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Friday, August 12, 2005

Some moderate

Former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk - described by many as a "moderate" and compared to Genghis Khan, they're probably right - appeared on last night's ABC Lateline.

An Australian who has worked for Washington's most insidious pro-Israel think-tank, AIPAC, Indyk proved once again why he is the voice of the establishment with little or no thought for Iraqis or Palestinians. Interviewer Maxine McKew - does she get paid to be so innocuous? - dared not ask him anything too confronting.

Israel was "possibly" nuclear, Indyk said. Sorry? Perhaps he was trying to continue the Jewish state's deliberate policy of nuclear ambiguity, but the facts are very clear. Israel is armed and very dangerous.

He talked about the rising US casualties in Iraq and didn't once discuss the far greater Iraqi deaths. American prestige is all that matters, no matter the human cost.

He described Israel's withdrawal from Gaza as a gift to the Palestinians. "They will be able to breathe more easily, move more easily. The Israeli army will be out of their lives", he said. Nonsense. Israel will continue to control the air, sea and land borders as well as water and gas reserves. Besides, Israel reserves the right to re-enter Gaza whenever it wants, under the guise of finding "terrorists." "Gaza will be free of Israelis and liberated, as it were, for the first time", he continued.

Indyk is the kind of individual the media sees as a Washington insider. He works for the conservative Brookings Institute, home to the infamous Kenneth Pollack. Pollack, it should be remembered, was a leading supporter of the Iraq invasion - his predictions of WMD and "liberation" have been hopelessly mistaken - and he is now looking towards Tehran. Indyk is in esteemed company.

Finally, McKew's introduction showed the ABC's increasing deference to US power. "The dream of President George W. Bush of a re-making of the region is still very much in the balance", she said. The only people who don't know the answer to that question these days are the Blair, Bush and Howard regimes and a handful of clueless journalists.


Blogger Human said...

Peace to you. Something to lighten your heart.
China utalking to me? u talking to me? I don't see any other warmonger
Posted by Human on Jun 4, 2005 10:25am

So Rummy seems to say ala Deniro in Taxi Driver -
SINGAPORE Jun 4, 2005 — China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday.
Rumsfeld rebuked China at a regional security conference here, saying it was pouring huge resources into its military and buying large amounts of sophisticated weapons despite facing no threat from any other country....
"Honey I think this driver is lost"
"Why you say that sweetie?"
"Aunt Tess said it would be a 15min. ride her place."
"Oh yeah, maybe we should say something?"
"I don't know, I wouldn't want to upset him, remember how he almost hit and then yelled at that old Chinese woman crossing the road?"
"Yeah that seemed pretty crazy."
"Oh my God! Look at the freaking meter."
"No way can we afford that." "Who has that kind of money?"
"Maybe we could put it on credit."
"What and pay for it with Juniors college fund? We are relying on him to pay for our retirement so we don't have to stay at That Halliburton Senior Complex."
"Yeah, maybe we should run for it?"
"I don't know the neighborhood seems kinda rough."
"Let’s do it!"
With his hands remaining on the steering wheel, the drivers head turns a full 180 revealing a skull with a Cheshire grin.
"AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"!!!!!!!! Jack and Jill scream.
The taxi quickly picked up speed. The last thing Jack and Jill see as the taxi hurtled forward was the looming Chin Chang Bang Fireworks factory.
2 days later at a White House Press Conference -
President Bush- Good morning ladies and Gentlemen.2 days ago we and our al lies were struck by the enemies of freedom. By the dilegent efforts of our hard working people at CCIA(Corporate Central Intell. Agency) we have incontravertbrae evidunce that the Terrorist Group Muerte por Facsistas was involved. This group has ties to the UnAmerikkkan Venicewayla Government of President Chavez. Questions?
Sir- How can we believe the intell. When there have been so many intell failures in the past.
Pres. Bush - 1st the good people at CCIA work hard. Its hard work whatever they do. 2nd The British have said so. We very much appreciate our Al-lies.
Sir - What info do the British have?
Pres. Bush - 1) Our Al-lies work hard. Very hard. We like what they do. We can not put our ass err assets at risk. Well I’m told to err arthorized to tell you that the info comes from Niger based intell. I can't name names because I have none. However the highly valuable source we call Yellow Cake. It’s a slam dunk. In the back- Hey Jeff glad to see you-here
Jeff - Glorious Leader what do you say to the people who are so blind as to doubt your veracity?
Pres.- Well Jeff, Although I did not play Veracity I did my part bringing school spirit and I did letter. It was hard work. I worked hard. Its not easy lifting them girls in the air. Also when cheering one time our team was on the field of battle and I almost got run over when our quarterback was knocked so hard out of bounds he crashed into me. I buy the grace of God escaped injury. I tried to help him up, but the girls beat me to it. I think he was pretty injured though. The trainers bagged him in ice and sent him home. Thanks for coming everybody.
A week later Airborne Troops from Ft. Braggort in the Federal District of Georgia sporting Chinese made Berets Dropped on the shores of Lake Maricaibo to secure the Oil terminals for the oppressed Venezuelan people.
When Aunt Tess woke up days after the blast she found herself being unloaded on a conveyor belt into the #3 Soylent Green Medical Center.
And junior? Well that’s another Chapter.

