Did you know that in the past 8 weeks, 200 Palestinians, most of them unarmed civilians and many of them children, have been mercilessly gunned-down by the forces of the state of Israel? Are you aware that almost every day at least one Palestinian civilian is murdered in cold blood by the state of Israel? Did you know that the US government whole-heartedly supports and finances this systematic slaughter? Did you know that the 1,300 Lebanese civilians that were murdered in Israel's turkey shoot in Lebanon last month would still be alive today if it were not for the financial and military assistance that the US government gives to Israel?

Is it not utterly incredible to listen to George Bush tell the world about how his country is spreading "freedom and democracy" around the world and realise that most American citizens actually believe him, while their tax money -the sweat of their brows - is being used to murder innocent people in the Middle East. Let me be clear, these are not 'terrorists', there are NO terrorists, these are simply people unfortunate enough to find themselves living in a country that happens to be of strategic political importance to the American, British and Israeli governments.

Of course, Lebanon and Palestine are but the tip of the iceberg, I could go on about the 250,000 Iraqi civilians who were murdered by this same American government over the past 3 years. Think about it. 1/4 of one million people, shot, bludgeoned or blown to pieces by the Army or agents of the alleged greatest democracy on earth. Where did it go wrong?

Suffice to say that the scale of the crimes of the American, British and Israeli governments is directly proportional to the level of ignorance about what is really happening of the average British, American and Israeli citizen. In short, it is staggering, and it is no exaggeration to say that if the average citizen knew what is really happening, they could quite possibly die of shock. It is the big lie therefore, the massive gulf between words and actions, that allows our leaders to keep their crimes hidden from public view. It is not that their crimes are actually hidden of course, they are on view for all to see, but when Bush or Blair or Olmert give orders to bomb or attack civilians they are careful to declare the action as being part of the war on terror or the fight to preserve freedom and democracy, and in doing so they create a certain cognitive dissonance in the minds of the average person who is faced with a choice. He must decide weather to use his brain and think for himself or to simply have faith and trust in his leaders. As such, it comes down to a choice between the easy and the hard, the frightening and the comfortable. There really is no choice. It is facilitated self-imposed delusion at its finest.

Personally, I like to think that this state of delusion in which most people find themselves is not really sustainable, that at some stage the gulf between words and deeds will become so huge that only the clinically dead can afford to not see it. Perhaps this is simply wishful thinking on my part however, and perhaps history will show that 99% of the population went to their graves still thinking that their own deaths at the hands of their own government was to promote freedom and democracy".

Certainly at this point in time, the most likely candidate for any potential future wake-up call for humanity seems to be the Middle East. Israel is currently chomping at the bit to start the wholesale slaughter of Arabs, and America seems ready to help with its 130,000 troops and 10 permanent military bases in Iraq, all slowly turning their guns towards Iran. At the same time we see the massive concerted effort over the past 10 years to portray all Arabs as terrorists to citizens of Western nations. Could we really ask for a clearer signal of where this is going? Let me put it more plainly.

Your government has more or less successfully convinced you that all Arab people are terrorists or at least terrorist sympathisers, and to do so has gone to the extent of actually attacking and killing your fellow citizens and blaming it on Arabs to reinforce this 'reality'. At the same time it has stationed many thousands of troops in the Middle East region and is actively attempting to provoke a 'war'. Now tell me, where do think this is going to end up? Let me remind you that there have already been 2 world wars in the past 100 years, and the signs are multitude that another is around the corner. In the first world war 8 million people died. In the second world war 60 million people died. How many do you think might die in a third? 100, 200, 500 million? Why not a billion? It's not like they haven't developed wonderful weapons that can easily do the job.

The Middle East then, appears to be the future global ground zero of choice, but again, how did we get here?

