[Marxism] Israeli leaders unsettled by US Iraq quagmire

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Mon Apr 12 02:27:58 MDT 2004


From:           	"Steven L. Robinson" <srobin21 at comcast.net>


<<<<<He pointed out that the American occupation forces were acting 
exactly like the Israeli occupation forces and that they were making the 
same mistakes and committing the same crimes.

"For some mysterious and deep-rooted reasons, the Americans think like 
Israel. They have the same mentality and will be condemned to the same 
conclusion.">>>>>


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1102940,00.html

Israel trains US assassination squads in 
Iraq 

Julian Borger in Washington
Tuesday December 9, 2003
{HYPERLINK "http://www.guardian.co.uk"}The Guardian 

Israeli advisers are helping train US special forces in aggressive counter-
insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads 
against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said 
yesterday. 
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has sent urban warfare specialists to Fort 
Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US special forces, and according to 
two sources, Israeli military "consultants" have also visited Iraq. 
US forces in Iraq's Sunni triangle have already begun to use tactics that 
echo Israeli operations in the occupied territories, sealing off centres of 
resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks have 
been launched against US troops. 
But the secret war in Iraq is about to get much tougher, in the hope of 
suppressing the Ba'athist-led insurgency ahead of next November's 
presidential elections. 
US special forces teams are already behind the lines inside Syria 
attempting to kill foreign jihadists before they cross the border, and a group 
focused on the "neutralisation" of guerrilla leaders is being set up, 
according to sources familiar with the operations. 
"This is basically an assassination programme. That is what is being 
conceptualised here. This is a hunter-killer team," said a former senior US 
intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced 
cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle 
East. 
"It is bonkers, insane. Here we are - we're already being compared to 
Sharon in the Arab world, and we've just confirmed it by bringing in the 
Israelis and setting up assassination teams." 
"They are being trained by Israelis in Fort Bragg," a well-informed 
intelligence source in Washington said. 
"Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, not to do training, but for providing 
consultations." 
The consultants' visit to Iraq was confirmed by another US source who was 
in contact with American officials there. 
The Pentagon did not return calls seeking comment, but a military planner, 
Brigadier General Michael Vane, mentioned the cooperation with Israel in a 
letter to Army magazine in July about the Iraq counter-insurgency 
campaign. 
"We recently travelled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their 
counterterrorist operations in urban areas," wrote General Vane, deputy 
chief of staff at the army's training and doctrine command. 
An Israeli official said the IDF regularly shared its experience in the West 
Bank and Gaza with the US armed forces, but said he could not comment 
about cooperation in Iraq. 
"When we do activities, the US military attaches in Tel Aviv are interested. I 
assume it's the same as the British. That's the way allies work. The special 
forces come to our people and say, do debrief on an operation we have 
done," the official said. 
"Does it affect Iraq? It's not in our interest or the American interest or in 
anyone's interest to go into that. It would just fit in with jihadist prejudices." 
Colonel Ralph Peters, a former army intelligence officer and a critic of 
Pentagon policy in Iraq, said yesterday there was nothing wrong with 
learning lessons wherever possible. 
"When we turn to anyone for insights, it doesn't mean we blindly accept it," 
Col Peters said. "But I think what you're seeing is a new realism. The 
American tendency is to try to win all the hearts and minds. In Iraq, there 
are just some hearts and minds you can't win. Within the bounds of human 
rights, if you do make an example of certain villages it gets the attention of 
the others, and attacks have gone down in the area." 
The new counter-insurgency unit made up of elite troops being put together 
in the Pentagon is called Task Force 121, New Yorker magazine reported 
in yesterday's edition. 
One of the planners behind the offensive is a highly controversial figure, 
whose role is likely to inflame Muslim opinion: Lieutenant General William 
"Jerry" Boykin. 
In October, there were calls for his resignation after he told a church 
congregation in Oregon that the US was at war with Satan, who "wants to 
destroy us as a Christian army". 
"He's been promoted a rank above his abilities," he said. "Some generals 
are pretty good on battlefield but are disastrous nearer the source of 
power." 

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