BTW - If you did not know Soylent Green is a futuristic movie dealing with the overpopulation of earth. Fascism has taken over and Soylent Green, well I can't ruin it for you, if you have not seen it.It stars Charles Heston. Also "Jeff" is a referance to Jeff Gannon/Guckert a Fascist plant put on the White House Press Corps. He was exposed as a online male prostitute. Good blog you got here. I'll visit again or drop by for a cup of java at the Last Chance Cafe.
your fellow Human

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:17:00 pm  
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Friday, August 12, 2005 1:20:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

"Human", thanks for your comment.
I've seen Soylent Green. It's not a pretty picture...

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:40:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

Wish to quote the bit that makes it "very clear" that Israel has nukes, rather than a nuclear program?

Saturday, August 13, 2005 4:27:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Andjam, you're right. Israel says it has no nukes, so it doesn't. The research of experts in the field should be dismissed, especially that of those within the US intelligence community who have been saying for decades that Israel is armed with nuclear weapons.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 5:05:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

Thanks for the quotes, DBO.

especially that of those within the US intelligence community

I know you meant this as satire, but if so, you have greater faith in the US intelligence community than I do.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 5:46:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

We aren't seriously doubting Israel's nuclear capability? It's predicted at between 100 and 400 warheads.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 12:43:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

andjam, did you believe in WMDs in Iraq?

Sunday, August 14, 2005 3:44:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

We aren't seriously doubting Israel's nuclear capability? It's predicted at between 100 and 400 warheads.

I am seriously doubting that Israel currently has nuclear weapons. Israel probably has the raw materials to make a nuclear weapon, but then again, I have the raw materials (paper and pen) to create a literary masterpiece and I have not done so.

andjam, did you believe in WMDs in Iraq?

I didn't think "the facts are very clear" at the time of the invasion, though I thought it more likely than not.

What surprised me most about not finding any WMDs in Iraq was not so much Saddam disarming, but that there weren't any stray WMDs that the regime forgot about - the equivalent of stuff lying behind the couch. I wonder at times if Bush has followed Steyn's advice of "If I were Washington, I'd consider burying anything I found."

Sunday, August 14, 2005 6:23:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Israel has nuclear weapons.
To even have to discuss this proves that old adage: you have to repeat the same truths over and over again until people cotton on....

Monday, August 15, 2005 10:38:00 am  
Blogger Andjam said...

you have to repeat ... over and over again until people cotton on

Are you planning on repeating it a thousand times, Ant?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:55:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

Basically, what makes you so gosh darn sure that Israel has nukes?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 9:17:00 pm  

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