In March 2005, ex-Israeli PM Sharon visited Bush at his Texas ranch where Bush repeated demands that Israel should halt all illegal settlement activity in the Palestinian West Bank territory. Within a day of returning to Israel, Sharon publicly ignored Bush's demands and ordered that the construction of new West Bank settlements should go ahead. The silence that issued from Washington was deafening, highlighting for all the world to see (apart from the victims of the Israeli-dominated and censored US mainstream press) that, regardless of what they say, Bush and Sharon are on the same page in terms of the future of a Palestinian state - there will be none.

The last serious effort that were made towards peace between Palestinians and Israelis was back in October 1993 when Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo peace accords and famously shook hands on the White House lawn, with Clinton pictured as peacemaker.

Rabin, Arafat and Clinton

Rabin had gone further than any other Israeli PM in extending a just peace offering to the Palestinians, and throughout the encounter in Washington, the frequently anguished look on his face spoke of a man who realised that he would be lucky to get out of this alive. Peace, you see, does not go down very well with the bloodthirsty "Zionists" that dictate Israeli policy towards the Arabs that live in their 'god-given' homeland.

After Olso, Arafat returned triumphantly to Palestinian territory and was later elected president of the Palestinian National Authority. Right on cue however, bomb attacks by "Palestinian militants" against Israelis heightened tensions between the two sides. As regards the bizarre way in which 'Palestinian militants' always seem to launch attacks against Israeli targets at moments where a peace appears within reach, consider this report from last year out of Baghdad:
A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license. The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car. He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour. At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him: "OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs. Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing. Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license. At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed, who is waiting for you now. Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work".

The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him. He stopped the car and inspected it carefully. He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.

The only feasible explanation for this incident is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad. The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated "hideous attack by foreign elements".
And lest we forget, Israel's intelligence and military have been training the Americans in Iraq on the finer points of Urban warfare and how best to counteract (read demonize) guerilla warfare tactics.

A little over two years after Oslo, and just in case he had any ideas about further 'peace mongering', Rabin was assassinated for his efforts by Israeli intelligence in a cover up that was very similar in essence to the murder of JFK. Barry Chamish details the findings that prove, more or less categorically, that the official version of Rabin's murder is a lie.

In 1996, Rabin's replacement, Binyamin Netanyahu, headed a coalition government, which was unsurprisingly split over the peace process and subsequently collapsed. Netanyahu was succeeded by Ehud Barak, who was the next to visit the White House and meet with Arafat in 2001, again with Clinton as match maker.

Barak, Clinton, Arafat

Barak could afford to smile, he knew his offer to Arafat was not something Arafat could bring home to the Palestinian people. Read Clayton Swisher's The Truth About Camp David : The Untold Story About the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process for the full story, but in essence, the talks were doomed to failure because of Barak's refusal to offer any substantial concessions to Arafat in return for assurances of peace. Of course, at the time, the Israeli-owned press informed the American public that the exact opposite was true, but then, there's nothing strange or unusual about that.

Unsurprisingly then, any prospect of further talks between the Israelis and the PA receded. In the impasse, the veteran right-winger and war criminal with an insatiable appetite for Palestinian blood, Ariel Sharon, toured Jerusalem's Muslim holy site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with an entourage of 1,000 armed men on September 29, 2000 - a flagrant provocation to the Palestinians. Sharon's belligerence paid off, provoking a second Palestinian intifada and soon thereafter propelling him into government in April 2001 - just what the Doctor of Death had been hoping for. Sharon further capitalised on the results of his provocation, using the Palestinian uprising to justify turning his back on the 'land for peace deal' and ordering the IDF to re-occupy the West Bank.

Not satisfied with their virtual stranglehold on the Palestinian territories and their 2 million haggard, impoverished and regularly murdered people, Israeli intelligence decided the time was right to implement their long established plan to create the conditions that will ultimately allow them to wage all out war on their defenseless Palestinian hostages and on the Arabic peoples of the wider Middle East.

9/11 was the Israeli false-flag operation par excellence, as then Israeli foreign minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu stated on the morning of the attacks in response to a question from a radio interviewer about his opinion of the atrocity: "It's very good." Then correcting himself and adding: "Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy [for Israel from Americans]."

