"The world has become accustomed to the idea of mass migrations and
has become fond of them…Hitler—as odious as he is to us—has
given this idea a good name in the world." Ze’ev Jabotinsky; Ideological
founder of the Likud Party "One Palestine Complete" p 407
"The raw logic of Israel’s distorted self-image and racist doctrines
is exposed beyond confusion by the now-stark reality: the moonscape rubble
of once-lovely Lebanese villages; a million desperate people trying to survive
Israeli aerial attacks as they carry children and wheel disabled grandparents
down cratered roads; limp bodies of children pulled from the dusty basements
of crushed buildings. This is the reality of Israel’s national doctrine,
the direct outcome of its racist worldview." Virginia Tilley "The
Case for Boycotting Israel" Counterpunch
By bombing the highways and main bridges into Beirut, Israel has cut off the
capital from the outside world and put the entire nation under siege. Israel
can now execute its plan to pummel Lebanon into rubble without the threat of
The north has been effectively severed from the south allowing the IDF to continue
its ethnic cleansing operations as well as its search-and-destroy missions for
Hezbollah fighters. They have meticulously destroyed all the main points of
entry at the Syrian border and blockaded the coastline. Israel believes that
their earlier occupation (which ended in year 2000) failed due to the unrestricted
flow of supplies and weaponry from Syria and Iran. The Bush administration has
assisted this effort by providing crucial intelligence from the NSA about the
movement of material from the outside.
By now, it should be apparent that Israel’s military campaign has nothing
to do with Hezbollah’s capturing of the 2 Israeli soldiers on July 14.
The present plan, which was drawn up more than a year ago (and which high-ranking
members of the Bush administration were fully briefed) is designed to establish
a new northern border for Israel at the Litani River and create an "Israel-friendly"
regime in Beirut.
The plan to annex the land south of the Litani River dates back to the founding
of the Jewish state when Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion
described the country’s future borders this way: "To the north the
Litani River, the southern border will be pushed into the Sinai, and to the
east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan." (See
Map of post WW1 Zionist plan for region http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Maps/Story1045.html
In 1978 the IDF launched Operation Litani with the intention of annexing the
southern part of Lebanon and setting up a Christian client-regime in Beirut
that would take orders from Tel Aviv. Israel said that it needed a "buffer
zone" for its security, the same excuse that it uses today. The 1982 invasion
devolved into an 18 year onslaught which ravaged the Lebanese economy and killed
more than 20,000 civilians. In 2000, Israel was driven from Lebanon by the persistent
attacks of the Lebanese resistance organization, Hezbollah.
The media portrayal of the current conflict is blatantly absurd. It has nothing
to due with "captured soldiers" or Israel’s "right to defend
itself". This is a traditional war with clear territorial and political
objectives. The border controversy is nonsense. Israel is trying to seize more
land to realize its vision of "Greater Israel" while reducing an adjacent
Arab country to a "permanent state of colonial dependency". This explains
the vast and deliberate destruction to Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure.
Israel’s dominance requires that its neighbors endure abject poverty and
oppression. By destroying the infrastructure and life-support systems, Israel
hopes to eliminate the rise of a potential rival as well as to diminish the
ability of the Lebanese resistance to wage war against the Jewish state. Once
Lebanon is decimated, it will be delivered to Zionists at the World Bank (Paul
Wolfowitz) who will apply the shackle of reconstruction loans and structural
readjustment, which will keep Lebanon as an indentured servant to the global
banking establishment. This model of economic servitude has been used throughout
the developing world with varying degrees of success. It anticipates Israel’s
regional ascendancy while ensuring that Lebanon’s sovereignty will be
compromised for decades to come.
The United States has played a unique role in Israel’s war on Lebanon.
In its 230 year history the US has never deliberately assisted in an attack
on an ally. That record will end with Lebanon.
