well as entities they oversea. Others on key Russian industries may follow depending on events as they unfold.

Putin responded to Obama’s threats. He did so from a St. Petersburg media forum. Sanctions “are absolutely not critical in nature, but you can’t of course say they are a good thing,” he said.

Russia isn’t planning to punish Visa and Mastercard, he added. “We are not envisioning any steps to punish the careless partners, but they have undermined their credibility, meaning they will definitely lose the market,” he said.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka commented on Russian sanctions, saying:

“The Czech government holds a skeptical position on the introduction of ‘broad-based’ sanctions because it would also hurt economic growth in Europe.”

Imposing them cuts both ways. Other EU countries expressed concerns. Washington bullies them to go along.

Eastern Ukrainian events aren’t encouraging. Kiev’s military attacked Donetsk region self-defense forces. A Donetsk People’s Republic spokesman said:

“An all-arms operation has been launched in Slovyansk. This means just one thing – a civil war.” Acting Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev warned residents to stay home.

He said local police and self-defense forces are ready to counter military attacks. “There will undoubtedly be resistance. We are restraining” Kiev forces.

“All roads are blocked. We are prepared for them if they break through.”

“The convoy of armored vehicles has yielded ground. The people’s police have got reinforcements from the city of Krasny Liman.”

“Volunteers – even unarmed – continue to arrive at the strategic post.” Reports suggested Ukrainian forces pulled back. They massed from a more distant point.

Police and self-defense forces swept a nearby forest area. They looked for Right Sector thugs and other hostile elements.

In response to crisis conditions, Russia ordered new military exercises. They’re planned for regions bordering Ukraine.

“We are compelled to react to (the) situation,” said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“From today, military exercises have started in regions bordering Ukraine involving battalions of tactical forces of the southern and western military districts.”

“The order to use force against civilians has already been given, and if this military machine is not stopped, the amount of casualties will only grow.”

“War games by NATO in Poland and the Baltic states are not helping the normalization of the situation. We are forced to react to the situation.”

Drills involve ground and air exercises, he added. They in response to 11,000 Ukrainian soldiers, 160 tanks, 230 armored vehicles, and at least 150 artillery pieces, he said.

They’re targeting their own people lawlessly. “National guard units and Right Sector extremists are fighting against the peaceful population, as well as a volunteer Donbass ‘anti-terrorist’ unit.”

“Also security and internal forces transferred to Lugansk and Donetsk from other areas of the country are suppressing dissent.”

Self-defense forces are way outnumbered and outgunned, Shoigu explained.

Ukrainian sabotage units were deployed near Russia’s border, he added. Things seem headed from bad to worse.

Lives of Russian nationals are threatened. Lavrov said they won’t be left unprotected. Targeting them is attacking the Russian Federation, he said.

US paratroops arrived in Poland. They’re the first ones in Eastern Europe since Ukrainian crisis conditions erupted.

They’re Vicenza-based 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team members. They arrived a day after the Pentagon announced plans to deploy 600 US forces to Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said they’re part of a series of rotational deployments. They’ll continue throughout 2014. Perhaps into 2015.

“Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has renewed our resolve to strengthening NATO’s defense plans and capabilities, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to collective defense in reinforcing our NATO allies in central and eastern Europe,” he said.

Deploying them isn’t symbolic, he added. “Any time you put troops on the ground and doing exercises, in this case for a month at a time, it’s more than symbology.”

“The kind of work that we’re going to be doing is real infantry training. And that’s not insignificant.”

Former Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski called it “a first step to change our security status.”

“We hope this is one of the many steps to enhance the security of Poland and central Europe,” he added.

“Fifteen years ago, when we joined NATO, it was a second-class, class B membership. It was a completely different geopolitical situation.”

“We expected Russia would, many of us hoped would, follow along with democratization. We know now we were living under an illusion.”

Irresponsible Russia bashing continues. Big Lies repeat with disturbing regularity. Media scoundrels regurgitate them.

Days earlier, The New York Times lied about so-called “mysteriously well-armed, professional” Eastern Ukrainian masked gunmen.

It cited fake administration photos. They bogusly identified them as “Russian military and intelligence forces.”

The Times was caught red-handed lying. It unsuccessfully tried buying the story. It did so well into a follow-up report.

Downplaying Big Lies doesn’t mitigate them. It wasn’t the first time its bogus reports were exposed. For sure it won’t be the last.

Daily Times Russia bashing continues. Shameless misinformation substitutes for legitimate journalism. Readers are consistently lied to. So-called fit to read news is garbage.

On April 23, The Times headlined “Eastern Europe Frets About NATO’s Ability to Curb Russia.”

So-called Russian threats don’t exist. Claiming otherwise turns truth on its head. So is saying “Moscow’s muscular intervention in neighboring Ukraine” threatens its neighbors.

Don’t expect Times correspondents, commentators or editors to explain. Wall Street Journal editors bash Russia relentlessly.

On April 24, they headlined “Putin and Navalny.” More on what they said below.

Putin challenges Obama’s imperial adventurism responsibly. Navalny is a convicted embezzler.

He masquerades as an anti-corruption crusader. He’s a Western darling. He’s a convenient stooge.

He’s no democrat. He’s ideologically over-the-top. He gets generous State Department funding.

Don’t expect Journal editors to explain. They lied claiming he was convicted on “trumped-up corruption charges.” He was caught red-handed.

He’s under house arrest. He awaits trial on other grand theft charges. He “warned for years that an authoritarian Putin would eventually become a threat to the West, but they were dismissed by Westerners who said it was none of our business,” said Journal editors.

“Now we can see who was right, as Mr. Putin carves up Ukraine, with more of Europe potentially on the menu.”

Truth is polar opposite duplicitous Journal editor claims.

Days earlier, they headlined “Putin’s Westward March: Revisionist powers are rising as Obama and Europe fail to respond.”

