The U.S.-Israeli relationship has long been
America's Achilles heel. Our first president warned against "entangled
alliances" particularly when, as here, there's a "passionate attachment."
Our "special relationship" with this rogue state
has placed the U.S. outside the same system of international law that we now
seek to impose on others, including Iran.
Our handling of the current crisis on the Korean
peninsula could restore our tattered reputation.
What's the first issue that needs to be
Here's where you the reader may well ask: "Do you
mean the issue concerning the collapse of Building 7 of the World Trade Center?"
No, but nor is that question irrelevant to this latest crisis.
Here's the second issue that must be addressed:
to which nations has Israel transferred nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons
technology? Is North Korea on the list?
That issue became relevant with the release of The
Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa.
Archival research by author Sasha Polakowsky-Suransky uncovered "top secret"
minutes of a military agreement signed in April 1975 between Shimon Peres, now
president of Israel, and South Africa's defense minister P.W. Botha.
Though Israel denies the conclusions reached by
reporters for The
Guardian (U.K.), the agreement suggests an offer of nuclear weapons while
its Apartheid regime was under international sanctions.
Israel was then building a surrogate arms
industry in South Africa using what was, in practical effect, slave labor. That
industry has since moved to Israel where it employs "guest workers." Peres was
responsible for building Israel's nuclear program with help from France in the
Some weeks before the offer, Israel and South
Africa signed a covert agreement (code name Secment) governing their military
alliance. In the subsequent meetings, "correct payload" was used to describe the
nuclear warheads Israel would provide for a Jericho missile system. As The
"The use of a euphemism, the 'correct payload',
reflects Israeli sensitivity over the nuclear issue and would not have been used
had it been referring to conventional weapons... the only payload the South
Africans would have needed to obtain from Israel was nuclear. The South Africans
were capable of putting together other warheads."
South Africa did not go ahead with the deal it
was offered though it did develop its own nuclear weapons, possibly with Israeli
assistance. The Apartheid government revealed the program to Nelson Mandela when
he became president.
In 1986, nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu
revealed Israel's nuclear weapons program to the Sunday
Times (London). Vanunu was kidnapped by Mossad agents in Rome and returned
for trial in Israel. Sentenced to 18 years, he served 11 years in solitary
confinement. On May 23rd, he was
sentenced to another three months in prison for breaking the terms of his
release by having unauthorized meetings with foreigners.
Evil Doers vs.
Even now Israel strives against all odds to
maintain "ambiguity" about its nuclear weapons. But how can you offer nuclear
weapons you don't have?
Who provided nuclear technology to North Korea?
That backward state, now nuclear-armed, was included in G.W. Bush's post-911
"Axis of Evil" speech. Care
to guess which Israeli-American wrote that speech?
Shortly thereafter the U.S. invaded Iraq to
remove an Evil Doer. Only later did we learn that our "flawed" intelligence was
"fixed" around a goal long sought by Israel as chronicled in A
Clean Break, a strategy
document written for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a team of Israeli-Americans
led by Richard Perle.
In 2001, Perle became chairman of the Pentagon's Defense
Policy Review Board.
The United Nations has long been scheduled to
review the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to consider the creation of
a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. As the date approached, the world
community experienced a well-timed torpedo attack on a South Korean warship,
reportedly by a North Korean submarine.
In the midst of these negotiations, mainstream
media has been flooding the national consciousness with power-of-association
stories about Iran, its nuclear program and even its links to North Korea.
Tehran, of course, was the third member in the trio of Bush-era Evil Doers.
News outlets controlled by Israeli-American
Rupert Murdoch are particularly active, including Fox News and The
Wall Street Journal.
Is it true that Tel Aviv transferred to Pyongyang
a German-made submarine? If so, does that qualify as evil
Perhaps here is a good place to pose an
out-of-sequence question: What about the collapse of Building 7?
Does Israel routinely transfer war materiél to
nations subject to international sanctions?
That would help explain their status as the
world's third largest arms exporter. The U.S. holds first place with Russia
second. Israel and France vie for third and fourth trailed by the U.K. and China
in the Dirty Half Dozen.
