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Saturday, Nov. 08, 2003 at 12:14 AM
JINSA/PNAC Zionist Extremist Perle Warns Germany To Stop Backing France
JINSA/PNAC Zionist extremist Richard Perle is continuing to make problems for France which had the right position on the Iraq invasion/occupation:
Perle Warns Germany To
Stop Backing France
BERLIN (AFP) - Senior US defence adviser Richard Perle urged Germany Tuesday to stop following France on the international political stage and said that the Franco-German relationship is harming ties with the United States. "The idea that Germany must submit to French ideas has to be looked at," Perle told about 200 defence experts gathered in Berlin for a two-day security conference. Perle said the depth of the Franco-German partnership was, at times, further damaging the European Union's already strained relations with Washington. "There is such a strong tendency for France and Germany on every occasion to express solidarity, I think in the mistaken belief that somehow that is what is essential to peace in Europe..., that it can obscure the really very difficult issue of Europe and the Atlantic," he said. In a heated exchange, former French chief of staff, Admiral Jacques Lanxade, accused Perle of trying to divide Paris and Berlin and blamed the Pentagon adviser for inciting public ill-feeling in Europe towards Washington.
It is important to also know that Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and John Bolton (all mentioned below in the article from the "Forward" which is a respected Jewish publication out of New York) are JINSANs as well.. Perle is also associated with PNAC (which would like to have a confrontation with Russia and China sooner rather than later as you can access the JINSA web site at www.jinsa.org and PNAC's URL via www.newamericancentury.org). Robert Fisk (a respected journalist for the London Independent newspaper as you can read more via www.robert-fisk.com) wrote about JINSA (and Dick Cheney's association to JINSA as he is also associated with PNAC) in the following article:
Fisk mentions this article ("Men from JINSA and CSP") from "The Nation" which is a must read as well:
President Bush is following the JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs)/PNAC (Project for the New American Century) agenda in the Iraq invasion/occupation. Please review the "Forward" article included after the following article from the UK Guardian as it conveys that the JINSANS want to install a Hashemite (pro-Israel) King in Iraq (this is hardly "democracy"). JINSAN James Woolsey admitted the same on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" last Sunday (November 2nd, 2003) as you can watch via the link at the following URL (notice the caller in the first 30 minutes of the broadcast who asked the C-SPAN "Washington Journal" host Steve Scully to ask Woolsey about JINSA as the host mentioned that he would, but he lied and didn't when Woolsey appeared near the end of the broadcast):
Subj: Re: New Neocon Player Added to Secret White House Cabal
The following article appeared in the UK Guardian newspaper (via www.guardian.co.uk) and mentioned David Wurmser who is now working with Dick Cheney (as conveyed in the article from the "Forward" which is included after the following):
Brian Whitaker investigates whether the 'independent' media institute that translates the Arabic newspapers is quite what it seems
Monday August 12, 2002
For some time now, I have been receiving small gifts from a generous institute in the United States. The gifts are high-quality translations of articles from Arabic newspapers which the institute sends to me by email every few days, entirely free-of-charge.
The emails also go to politicians and academics, as well as to lots of other journalists. The stories they contain are usually interesting.
Whenever I get an email from the institute, several of my Guardian colleagues receive one too and regularly forward their copies to me - sometimes with a note suggesting that I might like to check out the story and write about it.
If the note happens to come from a more senior colleague, I'm left feeling that I really ought to write about it. One example last week was a couple of paragraphs translated by the institute, in which a former doctor in the Iraqi army claimed that Saddam Hussein had personally given orders to amputate the ears of military deserters.
The organisation that makes these translations and sends them out is the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri), based in Washington but with recently-opened offices in London, Berlin and Jerusalem.
Its work is subsidised by US taxpayers because as an "independent, non-partisan, non-profit" organisation, it has tax-deductible status under American law.
Memri's purpose, according to its website, is to bridge the language gap between the west - where few speak Arabic - and the Middle East, by "providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media".