Coincidence? Hardly.

It is clear to all those with a minimal understanding of the history of the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict" (a misnomer if there ever was one) that there never has been an Israeli government that ever planned to consent to Palestinian statehood. How could there have been? When we consider the glee with which Sharon, for example, ordered the butchering of thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women and children refugees in the Sabra and Shatila massacres in 1983, or the utter lack of empathy shown by Olmert to the murder of 1300 Lebanese (including hundreds of children) gives us a clear indication of the ethos underpinning the Zionist world view - all Arabs are less than human, much like all other 'gentiles'. Of course, we should not think that the Jewish people themselves will be spared the predations of their emotionless leaders. For the Israeli government to provoke war in the Middle East is like starting a fire in one's own home. All will be consumed.

Sharon remarked that: "anyone who kills a Jew or harms an Israeli citizen, or sends people to kill Jews, is a marked man. Period." In doing so, Sharon was merely stating what Jewish law has stated for thousands of years: that the life of a 'Gentile' is worth less than the life of a Jew (and that of an Arab even less). Jewish Talmudic law teaches that Jews alone are human, special chosen, and that they must assert their right as better than all others by force of arms. Once this is understood, the brutality of Israeli murders such as the death by missile of Sheikh Yassin or the gunning down of Palestinian children who throw rocks at the occupying IDF soldiers or the murder of 13000 Lebanese civilians can be understood for what it is - the enacting of the 'morality' of a group of psychopaths. Once the Jewish teachings are understood, the hopelessness of the Palestinian position and that of all the people of the Middle East (not to mention the rest of the world) can also be understood. We suggest our readers read Israel Shahak's book, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, especially the chapter on The Laws Against Non-Jews.

Here is an excerpt from that chapter:
Murder and Genocide

ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH religion, the murder of a Jew is a capital offense and one of the three most heinous sins (the other two being idolatry and adultery). Jewish religious courts and secular authorities are commanded to punish, even beyond the limits of the ordinary administration of justice, anyone guilty of murdering a Jew. A Jew who indirectly causes the death of another Jew is, however, only guilty of what talmudic law calls a sin against the 'laws of Heaven', to be punished by God rather than by man.

When the victim is a Gentile, the position is quite different. A Jew who murders a Gentile is guilty only of a sin against the laws of Heaven, not punishable by a court. To cause indirectly the death of a Gentile is no sin at all.

Thus, one of the two most important commentators on the Shulhan Arukh explains that when it comes to a Gentile, 'one must not lift one's hand to harm him, but one may harm him indirectly, for instance by removing a ladder after he had fallen into a crevice .., there is no prohibition here, because it was not done directly: He points out, however, that an act leading indirectly to a Gentile's death is forbidden if it may cause the spread of hostility towards Jews.

A Gentile murderer who happens to be under Jewish jurisdiction must be executed whether the victim was Jewish or not. However, if the victim was Gentile and the murderer converts to Judaism, he is not punished.

All this has a direct and practical relevance to the realities of the State of Israel. Although the state's criminal laws make no distinction between Jew and Gentile, such distinction is certainly made by Orthodox rabbis, who in guiding their flock follow the Halakhah. Of special importance is the advice they give to religious soldiers.

Since even the minimal interdiction against murdering a Gentile outright applies only to 'Gentiles with whom we [the Jews] are not at war', various rabbinical commentators in the past drew the logical conclusion that in wartime all Gentiles belonging to a hostile population may, or even should be killed. Since 1973 this doctrine is being publicly propagated for the guidance of religious Israeli soldiers. The first such official exhortation was included in a booklet published by the Central Region Command of the Israeli Army, whose area includes the West Bank. In this booklet the Command's Chief Chaplain writes:

