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September 26th, 2007 by Rowan Berkey

The lessons of Ahmadinejad at Columbia

September 26th, 2007 by Rowan Berkeley

Jerry Mazza, Online Journal Associate Editor, Sep 26, 2007


Ah, but today such a different song was being sung. The crowds were mainly pro-Israel groups from Columbia and bussed in from neighboring colleges. They were out for blood. They didn’t want the “holocaust denier” to speak in the first place. He was a sponsor of “terror,” unlike, of course, the United States and its 160,000 troops plus mercenaries in Iraq. Also, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an “anti-Semite” because he did not approve of the state of Israel, which had inhaled Palestine, as the Nazis had the ghettos of Lodz, Krakow and Warsaw, not to mention most of Europe.

Worst of all, Ahmadinejad was pursuing what he said to be a program for nuclear power, but the protestors knew with absolute assurance it was for weaponry. Not unlike the 200 to 300 nuclear missiles Israel had built since the ’80s at their Dimona facility. It contained an underground plutonium separation plant that operated in complete secrecy. That is, until Israeli whistleblower Mordecai Vanunu, who worked at Dimona from 1976-85, spilled the beans on October 5, 1986 in the Sunday Times of London. Read all about it my article, Israel’s nuclear double standard is no standard at all. It’s an eye-opener.

It also details the fact that while Israel was amassing nuclear warheads in 1981, the US had successfully managed to convince its then-boy, Saddam Hussein, to attack Iran, beginning an eight-year war that yielded a million dead and 2 million displaced. This was also around the time Israel’s Menachim Begin decided to bomb a French-built nuclear plant near Baghdad, which was supposedly building nuclear weapons to destroy Israel. This was also the world’s first air strike against a nuclear plant.

But then there were “an undisclosed number of American built F-15 interceptors and F-16 fighter bombers to help destroy the Osirak reactor 18 miles south of Baghdad” on Begin’s order. And the Israeli/American planes all returned safely. Yet the 70-megawattt uranium-powered reactor wasn’t even finished nor “had it been stocked with nuclear fuel so there was no danger of a leak, according to sources in the French atomic industry.” Again, the reactor was to create energy for living not for death.

It is strange, too, that the US took part in this violent Israeli exercise, and stranger, as Ahmadinejad pointed out later, that “if you have created the fifth generation of atomic bombs and tested them already, what position are you the US in to question the peaceful purposes of others who want nuclear power? We don’t believe in nuclear weapons, period. It goes against the whole grain of humanity.” He added that politicians interested in nuclear weapons “are backward, retarded.” So for all the sanctimonious Mahmoud-haters who came to Columbia for an Oxbow-type hanging, sorry. if the shoes fits wear it.

In answer to what would it take for Iran to engage in talks with the United States, Ahmadinejad said, “If the US government recognizes the rights of the Iranian people, respects all nations and extends a hand of friendship to all Iranians, they will see that Iranians will be among their best friends.” I would say that is a very generous response from the president of a nation who had its democratically elected President Mossadeq taken down by a violent coup in 1953. Why? Because he wanted to nationalize Iran’s oil and spread the wealth among his people.

As Iran stood then, 4 percent of its population controlled the majority of its wealth. Of course, Mossadeq was politically neutered by no less than Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA, so that the young Shah and his royal court could resume power and inhale the wealth and America could continue to get its oil. It was the oppression, the torture squads, the murders of the Shah’s retinue that led to his deposing in 1979, his statue pulled down by protestors as Saddam Hussein’s was by US soldiers.

In that year, the US-backed Shah and family flew the coop and exiled cleric Ayatollah Khomeini returned to establish the Islamic Republic of Iran. Does that sound so cruel and unreasonable? I don’t think so. The revolutionaries also stormed the American Embassy in Tehran and took the staff as hostages. As the standing president, Jimmy Carter was negotiating for their freedom, the would-be president, Ronald Reagan, and his running mate, George H.W. Bush, were negotiating a better deal for arms, ammunition, spare parts, and cash with the Iranians, so long as they would not release the hostages until after the election. Of course, the deal was taken. Carter lost. Reagan/Bush won. And the whole dirty (and treasonous) affair was later exposed in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Am I the only one with a history book or a memory? Or am I missing something. Don’t these loons shouting for Ahmadinejad to go home know anything? Or is it the self-inflicted amnesia it takes to be a died-in-the-wool supporter of Israeli occupation? The Balfour Declaration, which we all know opened the door by British invitation for Jewish people to settle in Palestine (and bring your wealth with you; there are all kinds of bargains).

