[Marxism] The coming invasion of Lebanon

Brian Shannon brian_shannon at verizon.net
Sat Jul 22 12:33:39 MDT 2006

[My earlier post on the "Neo-Cons" rewritten and expanded.]


On the same day that George Bush outlined the imperialist vision of a  
reconstituted Middle East, the Project for a New American Century,  
often identified as the "Neo-Cons," published its own program.

Bush's September 21, 2001, speech http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/ 
used surrogate terms of religion to describe the world that was  
created by 19th and early 20th century imperialism of Europe and the  
United States and now dominated by the United States. You can almost  
feel the imperialist pain in his cry for the "vast regions of Asia  
and Africa" from which "they" want to drive the "Christians and Jews."

As to the "vast region" of Latin America, that's a different,  
although symmetrical, tune. In this "vast region" we have the older-- 
although historically newer--enemy of the fight for social and  
economic equality called socialism. The religious surrogate terms of  
Christian and Jew will be downplayed or absent entirely. Here it is  
the "freedom" of "free enterprise" versus the "slavery" of "failed  

The New American Century statement lays out a specific program,  
symmetrical to Bush's but without the emotional trappings.

It presents a specific order or strategy, indeed a time-table, which  
has prevailed, despite setbacks and resistance.

Although the statement starts with Osama bin Laden, he is here only  
as a throw-away to be dismissed and put aside in the phrasing, "We  
agree ... but by no means the only goal." In fact this purpose was  
revealed in the opening paragraph, which references the veil of the  
Taliban and other "terrorist" organizations in order to focus on the  
social reality behind them. In order to really get them, we have to  
do something else -- for a higher purpose.

After the nod to Osama come Iraq and then Hezbollah and its allies in  
Syria and Iran. Remember that there was an earlier action, almost in  
passing, against Lebanon and Syria ending with the withdrawal of  
Syrian troops, but without any real impact on Hezbollah. Now it is  
Israel's turn, emulating President Clinton's successful strategy in  
the bombing of Yugoslavia, based on the so-called Rambouillet  
Agreement, which wasn't agreed to by anyone except Clinton and his  

Before the bombing of Yugoslavia, the U.S. created an agreement with  
itself. Before the attack on Lebanon, the false issue is the capture  
of some soldiers.

The goal is to have Lebanon cry "Uncle" Sam. But what can the  
government of Lebanon do? It is not a question of withdrawing from  
Kosovo. The result will be another occupation of Southern Lebanon. Of  
course, Israel done this before. It failed to bring down Hezbollah;  
but this time, the goal is to destroy the whole infrastructure of  
Southern Lebanon, in imitation of what was done to Belgrade by the  
Clinton administration. Every airport, all the bridges, and other  
lines of communication have been targeted. The invading army will  
have its own internal lines of communication and structure, while  
Hezbollah's structure, integrated with Lebanon itself, has been diced  
up, at least temporarily.

All this has been closely worked out with the United States  
government. There has been a call for the U.S. to intervene. But  
Secretary Rice made it clear that the U.S. wants to wait after an  
invasion, or perhaps after a "peace force." But there will be no  
peace force. "As to the timing of this -- okay, I could have gotten  
on a plane and rushed over and started shutting, and it wouldn't have  
been clear what I was shuttling to do."

Of course, any shuttling would have to have been to stop the bombing  
and against invasion. But that's not what the U.S. wants at all.  
Secretary Rice will intervene, but not until Israel invades and  
occupies the land. The negotiations will then be based on an  
occupation. This will establish a platform for the stages and  
conditions of withdrawal.  What is desired is the occupation of  
Southern Lebanon and the destruction of Hezbollah. But the U.S.  
doesn't can't politically can't do that itself. Israel, however, can  
do it, in "defense of its sovereignty" to the "tut-tut" tunes of  
European figures and some in the U.S. as well.

Israel has always been given this option by U.S. public opinion, if  
not the opinion in Europe. Every massive act of aggression is excused  
as a defensive measure. Since the creation a "home" for Zionists  
itself was an act of aggression, taken under a "mandate," confirmed  
by the League of Nations, U.S. and Zionist ideology has precluded  
popular opinion and political figures from questioning any additional  
steps in "defense" of the birth. If you accept the morality of the  
original act, you are estopping from objecting to any act that its  
beneficiaries claim they need to secure it.

When Israel pulls out, it will at least have given Hezbollah a blow.  
The result will be more terrorism, but despite the claims of "the  
West" that is not so much a problem except in the consciousness of  
its citizens. And this is a successful goal itself. Like faking  
sincerity, it you can terrorize the population about the threat of  
terrorism, "you've got it made." The real opponent is the political  
and military integrity of large groups. Israel and Europe and the  
United States can live with the terrorism of small groups.

Brian Shannon


July 22, 2006, 11:15AM
Bush: Rice trip will focus on Hezbollah

By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

WACO, Texas — President Bush said Saturday that his administration's  
diplomatic efforts in the Mideast will focus on strategy for  
confronting Hezbollah and its supporters in Syria and Iran.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice planned to depart for the region  
after an Oval Office meeting on Sunday with Bush and Saudi officials.

Bush said he has directed Rice to discuss with Mideast leaders how  
best to end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants in  
Lebanon. The chief U.S. diplomat will not meet with Hezbollah leaders  
or their Syrian backers.

In his weekly radio address, Bush repeated his position that  
Hezbollah is responsible for starting the fight by capturing Israeli  
soldiers and launching rocket attacks against Israeli cities.

"Secretary Rice will make it clear that resolving the crisis demands  
confronting the terrorist group that launched the attacks and the  
nations that support it," Bush said.

Israel retaliated by carrying by bombing targets in Lebanon and  
setting up a naval blockade on the country. Bush said Israel has a  
right to defend itself.

Rice plans meetings in Jerusalem and the West Bank with Israeli Prime  
Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. She  
also scheduled sessions in Rome with representatives of European and  
moderate Arab governments that are intended to shore up the weak  
democratic government in Lebanon's capital, Beirut.

Bush also said on the radio that Syria has been Hezbollah's primary  
sponsor for years and helped provide shipments of Iranian weapons.

"Iran's regime has also repeatedly defied the international community  
with its ambition for nuclear weapons and aid to terrorist groups,"  
Bush said. "Their actions threaten the entire Middle East and stand  
in the way of resolving the current crisis and bringing lasting peace  
to this troubled region."

He said he is concerned about the impact of the fighting on democracy  
in Lebanon. "By its actions, Hezbollah has jeopardized Lebanon's  
tremendous advances and betrayed the Lebanese people," Bush said.

Bush was spending the weekend at his Texas ranch. He was returning to  
Washington on Sunday _ a day earlier than originally planned _ to  
meet with Rice, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and Prince  
Bandar bin Sultan, chief of the Saudi National Security Council.

 From Texas on Saturday, Bush telephoned Turkey's Recep Tayyip  
Erdogan, whose predominantly Muslim country has close ties with  
Israel, to discuss the situation in Lebanon and Rice's trip.

Rice says she does not envision U.S. troops being part of a potential  
peacekeeping contingent in southern Lebanon. "We are looking at what  
kind of international assistance force makes sense, but I do not  
think that it is anticipated that U.S. ground forces are expected for  
that force," she said Friday.

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