If Israel has an extensive arsenal of nuclear
weapons, why does the U.S not insist on inspections?
How does U.S. protection of Israel's illegal
conduct advance U.S. interests?
How is our conduct consistent with the behavior
we are now pressing on Iran?
What is so valuable about the U.S.-Israeli
relationship that we should sacrifice our credibility to cover-up violations of
international law that make us appear guilty
By law isn't the U.S. obliged to support U.N.
sanctions for Israel?
Why discredit the U.S. and undermine the stature
of the United Nations? Wasn't the U.N. the post-WWII organization founded in
large part by the U.S. to discourage just such behavior?
Provocations and Murderous Misdirection
Instead of sanctions, what do we see instead? Misdirection
The Internet is awash with Men in Black accounts
featuring the usual array of conspiracies. Elvis may yet be blamed for a Korean
peninsula incident that could ignite a nuclear war in the region.
How long before we see a story blaming Hezbollah
terrorists led by the Pakistan Taliban aboard an Iranian submarine advised by
Syrian nuclear scientists and Palestinian strategists?
The stage has been set for another 911, possibly
featuring a nuclear incident. A series of "plausible" Evil Doers have been
prominently featured in assorted "terrorist
Enough pre-staging has been done that Americans
again feel insecure following the media coverage given the Ft.
Hood shooting, the Christmas
Day Bomber and now the Times
One small problem: none of these storylines hold
up under close scrutiny. But then that's not the point. Neither did the
"intelligence" on which we relied to wage war in Iraq in response to the
provocation of 911. It didn't need to be true, just believable.
Time to Redo
Anyone of substance associated with the report of
the 911 Commission knows we still need a good faith investigation. Mainstream
Europeans routinely call for it. Those demands are routinely couched in code due
to the perils facing those in the EU who question our "special relationship."
Instead, commentators ask about the "collapse" of
Building 7. Good question. Also a fair question. The
answer could lead somewhere useful. Therefore, don't ask, don't tell.
This entangled alliance has been an exercise in
deceit since a Christian-Zionist president, a Democrat, was induced to extend
recognition to an enclave of extremists.
Harry Truman dismissed the concerns of the Joint
Chiefs who warned him about their "fanatical concepts" and their plans for
"military and economic hegemony over the entire Middle East."
We were deceived
by our own better nature to embrace a relationship that has long been at
odds with our national interest. The durability of the relationship has long
failed to pass muster as either rational or consistent with our values. The
relationship has changed for the worse who we are as a nation.
Yet somehow the relationship endures. Along with
the perceived legitimacy of this "state."
Its persistence can be traced to the
strength of a lobby that, to date, has escaped registration as a foreign
agent. Those known for their skill at waging war "by
way of deception" have routinely betrayed the nation that first befriended
and most reliably defended them.
Even when a Christian-Zionist president, a
Republican, led us to war on fixed intelligence, we were unable to identity the
common source of our troubles. Some blamed G.W Bush. Others now blame Barack
Obama. Both critiques miss the point. This treachery is now systemic and
thoroughly imbedded in both political parties.
Even now, an undisclosed media bias blocks
Americans from the facts they require to make an informed choice about this
relationship. And about the legitimacy of a transnational operation that murders
with impunity (as in Dubai) and provokes with pleasure-anywhere they please.
Americans are now emerging from many quarters to
resist the influence wielded on (and from within) our government by special
interests. This special relationship often tops the list.
Many supporters of Israel have been deceived to
believe that this relationship is in their best interest. The facts confirm
otherwise. Like the nation itself, they
too were "the mark" in this long-running fraud.
We have been seduced by those masterful at deceit
to freely embrace the very forces that delegitimized us as a nation and
collapsed our economy from within.
Which brings me back to the question: what
about Building 7?
About the author:
Gates: A widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker,
educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders
worldwide, Jeff Gates' latest book is Guilt By Association-How
Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War (2008). His previous
books include Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street From Wall
Street and The Ownership Solution: Toward a Shared Capitalism for
the 21st Century. For two decades, an adviser to policy-makers
worldwide. Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (1980-87).
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