Putin “refuse(s) to withdraw his troops massed at the border. (He’s) ready to invade if he pleases…”

“All of this continues the pattern of Mr. Obama and Europe underestimating the Russian strongman.”

Fact: Russian hoards aren’t “ready to invade.”

Fact: Russian democracy under Putin shames America’s sham version.

Fact: Putin respects rule of law principles.

Fact: Obama consistently violates them.

Fact: Putin goes all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: Obama wages one war of aggression after another.

Journal editors reported other Big Lies. “Iran is attempting to (develop) nuclear weapons,” they claimed. Clear evidence shows otherwise.

China threatens its regional neighbors. It’s “pressing its territorial claims in the East and South China seas.”

It’s “pressing” what it considers its legitimate rights.

“Russia is marching west with a goal of reclaiming the influence and perhaps the territory it lost with the collapse of the Soviet Union.”

No evidence whatever suggests a revanchist Moscow agenda. Journal editors lied claiming Putin “march(es) on.”

He’s the one world leader above all others challenging Washington’s imperial rampaging responsibly. Sino/Russian cooperation has the best chance to contain it.

Kiev Wages Water Wars

Kiev putschists target Crimea. Dnieper River water was halted. North Crimean Canal sluices were closed. They run from the Khakhovka Reservoir to Kersh.

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On April 24, The Moscow Times headlined “Water War With Ukraine to Devastate Crimean Harvest,” saying:

It’ll “cost Crimean farmers up to 5 billion rubles ($140 million), according to Russia’s Agricultural Ministry.”

Ag Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said crops “will be partially or fully lost across 120,000 hectares of farmland…” Rice production is hit hardest.

Moscow will partly compensate for losses. Southern Ukrainian Dnieper River water provides over 80% of Crimean water.

It has few readily available internal sources. Earlier in April, Kiev cut water flows from 90 cubic meters per second to seven cubic meters.

It’s the “lowest technically feasible volume,” said The Moscow Times. Kiev’s decision to do so didn’t wash.

It reacted to Russian reunification. It’s inflicting punishment in response. How effectively for how long remains to be seen.

More on this below.  According to Fyodorov:

“We are going to lose the irrigated crops this year. Maybe not 100 percent, but the greater part.”

Half of 120 affected hectares are in vineyards. Another 30,000 produce rice.

It’ll take time to compensate for what’s lost, said Fydorov. Various options are being considered.

They include supplying Crimean water by pipeline from Southern Russia’s Kurban region across the Kerch Strait.

In 2012, Crimea’s agricultural output totaled $4.3 billion. It’s about 10% of the peninsula’s economy.

Harvest losses this year could affect over 30% of Crimea’s agricultural sector.

Total Crimean agricultural land totals over 1,800 hectares. Most is arable.

It’s in Dzhankoy, Pervomayskoe, Krasnogvardeyskoe, Saki, Simferopol and Kirovskoe regions.

Temperate and subtropical zone crops are grown. They include grapes, apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, cherries, aromatic plants, rapeseed and rice.

High quality wines, brandy and fruit juices are produced. Average annual production is around 120,000 tons of grapes and 14 – 16 million wine materials.

Exports to dozens of countries follow. Livestock production includes poultry, sheep, pigs and cattle.

Azov-Black Sea basin and inner basin fish breeding is growing. Milling produces around 280,000 tons of grain annually.

Around 101,000 tons of bakery products are produced each year. So are 18,000 tons of noodles and 75 tons of macaroni.

Canned fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, butter, other dairy products, beer and soft drinks are produced.

On April 26, Voice of Russia headlined “Crimean authorities say they have fallback water supply plan, not dependent on Kiev.”

Plenty of regional fresh water around, said Prime Minister Sergei Aksyanov. “Crimea will not be left without water.” Drinking water not affected.

“We have fallback plans.” There are no problems with fresh water. Land is being redrawn in likely most affected areas.

“Agricultural producers will receive compensations for losses.” No one will be left high and dry.

“We are also considering an alternative plan for drilling wells, and we are working on this day and night,” Aksyanov explained.

Kiev putschists “act like enemies trying to cause their former fellow citizens harm.”

“But they will get a proper assessment from the people of Crimea and will always be persona non-grata in the republic. Usually, those who mischief hatch, mischief catch.”

Kiev blocking plans circulated on April 18. At first, Ukraine’s Government Agency for Water Resources denied them.

Earlier, Crimean Standing Commission of the State (economic/fiscal/investment policies) Council chairman Vitaly Nahlupin said advance payment was offered.

Kiev “sabotaged” talks. Only about 5% of water needed comes through North Crimean Canal sluices. Other amounts were halted.

Expect Kiev’s policy to be a temporary setback. Reunification with Russia promises far greater benefits than remaining in Ukraine.

Separately, Lavrov called for ending Kiev’s Eastern Ukrainian offensive. He wants Right Sector killings halted.

He raised “the issue of political prisoners and urged the United States to use its influence for the release of protest movement leader arrested in southeastern Ukraine.”

According to Moscow’s Foreign Ministry:

“The attention of the Secretary of State has been drawn to the proposals of the Party of Regions and public movements of the southeast regarding the beginning of all-Ukraine national dialog and constitutional reform.”

“Kerry assured that Washington will aspire to use its capabilities to encourage the Kiev authorities for certain steps to decrease tension and expressed hope that the southeastern regions will respond to these steps.”

“The parties have also discussed the measures being taken to resolve the situation with the detention of military monitors of European countries, who arrived to Ukraine upon the invitations of the Kiev authorities in the framework of procedures stipulated in the Vienna document of 2011 on measures to enhance trust and security and who went to the southeast without appropriate notification of public structures controlling the situation on sites.”

On April 25, Eastern Ukrainian self-defense forces blocked a bus. Pro-Kiev intelligence operatives were aboard. So were OSCE monitors.

According to spokesman Yevgeny Gorbik:

OSCE representatives “denied any relation” to others traveling with them. They had “cryptograms and notebooks with secret notes.”