Lebanon was demonstrably "pro-American" government on friendly terms
with Washington. In fact, American NGOs and intelligence organizations helped
to activate the "Cedar Revolution" which gave rise to the Fouad Siniora
government and the eventual expulsion of Syrian troops. To a large extent, Washington
and Tel Aviv had achieved what they wanted to by meddling in Lebanon’s
political affairs. The country was singled out as a shining example of Bush’s
"global democratic revolution", which was the stated goal of American
intervention in the Middle East.
Lebanon has since been rewarded for its cooperation by the total obliteration
of its economy and infrastructure. The Bush administration has abandoned any
pretense of being an "honest broker" and is now providing Israel with
precision-guided missiles to prosecute a war against a (mainly) civilian population.
They are also actively collaborating with the Olmert regime to foil all plans
for an immediate ceasefire. The United States is a fully-engaged partner in
the premeditated destruction of a democratic country. It is as much a part of
the Israeli aggression as any IDF tank commander rumbling towards Beirut.
The United Nations has been sidelined by the administration’s obstructionism
at the Security Council. The efforts of the Bolton-Rice team are tantamount
to a "declaration of war". So far, the Israeli offensive has uprooted
nearly 1 million people in the south; making refugees of approximately 25% of
the Lebanon’s total population. The UN has done nothing to respond to
this calamity. Its ineffectiveness casts doubt on whether it will survive the
present crisis. Security in the new century will ultimately depend on alliances
between the individual countries. The UN model of one, monolithic international
institution trying to "preserve the peace" has proved to be a wretched
The scene in the south of Lebanon is hauntingly similar to the ethnic cleansing
of Palestinians in 1948; the Nakba. Once again, Israel is seen driving Muslims
from their homes in an attempt to expand its territory. The "deliberate"
attack on Qana, which killed 57 civilians, as well as the bombing of clearly
marked ambulances and "white flag-waving" mini-buses chock-full of
fleeing villagers, shows that the Israeli high-command still understands the
importance of using terror as a means of controlling behavior. Israel’s
carefully calculated atrocities have had the desired effect; triggering the
mass-exodus of hundreds of thousands of frightened civilians and leaving Hezbollah
guerillas to fight it out with the IDF.
The Bush administration is now attempting to pacify its critics by pushing
a resolution that calls for a "full cessation of hostilities". The
resolution does not demand that Israel stop attacking Hezbollah nor does it
require the IDF to leave Lebanon. It is Munich all over again; a miserable "sell-out"
by the Security Council that guarantees a steady increase in the violence as
well as an intensification of the rage that is sweeping across the Muslim world.
The UN has unwittingly endorsed Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon and created
the foundation for another generation of terrorists. The resolution shows that
the UN is nothing more than a "cat’s paw" for US/Israeli geopolitical
ambitions and that the "post-colonial" European allies are willing
to succumb to the neocon plan for a "New Middle East".
The UN is not an "honest broker"; its bumbling attempts at peace
have only provided the cover of international legitimacy to Israel’s rampage.
Israel will now continue its crusade unobstructed; setting up outposts throughout
the south, pushing the Shia off their land, attacking Hezbollah as they see
fit, and installing an Israeli-client in Beirut.
Israel will never return to its "internationally recognized" northern
border unless it is beaten-back by the Lebanese national resistance, Hezbollah.
What does Israel want?
The only way that Israel can maintain its dominance in the region is by becoming
a main-player in the oil-trade. Otherwise it will continue to be dependent on
the United States to strengthen its military and defend its interests. Israel’s
determination to "stand on its own 2 feet" is outlined in the neocon
plan for "rebuilding Zionism" in the 21st century; "A Clean Break:
A New Strategy for Securing the Realm". The document is the blueprint for
redrawing the map of the Middle East and eliminating rivals to Israeli power.
