Israeli regime receives first sanction

Israeli regime receives first sanction

The ripple effects of the historic UN vote to begin the restoration of Palestinian statehood continue to swirl around the world.


by Jim W Dean

How much of it is acting and how much sincere remains to be seen. But we must all applaud the effort and get ready to defend those that will be attacked by the Israeli lobbies when they feel it is safe to strike back.

Not all of us will go over to the offense at the same time. Not all will understand fully why the political earth is moving under their feet, but they can feel it for sure. I am a good example. I have been really focusing on how best to follow up the UN vote with some serious sanctions movement. But the light just came for me today, that the sanctions started as the UN votes were being counted.

The classic military tactic for taking a bridge is to attack both ends at once, a la the Nimegen Bridge in the great movie, The Bridge Too Far. The Likudist bridge will need a sanctions attack from the outside and Israelis on the inside taking the other end.

Israeli security can only come from the regime change for which Gush Shalom's Uri Avnery has struggled for forty years now. We have to work together to accomplish this with minimum destruction and bloodshed.

Israeli WMDs and the budget follies

The quickly passed UN resolution calling for Israel to open up its nuclear facilities for inspection was rejected as expected by Israel. Netanyahu's settlement expansion announcement, although probably an election pandering bluff to the settler and extremist core of the Likud party, was what we call in America an 'air deal'. It has no funding, and none on the horizon. Donations, anyone?

We must not forget that we are having new Israeli elections soon because their former cabinet could not pass a budget. They have no money for major construction projects, and I don't think Obama is entertaining a request.

The EU heads adjourned recently, also failing to approve a new budget. The problem seemed to be the Santa Claus factor. Countries wanted funding for stimulation projects, but also to have others pay for them.

And back here in the US, the media is on a big 'fiscal cliff' scare with both political sides maneuvering to blame the other for next year's economy problems. Taking responsibility for nothing is now the most popular Congressional sport.

Settlement backlash

For extra public diversion insurance, the Mayan calender end of the world prediction has gotten widespread news coverage from corporate media. It's a journalistic embarrassment when there are so many important problems that were cheated out of that public air time.

The good news was that even the threat of Netanyahu's settlement building triggered an international backlash. One country after another brought in the Israeli ambassadors to put their disapproval on record. The Likuds of course have told them to go fly a kite. The militant Israelis are burning up trump cards faster than they are making them.

The comments on my sanctions articles definitely struck a chord. People saw the irony of the most sanction-deserving country in the world having appointed itself as the head sanctioneer. They saw the gross hypocrisy in Israel accusing Iran of a nuclear weapons program that it does not have, while Israel's own remained off the table for discussion.

This is now being understood as nothing more than a way to keep the outside money (US and Diaspora) flowing in to fund the occupation and keep the regular Israelis controlled by the fear that all the Arabs and Muslims have to be dominated or it is all over for the Zios. The US shares the blame for this.

We had a shot across the bow with the UN resolution vote that the 'no talkie' days may be over. People understand in all countries that their political establishment must be openly challenged for their remaining silent on such a critical issue.

Losing fear of the bully

What I see that gives me more cause for hope, something I have been monitoring very carefully for years now, is a definite and widespread decrease of the fear which empowered the various Israeli lobbies. It was this fear that pressured our respective political structures to serve Israeli interests in return for re-election support and political power, something they have a long history of delivering on.

The crash and burn of the Romney campaign, despite the best efforts of the the hard core Zionist lobby folks trying to bring Obama to heel, did not work. The purge of our military of 'questionable' officers continues, with only the tip of the iceberg of it seen publicly.

If the real story ever comes out, it will be an unpleasant one. Treason is never a popular topic. When it is widespread, it condemns the whole system that allowed it. The term Obama used in his directive was to 'mitigate the insider threats'. This was code for no public trials.

There may also be some big surprises in store when the first official Benghazi attack report is made public, about who really was involved in that. And by that I don't mean their proxies on the ground, but those pulling their strings. No one will buy the tent dwelling al-Qeada dead-enders in Yemen. That is just swill.

Sanctions are having unintended consequences

There is some good news on the Senate new sanctions bill. Obama is not waiting for the expected watering down when the House and Senate combine their two bills. He is acting now. The previous exemptions for twenty of Iran's major oil buyers have all been renewed, with their previous reductions.

Although some say the sanctions have hurt Iran's currency value, the government has continued to expand replacement of the lost oil exports with gas and electricity to 'sanction proof' neighboring countries. And Iran may soon be in the drone exporting business with their newly acquired technology, compliments of its being over-used and exposed by someone not paying attention to the first one being lost.

Turkish delight - trading gold for gas. Turkey is profiting from sanctions aimed at reducing trade with Iran by trading gold for Iranian natural gas and oil. The deal is a political risk and has raised eyebrows in Washington and Europe.

Turkey quickly stated that it would continue its Iranian gas purchases as it was in their national interests, and they know that no action will be taken against them for it. If they want to pay with gold, they will do so, no matter what a bunch of Israeli senators in America say.

Losing the public relations war

The West is losing the public relations battle over the suffering of the Iranian people. Germany's Merkel was very public in her announcement for her government to remove medicine export problems that have been tangled up in the banking sanctions.

Secretary Clinton's statements have just been crude, with shades of Madeleine Albright's horrific comments on the 500,000 Iraqi children having died from sanctions… for their parents to take their complaints to Saddam.