“A Bulgarian officer had a notebook with notes in Russian which confirm his intelligence activities and speak of a meeting with agents.”

“No charges have been brought against them so far. But they’ve ended up in a company that calls into question the legitimacy of their activities.”

“The investigation is underway to find out what they were doing and where.”

Eastern Ukrainian areas remain targeted. Putschists want all opposition eliminated. Military operations are underway to achieve it. The battle for Ukraine’s soul continues.

More Lawless US Sanctions on Russia

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“The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia’s continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine’s democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

“Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis.”

“Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable.”

“Consequently, today the United States is imposing targeted sanctions on a number of Russian individuals and entities and restricting licenses for certain US exports to Russia.”

“The Department of the Treasury is imposing sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin’s inner circle, who will be subject to an asset freeze and a US visa ban, and 17 companies linked to Putin’s inner circle, which will be subject to an asset freeze.”

“In addition, the Department of Commerce has imposed additional restrictions on 13 of those companies by imposing a license requirement with a presumption of denial for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of US-origin items to the companies.”

“Further, today the Departments of Commerce and State have announced a tightened policy to deny export license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities.”

“Those Departments also will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions.”

Fact: Sanctions on Russia have no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: They’re political.

Fact: They have no legal standing.

Fact: They expose Washington’s dark side.

Fact: Hegemons operate this way.

Fact: Washington exceeds the worst in world history.

Fact: It risks East/West confrontation.

Fact: It risks possible WW III.

Fact: It threatens humanity’s survival.

On March 20, Obama’s Executive Order Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine authorized Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to target Russian officials and economic interests lawlessly.

Expect harsher measures to follow. Expect heightened tensions to escalate.

Moscow promised an appropriate response. Sanctions cut both ways. Russia can hurt America numerous ways.

Bilateral ruble/renminbi trade weakens dollar strength. It’s a pillar of America’s geopolitical/military might. It furthers US supremacy. It does so at the expense of other nations.

It finances America’s global military machine. It advances US imperialism. It benefits financial speculation.

It facilitates corporate takeovers. It does so at the expense of beneficial social change, human and civil rights. It denies democratic values.

Global central banks recycle dollar inflows. They do so into US Treasuries. They finance America’s deficit. It matters with QE diminishing. Perhaps ending.

Petroruble/petrorenminbi trade weakens petrodollar strength. Imagine other nations going the same route.

Imagine petrodollar might becoming a shadow of its former self. Imagine destructive US policies waning.

Imagine mighty America going the way of all previous empires. It’s not a matter of if. It’s when. It’s by what means. Sooner or later it’s coming. It can’t happen a moment too soon.

Itar Tass responded to Obama’s arrogance, saying:

“The United States announced new sanctions against Russia in relation to the events in Ukraine.”

“The US Department of treasury said that the list includes presidential envoy to the Crimean region Oleg Belaventsev, CEO of Rostech Sergei Chemezov, Deputy prime-minister Dmitry Kozak, Federal Guard Service Eugene Murov, Chairman of the State Duma lower house committee for international affairs Alexei Pushkov, head of Rosheft Igor Sechin, the first deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin.”

Earlier US sanctions targeted other Russian officials. Doing so reflects imperial arrogance.

Washington “suspended cooperation with Russia in the field of combating drug trafficking and in the space industry (except for the International Space Station project), and introduced restrictions for supplying military and double-purpose products to Russia,” said Itar Tass.

EU countries “blacklist(ed) another 15 people.” EU Council members targeted “those responsible for the lack of reduction of tension in the east of Ukraine.”

EU states blacklisted 48 Russian officials to date. They’re banned from EU travel until November. Their Western bank accounts, if any, are frozen.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov “strongly condemn(ed) the announced set of measures aimed at trying to put pressure on Russia by means of sanctions.”

“Unilateral exterritorial sanctions are illegitimate in nature,” he said.

“Not only do they not conform to the norms of civilised interstate communication and the practice of international relations, but they also run counter to international law.”

“By making this decision, the United States was guided by absolutely distorted and unfounded perceptions regarding the events in Ukraine and around it.”

“Washington is pouring oil on the flames but has done nothing, has not taken even one step to bring its proteges in Kiev to their senses.”

“The new attempt at diktat and ultimatum undertaken by America against us will add no chance for a constructive resolution of the problems.”

“The demands the protesters are putting forth in the eastern regions of Ukraine are absolutely legitimate.”

“Instead of exerting pressure and making attempts to impose certain solutions, the United States should get preoccupied with more intensive and substantive work with its clients in Kiev in order to normalise the situation.”

“We will respond, although it is not our choice. (W)e can’t leave this situation without reaction, without practical reaction, without reaction by means of our own decision. US behavior in the field is becoming provocative.”

Putin aide Andrei Belousov said sanctions imposed “are insignificant. There may be some short-lived effects, but they are unlikely to have any serious annual impact.”

On Monday, Putin said Western sanctions advantage Russia in some ways. Domestic business is bolstered.

Offshore funds came home. Policymakers are establishing a domestic payment system.

Last week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said sanctions make Russia stronger.

“Thanks to Western sanctions, Russia has been given the incentive to reduce its dependence on outside and instead regional economies are being more self-sufficient.”

Restricting Russian Western exports redirects them to Asia. They’re sold elsewhere. Expect Sino/Russian ties to become stronger than ever.

Perhaps other significant trading partners will join them. Perhaps Washington and rogue EU partners shot themselves in the foot.

It remains to be seen what follows. Perhaps more sanctions. Perhaps Russia retaliating in kind. Perhaps escalating tensions further.

Perhaps the worst of all possible outcomes. Stay tuned for further updates.