Despite these high-minded statements, several things make me uneasy whenever I'm asked to look at a story circulated by Memri. First of all, it's a rather mysterious organisation. Its website does not give the names of any people to contact, not even an office address.
The reason for this secrecy, according to a former employee, is that "they don't want suicide bombers walking through the door on Monday morning" (Washington Times, June 20).
This strikes me as a somewhat over-the-top precaution for an institute that simply wants to break down east-west language barriers.
The second thing that makes me uneasy is that the stories selected by Memri for translation follow a familiar pattern: either they reflect badly on the character of Arabs or they in some way further the political agenda of Israel. I am not alone in this unease.
Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Washington Times: "Memri's intent is to find the worst possible quotes from the Muslim world and disseminate them as widely as possible."
Memri might, of course, argue that it is seeking to encourage moderation by highlighting the blatant examples of intolerance and extremism. But if so, one would expect it - for the sake of non-partisanship - t o publicise extremist articles in the Hebrew media too.
Although Memri claims that it does provide translations from Hebrew media, I can't recall receiving any.
Evidence from Memri's website also casts doubt on its non-partisan status. Besides supporting liberal democracy, civil society, and the free market, the institute also emphasises "the continuing relevance of Zionism to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel".
That is what its website used to say, but the words about Zionism have now been deleted. The original page, however, can still be found in internet archives.
The reason for Memri's air of secrecy becomes clearer when we look at the people behind it. The co-founder and president of Memri, and the registered owner of its website, is an Israeli called Yigal Carmon.
Mr - or rather, Colonel - Carmon spent 22 years in Israeli military intelligence and later served as counter-terrorism adviser to two Israeli prime ministers, Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.
Retrieving another now-deleted page from the archives of Memri's website also throws up a list of its staff. Of the six people named, three - including Col Carmon - are described as having worked for Israeli intelligence.
Among the other three, one served in the Israeli army's Northern Command Ordnance Corps, one has an academic background, and the sixth is a former stand-up comedian.
Col Carmon's co-founder at Memri is Meyrav Wurmser, who is also director of the centre for Middle East policy at the Indianapolis-based Hudson Institute, which bills itself as "America's premier source of applied research on enduring policy challenges".
The ubiquitous Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's defence policy board, recently joined Hudson's board of trustees.
Ms Wurmser is the author of an academic paper entitled Can Israel Survive Post-Zionism? in which she argues that leftwing Israeli intellectuals pose "more than a passing threat" to the state of Israel, undermining its soul and reducing its will for self-defence.
In addition, Ms Wurmser is a highly qualified, internationally recognised, inspiring and knowledgeable speaker on the Middle East whose presence would make any "event, radio or television show a unique one" - according to Benador Associates, a public relations company which touts her services.
Nobody, so far as I know, disputes the general accuracy of Memri's translations but there are other reasons to be concerned about its output.
The email it circulated last week about Saddam Hussein ordering people's ears to be cut off was an extract from a longer article in the pan-Arab newspaper, al-Hayat, by Adil Awadh who claimed to have first-hand knowledge of it.
It was the sort of tale about Iraqi brutality that newspapers would happily reprint without checking, especially in the current atmosphere of war fever. It may well be true, but it needs to be treated with a little circumspection.
Mr Awadh is not exactly an independent figure. He is, or at least was, a member of the Iraqi National Accord, an exiled Iraqi opposition group backed by the US - and neither al-Hayat nor Memri mentioned this.
Also, Mr Awadh's allegation first came to light some four years ago, when he had a strong personal reason for making it. According to a Washington Post report in 1998, the amputation claim formed part of his application for political asylum in the United States.
At the time, he was one of six Iraqis under arrest in the US as suspected terrorists or Iraqi intelligence agents, and he was trying to show that the Americans had made a mistake.
Earlier this year, Memri scored two significant propaganda successes against Saudi Arabia. The first was its translation of an article from al-Riyadh newspaper in which a columnist wrote that Jews use the blood of Christian or Muslim children in pastries for the Purim religious festival.
