WATCHING DARKNESS DESCEND IN THE INFORMATION AGE
Today the Israeli news service sent out an email broadcast, 87 US Senators affirmed unquestioning support for Israel in the wake of worldwide condemnation for Israeli actions against the Freedom Flotilla. In Australia, Prime Minister Rudd, after strongly admonishing Israel for counterfeiting Australian passports for use in political assassinations was removed from office, victim of a relentless media campaign orchestrated from Tel Aviv. How does this tell us we no longer live in democracies, the US, Australia, Britain, Germany and Canada?
What so many are seeing today is that democracy has really failed. Democratic governments, under attack for decades from within, have all become contaminated by their dependence on cash to finance elections, initially an excuse for “selling out.” Once special interests got a foot in the door, they began screening candidates and even, something we have more than a little evidence of, selecting leaders a generation ahead or more. A particular type was sought, intelligent, ambitious but deeply flawed, angry, resentful and subject to misjudgement. Thus, when mysterious candidates who never end up what they initially seem, come out of nowhere, drowning in cash, and move into the national spotlight, we see evidence of the thinly veiled dictatorships we now call democracies.
When those same candidates, all initially seen as the “guiding light” on the return to American greatness turn out to be hacks, Americans simply wait for the next deeply flawed, robotic malcontent to be elevated into the spotlight.
It doesn’t take a genius to notice that our current foreign policy is dictated by Tel Aviv. The basis for accepting the supremacy of Israeli interests over that of the United States is holocaust guilt, calculated Islamophobia promulgated by pop culture, the impression of a strategic alliance with Israel that secures the United States and a belief that Israel is a bastion of democracy that was brutally attacked in 1967 by massed invading armies of Arabs bent on the genocide of Jews around the world.
The root of our support for Israel is the 1967 war, a war we are told was a victory of outnumbered Jewish freedom fighters subjected to a massive sneak attack by Soviet backed Arab armies. Were anyone to ask a senior American military officer, President Obama or Vice President Biden, members of congress or our foreign services, news reporters or members of the public, one would find this version of events to be universal.
I remember that time well. Every gas station in America had racks with humorous adhesive plaques: PROTECTED BY THE EGYPTIAN ARMY
I had one, paid the 50 cents. It was stuck on the tooled stainless steel of my Shelby Mustang, next to the Hurst shifter. That memory stands as a reminder of how stupid I have been. Never have I been reminded to such as a when I read the Alan Hart article, “Why, Really, Was The USS Liberty Attacked By Israel?” Hart, a well known British war corresponded with ITV, was in the Sinai at the time, following up what he believed to be preparations for an upcoming attack on Egypt and Syria by Israel, an unprovoked attack, carefully planned by military extremists who had overthrown the democratic government of Israel in a bloodless coup, a dictatorship we aren’t entirely clear has ever really given up actual power.
“The short answer is that in Israel the week before the war there was what amounted to a MILITARY COUP in all but name and without a shot being fired….I witnessed Israel’s military and political hawks rubbishing Prime Minister Eshkol. They were painting him as indecisive, weak and frightened to confront Nasser. Their objective was to create a crisis of confidence in his leadership ,in the hope that he would be forced to resign. When that didn’t happen, the generals demanded that Eshkol, who was both PM and Defense Minister, surrender his Defense Portfolio and give it to Israel’s one-eyed warlord and master of deception, General Moshe Dayan. And that’s what happened on Thursday 1 June, when a government of National Unity came into being. It was then inevitable that Israel would go to war in a matter of days. I actually predicted that it would do so on the morning of Monday 5 June.”
The Hart article was both surprisingly credible in tone and quite well supported, revealing astonishing admissions by Israeli players, government, military and foreign service, who openly admitted the deception plan, clear evidence of fraud, involving the 1967 War. With the basis of so much American public opinion including much of the perceptual basis used to vilify Islam as a cohesive community bent on the destruction of, not only Judaism but Christianity as well being thoroughly debunked by information that has long been in the public domain, America’s continued use of known lies as a basis for policy is inexcusable.
Hart included a number of quotes that reveal to what extent America has been misled, building decades of policy on lies, and creating a dangerous mythology designed to propagandize Americans.
“> In an interview published in Le Monde on 28 February 1968, Israeli Chief of Staff Rabin said: “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.”
> On 14 April 1971, a report in the Israeli newspaper Al-Hamishmar contained the following statement by Mordecai Bentov, a member of the wartime national government. “The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory.”
> In the spring of 1972, General Peled, Chief of Logistical Command during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, addressed a political literary club in Tel Aviv. He said: “The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war.” In a radio debate Peled said: “Israel was never in real danger and there was no evidence that Egypt had any intention of attacking Israel.” He added, “Israeli intelligence knew that Egypt was not prepared for war.”
> In 1982, Prime Minister Begin, arguably the world’s most successful terrorist leader, went even further. He said : “In June 1967 we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us, We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.””
Again, its as though modern history begins in 1967. If we rewrite history, supplanting myth with fact, we are struck with a series of starling revelations that clearly indicate that every move America has made in the Middle East, moves with broad consequences to our national security and economic survival, were based on full collusion with Israel in a series of acts, not only detrimental to America but fully treasonous as well.
In 1967, as Hart points out, a crack opened in the official story regarding the infamous “accidental” attack on the USS Liberty, killing and wounding over 200 American sailors. Newsweek magazine confronted the cover story, a cover that has now totally collapsed and represents a 43 year old rift between Israel and the United States Navy.