The League of Nations ratified the Palestine Mandate in 1920, after World War I, due in part to the help of the Jewish chemist Cheim Weizman. In 1922, under pressure from the Arabs, the Brits and League of Nations subtracted Jordan. In 1947, the UN offered the Partition Plan, but the Arabs rejected it. When the UN recognized Israel as a nation on May 14, 1948, the Arabs declared war on Israel. The rest is an unrelenting brutal history of Palestinian domination. It is also ironic that the truly anti-Semitic British also created the Edict of Expulsion, given by Edward I of England in 1290 that exiled the Jews of England for 350 years. That’s right, 350 years.

So, was the Balfour Declaration the British Day of Atonement, or simply the theft of a land via Jewish occupation that they had always, along with the French, had their greedy eyes on? But these questions perhaps are better discussed at a Columbia seminar on Middle Eastern history. Nevertheless, they affected all Arabs and Muslims, including Mr. Ahmadinejad. Perhaps his not recognizing Israel is as he said is more “because it is based on ethnic discrimination, occupation and usurpation and it consistently threatens its neighbors.”

Perhaps that’s why he answered the second question of the day, denying that his country sponsors terrorism, by saying, “We need to address the root causes of terrorism and eradicate those root causes,” adding that in the Middle East, “It’s clear what powers incite terrorists, support them, fund them.” To whom do you think he was referring?

What’s more his stance on holocaust research and investigation was softened somewhat as well. Not that all such horrendous crimes shouldn’t be reinvestigated and verified over and over to keep the knowledge alive. Nevertheless, in response to holocaust issues, he said “ . . . We need to still question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for it the holocaust or not. After all it happened in Europe. The Palestinian people had no role in it. Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?

“They had no role to play in World War II. They were living with the Jewish and Christian communities in peace at the time. They didn’t have any problems. Today, too, Jews, Christians and Muslims live in brotherhood in many parts of the world. Why is it that Palestinians should pay a price — innocent Palestinians — for 5 million people to remain displaced and refugees abroad for 60 years? Why should an academic like myself face insults for asking questions like this.”

Interestingly, Ahmadinejad, in addition to being president of Iran, still considers his main job as a university instructor. He said, “I still continue teaching graduate and Ph.D.-level courses on a weekly basis. My students are working with me in scientific fields. I believe that I am an academic myself, so I speak to you from an academic point of view. And I raise two questions. But instead of a response, I got a wave of insults and allegations against me. And regretfully, they came mostly from groups who claimed most to believe in the freedom of speech and information.”

Could he have been referring to Lee C. Bollinger, the university’s president, who on one hand invited Ahmadinejad’s presence, on the other claimed his guest called for the destruction of Israel and termed the holocaust a myth? In addressing the Iranian president, Bollinger said, “You exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” garnering a round of crowd-pleasing applause.

Bollinger, in an attempted critique of Ahmadinejad’s holocaust positions, called him “either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated,” among other things, once more playing to the crowd, which spread from the Roone Arledge auditorium to the quad, where all comments could be heard on loudspeakers. All must have heard Ahmadinejad invite Columbia faculty to speak in his country as well and ask the questions they wished to ask.

Returning to Bollinger, he called Columbia a world center of Jewish studies that since the 1930s has provided a home for Jewish refugees. He went on to call the holocaust “the most documented event in human history.” I suppose the birth of Christ, Mohammed or the life of Moses and his gift of the Ten Commandments all took second place. If I didn’t know better, and perhaps I don’t, I would say that Bollinger was blatantly pandering to his Jewish audience, covering his butt above and beyond serving as self-appointed moral compass for Iran.

Mr. Bollinger also assailed Ahmadinejad for a poor human rights record and the forced retirement of scholars. Perhaps Mr. Bollinger in his academic ivory tower hasn’t heard of the USAPATRIOT Act, or that our president considers the Constitution “just a piece of goddamn paper,” and that Professor Steven Jones, among many, was relieved of his university tasks for contedning that the World Trade Center Towers were blown up with the explosive thermate.

