Jun 14, 2011
From a Saudi prince, tough talk on America's favoritism toward Israel
By Richard Cohen, Tuesday, June 14, 12:25 AM
As best I can recall, I first met Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal at a private home in Washington years ago. I found him stern and humorless, sometimes even bitter. I have seen him since at international conferences and the like — never in the mood for small talk and exhibiting, sometimes in his glorious robes, not an ounce of Bedouin charm. Still, I was unprepared for the opinion column he published in Sunday's Post. It read like a declaration of war.
Prince Turki is not now in the government. Yet he is a member of the Saudi royal family and was once the kingdom's intelligence chief and its former ambassador to both London and Washington. The man is solidly credentialed.
He is also angry as hell, and he lets America have it. He starts by citing what he calls President Obama's "controversial speech last month, admonishing Arab governments to embrace democracy and provide freedom to their populations." Saudi Arabia, he wrote, heard what Obama said and took it "seriously," and he noted, of course, that Obama had not demanded the same rights for Palestinians under Israeli occupation. Point taken.
But the same kingdom that has taken Obama "seriously" is an absolute monarchy that, among other things, bans women from driving cars. It is also a country that offers no freedom of religion but offers, for the occasional criminal, a public beheading. Given that Turki has spent a good deal of time in the West, it's not possible that he was unaware that commentators like me would be picky about the lack of basic freedoms. He doesn't care.
Indeed, that was the point. Turki — and by implication all of Saudi Arabia — has had it with the United States. The kingdom will not be lectured to. It is sick and tired of American favoritism to Israel — the exuberant congressional reception for Binyamin Netanyahu, for example — and the administration's decision to oppose any effort in the United Nations to create a Palestinian state. In this matter, America is doing what Israel wants.
"In September, the kingdom will use its considerable diplomatic might to support the Palestinians in their quest for international recognition," Turki wrote. "American leaders have long called Israel an 'indispensable' ally. They will soon learn that there are other players in the region — not least the Arab street — who are as, if not more, 'indispensable.' The game of favoritism toward Israel has not proven wise for Washington, and soon it will be shown to be an even greater folly."
This is not your usual diplomatic language — and even for Turki it is rough. It shows, though, a not-surprising frustration in the Arab world with American policy tethered for the moment to a quite stubborn and unimaginative Israeli policy. Both countries are suffering from a surfeit of democracy. Israel's governing coalition is held hostage by the right; America's governing coalition is in the same fix.
Turki does not run out of wagging fingers. He says that those who think that the United States and Israel will determine the future of Palestine are dead wrong. "There will be disastrous consequences for U.S.-Saudi relations if the United States vetoes U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state. It would mark a nadir in the decades-long relationship as well as irrevocably damage the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and America's reputation among Arab nations. The ideological distance between the Muslim world and the West in general would widen — and opportunities for friendship and cooperation between the two could vanish." This from our ally, not to mention friendly gas station.
The tone of the column is both remarkable and ominous. It comes, as I said, from a man of little charm, but he is nevertheless a skilled diplomat and intelligence chief. While his vexation over the Palestinian problem is well-known, rarely has it been carried to this extent — and in such a public venue.
A Post opinion column is designed to get the attention of the American government. I'm sure Prince Turki succeeded in that. But I hope he also got the attention of the Israeli government, which for some time now has enjoyed Saudi moderation on the Palestinian question. That seems about to change — not the least because the Arab street that Turki expressly mentioned is demanding it and the Saudis will, if they have to, appease the street. This is the gravamen of Prince Turki's piece and is why he ends it so ominously for Israel: "I'd hate to be around when they face their comeuppance."
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Navy chief: Britain cannot keep up its role in Libya air war due to cuts
The British military intervention in Libya is unsustainable, the head of the Navy has said.
March 22, 2011 By Josiah Ryan Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that the civil war in Libya was like the onset of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide in that it demanded action from the forces of good. "My view is that there are times in American history - Rwanda was one, bombing the tracks during the onset to the Holocaust, that we could have sent a bomber wing in to take out the tracks, we didn't do it - we look back and we see we should use military force to try and defend people who can't defend themselves," Weiner said Monday on the Don Imus show in New York. "If we are a powerful country one of the ways we use our power is for good," Weiner said. "What's the purpose of being a powerful country if we are not using it to defend people?"
Weiner Compares Decision on Libya to Holocaust
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March 22, 2011
By Josiah Ryan
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that the civil war in Libya was like the onset of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide in that it demanded action from the forces of good.
"My view is that there are times in American history - Rwanda was one, bombing the tracks during the onset to the Holocaust, that we could have sent a bomber wing in to take out the tracks, we didn't do it - we look back and we see we should use military force to try and defend people who can't defend themselves," Weiner said Monday on the Don Imus show in New York.
