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Signs of the Times for Thu, 20 Apr 2006

By Juan Cole
Apr. 18, 2006

John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government have put their hands into a hornet's nest with their paper in the London Review of Books, titled "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." As political scientists who routinely analyze U.S. foreign policy, they have gained a reputation for lucid and principled argument, but outside the halls of academia are not exactly household names. In daring to simply describe the well-known operations of the Israel lobby, however, they have made themselves targets of a massive smear campaign. Ironically, this reaction is just what their paper predicted.

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Chris Floyd
Tuesday, 18 April 2006
Savvy players in the military-industrial racket know that the "War on Terror" is just short-end money: fat and sweet, sure, but it doesn't really have legs. "Islamofacism" is too empty a concept to sustain the kind of decades-long looting of the public treasury that the dear old Cold War used to provide – the overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world just aren't interested in dressing up in Nazi drag and playing their assigned roles in the Pentagon-Neocon-Theocon war game. I mean, Jesus Herbert Walker Christ, you can even walk your army right into the heartland of Islam and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and they still won't take the bait. Not a single Muslim nation has gone jihad over Iraq; they haven't all turned into a nice, big monolithic evil empire set on the utter destruction of America. It's like they're all just ordinary people or something, good, bad and indifferent, largely occupied with their own concerns – personal, economic, social, religious, national.

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Union of Concerned Scientists

Click this link to view a 'Flash' animation on the likely effects of the use of a nuclear "bunker buster" against underground facilities in Iran by the U.S government and military.

Please note that the US government appears determined to use such devices, in full awareness of the fact that millions of innocent people would probably die as a result. It would appear that, in terms of the current U.S. administration and the general global ruling "elite", we are not dealing with men and women but monsters.

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Softening US Up for War on Iran

nuclear.png "New urgency" to curb Iran - US

nuclear.png Iranian defense minister dismisses U.S. threat

reptile_eye.png Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map - Does He Deny The Holocaust?

u-s-flag.png Most Americans Do Not Trust Bush on Iran

nuclear.png Iranian official's presence in U.S. queried

nuclear.png Russian Military Will Not Intervene In Iran

u-s-flag.png Stop Us Before We Kill Again!

u-s-flag.png US to call for freeze on Iran assets and visa curbs

Life in the Americas

cow_skull.png U.S. Records Drastic Decline in Death Rate

fightclub.png Vegas Attack Likely Part Of 2-Day Terror Spree

u-s-flag.png City of Montgomery apologizes to Rosa Parks, five decades later

republican.png Rove Relinquishes Some Control, McClellan Resigns in Shake-Up

attention_sign.png Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay sign natural gas pipeline accord

attention_sign.png Venezuelan, Uruguayan leaders call for reform of Mercosur

cowboy_boot.png Pentagon releases list of Guantanamo detainees

vader.png 'Real 20th hijacker' is being held at Guantanamo

Mother Nature's Revenge

cowboy_hat.png Storm Evacuees Are Straining Texas Hosts

syringe.png Mumps Hits Midwest, More Vaccine Promised

earth.png Midwest Snowstorm Leaves 4 Dead, Power Out

earth.png Days of rain wash away homes in N.L.

earth.png Cyclone Monica Batters Northeast Australia

earth.png Tokyo jolted by moderate earthquake

earth.png Strong earthquake off west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra

earth.png Peru Volcano Ash Sickens 1,000 People, Kills Llamas

War Crimes on Terror

dr_evil.png Death warrants - Saddam 148, Bush 152

red_flag.png Iraq Police Deny Report of Teachers Killed

u-s-flag.png Taliban In Control Of Much Of Afghanistan

u-s-flag.png The U.S. War in Afghanistan

stormtrooper.png 16 Afghan civilians killed or wounded by U.S. troops

Global Chaos

smiley-tongue-out.png Italian court says Prodi won election

mr-potato-head.png Berlusconi Refuses to Concede, Undermining Prodi's Election Win

vampire.png Police fire on 1000s of protesters on outskirts of Nepal's capital, killing 3

vampire.png Chinese Embassy in PNG aids Chinese in Solomon Islands

tnt.png 'Home-made' bomb found on high speed rail line in France

vader.png Bomb was for major attack, say police

attention_sign.png Disputed islands stir tensions between South Korea, Japan

War Crimes in Palestine

reptile_eye.png Israeli forces arresting wives and mothers of "wanted" Palestinian men to force them to "surrender"

red_flag.png Hamas: Jordan fabricated arms story

reptile_eye.png British Euro-MP condemns Israel's apartheid policies London

academy_award.png France rules out cutting off Palestinian relief aid

reptile_eye.png Hamas finance minister says he has no assurances he can cover payroll

The Coming Economic Crisis

money.png Oil hits record $74 on Iran, US gasoline stocks

money.png Alternative investments pay off for the very rich

speaker.png FCC Launches Payola Probes of 4 Radio Giants

money.png Missing Bin Ladens puzzle Spain

The China Card

money.png Why the Chinese love Seattle

u-s-flag.png Greeting Hu with a 21-Gun "Salute"

u-s-flag.png Containing China

Odds 'n Ends

syringe.png China Reports New Human Case Of Avian Flu

easter_island.png Stone blocks may be part of Europe's first step pyramid

red_flag.png The TV-advert enforcer

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