Mr. Bollinger may also not be aware of the shameless NSA spying on telephone calls and email messages of Americans for years now. Perhaps he hasn’t heard of Guantanamo, which denies the rights of the Geneva Conventions to prisoners of war simply by calling them “enemy combatants.” And then there’s the rendition of “suspected terrorists” to foreign countries specializing in torture. And so on. Mr. Ahmadinejad did point out the spying to Bollinger.

He also responded to Bollinger’s initial slurs thusly: “At the outset, I want to complain a bit about the person who read this political statement against me. In Iran, tradition requires that when we invite a person to be a speaker, we actually respect our students and the professors by allowing them to make their own judgment and we don’t think it’s necessary before a speech is even given to come with a series of claims . . .” After a burst of applause, he added: “ . . . and an attempt to provide a vaccination of sorts to our faculty and students. The text, more than addressing me, was an insult to the audience here. In a university environment, we must allow people to speak their mind, to allow everyone to talk, so that the truth is eventually revealed by all.”

Lastly, it is interesting that Columbia University itself is something of a land-grabber, now contemplating to inhale most of the Upper West Side property beyond 125th Street for the creation of a new campus. Bollinger himself was selling the idea hard on NY1News, our local station, several nights earlier. Of course, this takeover is of land and property inhabited by Hispanic and African-American New Yorkers, shadows of the Morningside Gymnasium, only exponentially larger. Somehow it seemed history was repeating itself listening to Lee’s soft but hard sell to the black interviewer, who kept bringing it back to, “what’s in it for the community?”

The answers were mostly “money, jobs, some scholarships to an on-campus public school.” But the urge to colonize more of the city was vaguely cloying to me. As was the concurrent urge of New York University in Greenwich Village. Two of their noted trustees and graduates included the reprobates Larry Silverstein and Hank Greenberg, formerly CEO of AIG.

I mention this because I feel the impulse of this admittedly Jewish-centered educational organization, in fact both of them, a kind of colonizing of educational agenda, shaping young minds like the real estate into extensions of a philosophy of exclusionism, not the real academic, democratic ideal. Columbia, in fact, includes the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, which abuts its campus. Where is the Center for Muslim Studies, Buddhist Studies, and so on, which would represent far greater numbers of people in today’s world.

As a vocal minority of 5.5 million of America’s 304 million citizens, I find it strange, even somewhat chilling, that the Jewish people demand, command, so much political clout. When our forefathers asked for a separation of church and state, they meant all religious institutions, synagogues, mosques, et al. Now I see a minority group exerting an unparalleled influence on politics, education, and thought, equal at least to the daft Conservative Christians, who make up the dafter neocon core behind the march for world hegemony with their Israeli cousins.

I am personally happy that Ahmadinejad spoke back for all of us to power, including Israel, the US, and dual-Israeli/American citizens, who it would seem insist on applying their religious-political agendas worldwide, regardless of history’s lessons. Perhaps after all is said and done, this was Ahmadinejad’s lesson to us all. It’s a pity we didn’t give him a chance to “show his respect” at Ground Zero. It has yet to be convincingly proven to myself and millions like me that the real culprits behind that catastrophe were Muslims. Perhaps a more open public mind would let some more light in.

Israel seeks exemption from atomic rules

September 26th, 2007 by Rowan Berkeley

George Jahn, AP, Sep 25, 2007

Israel is looking to a U.S.-India nuclear deal to expand its own ties to suppliers, quietly lobbying for an exemption to non-proliferation rules so it can legally import atomic material, according to documents made available Tuesday to The Associated Press. The move is sure to raise concerns among Arab nations already considering their neighbor the region’s atomic arms threat. Israel has never publicly acknowledged having nuclear weapons but is generally considered to possess them. The new push is reflected in papers Israel presented earlier this year to the “Nuclear Suppliers’ Group” — 45 nations that export nuclear fuel and technology under strict rules meant to lessen the dangers of proliferation and trafficking in materials that could be used for a weapons program. The initiative appeared to be linked to a U.S.-India agreement that would effectively waive the group’s rules by allowing the United States to supply India with nuclear fuel despite its refusal both to sign the nonproliferation treaty and allowing the IAEA to inspect all of its nuclear facilities. Israeli officials began examining how their country could profit from that deal as early as last year, at one point proposing that the U.S. ask for an exemption from restrictions stipulating safeguards by the U.N. nuclear agency on all nuclear facilities, said a diplomat familiar with the issue. The U.S. rejected that request, he said, demanding anonymity for discussing restricted information. The diplomat said the Israeli papers were “acknowledged but definitely not embraced” by the NSG member nations. Still, the documents show that Israel has not given up its quest. Under a cover letter labeled “confidential,” the two papers were circulated among the group March 19 by Japan, whose mission to Vienna’s International Atomic Energy Agency serves as the liaison office for the group.

Among the hurdles still to be cleared before the U.S.-India pact becomes reality is NSG approval of an exemption for India from group restrictions. Critics have warned that the deal, if it goes through, will deal a blow to efforts to contain the spread of nuclear arms by effectively rewarding a country that has developed nuclear weapons while evading the nonproliferation pact. Besides India, only Pakistan and North Korea are known to have nuclear weapons and be outside the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Israel is considered an undeclared weapons state, with a doctrine of “nuclear ambiguity.” In the paper proposing a list of criteria to be used by NSG countries for “Nuclear Collaboration with non-NPT States,” Israel inadvertently appeared to touch on the debate over its own status, saying one condition should be application of “stringent physical protection, control, and accountancy measures to all nuclear weapons … in its territory.” The other document urges “the international community at large and NSG Member States in particular” to cooperate “with non-NPT states with strong non-proliferation credentials” in the “supply of (nuclear) know-how and equipment.”

Despite close U.S.-Israeli ties, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns appeared to rule out special treatment for the Jewish state, telling reporters earlier this year that NSG countries needed to know the deal with India “won’t be a precedent to bring other countries in under the same basis.” But Daryl Kimball, an analyst and executive director of the Arms Control Association, said that — even if unsuccessful — any attempt by Israel to move closer to nations exporting sensitive nuclear technology and material that could potentially be turned into fissile material for warheads would alarm many in the Middle East. “There is a great deal of tensions between non-nuclear (Arab) weapons states and Israel, and the mere existence of this proposal would exacerbate … the Middle East situation,” he said from Washington. And despite U.S. assurances, “Israel’s proposal illustrates the danger of making exemptions for individual countries from nonproliferation rules and standards,” he said. The most recent tensions over Israel’s nuclear capabilities surfaced at the IAEA’s 148-nation general conference. On Thursday, the Vienna meeting’s penultimate day, only the U.S. and Israel voted against a critical resolution implicitly aimed at the Jewish State for refusing to put its nuclear program under international purview.

a word or two from our russian friends

September 25th, 2007 by Rowan Berkeley

Bush Gives It Good To The Baboon
poiuytr,, 24.09.2007
[from here down, another sanely outraged writer, but with .RU :]

Forget the fiscal implosion of the west for a second. Not that it ain’t happening, it is and at a good clip too, but it’s nothing compared to the truly diabolical tour de force Bush has in mind for the US and the west.

Reviewing this brief list of data I’ve polled for you, for your reading pleasure, the general outline of the US and west transformation already underway should emerge even to those deeply neglected baboons (You know, the ones that still believe Bush that Boeings can spontaneously vapourise and those that watch CNN daily parade of US crimes defiling humanity and still manage to rhyme in their brain stems the US with democracy, freedom, and the favourite yank grunt ‘great’.)

If you’re a yank, try suppressing your animal instinct to immediately launch a laughably brainless personal attack until after you’ve at least watched the vids. I realise reading causes the baboon serious strain so I included flicks too. Before you get angry at me or some other pet hate groups, understand it’s your own twice chosen gov’t that’s bending you over and giving it to you; no one else, just yet.

If you’re a brit, understand that the end of your nation is planned for mid-2008 and it’s coming regardless you manage to swallow Bush excrement or not. The EU is on track to become Ein Reich, with Ein Fuhrer. The UK shall fall under Berlin and Washington and from there on all this concerns you exactly as much as it should the yank.

OK, no more crap from me. Let’s look at Bush’s glorious anti-US campaign.

