imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Israeli Aggression: Dress Rehearsal for Iran?

by Stephen Lendman Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Israeli Aggression: Dress Rehearsal for Iran?

by Stephen Lendman

Longstanding US and Israeli policies call for regime change in Iran. Replacing its independent government with a pro-Western puppet one is planned.

War is the bottom line option if other methods fail. Both countries have longstanding plans. War could erupt any time. Doing so is madness. It's also lawless, unconscionable, and self-destructive. Attacking Iran assures all combatants lose.

Gaza may be prelude to what's planned. Perhaps strategy and tactics are being tested. In all Israeli wars, so are new weapons. Israel uses illegal ones freely. Victims sustain horrific injuries. Many are killed outright or don't survive.

Hostilities against Gaza continue aggressively. Overnight Sunday into early Monday, over 80 targets were struck. Since November 15, about 1,400 were attacked.

The official death toll passed 100. Perhaps double that number died. Many are buried under rubble. Over 700 were injured. For many, it's serious. Others are maimed for life. Some are so badly hurt they won't survive.

Civilians are willfully targeted. Over half of Al Shifa Hospital casualties are children and infants. Medical staff are hard-pressed. They can't properly handle the growing case load.

Vital medications and other supplies are being exhausted. What's enough for a week or longer is consumed in a few hours. If conflict persists, treating seriously injured patients won't be possible.

Hamas wants peace, equity and justice for all Palestinians. Its leaders expressed willingness many times to recognize Israel in return for internationally recognized self-determination inside pre-1967 borders. It represents 22% of historic Palestine.

Despite numerous prior Israeli attacks, they agreed unilaterally to observe ceasefire. They never held because Israel provokes conflict. Current negotiations are worthless without internationally enforced conflict resolution terms.

Israel wants things its way. It doesn't negotiate. It pressures, bullies and demands. Washington provides full support. Expect no change now.

UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian human rights Richard Falk noted the grotesque power imbalance between Israel and Hamas. Around 1.7 million Gazans are affected.

Grievances aside, he said, Israel is "militarily omnipotent." Hamas and other resistance groups pose no threat whatever. Israel claims otherwise. At issue is stoking fear and perpetuating conflict.

Western support lets Israel get away with murder. It's "given a free path to do whatever it wishes."

"Such a circumstance is morally unendurable, and should be politically unacceptable. It needs to be actively opposed globally by every person, government, and institution of good will."

It's also true for every country Israel and Washington target. Western-generated conflict terrorizes Syrians. Full-scale war may erupt. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Gaza may be target practice for what's planned.

Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire calls Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud lip service for murdering defenseless civilians. Gaza is being lawlessly attacked again, she said.

When will it end, she asked? Israel's "right to defense" is code language for aggressive slaughter. Western leaders and media scoundrels ignore systematic state terror.

Military solutions aren't possible. Endless violence continues. Israelis, Palestinians and others for peace "can lead the way, by their own nonviolent movements, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns, to bring about real political change, and give peace a chance. We can all do something

For peace in the Middle East."

From Cairo, Hamas political head Khaled Meshal told reporters:

Israel must make the first move. It must halt bombing and shelling. "Whoever started the war must end it."

"This is a difficult, but magnificent moment in the history of the Palestinian problem, in our brave journey of resistance and combat, nobility, so deeply rooted in the Palestinian land."

"Whoever attacks Palestine will be buried by it. Anyone who invades our Arab nations will be defeated for generations."

"Netanyahu wanted to achieve several targets but has not succeeded. He succeeded in killing commander Ahmed Jabari but also wanted to damage the military wing's infrastructure, especially the long-range missiles."

"This enemy is trying its weapons and its Iron Dome in anticipation of other wars, and yet the limited weapons in Gaza embarrassed it and its army. How will it succeed in other wars? It has an army, true, but no patience or legitimacy."

Early Monday evening, a senior Egyptian official told Haaretz:

"We are very close to a cease-fire. What is needed is more flexibility on the Israeli side. Tomorrow will be a critical day in the talks."

Terms discussed weren't disclosed. Talks continue. Hamas knows the stakes. Now's the time to hold firm for equity and justice. Nothing less is morally right. Nothing less will work.

Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups have Israel's rogue government to deal with. They also have large numbers of Israelis representing its lunatic fringe.

Ariel Sharon's son, Gilad, is one. On November 18, he headlined a Jerusalem Post commentary "A decisive conclusion is necessary."

Don't end Operation Pillar of Cloud like Cast Lead, he urged. Finish off Palestinians "decisively….To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can’t bear, can’t live with, and our initial bombing campaign isn’t it."

Gaza isn't besieged, he claims. "(F)latten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza." America followed Hiroshima with Nagasaki, he added.

"There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire."

If that doesn't work, reoccupying the entire Strip.

