6 January, 2007

World Held Hostage by Loxists with Nukes?

Posted by alex in Iran, Israel, Israeli war crimes at 3:47 pm | Permanent Link

Our correspondent on a concerted attempt to confront Iran and Shia Islam

An unholy alliance threatening catastrophe
by Anatole Kaletsky

Most people think that the bungled invasion of Iraq, climaxing last week with the bungled execution-assassination of Saddam Hussein, will go down in history as the ultimate symbol of the Bush Administration¹s hubris and incompetence. They should think again. With the dawning of a new year, the Bush-Blair partnership is working on an even more horrendous foreign policy disaster.

What now seems to be in preparation at the White House, with the usual unquestioning support from Downing Street, is a Middle Eastern equivalent of the Second World War. The trigger for this all-embracing war would be the formation of a previously unthinkable alliance between America, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Britain, to confront Iran and the rise of the power of Shia Islam.

The logical outcome of this ³pinning back² process would be an air strike by Israel against Iran¹s nuclear facilities, combined with a renewed Israeli military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, aggressive action by American and British soldiers to crush Iraq¹s Shia militias, while Saudi-backed Sunni terrorists undermined the increasingly precarious pro-Iranian Government in Baghdad.

Consider the ominous events that occurred in the Middle East and Washington over the holiday season, while most people were paying more attention to their turkeys and Christmas stockings. The first in this sequence of events was Tony Blair¹s abrupt announcement that members of the Saudi Royal Family accused of taking bribes from British defence contractors would be exempted from the application of British law. To risk a confrontation with the Saudi Royal Family, Mr Blair asserted, would have jeopardised Britain¹s security interests in Iraq and in the war against terrorism, as well as dashing hopes of progress towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This embarrassing announcement by Mr Blair was quickly followed by his Dubai speech, in which he called for an ³arc of moderation² to ³pin back² Iran¹s advances in the Middle East.

The second event, almost simultaneous with Mr Blair¹s bribery announcement, was the equally unexpected resignation of Saudi Arabia¹s Ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki al-Faisal, on December 15. Prince Turki has long been a key figure in the Saudi security establishment, whose last abrupt career move occurred in the autumn of 2001, when he suddenly resigned as liaison between the Saudi Royal Family and the Taleban terrorists that they had been financing until just before September 11. Turki was a leading member of a faction in the Saudi Royal Family that has for months been advocating a more conciliatory response towards the Shia hegemony in Iraq, including an effort to open direct negotiations between America and Iran, as recommended by James Baker¹s Iraq Study Group. The Turki group¹s main rivals in the Saudi establishment have by contrast argued for much tougher military action against what they called the ³Christian-Shia conspiracy² created by the US toleration of Iranian influence over Iraq.

The Saudi power struggle came into the open through an article published in The Washington Post in mid-December, by Nawaf Obeid, a Saudi security consultant ostensibly working for Turki, but actually closer to the hardliners. Obeid cautioned that if American troops were withdrawn from Iraq prematurely, in line with the Baker report¹s recommendations, Saudi Arabia would have no choice but to intervene forcibly ³to stop Iranian-backed Shi a militias from butchering Iraq¹s Sunnis². Turki immediately fired Obeid, but shortly afterwards was himself replaced by a hardliner.

Within Saudi Arabia itself, meanwhile, the anti-Iranian rhetoric is gathering strength. Take this example from al-Salafi magazine, quoted in The New York Times: ³Iran has become more dangerous than Israel itself. The Iranian revolution has come to renew the Persian presence in our region. This is the real clash of civilisations.²

The link between Israel and Iran in Saudi thinking brings us to the third event in this chillingly unfestive sequence: the confrontation over nuclear proliferation between the UN Security Council and Iran. If Iran is now really hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons, Israel has made it abundantly clear that it is equally hell-bent on stopping it ‹ whether by diplomatic or military means. Whether Israeli bombing would in practice do serious damage to the Iranian nuclear programme is far from clear, but there are certainly hotheads in the Israeli Government and military establishment who are itching to try.

There is, however, one binding constraint on Israel¹s freedom of action against Iran. This is the US. It is unlikely that Israel would bomb Iran without explicit American approval and it is certain that a US president would stop Israel if he believed America¹s national interest demanded it.

That has been the situation until recently, since America has depended on Iranian-backed Shia politicians to prevent a total collapse of order and a humiliating Saigon-style expulsion of American soldiers in Iraq.

Although Israel has never signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, many Israeli politicians believe that they are entitled to punish Iran for its non-compliance with the treaty. For these trigger-happy Israelis, Iran¹s backdoor influence over Washington via the Iraqi Shia has become a nightmare. The same is true of the Saudi princes. The Saudi Royal Family rules a largely Shia country on the basis of a fanatically enforced state religion whose senior spokesmen denounce the Shia as heretic scum. These feelings are entirely mutual ‹ Iran¹s mad mullahs hate the Wahhabis every bit as much.