Islam – One Teenager’s Journey to Faith

Kyle1.jpgLeft, Kyle Williamson, 17, lives in Kingston Jamaica

Divide & Conquer: The Illuminati bankers foster hostility between Muslims and Christians.
They demolished the World Trade Center and blamed Muslims.
Both these religions should be measured by the positive effect they have
on their adherent’s lives. Judging by Kyle Williamson, Islam as well as Christianity
saves lives in a world saturated with satanic cues.

I endorse this comment from Asim: “It would be good if Christians and Muslims came together as one united front rather than continue bickering over differences. Only then will we be able to defeat the Illuminati apparatus a lot sooner!!!!!”

In today’s world. I find the need for a good religion becoming increasingly important.

At age 13, after growing up in several Christian denominations, I became disillusioned with the Christianity that my parents had brought me up in and with religion in general.

Mostly due to fact that I increasingly saw science and religion as opposing forces, and in my thirst for evidence and answers science was clearly winning.

Born in the 1990s, I am a part of the cookie cutter MTV generation. From a young age my generation was fed with doses of Marxism and sexually charged subliminal messages (though it was not nearly as bad as it today).

As a socially awkward and introverted young child (mostly due to the fact that I grew up without my father) during elementary school, I missed out on many of the trends that we as children were supposed to follow, music in particular. Due to the influence of my stepfather I became hooked on rock music, particular alternative soft-core bands, and I never gained any interest in rap and hip hop, I am grateful for this because the probably helped me to break through the Illuminati programming as a teen.

As I entered adolescence and a co-ed high school, I immediately began to notice that I was very different very the majority of my peers, enamored by TV shows and movies such as  Jersey Shore and Twilight, and fans of musical artists such a Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga.

I felt very out of touch with my peers, and In an effort fit in, I began to emulate their lifestyles, I started partying, watched reality TV, and listened to rap and hip hop. I even got involved with a girl all at the age of 14. Fast forward a couple months and reality hit me. The girl broke up with me claiming boredom; my friends started to get drunk and have sexual intercourse, things which I was never felt comfortable with. I slowly began to realize that this was not me; this was not the lifestyle I wanted to pursue.

EPIPHANY

In the winter of 2012 I had an epiphany and shed my agnosticism as I began to see intelligent design all around me.

“There is a God” I thought to myself; therefore he must want us to follow a religion.

So I began to search for a religion. I began to read about Islam, the third Abrahamic faith that we know so little about and saw that Islam was in many ways the solution to the NWO.

Submission to the will of God is in stark contrast to Crowley’s “do what thou wilt”. Islam offers a clear guideline of how a family should be. How men should be fathers, protectors, providers and loving to their wives as well how women should be mothers, caregivers, homemakers and primary educators of the children during early development (NO TV).

There was one particular documentary called “The Divine Book” that really hit the nail on the head for me.

It explained the history of revelation from God, and the underlying message between all the Abrahamic faiths and gave plenty of scientifically miraculous verses from the Quran, pointing to its divine nature.

My interest was piqued, and I decided to give this faith a try. I turned by back on the church because I did not feel it answered the questions I had as a young adult.

Islam was something new and refreshing. I took my shahadah (testimony of faith) at a mosque in Kingston in July 2013, two days before the start of Ramadan, assisted by my friend from India.  I embraced what I believed to be the religion of Abraham (peace be upon him). I immediately began to fast as I undertook the second of Islam’s five pillars.

A week into my fast, I began to understand the purpose and wisdom behind virtually starving myself. I was beginning to feel a spiritual connection with all the poor and destitute people around the world. It was a humbling experience, and it brought me down to earth and reminded me of what it meant to be human.

PILLARS OF ISLAM

I learned the third pillar of Islam, Salah (literally meaning connection, in this case to God.)   As I learned how to pray I marveled at the chasm of difference between prayers in Islam and Christianity. For me personally Islamic Prayer was more meaningful, sincere and heartfelt. Because it is a constant activity it tempers your day and keeps your mind focused on God. Five times a day we turn towards the holy city of Mecca and prostrate, a sign of ultimate submission to the almighty. There is no better feeling than praying in congregation with other Muslims at a mosque.

The fourth pillar of Islam, Zakaat intrigued me the most. Staunchly conservative in my early teenage years, the religious obligation of paying a tithe of 2.5% of one’s wealth annually opened my eyes with regards to the distribution of wealth. I realize now that the wealth we have does not belong to us, it is all a trust from God, the money we earn and spend throughout our lives is really just a test of our stewardship. I have become a much more charitable person since my conversion, always looking to help those less fortunate than myself.

The fifth pillar of Islam, “Hajj” is the one I most look forward too. The documented experiences and testimonies of the millions who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca only serves to affirm my beliefs that these rituals, performed by men and women of all races, from all walks of life changes people for the better. You become a more tolerant and understanding person. I plan to make the pilgrimage myself once I graduate from university and muster enough cash, as the Saudi regime has made this religious obligation of ours into a racket.

I would recommend any teen to embrace Islam as a way of life, especially considering the way the world is today.

Remember the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and as the Quran puts it “Show forgiveness, speak for justice, and avoid the ignorant.”- Surah 7 verse 199.

Islam is nothing less than the religion from God, once probably understood and implemented. All the prophets preached the same message that is there is only one God and that we are to worship him.

I have made many new friends as a result of my new faith, and I have much deeper understanding of global events particularly those surrounding the Middle East. I invite all to learn more about and maybe embrace this beautiful way of life.

Business as Usual: Israeli Hypocrisy

On Sunday, April 27, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on U.S. television, denouncing progress made in reconciliation talks between Fatah, which ostensibly controls the West Bank, and Hamas, the democratically-elected government in the Gaza Strip.

According to CNN: “Netanyahu said he and Secretary of State John Kerry recently applauded that some progress was being made toward a peace agreement. ‘And then the next day, we were both shocked,  there’s no other word, we were absolutely stupefied that President Abbas embraced the terrorist organization Hamas that seeks Israel’s destruction,’ he said on ‘Face the Nation.’”