When our forces come across civilians during a war or in hot pursuit or in a raid, so long as there is no certainty that those civilians are incapable of harming our forces, then according to the Halakhah they may and even should be killed... Under no circumstances should an Arab be trusted, even if he makes an impression of being civilized... In war, when our forces storm the enemy, they are allowed and even enjoined by the Halakhah to kill even good civilians, that is, civilians who are ostensibly good.
This discussion of Jewish laws towards non-Jews puts Israel's denial of food to the Palestinians, discussed in the article above, and murder of Lebanese in a different light. The Jews who follow Jewish law have no moral or religious duty to help or care for the Palestinians or Arabs and non-Jews in general. On the contrary, because they are convinced that every Palestinian (and ultimately gentile) is a threat to Israel and to other Jews, their religious duty is to kill them all.

We will be clear. We do not think that all Jews agree with this teaching. There are many non-religious Jews who may not even be aware of it and there are many others who are taking a stand against such inhuman teachings, (which the mainstream media conveniently ignores). However, such teachings appear to us to be an accurate description of the policies of the State of Israel, whether or not the individuals involved are aware of the teachings.

These teachings appear to form the foundations of the culture within which the genocidal policies of Zionist leaders are acceptable to a significant portion of Israel's Jewish population. We note, moreover, that these policies are acceptable as well to a significant proportion of US fundamentalist Christians. We raise the issue of US Christians because it is clear that their attitude towards non-Christians is very similar, and historically, Christians have treated non-Christians, especially those who did not have white skin, as little more than "beasts walking on two legs" as former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, once called Palestinians.

What is the basis of this sense of superiority? Religion, the supernatural ravings of an arrogant and bloodthirsty pseudo-divinity. Unfortunately, billions of people the world over, including Christians and Moslems, are influenced by these psychopathic delusions, as the legitimacy of their own beliefs rests upon the legitimacy of Jewish beliefs.

As for the Jews, for a people with a population of approximately 15 million world-wide, they appear to have an inordinate influence over the future of the planet, or at least such is true of their self-styled leaders. The survival of under 5 million of them, the Jewish population of Israel, could put in danger the survival of the other 6 billion of us alive today. It is the worst kept secret on the planet that Israel has nuclear weapons. It would be consistent with the Jewish law mentioned above for Israel to be willing to destroy the rest of the world if its leaders felt that there was a threat to Israel's continued existence. That Israelis have admitted that this is the worst case scenario is extremely troubling but not surprising.

But this discussion raises the issue of the modern bogeyman -- anti-Semitism. Is it "anti-Semitic" to say such things about Israel? We are not discussing Jews as a whole, and our criticisms of religion apply to the other world religions as well. We are discussing the State of Israel, the Zionist leaders, their genocidal policies towards the Palestinians and Arabs of the Middle East, and the apparent consistency between certain Jewish teachings and that policy. We also underline that the attitude of US evangelicals, and of much of the history of the Christian Churches, is in accord with these ideas even if the "chosen people" differ from case to case.

Defenders of Israel will label this argument as "anti-Semitic."

The manipulative tool that is monotheistic religion and those that have wielded it against humanity for thousands of years, appear destined to bring the world to the brink of a truly global holocaust, simply because they refuse to allow a wholly attainable peace settlement between the Israeli and Palestinian and Arabic peoples. With last year's assassination of Arafat by Israeli intelligence, the last hope for peace expired also. The 'peace map' is now officially dead rather than simply being an unofficial non-starter. The world has now entered the final phase of a despicable plan that has been many centuries in the making and which has as its goal the utter destruction of hundreds of millions of people on this planet.

While awareness of this reality is difficult to bear, it can at least help us to resolve the confusion we may have up to now experienced when we read the headlines that Bush has yet again called Olmert a "Man of Peace", or that "Israel has a right to defend itself". Deception, insidious and all-encompassing, is the name of the game that the controllers of this planet are playing. If you carry within you even the embryo of a vision of a different and better future for humanity, please take a stand, now, and refuse to be lied to any longer. Your children's future will undoubtedly depend on it.