Most of the attention has been focused on the parts of the paper which presage
the attacks on Iraq, Lebanon and Syria; including this ominous passage:
"Securing the Northern Border:
Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil. An effective approach, and one
with which America can sympathize, would be if Israel seized the strategic
initiative along its northern borders by engaging Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran,
as the principle agents of aggression in Lebanon, including by:
paralleling Syria’s behavior by establishing the precedent that Syria
is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.
striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove to be
insufficient, string at select targets in Syria proper." ("A Clean
Break"; Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser)
Clearly, this is the basic schema for US/Israeli aggression in the region. What
has been overlooked, however, is Israel’s determination to "break
away" from its traditional dependence on American support. As stated in
(Israel intends to) "forge a new basis for relations with the US—stressing
self-reliance, maturity, strategic cooperation on areas of mutual concern,
and furthering values inherent to the West. This can only be done if Israel
takes serious steps to terminate aid, which prevents economic reform. Israel
can make a clean-break from the past and establish a new vision for the US-Israeli
partnership based on self-reliance, maturity, and mutuality—not one
narrowly focused on territorial disputes. (Israel) does not need US troops
in any capacity to defend it…and can manage its own affairs. Such self-reliance
will grant Israel greater freedom of action and remove a significant lever
of pressure used against it in the past….No amount of weapons or victories
will grant Israel the peace it seeks. When Israel is on sound footing, and
is free, powerful, and healthy internally, it will no longer simply manage
the Arab-Israeli conflict; it will transcend it".
Israel’s "economic freedom" depends in large part on its ability
to become a central petroleum-depot for the global oil trade. In Michel Chossudovsky’s
recent article "Triple
Alliance: US, Turkey, Israel and the War on Lebanon", the author provides
a detailed account of the alliances and agreements which underscore the current
war. As Chossudovsky says, "We are not dealing with a limited conflict
between the Israeli Armed Forces and Hezbollah as conveyed by the Western media.
The Lebanese War Theater is part of a broader US military agenda, which encompasses
a region extending from the Eastern Mediterranean into the heartland of Central
Asia. The war on Lebanon must be viewed as 'a stage’ in this broader 'military
Chossudovsky shows how the recently completed Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline has
strengthened the Israel-Turkey alliance and foreshadows an attempt to establish
"military control over a coastal corridor extending from the Israeli-Lebanese
border to the East Mediterranean border between Syria and Turkey."
Lebanese sovereignty is one of the unfortunate casualties of this Israel-Turkey
Most of the oil from the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline will be transported to
western markets but, what is less well-known, is that a percentage of the oil
will be diverted through a "proposed" Ceyhan-Ashkelon pipeline which
will connect Israel directly to rich deposits in the Caspian. This will allow
Israel to supply markets in the Far East from its port at Eilat on the Red Sea.
It is an ambitious plan that ensures that Israel will be a critical part of
the global energy distribution system. (See Michel Chossudovsky, ,The
war on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil, July 2006)
Oil is also a major factor in the calls for "regime change" in Syria.
An article in the UK Observer "Israel Seeks Pipeline for Iraqi Oil"
notes that Washington and Tel Aviv are hammering out the details for a pipeline
that will run through Syria and "create and endless and easily accessible
source of cheap oil for the US guaranteed by reliable allies other than Saudi
Arabia." The pipeline "would transform economic power in the region,
bringing revenue to the new US-dominated Iraq, cutting out Syria, and solving
Israel’s energy crisis at a stroke."
The Israeli Mossad is already operating in northern Iraq where the pipeline
will originate and have developed good relations with the Kurds. The only remaining
obstacle is the current Syrian regime which has already entered the US/Israeli
crosshairs. The Observer quotes a CIA official who said, "It has long been
a dream of a powerful section of the people now driving this administration
and the war in Iraq to safeguard Israel’s energy supply as well as that
of the US. The Haifa pipeline was something that existed, was resurrected as
a dream, and is now a viable project—albeit with a lot of building to
Former US ambassador James Atkins added, "This is a new world order now.
This is what things look like particularly if we wipe out Syria. It just goes
to show that it is all about oil, for the United States and its ally."
The Middle East is being reshaped according to the ideological aspirations
of Zionists and the exigencies of a viciously-competitive energy market. Behind
the bombed-out ruins of Qana and the endless sorties laying Lebanon to waste,
are the tireless machinations of the energy giants, the corporate media, the
banking establishment and Israel.
Don’t expect a quick return to peace. This war is just beginning.
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