Gaza very much is occupied, oppressed, half-starved, denied fundamental rights, bombed and shelled intermittently, and treated like subhumans.

Not enough, says Sharon. He wants more. There's "no middle path," he says. "This needs to end quickly - with a bang, not a whimper."

He urges genocide and mass destruction. Imagine a publication printing what it should condemn and ignore. It happens often in Israel. It's common in America.

A previous article said America's favorite pastime isn't baseball. In Israel it isn't soccer. It's permanent wars. One begets others. Soft targets are chosen. One nation after another is ravaged, destroyed, and plundered.

In 1948, Israel stole 78% of historic Palestine. In 1967, it took the rest. Tel Aviv seeks regional dominance. America wants it unchallenged globally.

Life is being squeezed out of Syria. Iran is next. Peace and stability are spurned. War is prioritized. Debate continues about whether to attack Iran and when. Post-election makes it more likely.

In January, Israel has its own. Netanyahu is favored to win. Doing so frees him for war. He believes attacking Iran assures regional calm. He and Obama are on the wrong side of reality.

Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. Its neighbors know it. So do American, European, and Israeli leaders. Admitting it would undermine their regional agenda.

Who knows for sure if war is likely. Odds favor it. Perhaps bombing and shelling Gaza is warm-up for what's planned. In the fullness of time we'll know.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Large Turnout for Dakota Pipeline Protest N16 3:35PM

NODAPL N15 2:24PM

Cruel Teacher Taunts 6th Grade Kids, Fired N12 8:47PM

How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism N12 8:17PM

What ThisMeans, How This Happened, What to Do Now N12 5:03AM

PROTEST TRUMP TONITE N11 2:55PM

Westside Thanksgiving for everyone in LA ! N11 12:36PM

FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR RISKS   N10 5:05AM

Non-violent protest ideas; hooch bomb recipe N09 7:42AM

Nuclear Shutdown News October 2016 N05 6:17PM

State Legislature is where it's at N03 10:16PM

Tom Hayden on The Unfinished Business of Democracy O28 4:49AM

Video: Tom Hayden, Listen Yankee! 2015 O25 10:56AM

Art About Privilege Censored on Facebook O23 3:16AM

SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike O22 11:04PM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus O20 3:04PM

KPFK LSB statement on DAPL arrests O19 10:25AM

Transit Dependent Residents Need a Guaranteed Right to Stay O15 11:36PM

My letter to JJJ on JJJ O11 12:33PM

Prop 60, Condom Law O10 12:43PM

KPFK-Pacifica Radio Archives being sold off on ebay? O10 10:31AM

KPFK struggles without re-solutions O07 2:25PM

Problems with Measure M O05 5:24PM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S07 5:57PM

Nuclear Shudown News Aufust 2016 A30 3:46PM

WIKIpedia is not what we readers Thought nor is it even current about Pacifica or KPFK A24 3:10PM

"KPFK has a $500,000 deficit “ !! Can this be true? A19 6:10AM

Nuclear Shutdown News July 2016 A01 1:36PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Mobile Combat Generator D05 6:14AM

Stop Jeff Sesssions From Making U.S. into a Sadistic State! D05 5:04AM

Democracy and the Uncanny Power of Money D05 4:29AM

Global Warming / Climate Change - What's it all About? D04 10:22PM

Mobile Combat Live Generator D04 2:15PM

Don't Deforest For The Holidays D04 10:20AM

Movies and Series Online D03 8:04AM

Dissymétrie symétrique D03 1:19AM

Dissymétrie symétrique D03 1:12AM

Human rights Group applaudes Anti-Semitism Awareness Bill D02 9:39PM

Philippines: Marcos burial forms part of pattern towards authoritarianism D02 6:51PM

The Shortwave Report 12/02/16 Listen Globally! D01 5:58PM

Bullet Force Live Hack D01 8:14AM

Gamification d'incommunicabilité N30 10:21PM

Fukushima quake rock's Japan's and the globe's N30 5:37PM

Award Winning Action Documentary "Lion Ark" Available on DVD N30 10:50AM

Donald Trump as the Antithesis of Liberal Politics N29 6:23AM

Paraphysique du suicide N28 10:10PM

Giving Tuesday celebration great news for animals N28 5:24PM

Geofeedia Exposed for Police Monitoring of Social Media N28 5:02PM

Community Organizations Rally for launch of "Empowerment Fashion Show" N28 3:21AM

Crashing the Party N27 10:53AM

Why Mainstream Economists are Responsible for Electing Donald Trump N25 5:48PM

An Uncertain Future for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau N25 12:56PM

Précis du négatif N24 10:29PM

The Shortwave Report 11/25/16 Listen Globally! N24 3:54PM

Video: How to Know if Your Country Is Heading Toward Despotism, 10 min N23 3:39PM

Secession N22 12:41PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy