Jul 20, 2011

Book review: Professor John Mearsheimer's latest book: Why Leaders Lie


July 19, 2011 


Charles Lindbergh: An Authentic American Hero 
Mark Weber - Podcast 

Charles Lindbergh became an instant world celebrity at the age of 25 when he made a grueling 33-hour flight from New York to Paris. His daring flight, and his aviation pioneering afterwards, made him, for some time, the most admired man in America. He was also a prolific, prize-winning author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. But his greatest act of courage was in speaking out -- eloquently and frankly -- against the deceitful campaign to push the United States into war. Lindbergh deserves to be remembered and honored today, not only as an authentic American hero, but also because much of what he wrote and said is instructive and relevant in our own age. 

Why I Had to Leave The Times 
Robert Fisk -- The Independent (Britain) 

.. .. The "Hitler Diaries" were Murdoch's own mistake, after refusing to countenance his own "expert's" change of heart over the documents hours before The Times and The Sunday Times began printing them. Months later, I was passing by the paper's London office .. .. In all this time, Murdoch had expressed exclusively pro-Israeli views, and had accepted a "Man of the Year" award from a prominent Jewish-American organisation. The Times editorials became more and more pro-Israeli, their use of the word "terrorist" ever more promiscuous .. .. I don't believe Murdoch personally interfered in any of the above events. He didn't need to. He had turned The Times into a tame, pro-Tory, pro-Israeli paper shorn of all editorial independence. 

In Hungary, `Nazi War Crimes' Suspect Is Acquitted 
BBC News 

A Hungarian man has been acquitted by a Budapest court of committing war crimes during a 1942 raid. Ex-police captain Sandor Kepiro, 97, was found not guilty of ordering the rounding up and execution of more than 30 Jews and Serbs in Serbia in 1942. The prosecution had demanded at least a prison sentence for Mr Kepiro, but he insisted he had not killed. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which listed him as its most wanted Nazi, said the verdict was "outrageous". The group's chairman, Efraim Zuroff, said they would appeal against it. Many of the dozens of people attending the court session cheered and clapped after Judge Bela Varga read out the verdict of the three-judge tribunal .. .. 

Court In Hungary Acquits 97-Year-Old of War Crimes 
The Associated Press 

Jewish groups expressed shock Monday after a 97-year-old Hungarian man was cleared of war crimes charges for his role in raids by Hungarian forces that killed hundreds of civilians in Serbia during World War II. Many had considered the case of Sandor Kepiro one of the last major trials of alleged Holocaust-era war criminal suspects. "It's an absolutely outrageous decision," Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter with the Wiesenthal Center's Jerusalem office, told The Associated Press. 

Jewish Settlers Are Terrorizing Palestinians, Says Israeli General 
The Independent (Britain) 

A senior Israeli army commander has warned that unchecked "Jewish terror" against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank threatens to plunge the territory into another conflict. In unusually outspoken comments, Major General Avi Mizrahi took aim at extremist Israeli settlers, and said the yeshiva, or religious seminary, in Yitzhar, one of the most radical Jewish strongholds in the West Bank, should be closed, calling it a source of terror against Palestinians. The general's comments are likely to put him at odds with Israel's pro-settler government, which has resisted US-led efforts to curb settlement expansion in a bid to revive stalled peace talks. 

Why U.S. Leaders Deceive Their Own People 
Ted Galen Carpenter 

Professor John Mearsheimer's latest book, Why Leaders Lie, provides a number of intriguing insights and surprising conclusions. Perhaps his most unexpected conclusion is that leaders lie to foreign leaders far less frequently than is generally assumed. Indeed, he contends that leaders lie to their own people more than they do to foreign counterparts .. .. Officials in democratic political ystems are more likely to deceive their own people - even engaging in outright lies - than officials in autocratic systems .. .. Americans must face the troubling realization that U.S. leaders will be unusually prone to engage in lying as well as milder forms of deception to gull their own populations. 

When London Hosted a Nazi Funeral 
Daily Mail (London) 

Were it not for the Grenadier Guardsmen, the extraordinary photograph might have been taken after Hitler's plans to dominate Britain and Europe came to fruition in London. But this was 1936, three years before the start of the Second World War, and the event was the funeral of the German ambassador, Leopold von Hoesch. It was a spectacular tribute with crowds lining the roadside as the coffin was transferred to a gun carriage for its journey down The Mall. It was accompanied by bearskin-clad British bandsmen playing solemn music. 

A Nazi Funeral in London 
British Newsreel 1936 - Video 

Remarkable film footage from an April 1936 British "Gaumont" newsreel of the funeral ceremony in London honoring German ambassador Leopold von Hoesch. With high-ranking British officials attending, British Grenadier Guards escort the swastika-draped coffin of the diplomat, who had died in the British capital. 

Israel's Yo-Yos in the US Congress 
Uri Avnery (Israel) 

It was all rather disgusting. There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world's only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu. It was worse than the Syrian parliament during a speech by Bashar Assad, where anyone not applauding could find himself in prison. Or Stalin's Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death. What the American Senators and Congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera - and that amounts to political suicide. 

Netanyahu in DC: Shameful Spectacle Affirms Zionist Hold on Congress 
Mark Weber - Podcast 

Nothing more vividly underscores the Jewish-Zionist grip on US political life than the stormy, fervent approval given by American politicians to Israeli premier Netanyahu as he addressed a joint session of the US Congress. For every American who cares about our long term welfare as a country, as well as basic justice, the performance of these politicians was a shameful spectacle. Their behavior highlights the entrenched corruption and lack of principle of the American political system. It's an expression of a society, and of a political system, that has become terminally craven and unprincipled. 

Netanyahu and Stalin: Addressing Rapturous Audiences 

The rapturous applause given to Israeli leader Netanyahu by American politicians in the US Congress recalls the stormy ovations given to Soviet leader Stalin by obsequious Russians. These shameful spectacles are expression of societies that are inwardly corrupt, craven, and unprincipled. With commentary by Mark Weber. 


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