We will ignore for the moment the idea that the Prime Minister of Israel feels free to speak for the U.S. Secretary of State; when the puppet master pulls the strings, anything can happen.

 

Rather, we will focus on Mr. Netanyahu’s apparent horror and repugnance at the idea that the governing body of one nation, or part of a nation, seeks the destruction of another.

Israel plays lip service to the U.S.’s ineffectual and disingenuous attempts to achieve a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel, despite the fact that Israel continually, even during talks about said solution, destroys Palestinian homes, farms and villages, to create Israeli-only settlements. The borders of Palestine have shrunk to almost nothing since the establishment of the nation of Israel, which resulted from the violent eviction of over three quarters of a million Palestinians during the period of 1947 – 1948. Those genocidal practices have continued now for nearly seven decades.

Mr. Netanyahu refuses to deal with anyone who wishes the destruction of Israel, yet he is actively pursuing the complete annihilation of Palestine. This murderous pursuit, in violation of numerous international laws, is financed almost fully by the United States.

A comparison of financial aid to Palestine and Israel by the U.S. shows the complete dishonesty of the latter two countries.

Since the mid-1990s, according to the Congressional Research Report, ‘U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians’, dated September 30, 2013, the U.S. has committed (note: the report does not say ‘sent’) $5 billion dollars to Palestine. That, of course, sounds like a great deal of money, but that sum must be put into context. Since 1987, the U.S. has sent over $3 billion dollars to Israel, every year. So if we assume that ‘the mid-1990s’ means 1995, Palestine was scheduled to receive an average of $158 million each year, or about $433,000 a day. Israel, receiving $3 billion a year, averages about $9 million a day, most of it in military aid. During fiscal year 2013, while the U.S. was busy giving Israel its nearly $9 million dollars a day in military aid, the sum given to Palestine for military aid was $0.

As a result of this generous largess by the U.S., Israel has the most sophisticated weapons of offense and defense that exist in the world today. Palestinians, on the other hand, are occasionally able to cobble together sufficient supplies to make a few bottle rockets.

At least partly because of this unspeakable inequality by the U.S, since 2000, 1,109 Israelis have been killed in conflicts with Palestinians, yet 6,862 Palestinians have been killed. Among the population of children, 129 Israeli children have died, and at least 1,523 Palestinian children have been killed by Israel. In that time period, 8550 Israelis have been injured. This is compared to 54,761 Palestinians injured in that same time. Palestine currently detains no Israelis, yet 5,224 Palestinians are incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Going back further, since 1967, at least 27,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed by Israel. No Israeli homes have been destroyed by Palestine.

So Mr. Netanyahu’s ‘shock’ that Fatah and Hamas are in reconciliation talks, and that he can’t possibly deal with an organization that seeks Israel’s destruction, is a bit difficult to swallow. But this is typical for the Israeli Prime Minister and, by extension, the U.S. Both countries talk about negotiations with Palestine, when Israel, with the U.S.’s blessing, can take whatever it wants from Palestine with impunity. They discuss the need for Palestine to respect the sovereignty of Israel’s borders, but are content to allow Israel to violate Palestine’s borders on a constant basis. They decry the occasional bottle rocket launched from the Gaza Strip that reaches Israel, but then allow and support the carpet-bombing of Gaza. They condemn any resistance by the occupied against the occupier, but perpetrate horrific acts of terrorism by Israel against the Palestinians.

And now, to ‘reward’ Palestine for attempting to reconcile its government, the U.S. is threatening to cut off the paltry sum it currently sends that beleaguered nation. So the annual aid, now proposed at $400 million (although Israel’s displeasure with anything Palestine does is sufficient to cause all or part of that to be withheld), what Israel receives from the U.S. in about 50 days, is now in jeopardy. In order to prevent this loss, a unified Palestinian government must renounce violence and recognize Israel.

Where, one might ask, is the demand that Israel renounce violence and recognize Palestine? Where is the threat that any part of the billions of dollars the U.S. sends Israel every year will be withheld until that nation does so? Why, one asks, is ineffectual resistance to brutal occupation considered terrorism, yet the occupation itself, which takes a horrific toll on all Palestinians on a daily basis, considered acceptable?

It has long been known that the U.S. government, the so-called elected representatives of the people, has been bought by the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Can there be any other reason that unspeakable human rights abuses are not only allowed, but actually funded, by the U.S. government? In the U.S., government officials pay homage to the lobbyists, and the lobbyists with the deepest pockets get the most reverence. And few of the U.S.’s representatives will bite the hand that so generously feeds them.

There are only two things that can ease the burdens of the Palestinians, and give them hope for an independent nation of their own. The first is the recognition by the global community of Israel’s apartheid practices, and the resolution to do something to end them. The second is a lobby group in the U.S. that is larger and more powerful than AIPAC to come into existence. This does not appear to be on the horizon. The former option appears to be making progress, however; the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement is ever-growing and is gaining international support. Palestine has a greater presence in the United Nations than ever before, and is recognized by 132 U.N. members, about 68% of that world body (Israel is recognized by 160 countries, about 83%), and that number is slowly growing. Mr. Netanyahu may not like it, and may deny it, but world opinion is moving away from him and Israel and their lies. And that can’t happen soon enough for Palestine.

Russia Bashing Escalates

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Russia alone goes all-out to resolve them responsibly. It doesn’t matter. Propaganda wars rage.

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Brazen lies repeat. Lawless sanctions were imposed. New ones followed. On Sunday, Obama’s deputy national security advisor Tony Blinkin said:

“We’re going to save a little news for Monday but what I can tell you is this. We will be looking to designate people who are in (Putin’s) inner circle, who have a significant impact on the Russian economy.”

“Starting this week, in co-ordination with our allies and partners, we’ll be exerting additional pressure on people closest to Putin, the companies they control, the defense industry, all of this.”

