Who will Stand Up To America and Israel? by Paul Craig Roberts

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by Paul Craig Roberts
Global Research, May 29, 2009
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“No countries on earth rival the US and Israel for barbaric murderous violence”

“Obama Calls on World to ‘Stand Up To’ North Korea” read the headline. The United States, Obama said, was determined to protect “the peace and security of the world.”

Shades of doublespeak, doublethink, 1984.

North Korea is a small place. China alone could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet, the president of the US thinks that nothing less than the entire world is a match for North Korea.

We are witnessing the Washington gangsters construct yet another threat like Slobodan Milosevic, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Walker Lindh, Hamdi, Padilla, Sami Al-Arian, Hamas, Mahkmoud Ahmadinejad, and the hapless detainees demonized by the US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as “the 700 most dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,” who were tortured for six years at Gitmo only to be quietly released. Just another mistake, sorry.

The military/security complex that rules America, together with the Israel Lobby and the financial banksters, needs a long list of dangerous enemies to keep the taxpayers’ money flowing into its coffers.

The Homeland Security lobby is dependent on endless threats to convince Americans that they must forego civil liberty in order to be safe and secure.

The real question is who is going to stand up to the American and Israeli governments?

Who is going to protect Americans’ and Israelis’ civil liberties, especially those of Israeli dissenters and Israel’s Arab citizens?

Who is going to protect Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans, Lebanese, Iranians, and Syrians from Americans and Israelis?

Not Obama, and not the right-wing brownshirts that today rule Israel.

Obama’s notion that it takes the entire world to stand up to N. Korea is mind-boggling, but this mind-boggling idea pales in comparison to Obama’s guarantee that America will protect “the peace and security of the world.”

Is this the same America that bombed Serbia, including Chinese diplomatic offices and civilian passenger trains, and pried Kosovo loose from Serbia and gave it to a gang of Muslin drug lords, lending them NATO troops to protect their operation?

Is this the same America that is responsible for approximately one million dead Iraqis, leaving orphans and widows everywhere and making refugees out of one-firth of the Iraqi population?

Is this the same America that blocked the rest of the world from condemning Israel for its murderous attack on Lebanese civilians in 2006 and on Gazans most recently, the same America that has covered up for Israel’s theft of Palestine over the past 60 years, a theft that has produced four million Palestinian refugees driven by Israeli violence and terror from their homes and villages?

Is this the same America that is conducting military exercises in former constituent parts of Russia and ringing Russia with missile bases?

Is this the same America that has bombed Afghanistan into rubble with massive civilian casualties?

Is this the same America that has started a horrific new war in Pakistan, a war that in its first few days has produced one million refugees?

“The peace and security of the world”? Whose world?

On his return from his consultation with Obama in Washington, the brownshirted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that it was Israel’s responsibility to “eliminate” the “nuclear threat” from Iran.

What nuclear threat? The US intelligence agencies are unanimous in their conclusion that Iran has had no nuclear weapons program since 2003. The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency report that there is no sign of a nuclear weapons program in Iran.

Who is Iran bombing? How many refugees is Iran sending fleeing for their lives?

Who is North Korea bombing?

The two great murderous, refugee-producing countries are the US and Israel. Between them, they have murdered and dislocated millions of people who were a threat to no one.

No countries on earth rival the US and Israel for barbaric murderous violence.

But Obama gives assurances that the US will protect “the peace and security of the world.” And the brownshirt Netanyahu assures the world that Israel will save it from the “Iranian threat.”

Where is the media?

Why aren’t people laughing their heads off?

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

© Copyright Paul Craig Roberts, vdare.com, 2009

The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13779

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Pepe Escobar: Bibi plays Barack

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  4. Israel and Noth Korea are largely problems of US creatin or complicity. 1. recognizin the unilaterally and illegally declared creation of Israel in 1948. 2. The current problem with Norht Korea is because the US and the West have not livied up to agreements they made with K\N.Korea. 3. A fine mess that Obeyme is totally incompetent to handle. Over and over he shows himself willing to sell out to moneyed interests. 4. Change! Change you can’t believe in.

  5. As always, I’m impressed with the ample political wisdom, coming from US politicians, especially the Bush era leftovers, which they never fail to grace us with, about how to handle this extremely delicate and dangerous situation. (I’m not speaking of Paul here, just for the record). It’s the same kind of wisdom that sent us to Iraq to chase a fabricated enemy who wasn’t our enemy, but who had, coincidently, the world’s second largest oil reserve. And as a result of the infinite wisdom of Bush and his psycho bozos, we are still tangled in that quagmire – God knows for how long it will still go on. Afghanistan seems to be getting worse and the Taliban seem to be more winning there than losing; and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict isn’t going anywhere, and Obama’s charm hasn’t produced so far any progress whatsoever, and those who bet on Israel, the world’s most obnoxious, little bully of a country, who’s had not-so-secret-anymore nuclear weapons for about half a century now, not yielding to Obama’s calls to wise up, stop building and expanding settlements on lands that are not theirs and still subject to final status negotiations, are winning their bets. How’s Obama going to talk any sense into Israel’s is anyone’s guess, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for any breakthroughs b/c, as everyone knows, Netanyahu and Lieberman are counting on their abnormally powerful lobby in Washington and our afraid-for-their-political-lives-if-they-don’t-support-Israel congressmen to fight Obama if he dares to pressure Israel to compromise and work seriously on some peace deal with the Palestinians. As for this last political dilemma with North Korea, all what’s been suggested here would’ve been nice and dandy before that lunatic possessed the bomb, which he’s already estimated to have eight of already. This situation, to be fair to Obama, is but another piece of Bush’s catastrophic inheritance which he left unresolved and handled so ineptly like he did with everything else. Anyway, this mad man not only has nuclear bombs now, but the means to deliver them, and that sort of complicated any effort to get rid of him or to consider a military option to do so. Any miscalculated move with this paranoid guy might result in a disaster on a scale we haven’t seen since ww2. Aside with all the nonsense and insensible ideas, we need to handle him smartly, engage all those who can weigh in on this issue with serious leverage like China and Russia. We need major carrot and stick diplomacy and a smart, wise and realistic strategy that gets us somewhere and not complicate matters even further. This issue is more dangerous and serious than any other the world is facing today, and it calls for wisdom coupled with resolve, with the whole world in on it. It still can be resolved, if we handle it with more political savvy, to outsmart and out manoeuvre this lunatic, and with less empty, arrogant threats that we are so good at. And if it came down to the military option, as a last resort, we need to do it right, for a change, with our allies with us every step of the way, and with the support of the international community

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