The writer, a university teacher, was apparently relying on an anti-semitic myth that dates back to the middle ages. What this demonstrated, more than anything, was the ignorance of many Arabs - even those highly educated - about Judaism and Israel, and their readiness to believe such ridiculous stories.
But Memri claimed al-Riyadh was a Saudi "government newspaper" - in fact it's privately owned - implying that the article had some form of official approval.
Al-Riyadh's editor said he had not seen the article before publication because he had been abroad. He apologised without hesitation and sacked his columnist, but by then the damage had been done.
Memri's next success came a month later when Saudi Arabia's ambassador to London wrote a poem entitled The Martyrs - about a young woman suicide bomber - which was published in al-Hayat newspaper.
Memri sent out translated extracts from the poem, which it described as "praising suicide bombers". Whether that was the poem's real message is a matter of interpretation. It could, perhaps more plausibly, be read as condemning the political ineffectiveness of Arab leaders, but Memri's interpretation was reported, almost without question, by the western media.
These incidents involving Saudi Arabia should not be viewed in isolation. They are part of building a case against the kingdom and persuading the United States to treat it as an enemy, rather than an ally.
It's a campaign that the Israeli government and American neo-conservatives have been pushing since early this year - one aspect of which was the bizarre anti-Saudi briefing at the Pentagon, hosted last month by Richard Perle.
To anyone who reads Arabic newspapers regularly, it should be obvious that the items highlighted by Memri are those that suit its agenda and are not representative of the newspapers' content as a whole.
The danger is that many of the senators, congressmen and "opinion formers" who don't read Arabic but receive Memri's emails may get the idea that these extreme examples are not only truly representative but also reflect the policies of Arab governments.
Memri's Col Carmon seems eager to encourage them in that belief. In Washington last April, in testimony to the House committee on international relations, he portrayed the Arab media as part of a wide-scale system of government-sponsored indoctrination.
"The controlled media of the Arab governments conveys hatred of the west, and in particular, of the United States," he said. "Prior to September 11, one could frequently find articles which openly supported, or even called for, terrorist attacks against the United States ...
"The United States is sometimes compared to Nazi Germany, President Bush to Hitler, Guantanamo to Auschwitz," he said.
In the case of the al-Jazeera satellite channel, he added, "the overwhelming majority of guests and callers are typically anti-American and anti-semitic".
Unfortunately, it is on the basis of such sweeping generalisations that much of American foreign policy is built these days.
As far as relations between the west and the Arab world are concerned, language is a barrier that perpetuates ignorance and can easily foster misunderstanding.
All it takes is a small but active group of Israelis to exploit that barrier for their own ends and start changing western perceptions of Arabs for the worse.
It is not difficult to see what Arabs might do to counter that. A group of Arab media companies could get together and publish translations of articles that more accurately reflect the content of their newspapers.
It would certainly not be beyond their means. But, as usual, they may prefer to sit back and grumble about the machinations of Israeli intelligence veterans.
The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column, Wednesday August 21 2002
In an article headed Atrocity stories regain currency, page 13, August 8, and in an article headed Selective Memri on the Guardian website, we referred to Dr Adil Awadh, an Iraqi doctor who alleged that Saddam Hussein had ordered doctors to amputate the ears of soldiers who deserted. Dr Awadh has asked us to make it clear that he has no connection with Memri (Middle East Media Research Institute), and that he did not authorise its translation of parts of an article by him. He is no longer a member of the Iraqi National Accord (INA). He is an independent member of the Iraqi National Congress (INC). His reference to orders by Saddam Hussein to cut off the ears of deserters has been supported by evidence from other sources.
Read Memri's response to this article
21.08.2002: Media organisation rebuts accusations of selective journalism
Cheney wants to "remodel the entire middle east"--"Shadow Government"
> New Player Added to Secret White House Cabal
> "The question is, how does the vice president's [national security staff]
> function in relation to the president's national security staff and how
> important policy decisions are made in the White House. While the vice
> president has a critical role to play, the secrecy surrounding his
> unusually large foreign-policy staff raises many questions which the
> American public needs answered."
> OCTOBER 31, 2003
> Cheney Taps Syria Hawk As Adviser On Mideast
> By MARC PERELMAN
> FORWARD STAFF
> Despite mounting criticism of the administration's Iraq policy, Vice
> President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to the
> circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President
> Bush's war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to his
> national security staff in a little-noticed move last month.
> David Wurmser, a neoconservative scholar known for his close ties to the
> Israeli right, was appointed in mid-September to join the team led by
> Cheney's national security adviser, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. In recent years
> Wurmser, who boasts a complex network of relationships to a variety of
> pro-Likud think tanks and activist groups, has frequently written articles
> arguing for a joint American-Israeli effort to undermine the Syrian
> Wurmser's appointment sheds light on the prominent role played by Cheney
> and his national security staff in shaping foreign policy and coincides
> with the deterioration in the relations between Washington and Damascus.
> recent months, Washington has accused Syria of sheltering Iraqi leaders,
> weapons and money and of allowing terrorists into Iraq. The administration
> backed Israel's recent bombing of a suspected terrorist training camp in
> Syria and dropped its objections to a congressional bill that grants the
> president the right to impose sanctions on Damascus.
> "The vice president undoubtedly chooses staff whose views are compatible
> with the policies of the administration," wrote Judith Kipper, a Middle
> East scholar with the Council on Foreign Relations, in an e-mail to the
> Forward. "The question is, how does the vice president's [national
> staff] function in relation to the president's national security staff and
> how important policy decisions are made in the White House. While the vice
> president has a critical role to play, the secrecy surrounding his
> unusually large foreign-policy staff raises many questions which the
> American public needs answered."
> Cathy Martin, a spokeswoman for Cheney, confirmed that Wurmser had
> been hired, adding that he is serving as one of many foreign-policy
> advisers to the vice president. She declined to comment on questions about
> Cheney's or Wurmser's ideological leanings.
> Before his appointment, Wurmser had served as a senior adviser to John
> Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international
> security and one of the sharpest critics of Syria within the
> administration. In speeches and testimonies over the past year, Bolton has
> sounded increasingly alarmist far more so than the intelligence
> community about Syria's weapons programs.
> Wurmser's appointment was first reported by Inter-Press Service and
> elicited criticism from the Arab American Institute, an advocacy
> Wurmser is the main author of a 1996 policy paper drafted for then-Israeli
> prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a task force composed of
> neo-conservative scholars. The white paper, titled "A Clean Break: A New
> Strategy for Securing the Realm," advocated a remodeling of the Middle
> that some critics see as a rough blueprint for the policy adopted by the
> Bush administration after the September 11 attacks. The paper advocated a
> strategy of preemptive action to remove Saddam Hussein from power, a
> "rollback" of Syria and the search for alternatives to Yasser Arafat.
> "Whoever inherits Iraq dominates the entire Levant strategically," said
> paper, which was commissioned by the Jerusalem-based Institute for
> Strategic and Political Studies, where Wurmser was working at the time.
> The task force was headed by Richard Perle, now a key Pentagon adviser who
> sits on the Defense Policy Board. Its members included Douglas Feith,
> currently the undersecretary of defense for policy and one of the main
> proponents of the war in Iraq.
> Another member of the task force was Wurmser's Israeli-born wife, Meyrav
> Wurmser, who heads the Middle East studies department at the conservative
> Hudson Institute. She is a founder of the Middle East Media Research
> Institute, or Memri, which translates Arabic press reports and which
> critics say highlights negative views of the West.
> The policy paper suggested that in order to transform the "balance of
> power" in the Middle East in favor of an axis consisting of Israel, Turkey
> and Jordan, Saddam should be removed and replaced by a Hashemite ruler.
> The next step would be a "rollback" of Syria by sponsoring proxy attacks
> Lebanon and even striking at selected targets in Syria. In the late 1990s,
> Wurmser wrote frequently, arguing for a joint U.S.-Israeli effort to
> undermine the Syrian regime.
> On Tuesday, retired Air Force General James Clapper, director of the
> National Imagery and Mapping Agency, told reporters he was not surprised
> that U.S. forces had not discovered any chemical, biological or nuclear
> weapons in Iraq, citing a big increase in the number of vehicles heading
> Syria before the war. The administration also has renewed long-standing
> accusations that Damascus is developing chemical and biological weapons
> is supporting terrorist groups operating against Israel, despite pledges
> crack down on them
How US hawks hijacked Mideast policy
By Mark Mazower
FT.com site; Nov 03, 2003
Tony Blair's backing last year for George W. Bush over war with Iraq was based on an American commitment to the "roadmap" for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In June, after victory in Iraq, the US president publicly identified himself with the schedule the roadmap laid out, and the next month Mr Blair himself, in his triumphant speech to the US Congress, reaffirmed the role of international diplomacy when he stated categorically that terrorism would not be defeated without peace between Israel and Palestine. Yet, within weeks of Mr Blair's visit to Washington, the roadmap had been killed off by a combination of Palestinian suicide bombers and Israeli assassinations. This particular peace process is not likely to revive this side of the presidential elections - which is to say it will not re-emerge at all. However, another kind of peace process is still very much alive. For the hawks around Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, regime change in Iraq is only the first step in the most radical reshaping of the Middle East since the first world war. Barely one week after September 11 2001, they not only urged the president to tackle Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; they also recommended going after Hizbollah, Syria and Iran. Their assumption was clear: a threat to Israel is a threat to the US. Under the guise of the war on terror, their argument went, America should identify its interests with those of Israel - or, to be more precise, with the way the current leadership in Israel defines those interests. Although a war with Syria has not materialised, the Bush administration is pursuing a more aggressive line against the country. The US's refusal to join international condemnation of the recent Israeli bombing raid on an abandoned camp near Damascus highlighted Syria's new vulnerability. There are now American troops next door and senior US officials have been accusing the Syrian authorities of facilitating attacks across its desert border on American soldiers. Not everyone in the administration sees this anti-Syrian policy as helpful to American interests. Many in the US Army do not. And the CIA - which relies heavily on Syrian intelligence co-operation to monitor Islamic terrorist groups - is dismayed by the belligerent attitude towards Syria. Most people familiar with Syria find it hard to believe that regime change in this majority Sunni country will produce a more co-operative government than the ruling minority Alawi dictatorship. To the hawks, though, such cautionary talk is weak-kneed nonsense. In their highly militarised view of the world, force is the only route to peace and the only language Arabs understand. War on Syria - or even just the threat of it - will allow the Israelis to expand their influence again in Lebanon and put Hizbollah on the back foot. With Syria weakened, the Palestinians will become more pliant, since Palestinian terrorism is not a response to tyranny, injustice and occupation but the work of evil agents of foreign backers. There is, in other words, no place for diplomacy before force has cowed the Palestinians into obedience. Ariel Sharon's government now follows with impunity policies once recommended by Richard Perle, a US hawk, to an earlier Likud government: disengagement from the internationally sponsored peace process, pressure on the US to withdraw funding from the Palestinian Authority and no trade of land for diplomatic concessions. Mr Sharon now mentions the roadmap only to squash even less palatable peace proposals such as the one under discussion in Geneva. His government now enjoys unprecedented scope to combine the militaristic Iron Wall philosophy of Vladimir Jabotinsky - who advocated separation and strength as prerequisites for peace - with the takeover of land and build-up of settlements characteristic of previous Labour governments. As Jewish settlers move in, and the wall goes up, Arabs will be forced either out of the occupied territories or behind the wall into a statelet far removed from the viable state outlined only a few months ago by Mr Bush. This is a far cry from the peace process Mr Blair believed he persuaded Mr Bush to sign up to. Will a future generation of historians be asking their students to explain how a small and un- elected group succeeded so comprehensively in changing the meanings of the US national interest, and of peace itself, while everyone else - from the CIA to Mr Blair and much of the world - looked on in disbelief?
The writer is a professor of history at Birkbeck College London
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