“We’ll be looking to designate companies that they and other inner circle people control. We’ll be looking at taking steps, as well, with regard to high-technology exports to their defense industry.”

“All of this together is going to have an impact.”

Obama lied claiming “strong evidence that (Moscow) encourag(ed) the activities in Eastern and Southern Ukraine.”

“The goal here is not to go after Mr. Putin personally. The goal is to change his calculus with respect to how the current actions that he’s engaging in could have an adverse impact on the Russian economy over the long haul.”

“We’re going to be in a stronger position to deter Putin when he sees that the world is unified and the United States and Europe is unified rather than this is just a US-Russian conflict.”

World unity doesn’t exist. Washington bullies other nations to acquiesce. EU ones harm their own self-interest complying.

Days earlier, coup-appointed putschist prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk lied claiming Russia wants to “start world war three.” He said it’s doing it by occupying Ukraine “militarily and politically.”

“Attempts at military conflict in Ukraine will lead to military conflict in Europe,” he added.

“It is clear that Russia’s goal is to wreck the election in Ukraine, remove the pro-Western and pro-Ukrainian government and occupy Ukraine politically and militarily,” he claimed.

“Russia’s support for terrorists and bandits who torture peaceful citizens is an international crime.”

“If the United States, the European Union and the entire international community continues to be united and act together to compel Russia to fulfill its obligations, then we will maintain the peace, stability and international security system that Russia wants to destroy.”

Fact: Sanctioning Russia has no legitimacy. Doing so is political. No legal authority exists.

Fact: Washington wants challengers to its global dominance eliminated. It wants pro-Western puppet regimes replacing them.

Fact: It bears repeating. Washington threatens, pressures and bullies other nations into compliance. Hegemons operate this way.

Washington exceeds the worst of previous ones. It threatens humanity’s survival.

Fact: Russia goes all-out to resolve Ukrainian crisis conditions responsibly. Washington bears full responsibility for escalating things.

Fact: Washington orchestrated democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster.

Fact: It elevated xenophobic, ultranationalist, anti-Semitic, hate-mongering fascist extremists to power. They have no legitimacy whatever. They represent mob rule.

Fact: Yatsenyuk is a convenient US stooge. Blaming Russia for Kiev crimes doesn’t wash.

Fact: Washington is humanity’s greatest threat. Lunatics influence policy. Ukraine is ground zero. Challenging Russia risks possible WW III. Great conflicts start this way.

Freedom House calls itself “an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world.”

It deplores what it claims to support. It gets State Department and other US agency funding. It serves Washington’s dark side. It furthers its imperial agenda.

David Kramer is executive director. He’s hardcore neocon. He’s a former Project for the New American Century (PNAC) senior fellow. He held various Bush administration positions.

He’s a Russian specialist. He’s an Obama task force member. It recommends Russian officials, business leaders and corporations to target.

“While imposing sanctions together with the EU would be nice, the US simply has to lead and not waste more time trying to present a united approach,” he said.

“It’s easier for us to do so than it is for the Europeans, and they will follow, as long as we lead.”

China rejects US/EU sanctions. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Beijing “consistently opposed threatening or imposing sanctions.”

“We believe that sanctions are not conducive to an issue’s resolution, and may worsen tensions.”

“We call on all sides to keep using dialogue and negotiation to appropriately resolve disagreements, to push for a political resolution to the Ukraine crisis. Sanctions are not in any party’s interests.”

Aleksey Pushkov heads Russia’s lower house State Duma foreign affairs committee. He’s a Moscow State Institute of International Relations professor.

“For the United States, Russia is an enemy and China is a potential enemy. But the confrontation course with both major powers is a strategic mistake,” he said.

Obama’s policy shows “the depth of his despair over (Moscow’s) growing international” influence.

Separately, peaceful Kharkov weekend rallies became violent. Right Sector thugs attacked anti-Kiev protesters.

Over a dozen people were injured. So were two police officers. Local TV channels aired masked thugs beating activists.

They used bats and sticks. Cars were vandalized. Beatings were random. Anti-Kiev activists plan a massive May 1 demonstration.

They demand local autonomy. They chanted “No to bloody Kiev junta!”

At 11:30AM local time Monday, Kharkov Mayor Gennady Kerness was shot in the back while jogging.

He’s seriously wounded. He may not survive. Interfax reported police investigators “working at the scene. The fact of the event has been entered in the single register of pre-trial investigations,” it said.

“(E)fforts are under way to investigate all circumstances of this incident.”

At the same time, police detained 15 local residents. They had masks, sticks and Molotov cocktails.

Slavyansk self-defense forces seized six Right Sector gunmen. They’re being questioned.

Other self-defense forces were attacked en route to Kramatorsk’s airport. Their spokesman said:

“We have obtained information that armed foreigners, mainly from the NATO countries, will be landing at the Kramatorsk airport, and sent our mobile group to check this information.”

“We came under fire and had to retreat. However, none of our fighters were injured.”

Journal Dmitry Timchuk coordinates anti-Kiev information resistance.

“The night went calmly,” he said. “The only exception was the shots fired in the direction of our troops in the area of the Kramatorsk aerodrome.”

“In the morning, law enforcement agencies came under fire here again.”

On Sunday, pro-Russian activists seized a Donetsk TV station. They want blocked Russian channels reinstated. Technical work is underway to do it.

They plan Donetsk People’s Republic television. They want Russian programming aired.

Channel 27 was removed. Russia 24 replaced it. According to station CEO Oleg Dzholos:

“There were many demands. First – switch off Ukrainian channels. I explained that we are Donetsk state TV and radio station and from our central control room, there is only our signal.”

“There were experts and they understood me. The following demand was – not a demand, an ultimatum – to switch on, if I am not mistaken, Russia-24 TV channel.”

Protesters brought satellite antennas and other equipment. Guards protected them.

In March, putschists blocked at least five Russian channels. They included Vesti, Russia-24, Channel One international broadcasts, RTR ‘Pleneta,’ and NTV World.