1. Medical for kids? Hogwash! says Bush. Kids Don’t Need No God Damn Medical!
Bush Vetoes Medical For Kids (yahooNews)

2. So where all the taxes go? Well, Bush needs money to kill children, not take care of them, silly. Just in the last month he’s gotten over half a trillion just to butcher defenseless children and their parents.
Bush needs 200B MORE after getting 450B a few weeks ago for War Crimes (freeInternet)
Yes, the Iraq/Afghanistan illegal war crimes has cost the US some trillions.
War Costs Though Really Quite Spun Down (muckraker)

3. Oh, you don’t believe the US is committing war crimes like deliberately killing children? Well, even Bush would be deeply disappointed with piss thought like that. He himself knows better and has acted accordingly to fully exonerate himself of war crimes, which is an admission of exactly that: war crimes, slaughter, torture, child maimings, child murders:
Bush Pardons Self, Not The Bastards That Do It, But Just Self (youTube)

4. So what does Bush exactly do for the US since he’s pissing away all its money on war crimes? Well, he’s doing Ein Reich out of North America. A week after Mexican trucks have rolled into the US, the US education system is now merging with the Mexican as Bush furthers his CUM (Canada, US, Mexico) Union plans.
US/Mexico Education Alignment (pytheasBlog)

5. Then he raised your oil price.
Barrel Over 85 USD (ft)

6. And Bush brings torture and murder home.
Autistic Kid Gets Tortured By US Police (LATimes)
Kid Gets 50000 Volts For Asking Wrong Question (youTube)
56 Yr Old Lady In Wheelchair Gets Murdered By Cops By Repeated Tasering (infowars)
Old Man Needlessly Beat By US Cops (youTube)
How is this possible? Aren’t these crazed lunatic cops dealt with? Yes, they are:
US Cop Free Of All Murder Charges (mparentBlog)
Isn’t anyone angry about this? Well, no. The US mainstream mindrape media actually “enjoys” the vid of the kid getting 50000 Volts despite his repeated pleas as he’s jumped by black clad US question gestapo.
CNN “Enjoys” The Tasering Torture (mediaMatters)

7. But wait! There’s more. Bush wants more cameras, more spying on the baboon. A camera in every baboon’s rump seems to be the latest trend, as even 2 yr olds make the Bush no-fly lists in the US.
Bush Wants More Spying (ap)
BTW, if you’re concerned, check your Windows processes, see if any connect to Bush or some unwanted sites. Here’s how:
Checking If Windows Call Someone Without Your Knowledge Using ‘netstat’ Command (mparentBlog)

8. And if the thought police clampdown wasn’t scary enough, Bush has got concentration camps for you. Read it for yourself in that pretty US congressional font. So far probably 1B USD spent on what they themselves refer to as “civilian labour programme and prison camps”.
Concentration Camps For The US Dwellers In The US (wrhIndex)

9. Bush also has capacity for larks. Who hates the yank baboon more than the Iraqis? Well, that’s why Bush has opened borders to Iraqi refugees. He figures the Iraqi child murderer and Iraqi genocide survivors are going to get on just swell.
Iraqi Refugees Moving To USA (reuters)

10. And Bush is an enormous patriot too. Yes, that’s right. He’s enacted this great US policy: murder and get honorary US citizenship.
Bush Pays Foreign Legions With US Citizenship (boston)

11. Now, is all this the product of some total raving lunatic? Yes, it appears to be more and more. As Bush was heard to mutter recently “Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas” Bush’s raging insanity can no longer be just suspected.
Bush Links Hussein Not Only To 911, But Also To Death Of N Mandela, Who Is Still Alive (reuters)

12. The US constitution has supposed to affect safeguards against leader who go bonkers. So why aren’t they then exercised to get Bush the needed medicaments instead of letting him play with WWIII? Well, that’s ’cause the whole damn US is filled with total verminous cretinous baboons afflicted with manure sloshing skulls even worse than their leadership. Don’t think so? Well then, watch and listen to the ravings of the yank apes and marvel at how such racist, evil, dumb, truly dumb beast could have lasted this long.
Yanks Proudly Display Racism Mixed With Idiocy (mparentBlog)

13. Is the US this evil? Can that really be? Yes! And worse! Here’s the proof the US is trafficking stolen children for sordid deviant sex slave camps and other beastly tortures.
US Traffics Humans (commonDreams)
And here McKinney pins Rumsfeld and Gen Meyers to the wall establishing once and for all that the US (a) did at minimum collaborate with the terrorists on 911, and (b) traffics human slaves.
US Admits To 911 And Human Trafficking (youTube)

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