“So far as I am aware, the only honest piece of reporting in the American media in the immediate aftermath of the attack was on 19 June in Newsweek’s “Periscope” section. A small item in that read as follows:
“Although Israel’s apologies were officially accepted, some high Washington officials believe the Israelis knew the Liberty’s capabilities and suspect that the attack might not have been accidental. One top-level theory holds that someone in the Israeli armed forces ordered the Liberty sunk because he suspected it had taken down messages showing that Israel started the fighting.”
One could salute Newsweek’s brief moment of courage, but in one important respect the item was very wide of the mark. Everybody in Washington’s war-loop who needed to know did know that Israel had started the war and that President Johnson had given it the greenlight to do so.”
With the long reported story that President Lyndon Johnson was being blackmailed by Israel for his alleged affair with Mossad/Irgun operative, Matilda Krim and his approval, not only of the sneak attack on Egypt and Syria but the sinking, with all hands, of the USS Liberty, a task bungled by the Israeli navy and air forces, the entire basis for our view of Israel as an ally and our emotional attachment to Israel as a peaceful democratic nation is proven a lie.
Can 87 US Senators base their friendship and loyalty to Israel on their total ignorance of well established history, their willingness to overlook facts as long as campaign cash flows into their coffers? Have we gone this far? This answer is clear.
During World War II, Japanese were portrayed in films as evil incarnate, a systematic program of ethnic and racial dehumanization. This period is discussed in a dissertation on racial stereotyping in American film:
“At the height of anti-Asian sentiment during World War II, the United States imprisoned over 100,000 American citizens of Japanese descent in internment camps.
At the same time, the Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Unit was fighting in the European theater. These soldiers served with uncommon distinction, earning more combat decorations per man than any other unit in American history. Veterans returned home after the war to a country that was openly hostile to those of Asian descent.
This hostility was reflected in film and television, where clear stereotypes began to emerge defining ethnic lines of “good” Asians and “bad” Asians on film in response to Japan’s role in the Axis.
Predictably, Asian Americans actors would spend most of the war years cast as sinister Japanese, often in films now viewed with some embarrassment. There were still “good Asian” roles being written–but they were restricted to Caucasian actors while Asian Americans played the villains.”
With television superseding film as the primary medium of entertainment, with both film and television under the economic control of groups under the control of the Israel lobby, a repeat of “yellow peril” propaganda was inevitable. It is not an oversimplification that the Israeli lobby, a combination of AIPAC along with prominent Jewish Zionists in America, many of whom are dual Israeli citizens, control, not only the movie and television industry but either directly own or indirectly control both broadcast and print news media in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia and, increasingly, the Islamic world as well.
Where, as early as 1960, films like Exodus were produced specifically to create inaccurate perceptions of the founding of Israel, imprinting in the public a highly biased and unfair depiction of historical facts, today everything from TV drama to daily news is treated with oversimplification, prejudice, deeply paralleling the anti-Semitism of pre-World War II Europe and the United States. Using careful and calculated depictions of the holocaust coordinated with references to Palestinians or Muslims in general, using the established “psy-ops” methodology of “transference,” anger against Nazi Germany is transferred to condemnation of Islam and depiction of Palestinians. In particular, Palestinians, whose lot in Israel most reflects that of Jews subject to Nazi tyranny are tirelessly presented to the American public as criminals and terrorists bereft of humanity or any redeeming characteristic.
In today’s Hollywood, one of the surest ways to remain employed is to be able to play “vicious Arab terrorist” in a laughably cartoonish style. Roles are so plentiful that, on occasion, Islamic actors are actually used. Typically, however, as in Caroline Glick, of the Jerusalem Post’s satyric depictions of Muslims as terrorists in her video productions such as “We Conned the World,” Israeli’s play all Arab roles, particularly those that incite race hatred, a category the vast majority fall into.
It isn’t just Hollywood where Jews able to pass themselves off as Arab terrorist find work, as more and more Americans are learning, often to their dismay. All that is needed is a towel and a Kalashnikov or perhaps a box cutter…
Thus, the use of racial stereotypes, a vicious and unsavory practice once eliminated by the powerful Anti-Defamation League has been renewed with vigor, oddly, by the same Anti-Defamation League responsible for fighting stereotypes of Jews and African Americans. Rather than stressing positive depictions of Jews in the media, the ADL promotes negative racial and ethnic stereotypes of all Muslims as barbaric and often sub-human or Untermenschen.
The misconceptions that gained preeminence in the arena of foreign policy in the post 1967 War environment eventually gained a foothold in domestic politics as well with attitudes toward Israel representing clear divides between the schools of theory and belief espoused in Americas political arena, as defined by the mainstream media.
The biggest divide in America is between liberals and conservatives, groups whose divisions have paralyzed America politically and nearly pushed the country to civil war. Let’s carefully examine the most significant philosophical and political beliefs of each group:
Conservatives: Typically Christian Zionist, Jewish American or dual-citizen, very pro-Israel and anti-Islamic, this group supports continued deregulation of ”bankster”markets, strong opposition to immigration and immigrant rights, support for a strong military presence in the Middle East to support Israel and strong financial support for the State of Israel. Their primary voice is the “fair and balanced” conservative press. Conservatives dislike African Americans and don’t want to live around them.
Liberals: Typically Jewish educated elite, pro-Zionist, anti-Islamic, supporting deregulation of the “bankster” markets, strong opposition to immigration and immigrant rights, strong military presence in the Middle East to support Israel and strong financial support of the State of Israel. Their primary voice is the “liberal press.” Liberals like African Americans and don’t want to live around them.
1967. The year up became down, good became bad and Americans threw away law, honor and justice for a future filled with talk of values, patriotism and honor but fulfilling a promising of moral decline, foreign domination, deception and cruelty. This is the price of building history on a bed of lies.
Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran. A 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. This article first appeared in Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal.