Gravel: Take Bush to The Hague

 

Former Democratic candidate Mike Gravel says President George W. Bushshould be taken to The Hague for war crimes rather than being impeached.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel

 

In a Monday video conference with Press TV, the former Alaska senator said President Bush does not ‘deserve’ to be impeached for invading Afghanistan and Iraq, which has resulted in the loss of ‘millions of lives’.

“An Impeachment just means you would only take away his (Bush’s) presidency. Well, he is almost done (with) his presidency. What really needs to happen is that these people have to be held accountable for the crimes they have committed,” the 78-year-old Democrat said referring to the US president and Vice President Dick Cheney.

“If you impeach president and vice president, Nancy Pelosi is going to become president; that is not going happen,” Gravel added.

Gravel is an outspoken advocate of impeaching Bush and Cheney over the disinformation campaign they have led in support of their go-to-war policies.

“There is a lot of very good news that makes me tremendously hopeful that we as a nation are starting to wake up and insist our congressional representatives act to make impeachment happen now,” he had said in a statement in January after congressman Dennis Kucinich announced plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush.

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Brzezinski: McCain would start WWIV

 

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 22:26:50

Former White House national security adviser says if John McCain becomes the next US president the world will move toward World War IV.

Former US President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski criticized US officials in Senator McCain’s camp for pushing the presumptive Republican nominee toward a radical foreign policy on issues such as Iran.

Brzezinski described McCain’s presidency as an ‘appalling concept’ as it would lead to the World War IV, arguing that from the viewpoint of figures surrounding the Arizona senator the Cold War counted as World War III.

“Well, if McCain is president and if his Secretary of State is Joe Lieberman and his Secretary of Defense is [Rudolph] Giuliani, we will be moving towards the World War IV that they have been both favoring and predicting,” Brzezinski cautioned.

Earlier in October 2007, President George W. Bush, who has endorsed John McCain, warned of the eruption of World War III should Iran continue uranium enrichment.

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Bolton: U.S. should help Israel hit Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton said the United States should assist Israel in any strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The ex-U.S. envoy in an op-ed in the July 15 Wall Street Journal said the United States must consider what assistance to extend to Israel before and after an airstrike. “We will be blamed for the strike anyway, and certainly feel whatever negative consequences result, so there is compelling logic to make it as successful as possible,” wrote Bolton, who was known for his hawkish foreign policy views. “At a minimum, we should place no obstacles in Israel’s path, and facilitate its efforts where we can.” Bolton said the efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions through sanctions had failed, and even if they could still be enacted, the time for their effectiveness has passed. He also lashed out at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for advocating the threat of sanctions and incentives for changed behavior to divert Tehran from its present course. Bolton had only a slightly milder appraisal of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain’s approach, describing the Arizona senator’s call for a workable missile defense system to protect the United States from the Iranian threat “only a component of a post-failure policy.”

A hot but happy summer

America’s goal was to seek revenge from Hizbollah for its victory in the 33-Day-War and establishing a government completely dependent on it in Lebanon. But, this scenario was destroyed with the strategical error of Fuad Siniora’s cabinet deciding to take away Hizbollah’s telecommunication capabilities.

 About six months ago, David Walsh, an undersecretary for the Department of State, in a travel to Saudi Arabia talked about a hot and difficult summer for Lebanon. Soon after these remarks American politicians and military started changing their actions in the region. Washington, with the excuse of strengthening the Lebanese military and helping the government in Beirut, armed the 14th of March Political Party and prepared them for a hot and difficult summer with many weapons. A few months ago over 3000 armed personnel were ready to play their role carrying out American orders. In this framework, George Bush labeled Hizbollah a terrorist organization and his readiness to destroy it. The general that was the head in Afghanistan and Iraq was deployed to Beirut to announce the readiness of the paramilitary wing of the 14th of March Political Party for this hot and difficult summer. The last link to this scenario was the deployment of the American Battleship Cole to the Mediterranean and its entrance to the Lebanese shore.

 Everything was ready for Walsh’s hot summer until America, with the excuse of a Lebanese civil war and the effects of it in the region and well as world peace and with a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for the direct presence of its military in Lebanon.

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The Barbaric treatment of a Palestinian by Zionist soldiers

A non-governmental agency in the occupied territories issued a photograph where a Zionist soldier shoots a Palestinian with a rubber bullet in close range.

The Palestinian was a protestor and had his hands tied and eyes covered. He was standing in front of the soldier while another officer held his arms.

According to this agency he was Ashraf Abu Rahmah, 27 years old and was injured in this incident.

 After this agency protested this event and put the film and picture on television, the Israeli army announced that it will conduct the necessary investigations.

 We must all stand up and not let such things happen to our Muslim brothers in the occupied territories. Wherever we are we can do something – in the west we can increase people’s awareness of what is really going on: an informational Jihad.