At the time an OSCE statement called doing so “repressive.” It’s “censorship,” it added.

The battle for Ukraine’s soul just began. It continues. It threatens to escalate out-of-control. At risk is potential East/West confrontation. All bets are off if it happens.

A Final Comment

Russia bashing propaganda remains intense. Anti-Russian Professor Keith Darden got feature New York Times op-ed space.

He headlined “The War on Truth in Ukraine.” He lied claiming “Russian television made Slovyansk look like Guernica.”

He cited Washington blaming Russia for crisis conditions beyond “a shadow of a doubt.” He ignored clear evidence implicating putschists in Maidan killings.

He nonsensically called it “hard to pinpoint when (things) began.” He equivocated on calling what happened a coup. He suggested sham May elections will be legitimate.

He said Russia may intervene “at the point of its own guns.” He omitted what readers most need to know.

Washington installed putschists run things. They militant fascist thugs. They have no legitimacy whatever. Darden didn’t explain.

Neocon Washington Post editors headlined “In Mr. Putin’s Russia, the lights of liberty are flickering,” saying:

“As Mr. Putin works to undermine Ukraine, he also is smothering what remains of the independent Internet-based news media and social media amid signs that discredited old Soviet tactics such as travel restrictions are coming back.”

“The spark of free expression” is fading, they claimed. They praised Boris Yeltzin. He “g(ave) rise to a society freer than any in Russian history.”

They ignored his dark side. He instituted Western-style shock therapy. He bled Russia dry.

He handed its wealth to kleptocratic oligarchs. He committed economic genocide.

He impoverished millions. He hung them out to dry. He let corruption and criminality flourish.

Grand theft became sport. Billions in stolen wealth were hidden in Western banks or offshore tax havens.

He surrounded himself with like-minded apparachiks. He used his presidency for unchallenged political power. He implemented policies behind closed doors.

Democracy was fantasy. Ordinary people had no say. Former Nezavisimaia Gazeta editor-in-chief Vitali Tret’iakov said earlier:

“(F)or the greater part of his presidency, Yeltsin slept, drank, was ill, relaxed, didn’t show his face before the people and simply did nothing.”

“Despised by the majority of (Russians, he’ll) go down in history as the first president of Russia, having corrupted (the country) to the breaking point, not by his virtues and or by his defects, but rather by his dullness, primitiveness, and unbridled power lust of a hooligan.”

He represented “free market” gangsterism. He was a Western darling. His human wreckage was ignored. WaPo editors turned a blind eye.

They bashed Putin irresponsibly for “working overtime to dismantle (his) legacy…(T)herein lies a second tragedy of the Ukraine coercion,” they claimed.

They lied saying “(t)he rollback of democracy in Russia is not a new story. It began under Mr. Putin more than a decade ago.”

Russian democracy shames America’s fantasy version. WaPo editors didn’t explain.

Wall Street Journal editors headlined “The Russia Problem,” saying:

Western countries “need…rethinking (on) how to handle a revanchist Russia.”

“…Mr. Putin grabbed Crimea…(H)is special forces are now fueling unrest in eastern Ukraine.”

Russia “is an authoritarian regime bent on rewriting the rules of post-Cold War Europe.”

“Lacking democratic legitimacy, (it) must employ an increasingly virulent nationalism and foreign conquest to maintain power.”

“…(I)f unchecked (it) will continue beyond Ukraine.”

Fact: Putin “grabbed” nothing.

Fact: Eastern Ukrainians act entirely on their own volition. No evidence suggests Russian involvement. Plenty indicts America overwhelmingly nationwide.

Fact: No Russian revanchism exists.

Fact: Putin respects national sovereignty and rule of law principles. He champions responsible polar-world policies.

Fact: Washington’s hegemonic ambitions threatens humanity.

Fact: Foreign conquest is official US policy.

Fact: It bears repeating. Russian democracy shames America’s sham version.

“The West…needs to act with more unity and conviction,” said Journal editors. They want tougher anti-Russian policies.

They want more NATO involvement. They called Putin “a growing threat to Europe’s peace and stability.”

They barely stopped short of urging war. They substituted irresponsible hate-mongering rubbish for legitimate opinion. It’s longstanding editorial policy.

Israeli Independence Produced Nakba Suffering

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) commemorates Israel’s May 1948 Declaration of Independence.

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It’s celebrated annually on 5th of Iyar. It’s according to the Hebrew calendar. It’s preceded by Yom Hazikaron. It remembers fallen Israeli soldiers. It’s Israel’s Memorial Day.

Palestinians have reason to mourn. Edward Said explained Palestine’s “holocaust,” saying:

“Every human calamity is different, but there is value in seeing analogies and perhaps hidden similarities.”

He called Nazi extermination “the lowest point of (Jewish) collective existence.”

Palestinians today “are as powerless as Jews were” under Hitler,, he explained. They’re devastated by “power used for evil purposes.”

Ilan Pappe discussed Palestine’s ethnic cleansing. He explained war without mercy.

He did so in exhaustive detail. He obtained previously suppressed documents. He explained what everyone needs to know. More on what he said below.

On May 6, Haaretz headlined “Israel celebrates 66 years of independence,” saying:

“Israelis across the country flocked to public parks and hiking trails on Tuesday to celebrate Independence Day with barbaques and other leisure activities.”

“Earlier Tuesday, (unindicted war criminal) President Shimon Peres kicked off the day with the annual sing-along at (his) President’s Residence in Jerusalem.”

Palestinians didn’t join in. They’re not singing-along. They’ve got no reason to celebrate. Awards Peres gave IDF recipients came at their expense.

Festivities began Monday night. Things did so with pomp, flair and bombast. They kicked off the official Independence Day ceremony.

They included a torch-lighting ceremony. For the first time, all torch-lighters were women.