As citizens in the West are all suffering from the poor government judgments, excesses and financial corruption for which they are being given the bill, there is growing awareness that the Iran threat is just a scam.

They are beginning to see the Iranian people being made to suffer as an excuse to justify Western military expansion into the region. I sense an opening here for Westerners to see themselves joined with the Iranians in that those in the West are just being 'sanctioned' in a different way. They can't afford the medical care they need either.

I would recommend that Iran begin hosting exchange groups with comparable citizens groups from these various countries to share their common exploitation by the criminal cabals behind all the war threat hype. It is a common bond that links all of the rank and file citizens everywhere, being used and abused by their elites.

Gordon Duff just had a great article here on Press TV about how billions and billions of future trading profits are being made by political insiders who use increasing tensions and the decreasing of them to move the markets and make their bets pay off.

So yes, the sanctions on Israel have begun, starting with the Palestinian UN vote. Fear of the Israeli lobby is now going to be withheld. Holocaust manipulation is no longer going to be swallowed.

People are going to refuse to be second class citizens in their own countries while they watch the Israeli lobbyists wine and dine with our government officials, and worst of all, even draft legislation to be passed into laws, which we must follow, but not them.


Jim W Dean is managing editor at Veterans Today. He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel orgs. He has appeared on PBS most recently on the Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates and lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon. His current writing focus is on national security, intelligence, black and psy ops, military/Intel history including personal video archives, and the current wars.

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  1. Now that was an interesting article, Mr Dean. Full of potential possibilities some of which  could be of great value to the world. I nearly made the mistake of saying ‘peace process’, a phrase I have come to dislike as it has referred to Clinton’s four year charade in Palestine. .What  a disgrace!  


    Thankfully for Palestine, , she’ll be going home soon to cook Bill some decent home cooked Arkansas vittles…


    I am confused as to who it was in your article who said this……… "As citizens in the West are all suffering from the poor government judgments, excesses and financial corruption for which they are being given the bill, there is growing awareness that the Iran threat is just a scam" I will look at it again and try to better understand what is really being said. It would be of continued  advantage  if the President of Iran can withhold any inflammatory statements for a while, regardless of the US-inspired sanctions and provocations. He is winning points by being silent at this time. Winning by default. The world is aware of the sanctions imposed on Cuba in 1960. True to its record in these matters, such an inflexible act and for so long allowed that country, as with so many others, to dislike the US even more. There is no land mass that universally dislikes America like South America, a throw back to the days of The School of the Americas, Elliott Abrams and Otto Reich , Abrams still is engaged in government work. What  tolerance the US shows. As with Cuba, same with Iraq, a despicable act with staggering death numbers, 500,000 children alone and then to attack a country prostrate before them, will go down in history as one of the most brutal attacks on a virtually defenceless people.


    The perpetrators of these crimes all with the approval of the feckless Bush are still walking the streets, no one yet having indicted  Bush or Cheney, or Rumsfelt, or Powell or the Neocons, murderers one and all.   Now we have Iran in Israel’s (therefore the US) sights. North Korea has also been on the US sanctions list as well. Nothing learnt in all the years of typical US diplomacy and friendly relations at the end of a Howitzer, standard practice.   As each year passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to identify which Presidential act reflects the most hypocrisy. Obama warning about chemical weapons last week after the US supplying Saddam with enough chemical weapons to kill thousands of Iranians, to decimate people in Fallujah with, yes, white phosphorous, but never  to say ‘boo’ to Israel as they dropped the same banned product in Gaza. Let’s not mention Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and Agent Orange and who knows how many others.


    Now we may even see additional sanctions imposed of North Korea if they send off a rocket this week.  The saying “What’s goes around, comes around” has already started to quietly impact the precarious US financial situation as seven South East Asian countries now align their currencies to the Chinese yuan. The thin edge of the wedge?  I am sure someone in the ‘administration’ has heard of this. Having now established yet another base in Darwin, Australia, because “it shows we are here in S E Asia to stay” (who really cares), no one in the US administration has yet realised that it is not a base in Darwin that will win friends, but humanitarian acts, without the Howitzer,  decent relationships and friendships. China, naturally sees such an expansion as a confrontation and an unwelcome act and why wouldn’t they?


    They see the Middle East as a geography running out of interest to the US hawks  (we can’t win this one, Mr. President….. another Vietnam) but the timing is  propitious to stir up the Pacific /Indian oceans area. ‘Get some new maps printed’ ‘HOur sailors haven’t been down that way since 1944. Let’s give it the old college try. Nothing much else on at the moment and need to keep our soldiers busy. There’s so many of them.. Gotta keep the military manufacturers happy at home or face 22% unemployment.  No other choice so let’s stir up the Chinese. Those Aussies love to follow us around…..been doing it for decades’ I hope Darwin has a decent golf course?.   More of the same, along those lines, perhaps?. They just can’t help themselves.


  2. If the Nazi's do it…. ITS BAD! if the Jews commit genocide… not so bad… all we need now is a Palestinian Spielberg to make a great movie about their suffering!


    The table is rigged my friends. What is Israel really? An American outpost to watch our interests and make sure the price of oil doesn't go askew and we control the resources of the middle east. If we gave a shit about the freedom of other people, we would be in Africa right now…