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Samir Quntar: The resistance must be supported until the destruction of Israel

Samir Quntar was a Lebanese prison held for one of the longest terms and was freed in the prisoner exchange between Hizbollah and the Zionist regime. He said: “I will continue to resist until the occupied territories are completely freed and Israel is destroyed.”

 The Saudi Arabian newspaper ‘Akaz narrated that Samir Quntar spent 30 years of his youth in Israeli prisons and wants to return to the occupied territories saying that these lands can only be freed through resistance.

 Quntar said that the years he spent in prison were very difficult but also very special. He said that he could not describe the tortures and being away from his hometown in only a ten minute span though.

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Al-Ridhwan Operation: The Return of the Heroes.

16/07/2008 It is the spot where the resistance community just loves to hear the leader of the resistance. It is the same spot that the resistance community marks the most glorious days. It is the same spot that the Israeli war machine destroyed in its lost war in 2006. It is the Raya playground in Dahye, where Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary General welcomed the released heroes.
 
His eminence welcomed political, religious and diplomatic personalities as well as the massive popular gathering.
“I welcome you at this national victory. Welcome Samir, Maher, Khodor, Hussein and Mohammed. I welcome the martyrs whom we will receive tomorrow. I welcome Arab and Lebanese martyrs who are the pride of our Arab and Islamic nations,” his eminence said.
 
Sayyed Nasrallah added that in 2006, a group of resistance fighters captured two Israeli soldiers to set Lebanese detainees free.
“On the 16th of July, Samir and his comrades have returned and with them returned the martyrs. Is it a coincidence that dream is fulfilled in July or is it the will of Almighty Allah? How did we reach this result? The main factor is steadfastness and victory in the face of the 2006 aggression and the failure of enemy in fulfilling any of their objectives. Had we been defeated, Samir and his comrades as well as the martyrs would have never returned and everything would have been lost,” the Hezbollah chief explained.
 
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that the Israeli enemy was demanding an unconditional release of the two captured soldiers, adding that “we have to remember those who spearheaded the fight on top of which is their brave leader Imad Moghniyeh. We recall the steadfast people who suffered devastation without showing weakness. This steadfastness has materialized victory.”
 
His eminence also explained that there had been other factors that helped during “the tough negotiations.”
“The enemy’s incapability of gaining back the soldiers without negotiations and this had been clear in the outcome of the war.
The enemy’s security and intelligence fiasco. They failed to determine the location and the fate of the soldiers. These had been our points of strength during the negotiations. One more thing: The enemy feared to announce the failure of the negotiations because he feared that this could prompt the resistance to carry out a new operation to capture more soldiers.”
 
Sayyed Nasrallah said that some positions by the detainees during the formal court session in the Zionist entity made him cry. “When one of you was asked if (Nasrallah) ordered you to fight again, would you? He replied: If we saw (Nasrallah) walking towards the sea, we would walk with him without being asked to. These words made me cry and I craved for these fighters who never change even in prisons.”
 
“When Samir Kintar left 30 years ago, Hezbollah was not existent and when martyr Dalal Moghrabi carried out her brave and unique operation, Hezbollah was not existent. Today, Hezbollah gained them back as living heroes and martyrs and this has significant indications…Arab, Palestinian and Jordanian prisoners were always present during negotiations. We used to tell the Israelis that what matters to us is that prisoners return to their families. Hand them to any leader, to any country, this is not an issue. What we want is that they return to their families. In the final stages of the negotiations, we managed to agree on the release of some Palestinians. For us, this a humanitarian and symbolic step, but nevertheless, we insisted that Palestinian prisoners be released in the framework of the swap to underline the unity of the cause. I address Arab and Islamic governments, some of which are the richest in the world. You should not turn a blind eye and say that this is a Palestinian affair. This is wrong. We should recall the suffering of 11 thousand Palestinian prisoners and their families. Today the achievements have been completed. We set tow goals after the 2006 war: To release the detainees and this has been fulfilled today. And to Have a national unity government in Lebanon and this has been fulfilled today as well. Let us put our hands together to build Lebanon and protect it.
I thank President Michel Suleiman who organized this great national reception of the detainees, just like former President Emile Lahoud had done in 2004. Both events took place in and around the airport.
Lebanon has proved that it’s a country worth sacrificing for. All we want is for our land to return to us, and we in Hezbollah, are open to any discussion over the defensive strategy. We insist on discussing it without delay. Lebanon is still in danger and it is important to have this dialogue with a positive mind. We will ask everybody to help us in defending our country and he who abandons this duty is a traitor.
We are ready to tackle any file in a way that serves our national unity.
In the coming days, we will know the fate of those missing in Israeli jails. We will also talks about the file of the Iranian diplomats.” 
 
Sayyed Nasrallah also recalled Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr who has been kidnapped since 1978. “We want to close this file. If he was dead, give him back to us. No one should forget the founder of the resistance in Lebanon. I call for a real and serious joint Arab-Islamic cooperation to end this matter.”
 
His eminence concluded: “I congratulate you again because this victory is yours and this achievement is yours. Freedom for the prisoners and mercy on the martyrs. All the pride and glory to Palestine, Lebanon and the Umma.”