Peres called on Israelis to “be proud, but never satisfied.” He stopped short of explaining how much more Palestinian land he covets.

He stole plenty earlier as prime minister. He did through other ministerial posts.

“I remember (Israel’s) first days and the dream we had,” he said. “I have to admit that the dream was too small when I see the reality that was born out of it.”

Other festivities included displaying Israeli military might. The IDF opened some of its bases to visitors. Menacing warplanes overflew.

Israeli recounting of events preceding and following its independence twists truth. It reinvents history doing so.

Its war was well-planned. Palestinians never had a chance. In early March 1948, future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion met with leading Zionists and military officers.

They finalized war plans. It was called Plan D (Dalet in Hebrew). It followed Plans A, B and C.

It bears repeating. It was war without mercy. It reflected Ben-Gurion’s earlier plan. “I am for compulsory transfer,” he said.

“I do not see anything immoral about it,” he claimed. Hundreds of thousands of displaced or murdered Palestinians were considered a small price to pay.

Things unfolded as planned. Independence took six months to achieve.

Arab armies were no match for Israeli strength. False narratives claimed otherwise. Invaders were outmanned and outgunned.

According to Pappe, systematic terror followed. About 800,000 Palestinians were expelled. Doing so reflected genocidal ethnic cleansing.

Hundreds of Arab villages were depopulated. So were 11 urban cities. They included large parts of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Haifa.

Many thousands of innocent victims were massacred. Mass rapes and other atrocities were committed.

Palestinian homes, property and belongings were bulldozed, demolished, and/or burned.

Palestinians wanting to return couldn’t. They were systematically prevented from doing so.

Horrific Israeli crimes were committed. They matched what convicted Nazis were hanged for at Nuremberg.

They included cold-blooded mass murder. Survivors remember Deir Yassin. Other Palestinian villages were targeted the same way. Wholesale slaughter followed. So did mass displacement.

On April 9, 1948, things began. Israeli soldiers entered Deir Yassin. They did so violently. They machine-gunned houses randomly. Many inside were slaughtered.

Remaining villagers were assembled. They were murdered in cold blood. Children and infants weren’t spared. They were treated like adults.

Elderly and infirm victims got no mercy. Women were raped before being killed. Estimates place the death toll at around 120.

An eyewitness said:

“I was (there) when the Jews attacked. (They) closed on the village amid exchanges of fire with us.”

“Once they entered the village, fighting became very heavy in the eastern side and later it spread to other parts, to the quarry, to the village center until it reached the western edge.”

“The Jews used all sorts of automatic weapons, tanks, missiles, cannons. They enter(ed) houses and kill(ed) women and children indiscriminately. The (village) youths…fought bravely.”

Ensuing fighting killed dozens more. Many other villages were attacked the same way. Ethnic cleansing involved mass slaughter and displacement.

It’s longstanding Israeli practice. Official policy aims for maximum land with minimum Arabs. “Every attack has to end with occupation, destruction and expulsion,” said Ben-Gurion.

He meant displace, depopulate, slaughter. Do it without mercy. Erase Palestinian culture and history.

Replace it with Jewish tradition. Twist truth doing it. Justify genocidal slaughter any way it takes. Current Israeli policy hasn’t changed.

Slow-motion genocide replaced decades earlier flank speed. It continues unabated. Forty-seven years of occupation reflect institutionalized persecution.

State terror defines official Israel policy. Palestinians have no power over their daily lives. They’re terrorized. They live in fear for good reason. They face:

economic strangulation;

collective punishment for being Muslims, not Jews;

loss of basic freedoms;

Gaza under siege;

enclosures by separation walls, electric fences and border closings;

regular curfews, roadblocks, and checkpoints;

bulldozed homes, crops and orchards; as well as

arrest, imprisonment, and torture without cause.

They endure assaults, extra-judicial assassinations and punitive taxation.

They’re denied basic services. They’re essential to life and well-being. They include healthcare, education, and living-wage employment.

It’s enough nourishing food and water. International tribunals don’t help. Occupation harshness persists.

Zionism’s roots began things. It became international in scope. Its founder Theodor Herzl said:

“We must expropriate gently the private property on the state assigned to us.”

“We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border…(We must do it by) denying it employment in our country.”

The Al-Nakba Awareness Project (ANAP) involves volunteers with limited resources. They partner with likeminded local, regional and national organizations.

They’re committed for truth and justice. They support universally recognized human and civil rights. They want rule of law principles enforced.

They want Palestinians recognized as victims. They want longtime denied justice reversed. Without it, regional peace is impossible.

Separate isn’t equal. Years ago, two states were possible. No longer, they believe. Israel controls over 60% of West Bank land. More is added daily.

It vows to seize all of Jerusalem. It wants it as Israel’s exclusive capital. One state for all its people equitablely is the only just solution.

Separating people by religion and/or ethnicity unfairly reflects institutionalized apartheid.

A so-called “Jewish and democratic state” is Orwellian. It’s oxymoronic. It faux democracy. It’s solely for Jews.

ANAP endorses “an integrated, egalitarian state with freedom and equal rights for all its citizens.”

Arabs must be treated no less fairly than Jews. Zionism is enemy to Jews and non-Jews alike.

It’s ideologically over-the-top. It surpasses the worst of South Africa’s deplorable past. It’s white, Jewish supremacist.

It’s incompatible with fairness. It denies justice. It’s heading Israel for self-destruction.

Systems short of viability can’t survive. “A house divided against itself can’t stand,” said Lincoln. Forty-seven years is a historical blink-of-the-eye heartbeat.

Israel must repudiate Zionism, ANAP believes. It must “transform itself into a normal, multi-ethnic, constitutional democracy…” It must treat all its people equitably and fairly.

It must move beyond daily struggles. It must renounce war and other forms of violence.

It must embrace peace, equity and justice. It must govern without prejudice to survive.

Israel falls short and then some. It has a choice. Change or eventually perish. There’s no in between.