Thus, if there is one country in the world more worried than Israel about an Iranian A-bomb, it is Saudi Arabia. And if there are two countries in the world with real influence on the Bush White House, they are Saudi Arabia and Israel. Now both these countries are telling President Bush that he must pull the plug on Iraq¹s Shia Government, tear up the Baker report, whose most important advice was to open diplomatic channels to Tehran, and prepare to attack Iran, either directly or using the Israelis as a proxy. This is the basis of the unholy alliance between Israel, Saudi Arabia and America, with Mr Blair contributing a few choice soundbites.

The anti-Iranian ³arc of moderation² may seem like another meaningless Blairism, not nearly as threatening as Mr Bush¹s ³axis of evil². But this soundbite could unleash a disaster on the Middle East, beside which the war in Iraq would be a mere sideshow.
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[Note for non-British recipients: The Spectator magazine is a notorious herald for Israel, behind a pose of British “right wing” patriotism. It kicked-off the “right wing” media puffing of the increasingly pro-Jewish/pro-Israel BNP prior to last May’s local elections.]

From: [deleted] <[deleted]@[deleted].karoo.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 07:09:00 -0000
To: “Martin Webster”
Subject: The latest Spectator magazine

Dear Martin

I have just seen an advertisement for The Spectator (6 January). The front cover reads:

> “The nuclear option: how Israel can stop Iran
> – Douglas Davis says that Israel is likely to launch a nuclear attack this
> year.”

I wonder if UN inspectors will now go into Israel to find out if it has ‘weapons of mass destruction’!

Some years ago I read an article about a prominent Israeli saying that:

“If Israel goes down, we take the world with us!”

Best wishes,

[deleted]

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1061-2530313,00.html


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  7. 3 Responses to “World Held Hostage by Loxists with Nukes?”

    1. Beast Says:

      The Samson Option.

      Read up.

      They lose! You lose!

    2. alex Says:

      ASIO ‘tricked on Hawke plot’
      By Peter Veness

      January 01, 2007 02:15pm

      AUSTRALIA’S spy agency was tricked by Israel into believing Bob Hawke was the target of a Palestinian assassination plot, the former Palestinian ambassador to Australia said today.

      Cabinet documents from 30 years ago released today, Bob Hawke, then Labor Party and ACTU President, faced the possibility of assassination at the hands of Palestinian militants for his strong pro-Israel views.

      But former Palestinian ambassador for Australia and the South Pacific Ali Kazak says the whole plot was designed by the Israeli spy agency Mossad and accepted without investigation by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

      “It has never been the intention of Palestine to bring this (Middle East) conflict to Australia and we made this clear to ASIO,” Mr Kazak said today.

      “This was part of Mossad’s campaign against Palestine.”

      Mr Hawke has not returned calls today.

      While Mr Kazak agreed ASIO had to take every possible threat seriously he accused the spy agency of never questioning the details of Mossad’s information.

      “ASIO have a job to do, it’s got to take everything seriously but they were taken for a ride and accepted because that allowed them a bigger budget and more power.”

      The cabinet papers also show that ASIO believed pro-Palestinian terrorists had a clear operational interest in Australia and that had been demonstrated by visits from militants.

      In September 1973, Abdulhamid Abdulla Azzam, a member of the military wing of Al Fatah – then the principal Palestinian terrorist group – visited Melbourne. He was arrested on his way out, charged with immigration offences and subsequently deported.

      Mr Kazak said the arrest of Azzam could be explained easily.

      “Because Palestinians don’t have their own passports we have to travel on other passports … it was not a false passport, it was a real passport … there was nothing secret about his visit.”

      Mossad, Mr Kazak said, had had a foothold in Australia since then.

      “We all know that Mossad is operating in Australia.

      “They have been operating out of Sydney for more than 10 years.”

      The last public noise made by Mossad in the south Pacific was when New Zealand jailed two alleged Israeli spies for falsely trying to obtain New Zealand passports.

      http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20997846-2,00.html

    3. Walter Thompson Says:

      While I appreciate analysis on the ME coming from outside the controlled media there are some flaws with the reasoning of this article.

      Kaletsky suggests there is a military plan in the works against Iran that will take place “…while Saudi-backed Sunni terrorists undermined the increasingly precarious pro-Iranian Government in Baghdad.”

      Is the US going to undermine its only native ally in central and southern Iraq? Especially when as the article points out “…America has depended on Iranian-backed Shia politicians to prevent a total collapse of order and a humiliating Saigon-style expulsion”

      “It is unlikely that Israel would bomb Iran without explicit American approval and it is certain that a US president would stop Israel if he believed America¹s national interest demanded it.”

      That sentence is so funny I don’t think I need to explain why.

      “Now both these countries are telling President Bush that he must pull the plug on Iraq¹s Shia Government,”…”and prepare to attack Iran, either directly or using the Israelis as a proxy.”

      Using the Israelis as a proxy? Mr. Kaletsky seems to have that backwards.

      “…Iran¹s mad mullahs hate the Wahhabis every bit as much.”

      Iran’s mad mullahs? That sounds like something I would read in newsweek.