Who is Dalal Maghribi who Barak hates so much?

Dalal Maghribi was the first woman commander in Palestine’s history of resistance. When she was only twenty years old she led around 10 Palestinians into one of the worst martyrdom missions. After killing many Israeli soldiers they faced the Israeli Special Forces on the way back led by Ehud Barak himself. In the end all of them reached martyrdom. This was so bad for the Zionists that Barak was seen on television dragging the corpse of this brave lady through the ground.

 

Dalal Maghribi was born in 1958 in the Palestinian camp of Sabra from a Palestinian family originating from Yafa who had refugee status in Lebanon. She went to elementary and middle school in Beirut in schools run by agencies trying to help Palestinian refugees.

 

She started military training while she was still in school. She was familiarized with various weapons and styles of war. At that time she became famous for her bravery and revolutionary spirit.

 

The Jewish Experience by Gilad Altzon

For more than half a century, those who have been trying to combat the forces that are behind the Israeli paradigm have been identifying Israeli policies and practice with Zionism and Zionist Ideology. I am afraid to say that they were wrong all the way along. Indeed, Zionism’s project dictates the plunder of Palestine in the name of Jewish national aspiration. It is also true to argue that Israel has been rather efficient in translating the Zionist philosophy into a devastating oppressive and murderous practice. Yet, Israelis, or more precisely, the vast majority of Israeli-born secular Jews, are not motivated or fuelled by Zionist ideology. Its spirit or symbols are virtually meaningless to them. As bizarre as it may sound to some, Zionism is either a foreign or just an archaic notion for most Israeli-born secular Jews.

Since the vast majority of Israelis are confused by the notion of Zionism, most forms of criticism that would label itself as anti-Zionist would have hardly any effect on Israel, Israeli politics or on the Israeli people. In other words, in the last sixty years, those who have been using the paradigm of Zionism and its antipode have been preaching to the converted.

A total review of the amalgam formed by Israel, Zionism and Jewishness is now overdue.

Intimate Departure

Once a year around Easter, my family leaves me behind for two weeks. My wife Tali and our two kids Mai (12) and Yann (7) make their way to Israel. My wife calls it a family visit, she insists that the kids must see their close relatives and my views on Israel, Jewish identity and global Zionism should never stand in the way or interfere with family matters. For the obvious reasons, I myself never go to Israel. I had decided ten years ago that unless Israel becomes a state of its citizens, I have nothing to do there.

In our first parental years in London Tali and I had some discussions about her favourite choice of Easter break. Initially I didn’t approve. I insisted that schlepping innocent youngsters to the apartheid ‘Jews only state’ would contribute little to their future well-being, and in fact, it may distort their ethical senses. In those early parental years Tali dismissed my fears, she argued that our kids should be treated as free human beings. They must be entitled to see their family and it is down to them to make up their minds when they are ready to do so.

When our kids were very young, I found it pretty difficult to sustain my argument. Mai and Yann didn’t have any interest in political or ethical complexities. However, as my kids grew up, their journey in and out of the Hebraic shtetl had become a major education chapter for myself more than for anyone else. Observing my kids transformed into light Israelophiles opened my eyes. I happened to grasp the impact of Israel and Zionism through the juvenile eyes of my British kids. I had learned to admit how easy it may be to fall in love with Israel.

My kids love it there. They adore the blue sky, they go on and on about the sea and the sandy beaches. I guess that they love humus and falafel. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that everything I have mentioned so far belongs to the land – i.e., Palestine rather than the state – i.e., Israel. However, it doesn’t end there. They also love to talk in Hebrew surrounded by Hebrew speakers, to laugh in Hebrew and even to get upset in Hebrew. They love the Hebraic Chutzpah that is inherently entangled with the Israeli openness. At the end of the day, Hebrew is their mother tongue.

When Tali and the kids land in cloudy London they happen to be confused and lost for a while. Tali becomes slightly nostalgic about the successful theatrical career she left behind. This obviously makes a lot of sense. The case of my kids is slightly more complicated. They are Brits. Though Hebrew is their mother tongue, English is their first language. In London they clearly miss some liberties they celebrated there: they want to keep on playing in the open fields, to bathe in the glorious Mediterranean sun overwhelmed by the dry spring blossoms. But far more noticeably, Israel resolves what seems as their inevitable emerging identity complex. While here in London they are troubled with their ethnic identity, they can never decide who they are, whether they are ex-Israelis, ex-Jews, Secular Jews, Christian by culture, the descendents of a Hebrew speaking Palestinian, the son and daughter of a notorious proud self-hater and so on. In Israel, and especially with their family around, none of those questions come into play. The Israelis tend to accept you as a qualified brother as long as you are not an Arab. While in multi-ethnic London my kids are often confronted with some obvious questions regarding their origin, questions they find hard to tackle a lot because of myself and my stand, in Israel those questions are non-existent.

 

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Imam Khomeini’s Political Thought

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