[Marxism] The coming invasion of Lebanon
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.
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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