"If we are a powerful country one of the ways we use our power is for good," Weiner said. "What's the purpose of being a powerful country if we are not using it to defend people?"
Rendezvous with the New World Order [Paperback]Dr. Adrian H Krieg (Author)
Rendezvous is the premise that there exists a multi-faceted conspiracy withing Western society. Those who disagree with this fact should consider if they plan their own lives, or if their employer has a business plan, and if both are accepted as fact, why would the richest elite of the world not also have a plan?
The above photos of Steve Jobs were taken over the last few years
A young, handsome, healthy Steve Jobs from more than ten years ago
Steve Jobs is one of the wealthiest and most successful people on the planet with access to the best medical care and nutrition. For several years he has been sick with cancer but he manages to "survive" somehow--and even makes occasional public appearances to promote the great company which he manages, Apple. Investor confidence in his company is directly tied to his presence and so he endures what must be terrible public ordeals. The vast majority of people in his situation simply avoid any public appearances and retire to nursing facilities of some sort. One result is that the American public does not generally even know what sick people really look like. When they do visit a hospital to see a sick or dying relative, that person is wearing a pajama and is well-cared-for in a well-made bed with neat and clean surroundings. When the relative dies, the corpse is quickly scooted off to a funeral parlor where well-paid and highly trained cosmeticians do their best to make the corpse appear in the best of health--but, merely asleep and at peace with the universe. Billions of American dollars are spent every year on such outright fraud and deception. And so, Americans especially, have a thoroughly false impression of what death looks like. The sad fact is that we all do die and that a good proportion, perhaps a third, of us will be literally reduced to skin and bone before our demise. Cancer, AIDS, tuberculosis are just some of the diseases that have such effects on their victims. Military combat, by contrast, tends to kill people who are quite healthy, even in great health, until they are killed. And so, the claims that so-called "battle-hardened soldiers" were deeply shocked by what they saw in German concentration camps near the end of the war has some credence.
Many years ago I was confronted by a Czech doctor who refused to believe for an instant that there could be any merit to revisionist claims about the "holocaust." I suggested that he let me go to the major hospital where he was a proud director and let me photograph those patients who were likely to die in the next few days--but, with the tops off their pajamas. At that point, he understood me perfectly and declined my challenge. Even with the best of care in the most modern hospitals today, people still do die and look horrible at the end. It is shocking but so true!
Another example of a sick but public person is Stephen Hawking. His sad appearance shows that a person can look quite horrible and still be quite functional, at least mentally, and in no way the product of gratuitous mistreatment at all. No doubt, there are many more such cases but the pictures are. for most purposes, hidden far away from any public viewing.
The picture above is from one of the most widely read photo magazines and makes no secret of the fact that America had conducted horrible medical experiments on its very own citizens--shock, horror, awe! No doubt any Germans who dared to even try to educate the victors as to how similar horrors arose in the German concentration camps would have merely put his neck in a noose or would have been shot outright.
It was the cowardly British who had been trying to starve all of Germany to death from the moment they declared war on Germany in September of 1939. When the British actually did have a chance to "fight" the Germans in April and May of 1940, they quickly ran away, literally--first from Norway, and then from France and Belgium. By the end of the war, however, with the help of the US, their cowardly strategy to murder and starve as many civilians as possible had to a great extent succeeded. So long as the victims were merely German women, children, babies--there was no moral problem at all. But, the discovery that some of the victims were Jews was so embarrassing. What to do? Well, just blame the Germans!
Most of the "evidence" which revisionists refute is totally unknown to the vast majority of people. It is the grossly misused photographs of the sick and dying in the concentration camps which deserve more of our attention. The real mass murderers and genocidal maniacs were, and still are, the Allies--especially the Americans. Holocaust propaganda is the continuation of their insane war against countless totally innocent people--especially the Germans.
Friedrich Paul Berg
Learn everything at http://www.nazigassings.com
Nazi Gassings Never Happened! Niemand wurde vergast!
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Obama thought that sounded pretty good, so the devil opened the door to the
In it was Ted Kennedy and a large pool of water. Ted kept diving in, and
surfacing, empty handed. Over, and over, and over he dived in and surfaced
with nothing. Such was his fate in HELL.
"No," Obama said. "I don't think so. I'm not a good swimmer, and I don't
think I could do that all day long."
The devil led him to the door of the next room.
In it was Al Gore with a sledgehammer and a room full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time after time.
"No, this is no good; I've got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in
constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day,"commented Obama.
The devil opened a third door. Through it, Obama saw Bill Clinton, lying on
the bed, his arms tied over his head, and his legs restrained in a spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica Lewinsky, doing what she does
Obama looked at this in shocked disbelief, and finally said, "Yeah man, I
can handle this."
The devil smiled and said .. . . . .
"OK, Monica, you're free to go."